Wednesday night's Dinner
and Drinks Opening
we sure ain't in Kansas anymore
and this isn't just good food, it's haut cuisine
for just under $60.00 for
dinner, drinks and dessert for two and tip, we had a well over
$100.00 dining experience
review to follow
Potter Creek Block Party
"Air pollution worsens asthma symptoms
in children" sify.com.
"A joint study by researchers
at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley
has found that exposure to dirty air is linked to decreased function
of a gene that appears to increase the severity of asthma in children.
The findings come from a
study of 181 children with and without asthma in the California
cities of Fresno and Palo Alto."
"Couples With Daughters More Likely to
Divorce" is at abcnews.com.
"Are Girls Splitting
up Parents or Just Empowering Mom?
Little girls may be sugar
and spice and everything nice, but having a daughter might boost
a couple's risk of divorce, according to past census data.
Not only did researchers
find that couples with sons are more likely to stick together,
unmarried pregnant couples were more likely to have shotgun weddings
if the baby was going to be a boy and divorced mothers of boys
are more likely to remarry and stay remarried.
Does this mean that daughters
are matrimonially risky and sons are marriage saviors? Not so
fast, psychologists say.
In the original 2003 research
on the topic, economists Gordon Dahl, from the University of California-San
Diego, and Enrico Moretti, at UC Berkeley, found that couples
with a first-born girl were about 5 percent more likely to divorce
than parents of a first-born boy. When there are as many as three
daughters that difference spiked to 10 percent."
"Pot shop clears first hurdle in Albany" by Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business
"A nuclear engineer
who studies judo and another martial art at the University of
California, Berkeley, has appled to open a marijuana dispensary
Bret van den Akker, who's
working on his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at Cal, applied on
Oct. 1 with a relative, Erik, who lives in southern California,
to open VitalGen Inc. in the East Bay City. The proposal has passed
an early screening by the city.
Albany's Planning & Zoning
Commission will review this application next Tuesday."
"October 6- Thieves
focus on bank ATMs - The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD)
Property and Fraud detectives are warning the community about
a growing crime trend. In 2010, there have been approximately
23 cases in which suspects easily gain access to Bank of America
(BofA) debit and credit cards at the branches' Automated Teller
Machines (ATMs). Community members make a transaction and forget
to get their cards before walking away.
October 6 - BPD Officers
to wear tutus for Special Olympics Fundraiser - The City of Berkeley
Police Department (BPD) Motor Officers along with their partners
from City of San Jose Police (SJPD) Department and deputies from
the Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) will be wearing tutus
for an upcoming motorcycle ride to benefit Special Olympics of
There' a food tent on the
northwest corner of 7th and Potter serving Bruce Aidell sausage.
They're there week days for sure. Smells good.
Swerve is making a prototype
display cart for Apple.
Acme sales are up nicely
from last year. "We don't plan on increased business. So
when it comes it's a pleasant surprise" said owner, Steve
Wednesday, Bayer received
some of its new computers.
"The Minds that Listen" by Rohin Dharmakumar at forbersindia.com.
"For purists, the latest
audio technology isn't necessarily the best. They often go to
great lengths to experience the perfect sound
How do you describe a hardcore
audiophile? A wee bit obsessive? Barking mad men (they tend to
be men) with money and time to burn? Depends on where you're looking
from. They will admit themselves to being manic in their perpetual
quest for ever purer sound.
Most enthusiasts, be it of
sound, cars or watches, wind up falling in love with older technologies
at some point. For the few who choose to convert that adoration
into action, the decision is at least partly a reaction against
the constant assault of marketers promising newer! bigger! better!
They seek to opt out of the rat race, choosing instead something
known and elegantly crafted. Often, too, their choice is a personal
discovery after years of searching for a higher ideal, something
that isn't likely to disappear in weeks, months or even years.
Since the 1980s, Ferzaan
Engineer, Jacob George and Premnath Rajagopalan have been collecting
music and music equipment, upgrading every few years as they evolved
beyond the limitations of earlier choices, spending more time,
effort and money to hunt down the next setup that would satisfy
their discerning ears.
Today, well into the third
decade of their respective journeys, their choices - vinyl records,
valve amplifiers, horn speakers - would, to most people, seem
just plain obsolete.
Unless, that is, you were to get invited to their homes, sat in
a special chair in the sweet spot between their speakers, and
treated to their music. "Damn," you'll say, 'Got to
get myself one of those!' . . .
Over 1,000 near-mint condition
LPs; 95% are 'first labels'
Ferzaan Engineer is India
CEO of a $2 billion pharmaceutical services company. His home,
in a secluded, tree-lined partof Bangalore, is filled with antique
furniture and old Leica cameras. It also houses his impressive,
immaculately maintained collection of over a thousand LPs.
He started listening to music
'seriously' - a word audiophiles like to use to describe an informed,
involved, evolved devouring of music versus casual listening -
over two decades ago. His parents had a fairly extensive LP collection,
and he inherited their love of the record player. Hence, ignoring
'advances' like cassette- and CD-players, the turntable has been
the core around which all his music systems were put together.
Then in 2007, Engineer decided
to play his LPs only through valve (also known as 'vacuum tube'
or 'tube') amplifiers. 'I found their sound more natural and life-like.
A tube amplifier requires more of you: More space to warm up,
lower availability, harder to maintain.'
His collection leans heavily
towards jazz. In his antique cabinets are 40- to 50-year-old LPs.
Over 95 percent of them are 'first label" records (the very
first release of a particular recording), because he believes
that with each subsequent recording, the music degrades slightly
in quality. 'First labels, as a general thumb rule, are superior
and like a gold standard. They're made with most care, the audio
capture is very fresh, the way physical transfers are made is
high quality. In a way it's like collecting antiquarian, first
His desire to find purer
sources of music to listen to is a constant obsession. 'I keep
qualitatively refining my collection, which means sometimes having
to wait many years for a good one. A truly near-perfect LP represents
the best of everything: The cover art, colour saturation, no yellowing,
plastic that is perfectly flat. But searching for that means,
in many cases, coming to own multiple copies of the same LP. I
have a stack of very expensive rejects, because sometimes buying
rare LPs is like opening a bottle of wine and getting vinegar
In the past, he says, good
condition LPs could be bought for single digit dollar prices,
but now even mediocre ones cost that much. Well-maintained old
records start at a few hundred dollars while brand new ones cost
Engineer may love music,
but he doesn't listen to much of it outside of his home; he's
set his standards so high, no other system can possibly match
them. Even at home, when he listens, it is with full attention.
'It's insulting to a system like this to play it in the background,
it's like going to a concert hall and not giving the performance
your full attention.' "
Ferzaan is an old friend.
I knew him when he was doing graduate work back east and after,
when he was teaching in the Dakotas. "They are very nice
people" he said "but it's very flat and very cold."
Later, when Ferzaan, then
an executive, visited Bayer on business he would always plan a
day with me for browsing and lunch. In fact, we were one of Sea
Salt's first lunch customers.
Fezaan was a savvy trader
and since he traveled the world over on business, would have the
most gorgeous trade material. "I got these in Paris in a
little jazz shop " he once said of rare jazz records that
he offered for trade.
Before one trip here to speak
at a conference, his colleagues read my Scrambled Eggs and found
in addition to his business and scientific expertise, he loved
old records and fine music. They included that in his introduction.
Well, Ok then. RP
"Layoffs despite Tax Breaks" in our planet.com.
"Bayer Corporation announced
the laying off of 29 union workers in Berkeley/California. The
factory is one of the last unionized Bayer plants in the US. About
150 workers protested in front of the plant despite Bayer's threats
against those going to the rally."
"Now, an exoskeleton that helps the paralysed
walk again" is a
story at oneindia.in.
"A new exoskeleton,
called eLEGS, could soon help people with spinal injuries walk
with a natural gait, found a new study.
Unlike other exoskeletons,
such as Raytheon's XOS-2, and Berkeley Bionics's HULC, eLEGS is
not intended to augment soldiers with super-human strength, but
is specifically designed as a rehabilitation device to help restore
walking function to people with spinal cord injuries, as well
as improving blood circulation and digestion.
The suit consists of a backpack-mounted
controller connected to robotic legs."
"Ecosystems are overdosing on nitrogen,
study finds" is
a report at dw-world.de.
"Humans activities are
overloading ecosystems with nitrogen, a study has found, polluting
water systems and possibly contributing to climate change - but
age-old sustainable practices could wind back the damage.
Nitrogen is essential to
plant life and makes up more than three quarters of the Earth's
atmosphere but there can be too much of a good thing.
A rise in fossil fuel-burning
and an increase in nitrogen-producing industrial and agricultural
activities are leading to excess levels of the element in the
environment, according to a study just published in the journal
Researchers Donald Canfield,
Alex Glazer and Paul Falkowski of the University of Southern
Denmark, the University of California, Berkeley and Rutgers University
respectively found that excess nitrogen is polluting fresh
waters and coastal zones and may contribute to climate change,
but that ecological damage could be reduced through the adoption
of centuries-old sustainable practices.
'It has a tremendous impact
on both aquatic ecosystems and the atmosphere,' Falkowski told
"Full-scale demonstration of the latest
Dutch rapid-deploy pump technology for flood and fire fighting
set for Berkeley shoreline, October 21, 2010" at ereleases.com.
of the first United States delivery of a complete Hytrans Fire
System mobile pump and hose deployment system will take place
in Berkeley, California on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 10:00
A.M. at the Berkeley Marina. Based on its experience with the
Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 and the Oakland-Berkeley hills
firestorm of 1991, the City of Berkeley acquired the $4.7 million
system designed to deliver San Francisco Bay seawater at high
pressure to the industrial and commercial areas of the city, which
includes most of the residential buildings, and to steep hillsides
miles from the shoreline in the event of a fire hydrant water
Kubik "broke this
story" last month with
"David Orth, retired BFD Vice Chief was behind the purchase
of 3 pumpers and miles of hose in containers plus the engines
to load and transport them.
These allow the department to pump from the bay, lakes or even
swimming pools in case of emergency.
He is pictured in front of
one of the trucks.
These have been stationed
at 10th and Pardee, but are moving to a new facility in the area
of our West-Berkeley BPD sub-station."
Do we have a high cuisine
guerrilla restaurant in Potter Creek? Well not really. However,
there is a group of food-lovers who regularly meet here for dinner
prepared by leading Bay Area chefs--donations required.
Ashley has been promoted
manager of our West Berkeley Bowl Café. 900 GRAYSON Chris'
daughter, Margot, started French School this Fall. Sally and Richard
are in Ireland right now "looking at houses" Sally's
Look for new developments
at West-Berkeley's Beehive Market.
Overly over-worked Phil Kamlarz,
our cracker-jack city manager, is also a volunteer mentor.
Questions of the day.
Which Potter Creek firm's
New York office has been largely a mail drop?
Which Potter Creeker has
been a fairly recent contract employee of the City of Berkeley,
for what and for how much?
Which Potter Creeker has
just passed both the CLASS M1 and CLASS C California drivers'
tests with a score of 100 and has been riding for fifty-five years?
Which Potter Creek citizen
last week removed about 1/4 inch of his thumb while working?
Why is Phil Kamlarz, even
with his current hefty salary, not paid enough?
"Writer-turned-gunrunner Norton dead" is an obituary at upi.com.
movie screenwriter-turned-gunrunner William W. Norton has died
in Santa Barbara, Calif., his son said."
"Seeing your favorite music from videogame
soundtracks in concert isn't the hardest thing to do these days" at wired.com.
" With the constant
international touring of shows like Distant Worlds: Music From
Final Fantasy and Video Games Live, odds are good you'll be able
to see a symphony orchestra pluck out the theme to Super Mario
Bros. somewhere close to your hometown at some point.
Blair Baker, a 26-year-old
sound engineer from San Jose, California, has seen a few of these
shows and found them wanting."
"Lizards too have family values" is a story at thehindu.com.
"While lizards are known
for laying their eggs and never looking back, desert night lizards
are actually against this stereotype-they have family values,
just like humans, found a study. They have been found investing
time and energy in their young and forming families, a strategy
that was thought exclusive to mammals and birds.
Alison Davis, a postdoctoral
researcher at the University of California at Berkeley noted that
reptiles aren't even warm-blooded, yet here they are forming families
just like their warmer cousins."
My review of dinner at the
Westside Café--the short version "The best dinner
and most fun, I've had dinning out in recent memeory."
Questions of the day
Which French-American Potter
Creek brothers own a local restaurant and what restaurant is it?
Which Potter Creeker said,
prophetically, "Everybody has to die of something?"
David Snipper ate at the
sausage tent of the corner of 7th and Potter this week. "If
you like sausage, it's a place to go" he said, adding "Good
buns, Aidell suasage and fair prices."
sfgate.com offers this Giants play off info "There
will be a day game in San Francisco. . . . Here
is the schedule. All times are Pacific Daylight Time and mark
the start of the Fox broadcast. First pitch is a bit later.
Game 1: Saturday at Philadelphia,
Game 2: Sunday at Philadelphia,
Game 3: Tuesday at San Francisco,
Game 4: Wednesday at San
Francisco, 4:30 p.m.
Game 5: Thursday at San Francisco,
Game 6: Saturday at Philadelphia,
Game 7: Sunday at Philadelphia,
"Head Spinning About the November Ballot
Measures? Get the Facts!"
Features Nonpartisan Ballot Measure Information, Endorser lists,
Polling, Facts & More."
"Reid's Records: 65 Years Of Family-Owned
Gospel" is a story
" 'I learned to read
record labels before I learned to read books,' says David Reid,
on the phone from Reid's Records in South Berkeley, California.
Reid's has been around longer
than its 57-year-owner has. It was founded in 1945 by Mel and
Betty Reid in the basement of a duplex on Sacramento Street.
'The African American population
in the Bay area quadrupled because of the war effort. And what
they call race music became popular. Jazz and blues became popular,'
says David Reid. 'My parents started the first African American
music store west of the Mississippi carrying all kinds of music.
My parents listened to Duke Ellington, jazz, religious music,
Today, Reid's occupies a
larger building next door to the basement shop where it began,
but it has narrowed its focus to a single genre: Gospel. And you'll
find fewer records and CDs on the shelves. Instead, the shop has
become what Reid calls 'A one-stop store for the African American
church experience: everything from music, print music, books,
bibles, offering envelopes, choir robes, pulpit robes.' "
"Counterpoint Press Will Shutter New York
Office" by Jason
Boog at mediabistro.com.
"Today Publishers Weekly
reported that California's Counterpoint Press will close its New
York office. The office was home Soft Skull Press, editorial director
Denise Oswald, and associate editor Anne Horowitz.
Here's more from the article:
'Soft Skull will continue as an imprint from Counterpoint's Berkeley
"Pacific Community Ventures Eyes Growth in Its
Acquisition of Zoom Eyeworks"
is a report at kansascity.com.
"Pacific Community Ventures
(PCV), a private equity firm focused on building small, high-growth
businesses, is pleased to announce its successful participation
in the acquisition of Zoom Eyeworks (Zoom), a leading designer
and marketer of non-prescription reading glasses and sunglasses.
Based in Berkeley, California,
Zoom is one of the largest providers of nonprescription reading
glasses in the United States, with a product portfolio consisting
of reading glasses, sunglasses and accessories. Zoom's brands,
which include Zoom, Dr. Dean Edell and ICU, sell in approximately
15,000 locations throughout the drug, food, convenience and specialty
retail channels. Zoom's products emphasize fashion, style and
quality and offer a wide range of alternatives to traditional
reading glasses for every occasion. ICU is one of the fastest-growing
brands of fashion reading eyewear in the U.S. and has received
Oprah's 'O' pick multiple times."
"Big Utilities Can Get Reliable Power from
Small Solar PV Arrays"
solar projects under development in the deserts of California
and the Southwest have been in the spotlight in recent months
as they win slow approval from state and federal regulators. But
a study released in September by the U.S. Department of Energy's
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that smaller solar
photovoltaic (PV) installations may collectively offer similar
promise for increasing the amount of renewable power on the grid."
"NFRC offers guided tour of LBNL" is a story in Glass Magazine.
"The National Fenestration
Rating Council, Greenbelt, Md., invites its Fall 2010 Membership
Meeting attendees to visit the nearby University of California-Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory for a guided tour prior to the meeting,
on Sunday, Nov. 7, according to an Oct. 6 release. The meeting
will take place in San Francisco, Nov. 8-11.
LBNL has worked with NFRC
since 1989 to help develop thermal fenestration ratings. LBNL
hosts the International Glazing Database, where glass suppliers
submit their spectral data for use in window energy rating calculations
throughout the world. Within LBNL's IGDB, NFRC accepted spectral
data are included as required for use in all NFRC certified fenestration
LBNL's state-of-the-art facilities
include spectral data measurement equipment, thermal test chambers,
experimental facilities for daylighting research, a goniophotometer,
an integrating sphere, and other equipment used to conduct window
and daylighting research."
" 'Scrapers' Dig Deep for Data on Web"
"A feature in the Wall
Street Journal . . . describes how market research companies use
'scraping"'software to read information about users on the
web for their client companies.
Nielsen Co. is listed as
an example, having scraped data from users on PatientsLikeMe,
a community site for patients of various disorders to share their
experiences. One users quoted in the article, who had listed his
depression medications in a discussion, was appalled.
Smaller firms are also described,
including screen-scraper.com, which lists among its clients Ikea,
the University of California at Berkeley. and the US Department
of Labor. Screen-scraper.com charges between $1,500 and $10,000
for most jobs. One recent job for the company: attempting to scrape
Facebook for a multi-level marketing company that wanted email
addresses of users who ' like' the firm's page--as well as their
friends--so they all could be pitched products."
"Across the U.S., Long Recovery Looks Like
Recession" is a
report by Michael Powell and Motoko Rich at nytimes.com.
"In Atlanta, the Bank
of America tower, the tallest in the Southeast, is nearly a fifth
vacant, and bank officials just wrestled a rent cut from the developer.
In Cherry Hill, N.J., 10 percent of the houses on the market are
so-called short sales, in which sellers ask for less than they
owe lenders. And in Arizona, in sun-blasted desert subdivisions,
owners speak of hours cut, jobs lost and meals at soup kitchens.
Less than a month before
November elections, the United States is mired in a grim New Normal
that could last for years."
Oh Dear! RP
Questions of the day
What was the original proposed
use for the now Acme Bread 8th and Pardee parking lot ?
Which Potter Creeker drove
a fire-engine red Series 6 BMW four-door sedan?
Which Potter Creeker is an
unrepentant Navy Brat?
What was the previous use
of Kruse' property?
Which Potter Creeker is an
only "slightly reconstructed" Trotskyite?
Which Potter Creeker has
forgotten more about trains than I ever knew?
Berkeley Bowl checker, Yesenia
is expecting a baby boy in December. "He kicks hard!"
The Planning Commission voted
Wednesday night to send all proposed West-Berkeley changes to
City Council. They'll probably hear them in January.
Work at the secret movie
studio is a bit down right now possibly explaining the more available
street parking in Potter Creek.
"The Morning Benders Uncover Culinary Gems
in Strip Malls All Across America" by Jessica Amason, eater.com.
"Welcome to Sound Cheque,
where we sit down with one of our favorite bands to get the scoop
on their city-by-city dining picks.
Don't be fooled by The Morning
Benders' lanky frames - these Berkeley natives boast a big sound
and big appetites. Their orchestral pop and 'Wall of Sound' intensity
made their debut album iTunes' Indie/Alternative Album of the
Year in 2008. Flash forward to 2010, and the Cali boys have moved
to New York City, toured the world with major acts including MGMT,
Grizzly Bear, and Yo La Tengo, and released their latest album
on the UK's seminal Rough Trade Records. I caught up with frontman
Chris Chu to discuss everything from Asian strip malls to tapas
" 'Mad Men' explored in new UC Berkeley
course" by Andrea
"The wildly popular
TV show 'Mad Men' is the subject of a new course this fall at
the University of California, Berkeley.
The two-unit English course
in the campus's DeCal program focuses on the "thematically,
symbolically, and historically rich television series," which
focuses on Madison Avenue advertising executive Don Draper and
his life in New York City during the 1960s. The class is being
taught by two students who are huge fans of the show. "
"Non-profit Berkeley Film Foundation BFF
by Supratim-Sanyal washingtonbanglaradio.com.
"Riding on the huge
success of its inaugural fundraising event last fall, the Berkeley
FILM Foundation (BFF) will host its second annual fundraiser and
celebration on Thursday, October 28, 2010, at the David Brower
Center in Berkeley.
The BFF, a non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization, will also recognize the twelve 2010 winners, who
share $120,000 in grants including the first annual Saul Zaentz
Award. The BFF, funded to support local filmmakers and inspire
a new generation of emerging East Bay filmmakers, has distributed
$220,000 ingrants to date.
The Berkeley FILM Foundation
fundraiser has grown into one of the Bay Area's more important
annual entertainment industry gatherings."
"California to Let Voters Decide on Marijuana
report with video by Judy Muller at pbs.org.
"Judy Muller of KCET
reports from California on the a ballot initiative in the state
to legalize marijuana.
Lehrer: Next tonight: to
campaign politics in California, where voters face contentious
fights for governor and senator and a controversial measure that
could legalize marijuana in the nation's most populous state.
Recent polling shows voters
are closely divided on that proposition. Our report is part of
our Vote 2010 coverage. It comes from correspondent Judy Muller
of KCET Los Angeles."
Want to mess with your mind?
and Us" by J.M. Ledgard at moreintelligentlife.com.
"They work together,
share food and send their elders into battle to protect the young.
And the world authority on them thinks they have a lot to teach
us. J.M. Ledgard goes to Harvard to discuss ants, and more, with
E.O. Wilson . . . .
Wilson is clear about his
starting point: all living things are subject to the same laws
of physics and biology; there is no metaphysics. 'All entities
and processes in life come to life through natural selection.
The law is all-encompassing.' He smiles mischievously. 'Darwin
is infuriatingly almost always right.' On top of his Pulitzers,
he has won many teaching awards. His idea about teaching is to
begin with a big thought, then work down to the facts. He has
shown generations of students that the ant is lungless, so its
muscles get their oxygen through fine holes in its exoskeleton.
He has backed up earlier findings of the prodigious strength of
the ant, which can lift many times its body weight above its head,
not with its legs, which end in hooked claws, but with its mandibles.
And he has asserted that, despite its small brain, the ant teaches
its young, with foragers taking novices along in 'tandem running'.
His biggest thought is sociobiology,
which he has defined as 'the extension of population biology and
evolutionary theory to social organisations'. This is the idea
that eusocial insects-that is, those 20 or so species of ants,
termites and bees that have developed complex civilisations-can
teach us something about how humans interact with each other.
Wilson says that in the eusocial species he has studied, the caste
systems are supported by acts of seeming charity.
He has joked that Karl Marx
had it right about socialism, he just got the wrong species. In
his writings he is wont to emphasise the beneficence of ants,
how an ant with a full stomach will regurgitate liquid food for
those without, and how the old will venture into battle so that
the young can survive. That may confirm some of the findings of
"Mutual Aid", the pioneering 1902 study of altruism
in animals by the Russian anarchist Prince Pyotr Kropotkin. But
is this really socialism? To the casual observer the ant colony
looks more like a Nazi ideal, where the weak are shed and fed
upon, and those who have the slightest scent of another colony
are sprayed with a chemical marking them out for death. It makes
one glad to be human.. . .
When Wilson unveiled sociobiology
in 1975, it met with an angry response. Feminists, Marxists and
Christians were opposed; so was Stephen Jay Gould, another Harvard
biologist. But Wilson's belief in sociobiology has not wavered.
He leans forward and folds his hands together. 'History is almost
certainly colony against individual and colony against colony.
If group selection is correct, what you would expect to find is
an intense human desire to form groups that attack other groups;
bands of brothers, teams.' Then comes the rider. 'As shortages
in oil and other energy sources increase, we will see insect traits.
Group conflict is so deeply endemic that we will never diminish
it until we confront it.'
This is more than a little
alarming. Ants, after all, fight enormous battles to the death.
If Wilson is right, regardless of political science, the future
will be both more structured and remorseless in its violence.
'With leafcutter ants', he adds, 'there is a 1-in-10,000 chance
a queen will succeed in colonising a new colony. So there is an
intense pressure to stick to the rules of an organisation.' He
emphasises how an ant colony 'insists upon absolute sovereignty'
and demands 'constant population growth and ever-rising productivity',
traits which seem to shared by humans.
A defini'g factor of ants
is the speed at which they communicate through chemical cues.
These pheromonal messages are simple-'Look, this is my caste,
this my condition,' or, 'Raise more soldiers'-but in the context
of the super-organism they create a common intelligence capable
of dealing with complicated problems. There are specialist jobs:
many ant colonies have cemeteries. The cemetery workers live at
the edge of the city, where their sole responsibility is to arrange
the dead, and parts of limbs, and rubbish, and to bury it. They
dispose of the dead both as a service and to protect the nest
These vivid details sound
like fiction, and that is what Wilson has turned them into. Not
content with his other roles, he is now a debutant novelist, author
of 'Anthill ', published this year, excerpted in the New Yorker
, and a bestseller. The novel takes place in three parallel
worlds: human, ant and the biosphere that contains them. 'They
rise together,' it begins, 'they fall, they rise again, but in
cycles so different in magnitude that each is virtually invisible
to the others. The smallest are the ants, who build civilisations
in the dirt. Their histories are epics that unfold on picnic grounds.'
The central section of the novel, 'The Anthill Chronicles', concerns
the rise and fall of an ant colony in the same woods that the
human characters walk through. In putting into a narrative form
some of what he has learned from ants, his tendency is towards
the classical. The colonies stand in for Troy and Ithaca, the
warrior ants are influenced by the Myrmidons who fought alongside
Achilles, and when in one remarkable sequence an ant queen is
carried from one nest to another, sluggish, swollen, her egg-filled
abdomen dragging along the ground, a 'praetorian guard' of nurse
workers hides her from view. The choice of the word 'chronicle'
is deliberate, bringing with it an echo of the heroic epic, whether
Hellenic or Anglo-Saxon, or even of Ray Bradbury's 'Martian Chronicles',
and indeed there is something Martian about the description of
the queen's mate: 'When the transformation was complete, the outer
layer was stripped away and eaten by the workers, and the adult
male stepped out, complete with wings, large eyes, massive genitalia,
rudimentary jaws, tiny brain, and the one big purpose programmed
in his tiny brain followed by a quick deathHis life's work would
be a single ejaculation.'
Wilson's questions about
the carrying capacity of the planet are as powerful as anything
in the environmental canon. On the record, he is optimistic. In
his otherwise disturbing 2002 book 'The Future of Life', Wilson
signed off on a positive note: 'I believe we will choose wisely.
A civilisation able to envision God and to embark on the colonisation
of space will surely find the way to save the integrity of this
planet and the magnificent life it harbours.'
It is not clear if Wilson
really believes this. His body language suggests a deeper pessimism,
decently held back."
"This Week Susie Writes About the Opening
of the Very First Muslim Four-Year College in the United States"
is a prnewswire
link to sys-con.com.
"Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,
Zaytuna College opened its doors to students in Berkeley, California,
this fall. You can read more about this first of its kind institution
and about Sheikh Hamza Yusuf, one of the school's charismatic
visionaries, on Susie's Big Adventure."
Kubik emails about dinner
at the Westside Café
We ate at the Westside Thursday
night. Good dinner, reasonable, good service. . . . Phil
Kamlarz, the City Manager, was there with his daughter
He introduced himself and his daughter to us both-- a nice touch.
posts from the past
Asked what (Trieste's) Papa
Gianni's secret was for a long and a good life, Papa replied "Don't
Club 58 closed when it was
sold some years ago after owner Sam "Spoons" Paddoni
died. (It's zoned for residential development and the buyer obtained
a permit for a multi-unit use.) Potter Creek lore has it that
many years ago Sam was held up in his parking lot, shot in the
leg and his bag of daily-receipts taken. The police were unable
to find the robber but some time later a body was found in Tilden
with two spoons in its pocket.
Attacks on Guardians are
"A convicted felon shot
and wounded a Berkeley police officer early Tuesday during a foot
chase in West Berkeley, authorities said. The gunman shot Officer
Darren Kacalek, 29, once in the chest. The bullet pierced Kacalek's
badge, but his bullet-resistant vest protected him from major
injuries, authorities said. Kacalek, a three-year veteran of the
department, remained in fair condition Tuesday at Highland Hospital
in Oakland " reports Henry
K Lee in "Felon shoots, wounds officer during chase."
More at sfgate.com
We wish Officer
Kacalek a speedy and full recovery.
Uncle Don -- An Appreciation
In a time when tall men were
5'10" my Uncle Don was over six-feet. My Mom's oldest brother,
Uncle John was a Milwaukee policeman. But not just any policeman,
he was a member of the Mounted Patrol--horse mounted police used
downtown for traffic control. (Uncle Don had learned how to handle
horses working for my Grandpa delivering ice and coal in horse-drawn
wagons.) But that evening during the Christmas rush, when my Mom
took me shopping with her at Gimbel's, I didn't know that he was
in the Mounted Patrol. Gimbel's was on the busiest corner Downtown,
and that night, a corner so filled with people that as a small
boy all I could see were shoes, legs, pants, and skirts. My Mom
pulled me through the crowd as we crossed the street, and as we
reached the opposite curb, a dark figure appeared towering above
not only those shoes, legs, pants, and skirts, but above all the
people they belonged to. In a huge Great Coat, there was a man
who seemed to be a policeman sitting atop a big brown horse. I
stood there in awe. We stopped at the side of the horse and its
rider, and my Mom asked "Do you know who this is"? Looking
up not at all sure, I struggled for an answer. Uncle Don was big
and was a policeman. Yet at first, no matter how hard I looked,
all I saw was the big coat and the dark horse. But slowly the
face above the coat became familiar. "It's Uncle Dom"
I said with some relief. I don't remember if he said hello, but
I know he said that it was all right to touch his horse. After
he and my Mom talked a little, we left --a lot of other kids,
moms and dads wanted to pet his horse, too. Uncle Don moved to
California some years later and I didn't see him for a long time.
Then, one Summer afternoon as my cousin MaryAnn and I were sitting
on our front steps, a tall man in a raincoat came up to the front
of our house and asked. "Do you know who I am?" "You're
my Uncle Don" I said. RP
"The Last Hippies - Forty Years Ago"
by TRB at capecodtoday.com.
was still a sort of hippie capitol back in 1970. There were concerts
in People's Park, and sometimes the Dead would show up but not
as often as they used to. On the corner of Telegraph and Haste
Streets, three floors up I was living with a mathematics major
who was attending U.C. which was just across the street from us.
My friend Richard was on the same floor, living with a Japanese
girl, he would eventually marry.
I had been an exchange student
in Osaka Japan years before. All that advanced placement, PSAT,
SAT, find a good college garbage had been in the air around the
family home for years, so I just naturally headed towards that
direction, and that is how I wound up in Berkeley."
Actually there are still
some "but only slightly reconstructed" Hippies in Potter
Creek. And you can still find some philosophical descendants at
Myself, I was never a Hippie.
Not for any deep reason but something vain and shallow. I didn't
think they dressed very well. Coming from the Working Class, where
overalls and jeans were workcloths, often dirty, to be quickly
changed-out-of when you got home and then washed up and always
in the basement--Mom didn't like working-dirt in the bathroom--I
didn't understand why any one would wear them as day-off attire.
Though I admit I did like
the "Peace, Love Thing" and of course, the bra-less
young women. RP
"Time, like all good things, may come to
an end, study says" at
"(The end of the world
as we know it cannot be avoided, but it can be predicted, according
to a group of astrophysicists who see a 50 percent chance of the
final countdown ending in 3.7 billion years.)
'Time is unlikely to end
in our lifetime, but there is a 50 percent chance that time will
end within the next 3.7 billion years,' according to the team
of US and Japanese scientists, who are challenging a long-standing
theory of the universe."
Saw Da Boz Friday morning
on his way to work, walking sprightly down the street in khakis,
with safari hat, and knapsack on his back. A snappy dresser still.
"Marijuana in California: Prop. 19 won't
stop federal drug enforcement"
"Even if voters pass
Proposition 19 on Nov. 2, which would legalize use of marijuana
in California, the Justice Department will continue to enforce
federal drug laws there, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday."
"Volume is definitive work on Mark Twain"
by Dana M. Nichols, Record
"A century before hip-hoppers
coined the phrase 'keepin' it real,' Samuel Clemens was doing
But under the fake name of
Mark Twain, of course.
And now anyone willing to
tackle a 760-page tome titled 'Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol.
1' can find out a whole lot about how Twain kept it real, said
a panel of Twain scholars who gathered in Angels Camp on Saturday
for a symposium on the autobiography."
"Scientist Study Noise in Graphene" by Tudor Vieru at softpedia.com.
"This image of a single
suspended sheet of graphene shows individual carbon atoms (yellow)
on the honeycomb lattice
A group of investigators from the United States announces that
new data have been collected on how a phenomenon known as noise
develops in the carbon compound graphene.
The material, which is heralded
as one of the most significant discoveries of the 21st century,
will soon be used on a wide scale in numerous electronic applications."
Update to BPD's "Who
are these Crooks " is here.
Will Friday Nights at the
Bowl turn into Every Night at the Bowl? Prolly.
Look for dinners and a cutback
Can 900 by far behind?
I hope not!
And whose' s going to lease
the Café Cacao location?
Questions of the day
Which Potter Creeker is an
unrepentant "Army Brat?"
What Potter Creek now-a-parking-lot-property
was once the home of a corrugated metal building reported to house
Which Potter Creeker exclaimed
at a project presentation, and I paraphrase, "What's his
girlfirend doing here? She doesn't know anything!"
"Aardman & Nokia Make 'Dot,' The World's
Smallest Film" by
David M Ewalt with film video at forbes.com.
"The new Nokia N8 smart
phone boasts a really nice camera, with a 12 megapixel sensor
and Carl Zeiss optics. That's so powerful that University of California
Berkeley professor Daniel Fletcher was able to put the phone to
work saving lives: He built a portable microscope which attaches
to the phone, allowing doctors in remote areas of the developing
world to snap pictures of cell samples, and then send them around
the world for analysis.
The medical news was a nice
little publicity coup for Nokia, so they went back to the well
and asked Aardman Animations, the company that produced the Wallace
& Gromit films, to shoot an original film using the microscope
and phone. The completed short, called Dot, is now in the Guinness
Book of World Records as "the world's smallest stop motion
It's a great film, but what
really got my attention was the making-of-video. The amount of
work that went into putting together 97 seconds of animation together
is staggering and I love all the nerdy details, like how
they produced the Dot models on a 3D printer."
"Berkeley candymaker faces off against
Barbara Lee" by
Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.
"Congress' fragile balance
of power won't swing on California's 9th Congressional District,
no matter how strong this year's anti-incumbent sentiments might
The district -- including
Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont and Albany plus most of
the Castro Valley, Ashland, Cherryland and Fairview unincorporated
areas -- is 65.1 percent Democrat and 8.6 percent Republican.
The Cook Partisan Voting Index rated it the nation's sixth most-Democratic
leaning district, behind one in Philadelphia and four in New York
It's little wonder that Rep.
Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, has never had less than 80 percent support
in a regular general election; her GOP challengers have received
declining percentages in each election since 2002.
Gerald Hashimoto knows all
this, but has no regrets about having run unopposed in June's
Republican primary to face Lee next month.
'I believe in what I'm doing.
I had one of those 'Network'"moments '".. when you say,
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore,"
' Hashimoto said, referencing the 1976 movie's catchphrase. 'What
I'm trying to do is show my conservative colors as clearly and
unabashedly as I can.'
Hashimoto, a Berkeley candymaker,
believes 'big, fat, juicy tax cuts = more jobs,' as his campaign's
website says. He would eliminate the minimum wage, corporate income
taxes and capital gains taxes while making permanent all the Bush-era
tax cuts and temporarily eliminating all import
duties. On education, he calls for 'radical change that will totally
change our perception of what a proper education should be for
our children,' with elements including magnet and charter schools,
vouchers, home schooling and year-round school."
"Bigfoot a no-show at day in his honor" by Jory John, Santa Cruz Sentinel.
"Skeptics need not apply.
The Alliance of Independent
Bigfoot Researchers and the Bigfoot Discovery Project presented
the annual Bigfoot Discovery Day on Saturday, staged at the Bigfoot
Discovery Museum. The all-day gathering began in 2006.
From local investigators
to interested families with children, more than 50 people attended
the outdoor lunch and roundtable discussion, where purported Bigfoot
sightings and evidence were presented, and numerous stories were
told with an emphasis on Santa Cruz County."
"Berkshire Billionaire Munger's Son Battles
Soros on California Initiative" by
Christopher Palmeri at bloomberg.com.
"Charles Munger Jr.,
son of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Charles Munger, is battling billionaire
George Soros, unions and Democratic Party leaders to strip congressional
redistricting powers from California lawmakers.
The younger Munger, 53, and
his wife have spent $10 million to win support on Nov. 2 for an
initiative that puts the task of reshaping California's 53 U.S.
representative districts into the hands of the Citizens Redistricting
Commission. A competing measure backed by Soros and labor groups
would erase the panel.
'I'm doing this to try to
ensure voters have fair districts where representatives will compete
for offices,' Munger said yesterday in a telephone interview from
Palo Alto. 'Elected politicians are picking the voters, voters
aren't picking their representatives.' "
"Why Companies Keep Pay a Secret" by Jack Hough at online.wsj.com.
"If 'Jackass 3D' is
anything like prior triumphs in the franchise, its band of raunchy,
anarchic daredevils will make high art of low humor and leave
no mishap private especially if it involves someone's privates.
But just try to get Johnny Knoxville and his gang to talk about
how much each is paid. In America, money is the last conversational
That's probably a good thing
for workplace morale. A new study by researchers at the University
of California at Berkeley and Princeton University suggests that
if all of our salaries were made known tomorrow, half of us would
be made miserable and the other half would be made no happier."
"Medical marijuana for the masses" by John Woolfolk and Sean Webby at contracostatimes.com.
"In the year since U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced federal drug agents would
stop targeting medicinal marijuana use where state law sanctioned
it, Santa Clara County -- like other parts of California -- has
become the Wild West.
But suddenly, the sheriff
has ridden into town."
"More students use community college to
launch their UC education" by
Harry Mok at canadaviews.ca.
"Getting accepted at
UC Berkeley was a dream come true for Tyrone Botelho, but when
he started classes there, it seemed like a nightmare."
Kubik's quote of the week
In America, anyone can be
President. That's one of the risks you take.
Questions of the day
Way before Parker Center,
what was Parker Center?
What Potter Creek street
is most commonly mispronounced?
Which Potter Creeker recently
struggled to take-out-of/put-in-to the back seat of a compact-car
an over five foot gas cylinder ?
What Potter Creek business-past
routinely kept Dobermans on their roof?
October 14 - City of Berkeley
Police to begin special traffic enforcement / education program
- In a new effort to save lives and prevent injuries on City of
Berkeley streets, the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD)
is expanding their regular traffic enforcement with special projects.
"2 sides of pot debate" is at pressdemocrat.com.
"Would Prop. 19 cut
crime and boost economy, or harm public safety, health?"
Katie McBain emails
You might remember my husband,
Jim Nevitt, from visits at 900
GRAYSON. He had a studio in
ActivSpace a few years ago and continued to rotate his glass pieces
in Grayson's window. He was an avid reader of your blog
and I thought you might want to read his obit and perhaps mention
it for West Berkeley folks who have not heard yet. Here's
Jim's website is here. (bio
is there, too)
"The Grandest Duke" by Geoffrey O'Brien is about Ellington, his
life, his music at nybooks.com.
"On more than one occasion
Duke Ellington described his childhood in Washington, D.C., as
a sort of paradise, at least for him and those around him in the
family circle. In the song "My Mother, My Father" (written
for his 1963 musical show My People) he wrote:
My mother-the greatest-and
My father-just handsome-but the wittiest
I was raised in the palm of the hand
By the very best people in this land
From sun to sun
Their hearts beat as one
My mother-my father-and love "
"Mark Twain wrote his biography a century
ago. Finally released, it's stirring plenty of interest"
Mark Twain completed his
autobiography which he called 'a complete and purposed jumble'
more than a century ago. But he told his publishers that
they would not be able to publish it till 100 years after his
death which happens to be this year.
Why the delay? 'Mark Twain
had a very tender heart,' Robert Hirst, curator of the Mark Twain
Papers at UC Berkeley, told 'CBS Sunday Morning.' 'He liked to
say nasty things he's really good at it but he didn't
like the idea of being there when the person heard them, and was
hurt by them!'
Also, said Hirst, the century-long
embargo freed Twain 'to say exactly what he [thought], and so
in a way he doesn't have anyone looking over h's shoulder.'
It would appear, however,
that waiting 100 years has done nothing to dampen interest in
the life of the author of 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
On the contrary, the book which has an official publication
date of Nov. 15 is already high on the bestseller lists
of both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
There is nothing dainty about
Twain's project. The 760-page book now being released is just
the first volume of the complete 'Autobiography of Mark Twain.'
Within five years, two more
volumes will appear from the University of California Press. The
entire work will eventually also be available online."
"Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science" by David H. Freedman at theatlantic.com.
"Much of what medical
researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated,
or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors-to a striking extent-still
drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John
Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing
their bad science.
In 2001, rumors were circulating
in Greek hospitals that surgery residents, eager to rack up scalpel
time, were falsely diagnosing hapless Albanian immigrants with
appendicitis. At the University of Ioannina medical school's teaching
hospital, a newly minted doctor named Athina Tatsioni was discussing
the rumors with colleagues when a professor who had overheard
asked her if she'd like to try to prove whether they were true-he
seemed to be almost daring her. She accepted the challenge and,
with the professor's and other colleagues' help, eventually produced
a formal study showing that, for whatever reason, the appendices
removed from patients with Albanian names in six Greek hospitals
were more than three times as likely to be perfectly healthy as
those removed from patients with Greek names. 'It was hard to
find a journal willing to publish it, but we did,' recalls Tatsioni.
'I also discovered that I really liked research.' Good thing,
because the study had actually been a sort of audition. The professor,
it turned out, had been putting together a team of exceptionally
brash and curious young clinicians and Ph.D.s to join him in tackling
an unusual and controversial agenda."
"The AK-47: 'The Gun' That Changed The
at npr.org with audio.
The AK-47 was designed after
World War II by the Soviets, who issued the guns to the communist
army's conscripted forces. In the past few decades, the AK-47
has become one of the weapons of choice for many groups - and
one of the most commonly smuggled weapons in the world.
One of the first true assault
rifles, the AK-47, or Kalashnikov, was designed for soldiers who
have to endure terrible conditions on the battlefield: It's light,
it can carry a lot of ammunition, and it can withstand harsh weather
and poor handling. The gun's design and ubiquity also have made
it popular among small-arms dealers - as well as insurgents, terrorists
and child soldiers.
C.J. Chivers, a Pulitzer
Prize-winning war correspondent for The New York Times, has encountered
the Kalashnikov while reporting from Afghanistan and Iraq. His
new book, The Gun, traces the migration of the AK-47 across the
world, detailing the consequences of its spread."
The AK-47 also changed the
world. It was one of the 20th Century's most effective political
Let me be perfectly clear.
Our environment issues--irritants
and toxins-- are NOT TYPICAL of Potter Creek or west-Berkeley
as a whole. Ours is a "special "case.
Our environment problems
IN NO WAY should be interpreted as an indictment of "radical
mixed use," including dense housing.
Rather, it should put us
ON GUARD for "cowboy" behavior of all sorts.
As to the cause, . . . it
is probably the result of close-by facilities' inefficiency, incompetence
or ignorance and arrogance.
10/1/10--4:09 PM SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse front, light head, nausea, "melting
plastic" odor. 5:15 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front
and front of warehouse, heavy dry air, head ache, light head,
ringing ears, leave. 5:44 PM--similar. 6:57PM--SERIOUS irritant
in wareous front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, similar
symptoms and "clhorine bleach" odor.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry heavy air, mucus membrane irritant, burning eyes, mouth, over
rides, three HEAPA filters and air conditioner.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
light head, nasal congestion, wear respirator. Off-and-on all
afternoon, similar, wear respirators. 1:11 PM--irritant in warehouse
front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, watery
eyes, nasal irritation, Marsha similar, wear respirators. 7:00
10/4/10--off-and-on all day,
irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, watery eyes, nasal
10/7/10--off-and-on all day
irritatioin in front room, dry dirty air. 11:30 PM--SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse plus
slight ganja smell, headache, light head, nausea. Marsha similar,
10/8/10--6:30 AM, similar
to above. -off-and-on all day irritatioin in front room, dry dirty
air. 6:32: PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
in front of warehouse, light head, nasal congestion. Marsha,nasal
congestion. 6:46 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front
and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, light head, nasal congestion.
Marsha, SERIOUS nasal congestion, coughing attack.
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
dirty air watery eyes, itchy skin, dry mouth.
10/9/10 5:35 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry dirty air , burning watery eyes, burning mouth, hacking cough.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry dirty air, light head, watery eyes, ringing ears. 6:12 PM--SERIOUS
irritant warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry heavy air, light head, nausea, watery eyes. 7:31 PM--SERIOUS
irritant warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry heavy air, light head, nausea, watery eyes.
flicker. 5:42 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
in front of warehouse, watery eyes, ears blocked, nasal congestion,
dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
watery eyes, leave.
afternoon, dirty heavy air, cough, nasal congestion, Marsha similar,
neighbor has headache. Several people passing cough. 8:41 PM--dry
heavy air, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, burnning throat.
heavy air, cough, nasal congestion plus "warm food"
10/17/10 8:55 AM--SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry heay air,
watery eyes, nasal congestion, wear respirator.
irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry heavy
air, watery eyes, nausea, leave.
in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry heavy air, watery
eyes, nausea, headache, leave. Similar off-and-on all AM, wear
respirator. 1:27 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front with
"chlorine bleach" odor. Earlier irritant in warehouse
back with whining sound.
1:56 PM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, watery eyes, itchy
With these past few Spare
the Air Days I've become specially curious about ozone and its
toxic effects and so googled "ozone poisoning" and got
PAN Database - Chemicals
Ozone - Identification, toxicity,
use, ecological toxicity and regulatory information
Inhalation: Cough. Headache. Shortness of breath. Sore throat/Fresh
air rest. Half-upright position. Artificial respiration if indicated.
Refer for medical attention.
Also mentioned is eye irritation,
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
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
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
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
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.
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
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
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.
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
AND check out BPD feature
are these Crooks."
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 email@example.com
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
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