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drinks before dinner
our dinner was the most fun
and best dinner we've had in recent memory
full photo essay
Which Potter Creeker can
be, arguably, counted among the Berkeley Royals. (Berkeley royalty
is a Chip Johnson concept put forth in an early column about Da
Last week I had dinner with
some old Berkeley radicals. One was with the movement from the
beginning and played an active roll in the Scheer Campaign--that
is until he dropped acid in 1969 at which time he concluded that
he was "on a bummer" and left the movement to make a
life for himself and his loved ones.
"Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu's '25 Years of
Hula' " is a review
by Allan Ulrich, Chronicle Dance Correspondent.
"Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu
dance troupe members celebrate the company's 25th anniversary
at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Who, a quarter century ago,
could have dreamed that a company devoted to hula dance would
become one of Northern California's most appealing dance entertainments?
I doubt that even Patrick
Makuakane, the founder of the company Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu harbored
such fantasies. Yet, the huge and remarkably diverse crowd that
packed the Palace of Fine Arts Theater on Saturday evening for
the kickoff to the troupe's 25th anniversary celebration was a
testament to Makuakane's melding of community interest, serious
ethnography, exuberant showmanship and something approximating
"NRF to set up 2 more research centres" by Sara Grosse channelnewsasia.com.
"Singapore: The National
Research Foundation will have two more research centres soon,
bringing to seven the number of such centres here.
The new centres will be associated
with the University of California, Berkeley and the Ben-Gurion
University of the Negev in Israel in collaboration with the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem and Nanyang Technological University."
"A Fascinating Window into the World of
Catholicism in 21st Century Urban America" at businesswire.com.
"Father Andrew Greeley's
final book, completed just weeks before his near-fatal accident
in November 2008, [was] unveiled by a group of eminent academicians
from the University of Chicago and the University of California,
Berkeley on Wednesday, Oct. 20 . . . at the Gleacher Center ."
"Causes, the popular
Facebook charity application, has raised another $9 million in
funding and introduced gift cards to let people donate online
without using a credit card. The story in the San Francisco Chronicle
says the new gift cards are available in Safeway and Vons supermarkets
in California in denominations of $25 and $30.
Berkeley-based Causes was
co-founded three years ago by Sean Parker and Joe Green. Parker
is Causes chairman and also managing partner at venture capital
fund Founders Fund but probably best known for being the former
Facebook president and the co-founder of Napster (along with Shawn
Fanning). His ties with Facebook were immortalized in the film
The Social Network. Green, a Harvard University graduate, is Causes
president and also has links with Facebook he shared a dorm
room with Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg from 2003 to
The latest capital raising
round, which included venture capital firms New Enterprise Associates
and Founders Fund Management LLC, Silicon Valley startup backer
Ron Conway and Salesforce.com Inc chief executive Marc Benioff,
brings the total financing to $16 million. It's understood the
new funding will help Causes expand its team, which is currently
only 16 strong.
Causes' Facebook application
connects 119 million people to a range of charities, making it
easy to donate small amounts."
"Dow Chemical recognizes students for research" is an AP story.
Dow Chemical Co. is recognizing
students for their work on sustainability-related issues.
The nation's largest chemical
maker recently announced winners of its second annual Dow Sustainability
Innovation Student Challenge Awards. It's part of an effort to
promote research and innovation.
The Midland-based company
partnered with seven universities for the program, which started
"Four men allegedly responsible for a rash
of holdups in Berkeley and Oakland have been arrested and charged,
police said" Henry
K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Keiarris Hall, 18,
of Antioch, Brynell Polk, 19, of Berkeley and twin brothers Michael
Anthony Glover and Markell Antwan Glover, both 18 and from Richmond,
used a shotgun to rob victims in different parts of the city,
police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said.
The four robbed a victim
on the 1300 block of Cedar Street in North Berkeley about 7:50
p.m. Oct. 13 and robbed another person at Russell and Wheeler
streets about two hours later, Kusmiss said.
Also that night, a person
was robbed by shotgun-toting suspects at Hudson Street and Boyd
Avenue in North Oakland. A witness in that holdup gave police
a description of the robbers' car as well as a partial license
plate number, Kusmiss said.
On Oct. 14, Berkeley police
Sgt. Brian Wilson and Officer Peter Lee spotted a car at Prince
and King streets that matched the description of the car from
the North Oakland holdup. They arrested the suspects and found
property belonging to the robbery victims inside, Kusmiss said."
"Safer to be deployed to a military base
in war torn region than survive on Oakland streets" by Scott C. Johnson, Oakland Tribune.
Raymen Justice was shot in the neck in broad daylight half a block
from his East Oakland apartment late last month while walking
home from school. His father, Rayven, performed CPR for 40 minutes.
Then, as a crowd of onlookers stood by, Justice held his son close
and watched him die.
'It was the hardest damn
bullet I've ever taken,' said the 58-year-old veteran who was
wounded in the Vietnam War.
More than 1,000 people have
been killed in Oakland in the past nine years. That bleak statistic
is important because it closely parallels the toll of American
dead from hostile encounters -- 996 -- during Operation Enduring
Freedom in Afghanistan, which began nine years ago this month,
costing American taxpayers, by some estimates, roughly $1 billion
In some cases, the killers
here used AK-47s, the weapon of choice among guerrilla
movements and insurgencies
around the world. Dozens of the dead were children.
As award-winning author Sebastian
Junger points out in his recent book, 'War,' for which he spent
15 months embedded with soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade
in an isolated and exceedingly violent valley in northeast Afghanistan,
'You'd have to go to a remote firebase '... to find a level of
risk that surpasses that of simply being a male adolescent back
A women friend of Don Yost's
retired to west Oakland some years back and said that if it weren't
for politics the National Guard would be patrolling the streets
our dog lover
Former Potter Creeker Gail
Fredell is here for a few days staying with old firend, Merryll.
Gail, the designer of the Oakland Firestorm Memorial, was interview
yesterday by KQED-FM according to our David W. RP
"2004 Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, an AW Drivers
Dog" is a story
with video by Mark Vaughn at autoweek.com.
"A word of warning up
front: The Wiener theme will now be stuck in your head for the
next two weeks. It's been one week since I saw the big beige and
orangish-colored wiener wagon and the theme has haunted me since,
wafting in and out of my medulla oblongata like a nitrate-laden
poltergeist. You know the jingle.
'Oh, I wish I were an Oscar
Mayer Weeeee-ner . . .'
There, now it's planted in
your brain like the earwig babies in that Twilight Zone episode.
'That is what I'd truly like
to beee-ee-eeee . . .'
Don't try to fight it, just
give in and sing.
'Cause if I were an Oscar
Mayer weee-ner . . .'
Keep telling yourself that,
soon, 'Everyone will be in love with meeeeeeeee . . .
And stop worrying about whether
broccoli might have been a better choice for you than ground-up
beef nostrils and chicken lips. Hot dogs are an American icon,
dammit, right up there with baseball and the Chevrolet W4 medium-duty
truck chassis on which this most recognizable of motorized main
dishes rides, with a 5.7-liter Vortech V8 wedged between the buns."
The original Wienermobile
was designed by Brooks Stevens, a Milwaukee industrial designer
and a visionary car collector. Stevens collected Duesnbergs and
Rolls when they were just used cars.
He also designed the Milwaukee
Road Hiawatha passenger cars--his Sky
Top Observation Car remains a classic today.
"Our picks for the Bay Area's great small
venues" by Richard
Scheinin and Jim Harrington at mercurynews.com.
"The Bay Area is blessed
with many great music venues -- including some you've probably
never heard of.
That's understandable, with
internationally renowned spots -- Yoshi's in Oakland, the Fillmore
in San Francisco, the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley -- and
A-list houses like Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, HP
Pavilion in San Jose and Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord grabbing
most of the attention.
Yet, those marquee venues
are only part of the Bay Area's live music story. We're here to
share the other side of the tale."
"$10 million grant to complete East Bay
bike trails" Carolyn
Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"The East Bay will soon
have the largest bike path network in the country, thanks to a
$10.2 million federal grant announced Wednesday.
The Department of Transportation
funds will allow the East Bay Regional Park District to connect
dozens of gaps in the Bay Trail and Iron Horse Trail, so bicyclists
will be able to ride from Brentwood to Union City, from Berkeley
to Livermore, a web of more than 200 miles.
'This is probably one of
the most incredible things we've done here,' said Pat O'Brien,
manager of the park district. 'It's really a hallmark for East
The grant is the largest
the district has received in its 76-year history. The district
was selected from 700 applications, ranging from freeway widening
projects to rail yards.
Bicyclists were ecstatic
at the news."
A KTVU-TV video about a story
Kubik broke early this month is here.
10/1/10 Kubik's scoop
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.
came today and so did the
So no École Bilingue
CEID director, Jill Ellis
You missed our 30th GALA and we missed you. It was the place
to be last Saturday night!
I heard some great things
about your fund-raiser.There were about 300 in attendence, you
raised serious money, there was a great and funny comedian, you
had a successful auction, and among the Berkeley Royals in attendence
were Tom and Loni. RP
An irregular reader emails
Really enjoyed the most recent
two days of lox.
Pete Hurney's last KALX Scratchy
Vinyl playist is here.
Kid's too hip. RP
And music was an important
part of our block party
here are Rick Auerbach and
a Tracy photo
Rick's day job is WEIBAC
"A Short History of Mug Shots" is at slate.com.
"From Leon Trotsky to
Johnny Cash to Jane Fonda."
"My Mom Is So Berkeley:One-Liner Childhoods"
by Richard C Paddock,
"A new Facebook group
was formed last summer, well before 'Parenthood,' a television
series set in Berkeley, made its debut on NBC this month. The
group, called "Your Mom Is So Berkeley," began as an
inside joke among friends who grew up there and came up with one-liners
about Berkeley mothers, said Roberto Santiago, 33, the page's
'Your mom is so Berkeley
she'll sign anything given to her outside a grocery store,' Mr.
Santiago wrote in an early post.
Hundreds of people joined
in as the group evolved into a place where Berkeley's sons and
daughters reminisce about growing up in the ultimate counterculture
"Berkeley's NIMBY Robot" is an animation at uptownalmanac.com.
"Nimby robot prepares to save Berkeley."
"UC Berkeley Police Arrest Women's Locker
Room Peeping Tom"
is a report at ktvu.com.
"A man suspected of
taking pictures of women in a University of California at Berkeley
locker room was arrested Thursday afternoon.
Police arrested Berkeley
resident Gregorio Hernandez, 29, for disorderly conduct after
he allegedly snuck into a women's locker room at UC Berkeley on
two separate occasions, campus police Lt. Alex Yao said."
"Immigrants Don't Bring Crime, Berkeley
Study Finds" by
Jacob Simas, baycitizen.org.
"Berkeley Center for
Criminal Justice:Immigration increased while crime decreased.
A report published this month by the University of California,
Berkeley, shows that crime statistics in California have decreased,
even while immigration to the state has continued to increase,
according to an article in the Spanish-language newspaper La Opinión."
"October is Solar Energy Month and National
Fair Trade Awareness Month"
by Christine G.K. LaPado at newsreview.com.
"On Oct. 1, Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger declared the month of October 'Solar Energy Month.'
He stated in his proclamation that 'under the California Solar
Initiative we are moving toward our goal of installing 1 million
more roof systems by 2018.' "
post from the past 1/07
900 GRAYSON'S Margot
[Chris' daugther is now almost
Just wanted to thank you
for a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable website. I no longer
recall how I initially found it, but I am a regular visitor nowadays.
Emeryville Earthland Farmers
Market is now open every Thursday 12:00 noon til 6:00 PM on Haven
Street between Park and 40th Streets next to Emeryville City Hall
and across from Pixar Studios. RP
"Head Spinning About the November Ballot
Measures? Get the Facts!"
Features Nonpartisan Ballot Measure Information, Endorser lists,
Polling, Facts & More."
"Prop. 19 could flicker out"
by Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.
"Come Nov. 3, California
will either have become the first state to allow legal, regulated,
taxed marijuana, or -- more likely, some political experts say
-- it will have created a lot of heat and light without any smoke.
"Berkeley's NIMBY Robot" is an animation at uptownalmanac.com.
"Nimby robot prepares to save Berkeley."
If you loved this or not,
check out more from its home, uptownalmanac.com.
"Where 20-somethings go to retire."
"From Chipmunks to Gorillaz: Here are the
top cartoon bands of all time" by
Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune.
"The cartoon band isn't
a new concept. It dates back to at least the late 1950s, when
Fresno's Ross Bagdasarian Sr. -- better known by the stage name
David Seville -- created the furry troubadours Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Since then, there has been a steady trickle of animated groups
unleashed on Planet Earth.
What is new, however, is
how popular a few of these cartoon acts are in 2010. They call
them 'virtual bands' these days, and the two biggest are Dethklok
(from the Adult Swim animated program 'Metalocalypse') and the
"Clif Bar Opens Sustainable Headquaters" at business.transworld.net.
"Clif Bar & Company
has just opened up their new energy-efficient headquarters in
Emeryville, California. After almost 15 years in Berkeley, the
company has moved to the new energy-efficient space. The 115,000
square foot building was a former valve manufacturing plant."
"Old photos reveal tale of Japan and Jews
of WWII" Jay Alabaster,
Associated Press Writer.
"The young man's monochrome
portrait is at least 70 years old, the whites all faded to yellow,
but it is still clear he had style. His hair is slicked down,
eye arched, suit perfect with matching tie and handkerchief.
He also had the good fortune
to escape Europe in the early days of World War II. The photo,
a gift to the man who helped him escape, is one of seven recently
discovered snapshots that cast light on a little known subplot
of the war - even as Germany sought to seal Jewish Europeans in,
a small army of tourism officials from its main ally, Japan, helped
shepherd thousands away to safety."
"Website helps voters make informed choices" by F. Noel Perry, David M. Kennedy and Jack
Citrin at sacbee.com.
is unusual because the initiative process allows ordinary voters
to make law. But ironically, big donors often dominate the initiative
process because interest groups, corporations and wealthy individuals
can donate unlimited funds to support or oppose state ballot measures.
If anyone doubts the vast
influence that big money has on elections in California, look
no further than the latest report from the California Fair Political
Practices Commission. The report finds that committees established
to support or oppose the nine propositions on the California ballot
in November have received more than $84.25 million in contributions
of $100,000 or more. The FPPC says that 2010 will be a record
year for big money influence in California's elections.
Small wonder that, when confronted
with so many conflicting, and at times misleading, commercials,
Op-Ed articles, mailers, fliers, e-mails and other communications
from different organized interests, voters throw up their hands
and decide not to vote. The consequences are devastating. When
less than a third (33.31 percent) of registered voters in California
choose to go to the polls, as was the case in June's primary election,
the power of our government is being ceded to the most organized,
Today, more than ever, we
need voters to become informed, go to the polls and take back
the power our democratic system invests in each one of us.
We are at a critical crossroads.
That's why Next 10, Stanford University's Bill Lane Center for
the American West in conjunction with the Institute of Governmental
Studies at University of California, Berkeley, and the Center
for California Studies at Sacramento State, have launched a website
to help voters get the information they need to vote wisely."
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed 1 inch for the storm.
And Check out Pete's Scratchy
Vinyl show today at KALX from 3 'til 6. This is Pledge Week so
pledge, please. Seems a fairly worthy cause.
Questions of the Day
Where was The Best Little
Whore House in Potter Creek? What is there now and what is its
Which Potter Creek garage
appeared in House Beautiful.
How many drug houses were
there in Potter Creek?
"Piedmont woman pens book on circumcision" is a review of Lisa's book by Marta Yamamoto
"Authors use novels
to tell stories of fact, fiction and combinations of the two.
In the case of Lisa Braver Moss, her novel 'The Measure of His
Grief' (Notim Press, $14.95) serves as a conduit for the author
to deal with her deep feelings about the practice of circumcision
as part of her Jewish faith.
The contemporary, thought-provoking
novel is the Piedmont author's first work of fiction, but the
subject of circumcision has been one that has troubled Moss since
her two sons were born more than 20 years ago, when as standard
practice within the Jewish religion, they were circumcised.
'That decision haunted me
because it reflected my tradition but not my spirituality or my
personal ethics,' she said. 'Making that decision required that
I separate myself from my own maternal instincts and that didn't
feel right to me.'
During the late 1980s, Moss
began to write articles on circumcision and though she went on
to other issues, she never lost interest in the circumcision controversy,
and returned to it when she decided to write a novel.
There's little question that
circumcision is a very complex topic with religious, medical,
psychological and sexual significance. At first the author foundered
as to how to express her opposition while demonstrating her respect
for Judaism. Having grown up assimilated in Berkeley and with
no synagogue affiliation, Moss realized she would need to immerse
herself in Jewish study."
"Marketing marijuana: How capturing the
'Humboldt Brand' may take more than legalization" Ashley Bailey, contracostatimes.com.
"When it comes to marketing
marijuana, there are already foreseeable roadblocks -- not the
least of which is whether it becomes legal in California after
Funding, community acceptance
and regulation are all unknown factors at this point.
But, that hasn't stopped
people like Liz Davidson from leading marketing efforts to create
a 'Humboldt Brand' for marijuana.
Organic, sustainable, grown-in-the-sun
are the ideals she is marketing through the not-for-profit Tea
House Collective. It's a cooperative based out of Berkeley that
educates medical marijuana patients -- currently 500 of them --
about where their marijuana comes from."
"NTUC LearningHub spends over S$1m on training
for PMETs" by Sharon
"The NTUC Learning Hub
has spent at least S$1 million on new training programmes with
overseas tie-ups to help professionals, managers, executives and
The economic downturn last
year hit PMETs the hardest - they faced the largest increase in
So the NTUC LearningHub is
engaging renowned trainers from China and the US - such as Disney
Institute, University of California at Berkeley and the Fashion
Institute of Technology - to help PMETs acquire new skills."
"Health report on breast cancer" by Catherine Zandonella at miamiherald.com.
"A new report calls
for a broad new strategy for testing industrial chemicals suspected
of increasing breast cancer risk. Compiled by a panel of experts
including NRDC scientists (SimpleSteps.org is an NRDC website),
the independent report lays out a framework for prioritizing and
systematically testing chemicals.
At the top of the priority
list are chemicals that are linked to breast cancer risk because
they cause endocrine disruption, alter mammary gland development
or contribute to known cancer-causing processes such as gene mutations."
"Alexander Anderson Jr., creator of Rocky
and Bullwinkle,' dies at 90" Daniel
Lopez, The Monterey County Herald.
Jr., recognized as the creator of the 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' cartoon,
died Friday at a home in Carmel, Calif. He was 90.
Anderson, who attended the
University of California, Berkeley, and the California School
of Fine Arts in San Francisco, was a native of Berkeley. He moved
to Pebble Beach in 1968. The last four years, his health had declined,
his wife Patricia said Friday. They were married for 36 years.
Anderson came from a family
of creative artists and in 1938 started working in animation with
his uncle Paul Terry in New York at Terrytoons, the studio that
created 'Mighty Mouse.' "
The name Bullwinkle--as in
The Bullwinkle Show-- was inspired by an old Berkeley auto dealership,
Bukwinkel's. (The show's founder, lived in Berkeley and went to
Cal.) And Jay Ward, a Berkeley years-ago-realtor, became a show
And, Lisa Bullwinkel, a distant relative, is now the owner of
Another Bullwinkel Show. She stages events and founded in Salano
Merryll's friend, Marty had
an Oakland studio next one of the Bullwinkle People--they displayed
Bullwinkle sculpture. RP
"Giant solar project approved in California"
in the San Francisco
Business Times, by Lindsay Riddell.
"Department of Energy
Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday that the federal government
has approved a 1 gigawatt solar project on California desert land
managed by the federal government.
The project, proposed by
Solar Millennium, whose U.S. headquarters is in Berkeley, would
be large enough to power 300,000 average American homes."
"Students take 'Mad Men' class at UC Berkeley" by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"Gimlets and cheese
Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce,
the fictional 1960s New York advertising agency and the men and
women who work there have charmed viewers like few shows in recent
Now "Mad Men" is
captivating a small UC Berkeley class, whose students this semester
are deconstructing the thematic, symbolic and historically rich
television series as part of a two-unit, pass-fail English class.
Yes, they are getting credit
for watching clips of Don Draper seduce women in the bedroom and
boardroom, discussing the social-climbing Campbells and marveling
at just how much scotch is consumed in an afternoon pitch meeting."
"Drug rehab expert's son slain in Berkeley
Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"The son of a drug rehabilitation
expert was killed and another man was wounded on a busy Berkeley
street Tuesday by a pair of gunmen who raked them with shots and
then ran away as horrified shopkeepers were opening their businesses
for the day.
Residents of the economically
depressed neighborhood said they believed the attack was over
gang or drug-dealer turf, but most were afraid to talk openly.
Police said the victims appeared to have been targeted.
When the shooting near the
corner of Sacramento and Russell streets erupted at 8:45 a.m.,
attorney Paul Clifford thought it was firecrackers going off.
'I heard the shots, looked
out the window and saw the bodies,' said Clifford, whose office
is across the street. 'One of the men was cradling the other,
just sitting there and comforting him ' ".
Perhaps strong anti-loitering
laws would help, though there seems to be some resistance to them
here and at city hall. RP
"Ranked-choice voting complicates elections" californiawatch.org.
"To proponents, ranked-choice
voting is the wave of the future in local elections in California.
Next week it's going to come
crashing down on voters in Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro,
adding new elements of complexity to a ballot that's already long
Ranked-choice, or instant-runoff,
voting is supposed to save taxpayers millions by eliminating the
need for local primaries and runoff elections. Advocates say it
also boosts electoral competition, because candidates have to
raise money for only one election per cycle, not two or three.
Here's how it works: In choosing,
say, a mayor for Oakland, voters vote for three candidates, ranking
them in the order of preference. A candidate who gets more than
50 percent of the first-choice votes wins outright. If that doesn't
happen, the election department's computers then count up the
second-place and third-place votes until a winner emerges."
"Music journalist looks back on a career
chronicling California's contribution to rock history" by Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel.
"When Joel Selvin first
began writing about rock music in the San Francisco Chronicle
in the early 1970s, there were precious few journalists doing
rock criticism in the mainstream press. When he retired from the
Chronicle in 2009, there were also precious few rock writers in
the mainstream press, for entirely different reasons. But, in
between, what a party.
In essence, Selvin was among
those pioneers who started the party, and he was among the survivors
who closed it out."
"Doonesbury Decades: A Timeline Of Turning
Points" at npr.org.
"While working on the
congressional campaign of her University of California, Berkeley
law school roommate Virginia Slade, Joanie Caucus was interviewed
by East Coast reporter Rick Redfern. A memorable weeklong wordless
slow-mo pan of dailies ended with the couple in bed together -
a strip that more than 30 newspapers chose not to print. MIT students
picketed The Boston Globe with signs reading, "Joanie, we
forgive you." Marriage, a son, and long careers in the nation's
" 'Great Game: Afghanistan' review"
Robert Hurwitt, Chronicle Theater
"The fate of the nine-year
Soviet intervention in Afghanistan is as energizing as it is ominous
in David Edgar's 'Black Tulips.' Taliban viciousness and the wrenching
dilemmas of aid workers make deep impressions in other plays.
A trip to the zoo will never be the same after Colin Teevan's
'The Lion of Kabul.'
Some scenes drag a bit, but
there's no doubt that the Tricycle Theatre's 'The Great Game:
Afghanistan' is one of the theatrical events of the season. Sheer
size almost guarantees it."
Berkeley, three Orthodox Jews run a medical-marijuana collective
selling a religiously inspired cannabis cream" by Rebecca
Spence at tablemag.com.
"On a late summer afternoon
in Berkeley, California, Eliezer 'Sticky' Green, a bearded hipster
in hemp shorts and a Green Festival T-shirt, is sitting across
the street from his medical-marijuana collective, smoking a joint.
It's not an uncommon sight in the East Bay-home of the country's
first cannabis trade school, Oaksterdam University-but an hour
later Green is doing something a bit more out of character for
the Bay Area: He's wrapping tefillin and davening mincha, the
In Northern California, even
the religious Jews light up."
"Digital Solution for Sacramento" is a report at insidehighered.com.
"In the face of growing
demand, limited infrastructure, and diminishing funds for state-supported
higher education, some experts believe the only way California's
higher ed system can continue fulfilling its mission is by expanding
its online offerings.
A new report, released Monday
by the California Legislative Analyst's Office, calls for the
state legislature to explore a number of moves toward this end
- including facilitating the sharing of online courses across
public university and community college campuses; evaluating potential
online 're-entry' programs for former dropouts looking to finish
their degrees; and allowing adult learners who are approved for
in-state grants to attend Western Governor's University, an online
institution based in Utah.
The authors of the report
acknowledge that the instructional costs of online courses are
not much different than face-to-face ones, but they note that
having campuses 'collaborate on design and delivery of instruction'
could yield 'significant cost savings.' The idea, says Paul Steenhausen,
a principal fiscal and policy analyst for the state, is that campuses
that want to add a new department would, instead of hiring 10
new faculty members and additional administrative staff, hire
three or four new faculty members and share the design and teaching
load with other campuses in the network that already have similar
"U.C. Berkeley to hold conference on meditation
and law practice" Karen
"Get ready to say 'Om.'
The University of California,
Berkeley School of Law this weekend is hosting the first national
conference on meditation and the legal profession. "The Mindful
Lawyer: Practices & Prospects for Law School, Bench, and Bar"
will bring together 185 lawyers, judges, law faculty, students
and neuroscientists for three days to discuss the science of meditation
and how it can be harnessed to improve legal education and the
practice of law."
"Fred C. Hernandez and Pedro F. Suarez
of Mintz Levin to be Featured Speakers at UC Berkeley's Entrepreneurial
Best Practices Series:Series to Focus on Intellectual Property,
Licensing and Legal Issues"
"Mintz Levin intellectual
property attorneys Fred C. Hernandez and Pedro F. Suarez will
be featured speakers at the Entrepreneurial Best Practices Series
at University of California-Berkeley's Haas School of Business
on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The series will
focus on the practical aspects of entrepreneurial activity.
Mr. Hernandez and Mr. Suarez
will discuss the benefits of various intellectual property strategies
commonly employed by start-up companies and will provide an overview
of several intellectual property legal terms and how they relate
to entrepreneurs and their businesses."
from our Cameron
Photobooth Dogs is a one-of-a-kind collection
celebrating the age-old bond between
dogs and their people. Featuring happy and beloved pets in more
than 100 portraits
taken in photobooths over the last 80 years, these images are
a testament to the
devotion people have felt and will always feel for their dogs.
Photobooth Dogs is
published by Chronicle Books with an October 1, 2010 release date.
These vintage rarities are collected by Cameron Woo,
co-founder and creative director of The Bark, the magazine
of dog culture and purveyor of exquisite canine art. The
majority of the photographs that appear in Photobooth Dogs
are part of Woos personal collection. This sub-genre of
vernacular photography was amassed from hours of culling
through thousands of photobooth pictures, at flea markets,
antique stores and online vendors. An invitation to Bark
readers and collectors drew a handful of gems, including
a three-frame strip showing photobooth inventor Anatol
Josepho cradling his terrier (c. 1928) from the International
Centre of Photography.
The photographs offer deeply personal self-portraits, a collaboration
and the sitter (human or canine)and the unseen element of chance.
Photomaton machines appeared in 1925, and for the first time in
photobooths offered the masses an inexpensive and high-quality
method for portraiture.
Crowds lined up to pay their 25 cents and have their picture taken.
pictures soon became the favored tribute to love and friendship,
it's no wonder that
beloved dogs began to show up in the earliest strips.
These rarities, collected
by The Bark art director
Cameron Woo, appear in the new
book Photobooth Dogs published
by Chronicle Books.
"The Creations of Alex Anderson" is a story with vintage video at legacy.com.
"Alex Anderson was born
in Berkeley, California on Sept. 5, 1920. He attended both UC
Berkeley and the California School of Fine Arts. During WWII,
he served in the Navy as an intelligence officer. His start in
animation came largely through his uncle, Paul Terry, the creator
of Terrytoons, and producer of short animation for 20th Century
Fox. His best known characters include 'Mighty Mouse' and 'Heckle
and Jeckle.' Anderson served as his apprentice for a time before
After his stint in the Navy,
Anderson approached his uncle with the idea of doing short animation
films specifically intended for television. But Terry declined
for fear that his current employers would drop him if they found
out he was developing for TV, as the studio saw the new medium
as a big threat.
Anderson then took the idea
to his boyhood friend and former fraternity brother, Jay Ward,
who was working in real-estate. The two founded the company Television
Arts Productions and Anderson converted a garage at his parents'
house into an animation studio.
They pitched NBC on the idea
of having a full half-hour of animated shorts featuring the characters
Crusader Rabbit, Rags the Tiger, Dudley Do-Right, Bullwinkle the
Moose and Rocky the Flying Squirrel, but the network passed, believing
there wouldn't be an audience for long format animation. NBC did,
however, buy some Crusader Rabbit cartoons to insert into children's
In 1950, Crusader Rabbit
thus became the first animated show made specifically for TV.
Ward and Anderson made 152 episodes of the cartoon during its
"You can't teach old dogs new tricks" said Ruth Okimoto
as we ended our conversation at the edge of the Bowl's produce
section. During our ten minute's talk we agreed that Potter Creek
now offers an embarassment of riches with abundant restaurants,
our fine grocery store and good neighbors. We said other things
I can't write about.
And Kubik, Al and I had a
light breakfast at the Bowl yesterday morning. During our hour
or so conversation we solved all the world's problems.
Last evening when the Giants
tied 2-2 you could hear the Missouri Lounges' cheering half a
block away. Their crowd was over-flowing out-the-door.
Jim Novosel is the only local
candidate I 've personally encountered. He was the architect for
a builder here in Potter Creek some years ago. During a meeting
with neighbors he made the point that the project was well within
code, but that he welcomed suggestions and then surprisingly said
if we didn't want any change at all the thing to do was have the
neighborhood become a historic district. "A mensch,"
I thought. He could have just said we're in code but he not only
welcomed input but offered the "ultimate no change possibility."
Didn't have to do either. He's running for the District Four council
There's a NIMBY
Robot sticker across one of the "Viva Jesse" posters
along Sacramento. Jesse is the District Four incumbent.
Tak Nakamoto stopped by last
week. A scholarship student at Harvard and with a background in
city planning he always has valuable insight--last week about
law enforcement in Berkeley.
Berkeley PD has a bicycle
saftey program in place south of campus and, though really not
related, Berkeley parking tickets are going up $3.00 in December.
The Bread Workshop is now
also a cafe and restaurant. Check them out at University and Acton.
Still my favorite olive loaf.
Ouestions of the Day
Which city council member
is a regular poker player? How many women are "at the table"
and who "makes the sandwiches'?
In which Potter Creek backyard
did the then new craftsman-owner find a hidden packing container
and a buried car?
How long ago were there really
only a few places to eat in Potter Creek? What were they?
"Emeryville's Trader Vic's is full of flavor"
by Jessica Yadegaran,
Contra Costa Times.
I have a bad tiki bar memory.
It was a month after my 10-year high school reunion in Laguna
Beach, and I was feeling so good about myself that I ordered my
very own bowl of rum and tropical juices. You know the type. Bright
in color, high on sugar, and deceptively intoxicating.
Since I don't remember anything
else from that night except pain and anguish, you can understand
why I've stayed away. For a long time, I just wasn't interested
in hula skirts, head statues and, um, cocktail bowls.
Then I heard that Trader
Vic's, the Polynesian bar and restaurant in Emeryville, was experiencing
a renaissance. If anything was to cure me of my tiki trepidation,
it would be this remodeled lounge with a fresh take on cocktails
and bar bites.
Just stepping into the bar,
which sits near the water off Powell Street, did it for me. Instead
of the cheap, gaudy decor that plagues many tiki bars, Trader
Vic's was classy -- and packed with history. Today, it is an international
chain, but Trader Vic's -- and, eventually, the famous mai tai
cocktail -- started here in 1934, when Victor Bergeron opened
a Polynesian-themed saloon called Hinky Dink's on San Pablo Avenue
in Oakland. He renamed it Trader Vic's in 1936 and moved to Emeryville
There are still reminders
of that era. Vintage lanterns salvaged from Hinky Dink's dangle
from the ceiling, which also features canoes, wicker baskets and
fish nets. Long, wooden rain sticks cover the walls, and the 15
tables in the bar are made of a lacquered monkeypod. Add the ocean-blue
upholstered chairs, and the vibe was set for me: chic, laid-back
"Lenore S. Kakita, M.D., learned about
perseverance, acceptance, determination and strength during an
unlikely time" is
a story at modernmedicine.com.
"Lenore S. Kakita, M.D.,
with her late husband, Judge Edward Kakita, at a Women's Dermatologic
Society event in 2003.
She was a United States-born Japanese toddler when the fear of
'Yellow Peril' gripped the country during World War II. She spent
five of the first six years of her life in U.S. relocation camps.
Her father, Hajime Uyeyama, M.D., a family practitioner born in
Berkeley, Calif., was forced to close his Oakland practice, and
he and his family were interned at camps in California, then in
Dr. Uyeyama became a leader
of the people imprisoned in the camps, advocating for them medically
and for food and supplies. When the family was released in 1946,
they tried to build their lives despite continuing discrimination.
Dr. Uyeyama was born near the University of California, Berkeley,
but after the war he could not buy property above the line of
the train tracks because of his Japanese heritage."
"US politicians court Latino voters"
is a channelnewsasia
report by Rachel Silverman.
the United States are courting the votes of one segment of the
population that made a big difference in several states in the
presidential elections of 2008 -- the Latinos.
The Latino voters are believed
to have the power to change the outcome of a number of crucial
In California, Latinos are
influencing the race to replace Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
with either former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman, or Attorney General Jerry
Brown, who's a former governor.
The two candidates battling
to become California's next governor are fighting a close race.
Analysts say the winner may
be the one who inspires the most Latinos to vote."
"Earth's loss is moon's gain" by Robert Sanders, Media Relations at berkeley.edu.
originally launched into Earth's orbit in 2007 by NASA have been
redirected by University of California, Berkeley, scientists toward
new orbits around the moon, extending study of the earth and moon's
interactions with the solar wind."
"Corporate rumble" by Don Jeffrey at Bloomberg News.
"The Hells Angels motorcycle
group, with a long and storied history in Oakland, has sued fashion
design house Alexander McQueen and retail chain Saks for trademark
infringement for selling handbags, jewelry and clothing using
the club's death-head design.
Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp.
said McQueen's company, New York-based Saks and retailer Zappos.com
have been selling infringing products in stores in California
and online, according to a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District
Court in Los Angeles.
The motorcycle club said
it has been using the death-head mark, a skull with wings, since
at least 1948.
The Hells Angels have authorized
the use of the marks on jewelry, apparel and 'promotional and
entertainment services,' according to the complaint."
buy a used car from this
a Jeff Grey photo
John Norheim emails
nope . . . BUT
law office, Epstein, Becker
Two workers from Potter Creek's
Care stopped by yesterday on their way to 900 GRAYSON for
lunch. We talked a bit about the French School, the foreman's
kid is enrolled there. Then they admired our Blackeyed Susans.
For the first game of the
World Series Morgan, Tracy and their kids took the bus over to
the ball park and just hung out before the game and mixed--they
had no tickets. Then returned having had a great time.
Those "low flying jet
fighters" around four yesterday and Wednseday were practicing
for the ball park flyover before the games.
I see by the sign on Hollis
at our city limits that we are now a Solar Friendly City. The
sign's about the same place as the old Nuclear Free Zone one.
Always wondered about that. How can you be a nuclear free zone
and be a home to the "Rad Lab" ?
And today is the City of
Berkeley Halloween Costumes Day, Berkeley High kids are on parade
and Trader Vic's is having a Halloween Happy Hour tonight and
Quite unexpectedly, the head
of GE announced in London today that his company is going to buy
tens of thousands of electric vehicles. Maybe as soon as a week.
My following and continuous
coverage of Prop 19 comes from my belief that pass-or-not, it
is a significant tipping point. As is "Quite unexpectedly, he head of GE announced
in London today that his company is going to buy . . . "
"Bay Point man arrested in Berkeley street
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A 21-year-old Bay Point
man has been arrested and charged in the shooting death of the
son of a drug rehabilitation counselor in Berkeley, police said
Brandon Wallace was arrested
Tuesday, just hours after Gary Ferguson Jr., 35, of Oakland was
shot dead and a second man was wounded on Sacramento Street near
"Pot Taxes on Ballots in California Cities
as Legalization Looms" by
Alison Vekshin with video at bloomberg.com.
Bloomberg Businessweek reporter
Sheelah Kolhatkar discusses the outlook for the legalization of
marijuana in California. On Nov. 2, California will vote on Proposition
19, the 'Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010,' a ballot
initiative that would legalize marijuana for personal use. . .
Oakland and San Jose lead
California cities preparing to tax marijuana crops and sales if
state voters decide on Nov. 2 to legalize the drug for personal
From Long Beach to Berkeley,
ballot measures aim to spin tax revenue from passage of Proposition
19, which would let adults 21 and older grow and possess marijuana."
"Prop. 19 supporters apparently coy with
pollsters" Joe Garofoli,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"For generations, pro-marijuana
Californians have hid their dope preference from their parents,
their teachers and their co-workers.
And now, perhaps, from their
The campaign team behind
Proposition 19, which is working to legalize, tax and regulate
marijuana for Californians over 21, has noticed an odd trend among
public and internal polls on the measure: People are less likely
to tell a live person that they support legalizing pot than an
"Home Smart Energy News Alliance formed
to create a smart grid standard" is a report at smartmeters.com.
"A group of smart grid
industry players which include big names such as Pacific Gas &
Electric Company, Southern California Edison, Honeywell, and the
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) recently
announced the formation of the OpenADR Alliance, a non-profit
organization created to advocate the development, adoption and
compliance of a smart grid standard called Open Automated Demand
Response (OpenADR). The alliance's main goal is to reduce costs,
improve reliability and accelerate the speed of Automated Demand
Response (Auto-DR) and smart grid implementations in the US."
"Man shot inside Berkeley apartment building" by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"A man was shot
inside an apartment in South Berkeley . . . . police said.
The name and age of the victim
was not released. Berkeley police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss
said the man was shot inside a unit of an apartment building in
the 1500 block of Alcatraz Avenue in South Berkeley . . . .
The building is just west
of California Street on the Oakland/Berkeley border.
Police do not have anyone
in custody or a motive in the shooting, Kusmiss said."
Berkeley PD emails
"October 29 - Arrest
made in Berkeley homicide and shooting - Two days after a shooting
left one man dead and another seriously wounded, City of Berkeley
Police Department (BPD) Homicide Detectives are announcing an
arrest in the case.
October 20 - Quick arrests
in rash of robberies - Members of the City of Berkeley Police
Department have arrested, and the Alameda County District Attorney
has charged, six (6) armed robbery suspects in connection with
two separate robbery investigations involving five different victims.
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."
"Feds cloud pot shops' revenue role:Measure
would bring two-tiered tax structure" by Daniel Thigpen Stockton Record Staff
"If California voters
next week legalize marijuana for recreational use, several cities,
including Stockton, are poised to impose new taxes on pot businesses
through their own ballot measures."
"NASA-funded survey suggests earth-sized
planets are common" is
a story at xinhuanet.com.
"Nearly one in four
stars similar to the sun may host planets as small as Earth, according
to a new study funded by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) and the University of California. The study
was published Friday in the journal Science."
"Neural circuit ensures zebrafish will
not bite off more than it can chew:Inhibiting certain brain cells
sharpens animal's response to small, quick visual stimuli" by Zina Deretsky at berkeley.edu.
"Whether it is alerting
us to danger or allowing us to spot prey, vision helps keep humans
and other animals alive. But how exactly does this special sense
work, and why is it easier for us to spot movement of small objects
in our field of vision than to notice other things?
The complexity of the neural
network that makes vision tick has long baffled scientists. With
a new technology and support from the National Science Foundation,
post-doctoral fellow Claire Wyart in the lab of Ehud Isacoff at
the University of California, Berkeley, and Filo Del Bene in the
lab of Herwig Baier at UC San Francisco have been able to follow
entire populations of retinal and brain cells in their test subject,
the zebrafish larva, and delve into the secrets of a neural circuit
Using a newly developed genetically
encoded fluorescent reporter of neural activity developed by Loren
Looger at Janelia Farms, the Auburn, Va., research campus of the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Wyart and Del Bene have been
able to follow how large and small visual cues translate into
electrical activity in a region of the zebrafish brain."
"Women architects have rich Bay Area past" by Annalee Allen, Oakland Tribune columnist.
"Inge Schaefer Horton
is a retired city planner with a strong background in architecture
who now devotes her time to the research of early California women
architects. She has written a book on the subject and will be
speaking from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Oakland Main Library's
Her book presents the lives
and careers of 50 largely unknown female pioneers, chronicling
the triumphs and challenges these path-breaking women faced in
their pursuit of entering a traditionally male-dominated field.
Horton describes in the preface
of her book that she became intrigued with tracing the lives and
work of women architects, who, like the famously well-known Julia
Morgan, came of age at the turn of the 20th century and began
pursuing architecture as a career.
Horton surmised that Morgan
must have been part of a larger wave of women entering the profession
during this period, and she found that the Bay Area was a fruitful
place on which to focus her research.
San Francisco, she states
in her book, was the economic, social and cultural center of California
after it had been organized as a state in 1850. The liberal social
and political climate of the Bay Area, and the need to provide
housing as well as public and institutional facilities to accommodate
its rapid growth, meant that there was a strong demand for trained
architectural professionals. This demand only intensified after
the 1906 earthquake and fire, Horton says, followed by a second
fire that destroyed many homes in North Berkeley in 1923."
See Hong Kong from morning
to night here courtesy
Last week one of our Potter
Creekers took his visiting-mom to dinner at Café Rouge.
There they bumped into Bill Niman, founder in the '70s of Niman
Ranch. All talked for a bit about Niman's work, the focus of which
was "I'm into turkeys now." A detailed explanation of
this is here.
Jerry Victor, owner of V&W,
has just spent a considerable sum on training and buying equipment
to comply with the 2010 EPA lead-safety practices.*
He says the required hazmat
"bunny suits" aren't fun.
I talked with some old Berkeley
radicals who were guest at my birthday dinner some weeks ago.
Of the success of the radical take over in the '70s one said "It's
the University! Without that big tit none of those social experiments
would have been possible."
Common renovation activities
like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead
dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful
to adults and children.
To protect against this risk,
on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe
practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning.
Under the rule, beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing
renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based
paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before
1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices
to prevent lead contamination.
EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting
projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child
care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they
use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training
providers to follow lead-safe work practices. Individuals can
become certified renovators by taking an eight-hour training course
from an EPA-approved training provider. . . .
Contractors must use lead-safe
work practices and follow these three simple procedures:
Contain the work area.
Clean up thoroughly."
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
irritant in front room, dry heavy air, watery eyes, itchy skin.
irritant in front room, dry heavy air, watery eyes, itchy skin.8:00
PM VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse,
VERY heavy dry air, short breath, cough attack, Marsha similar.
irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, heavy
dry air, short breath, cough, Marsha similar.
10/23/10 6:37 AM--SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
watery eyes, itchy skin. 1:15 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room,
watery eyes, dry itchy skin.
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,
and from a New York State
"9.9 Subpart 220-2:
The Department is proposing
to implement a new regulation to limit the emissions of NOx formed
by the high temperatures required in glass melting furnaces. The
current 6 NYCRR Part 220, 'Portland Cement Plants,' will be altered
to include a Subpart 220-2, under which the glass manufacturing
plants within the state will be subject to certain restrictions.
New York State currently does not contain specific emission limitation
requirements, but will implement those NOx limits proposed by
the OTC in their 2006 model rule.
There are several alternate
control technology options to reduce NOx from glass furnaces.
These include combustion modifications (low NOx burners, oxy-fuel
firing, oxygen-enriched air staging), process modifications (fuel
switching, batch preheat, electric boost), and post-combustion
modifications (fuel reburn, selective catalytic reduction, selective
non-catalytic reduction). Oxy-firing has proved to be the most
effective control measure by reducing NOx emissions up to 85 percent,
as well as reducing energy consumption, increasing production
rates and improving glass quality.
The Department will implement
the following NOx emission rate limits, as proposed by the OTC:
For the production of container glass, pressed/blown glass, and
fiberglass, 4.0 lbs NOx per ton of glass pulled, on a block 24-hr
average; for the production of flat glass, 9.2 lbs NOx per ton
of glass pulled on a block 24-hr average, or 7.0 lbs NOx per ton
of glass pulled on a rolling 30-day average. The Department will
work with glass plants to come up with an efficient use of technology
to meet these standards.
An 85 percent reduction can
be expected for glass furnaces within New York State. When applied
to the projected 2009 base inventory, this percentage translates
to a NOx reduction of 5.8 tons per summer day or 887 tons per
"NOx (often written
NOx) refers to NO and NO2. They are produced during combustion,
especially at high temperature. These two chemicals are important
trace species in Earth's atmosphere. In the troposphere, during
daylight, NO reacts with partly oxidized organic species (or the
peroxy radical) to form NO2, which is then photolyzed by sunlight
to reform NO:
NO + CH3O2 ? NO2 + CH3O
NO2 + sunlight ? NO + O
The oxygen atom formed in
the second reaction then goes on to form ozone; this series of
reactions is the main source of tropospheric ozone. CH3O2 is just
one example of many partly oxidized organic molecules that can
react with NO to form NO2."
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
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