October 2011

after 10/14/11, here



Published, possibly in response to the "outing" of a "residential medical cannabis retail collective" on San Pablo Ave, the over-the-top "African-American job growth booming in Berkeley: A model for solving our unemployment problem?" is at pajamasmedia.com.

"A business in Berkeley, California is thriving in this weak economy, hiring mostly African-Americans and helping to lower the unemployment rate in minority communities.

Could this be a model emulated nationwide? Obama's always talking about 'shovel-ready' jobs - but has he considered bong-ready jobs?

In the 21 months since it opened, the 40 Acres Medical Marijuana Growers Collective has seen its membership jump to more than 7,000 people, making it one of the fastest growing and largest cannabis businesses in Berkeley."


Another "residential medical cannabis retail collective" has been brought to my attention. Recently opened, it is in the 2800 block of Sacramento next to Bob's Liquors & Deli. Asking for donations rather than charging for product it seems to lack the professionalism of 40 Acres. It is also in a commercial district, as is 40 Acres.

With the possibility of more "residential medical cannabis retail collectives" in the near future perhaps city hall, sooner than later, should clarify its policy in detail.

These outlets seem to offer an alternative to corner drug dealing but a what cost? Is this a "new normal" challenge? Probably.


It appears that property crime in west-Berkeley is being reduced with auto break-ins leading the way.



With Phil Kamlarz retiring as city manger at the end of November it appears that Christine Daniel will be taking his position--she will at first be interim city manger for six months. Though professional and experienced, one hopes she has the patience required of the job.

The city manger's position is one of several not having an outside search, as was done for the police chief.



the mayor emails (excerpt)

The University and The City : Ideas for Partnership presents The Fall Panel Series

The Fall Panel Series, launched in September 2011 and sponsored by City and University
organizations, will explore issues that would benefit from greater collaboration among the
academic and civic communities. The second and third panels will convene at Berkeley
City College in the heart of Downtown Berkeley. With a student on every panel and business
and community leaders joining the discussion, each panel is made up of representatives of the
diverse communities within our city.



"Berkeley prepares for influx of electric cars" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"The electric car is coming and Berkeley is bracing for an onslaught.

City leaders are moving quickly on policy options to both encourage their use but also make sure city sidewalks don't turn into a web of

The problem may be more acute in urban areas such as Berkeley where not all houses have garages or even driveways to charge their cars.

And the influx of electric cars is expected sooner than most people think."



Potter Creek's secret movie studio is working on a new Snow White movie.




"The Real U.S. Map, a Country of Regions" Woodard at bloomberg.com.

"In 2008, with the U.S. divided between red states and blue states, then-candidate Barack Obama called for unity over division, a common shout-out among politicians and others determined to preserve America's under- siege, allegedly shared values. Yet such calls ignore the fact that there are no shared 'American values.' We've always been divided. And not truly along state lines. "








"Marijuana smoke obstructs air flow: Damaging effect equals inhaling up to five tobacco cigarettes, but
long-term use doesn't increase emphysema risk, study says"
reports the AP's Ray Lilley in the Times.












Natalie, Gordon and Clarie

a Sunday afternoon in Potter Creek



our Janine emails

For once, I am performing "up north" and those of you in that area have a better chance of being able to attend one of my recitals.  It's taking place Sunday, October 16th, at Resurrection Parish - 303 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 at 3:30 PM. If you have friends or students who you think might like to come, please let them know! I'd very much appreciate it, since most of my fans are down here closer to the Bay.  If you need further information about this event please call or email Beth Zucchino at BethZucchino@aol.com or 707-824-5611. But, there is no need to RSVP, as it sounds like a lovely big space, with a marble floor.  Should be great fun and I hope you can come. Thanks! Janine.

Toccata in c minor.......................................................Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite in e minor ..........................................................Dietrich Buxtehude

Sonata in G major.......................................................Johann Christian Bach

Suite in g minor.........................................................Jean-Henri d'Anglebert



Pieces in D/d from book II......................................Jacques Duphly

French Suite in G major............................................J. S. Bach



our JIm Samuels emails

"Letters From Texas" is a humorous look at politics and current events, as seen through the eyes of a progressive Texan in a bad mood.




Aw jeez, "UC Berkeley students seek their own council district in Berkeley" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"A group of UC Berkeley students, backed by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, submitted a proposal Friday to redraw City Council districts to create a student majority area."







"Chu takes responsibility for a loan deal that put more taxpayer money at risk in Solyndra" at washingtonpost.com.












for the full-size "handbill" of this Jewish Museum Show

go here

[In addition to the Houdini Exhibit, paintings of Potter Creek's Deborah Oropallo are on display.]


As a kid loving magic and growing up in Milwaukee I well knew of Houdini, for in addition to his world-wide fame as an escape artist he was a local guy--he lived in Appleton Wisconsin for awhile where his father was rabbi. Remembered now for his illusions, exposing mediums , and feats of escape he was early-on known for his sleight of hand with cards.

[Understand that among magicians, card magic is "the fine art of magic" requiring great dexterity, long hours of practice, and . . . soft hands.]


Though Houdini was an accomplished performer of card sleights, the card magician of his day was Howard Thurston.

And in fact, the most famous magician of the day was not Harry Houdini but Howard Thurston.

In "The Last greatest Magician in the World," author Jim Steinmeyer puts forward that case.

In the Wall Street Journal review of Steinmeyer's book Kenneth Silverman writes "One of the great vanishing acts in the history of magic is Howard Thurston, who in the early decades of the 20th century performed the world's largest magic show-40 tons of equipment and costumes, for appearances around the globe-but today is little known outside the magic community. While Thurston's arch rival, Harry Houdini, remains an instantly recognizable figure from American popular culture, the mastermind of 'The Wonder Show of the Universe' seems to have disappeared with the wave of a wand. Few historians of magic are as qualified as Jim Steinmeyer to bring Howard Thurston back onstage and describe his mystifying illusions, . . ."

A video about Thurston by author Jim Steinmeyer is here , along with some vintage film of Thurston performing.

Just how good was Howard Thurston? Well, he was "The magician who fooled Houdini" Here's a modern performance of that trick.

In card manipulation, Thurston pioneered "back hand palming" a sleight which allowed cards to be "endlessly pulled from thin air" and a stage version of "the rising card trick" where a card choosen at random by an audience member rose, from the deck held in the performer's hand, into mid-air and then floated in space.

But who was the greatest cardman of all-time? Not a magician at all but a card sharp. Here's one possiblity who's written about in "Phantoms of the Card Table:Confessions of a Cardsharp" by David Britland and Gazzo--the middle dealer, Walter Scott.












BPD Sgt. Mary C. Kusmiss emails (excerpt)

"Regarding the Ongoing Investigation of the Celedon Bravo Case

The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) strongly believes that there are witnesses to this crime or those who have information about it that have yet to come forward.  The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this crime to call the BPD Investigations Division - Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD Non Emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). All calls to BACS are completely confidential. Any information may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime."


BPD Chief Meehan had lunch with members of our chamber of commerce yesterday and delivered the news that

in Our Town

"Crime is down!"





"Swanson may challenge Hancock for state Senate" by Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.

"Assemblyman Sandre Swanson sounds like he's ready to challenge incumbent state Sen. Loni Hancock in 2012, a showdown between like-minded, labor-friendly, liberal Democrats that could reverberate through California government as supporters take sides.

Senate Democratic leaders are trying to dissuade Swanson, D-Alameda, from seeking the seat when he's term-limited out of the Assembly next year: They commissioned and released a poll showing Hancock, D-Berkeley, trouncing Swanson in the newly drawn 9th State Senate District.

Swanson doesn't sound dissuaded."



"Protests against Wall Street and joblessness spread nationwide, fueled by arrests in New York" is an AP report at washingtonpost.com.

Also, BBC NEWS reports that some New York labor unions will join in the demonstrations.


"Young people more likely to retire in poverty, according to study" by Christopher Yee at dailycal.org.



"ESPN drops Hank Williams Jr. from Monday night's football opening after singer compares Obama to Hitler" at washingtonpost.com.

Geez, . . . I mean he doesn't have a mustache and isn't even German.




Meredith May reports in Honeybee Chronicles

sfgate photo

"Bountiful first harvest: 72 pounds of sweetness."












"Mumps Outbreak in California" Vincent Iannelli, M.D. at pediatrics.about.com.

"There is a report of a mumps outbreak on the campus of Berkeley in California, with two confirmed cases and another suspected case of the vaccine preventable disease."


Councilman Darryl Moore emails (excerpts)

Groundbreaking for Lifelong's West Berkeley Family Practice 

Join the festivities
Eat, Drink, Celebrate 
Join LifeLong Medical Care in "breaking ground" for
a New Home for Health! at LifeLong West Berkeley
 Thursday, October 20, 2011 
5:00-7:00 PM 
2031 Sixth Street, Berkeley 
Enjoy a lively event to celebrate the clinic expansion! 
Be part of the celebration that will launch the transformation of this site into a bustling hub for continued high-quality, patient-centered care.
Tour the newly restored landmark portion of the building.
See the expansion up close and personal & discover why LifeLong West Berkeley is a premier option for family health in West Berkeley.
Don't miss this Groundbreaking Celebration!


Free Helmet Giveaway

Got a helmet?  Need one? The City of Berkeley's Injury Prevention Program is offering bicycle/multi-use helmets for Berkeley residents for FREE.

Pick-up your FREE helmet at City of Berkeley Public Health Division at 1947 Center Street, 2nd Floor.  Some sizes (large) are limited.  Offer available until supplies run out.  Office hours are from 9 am to 5 pm.

Limit one (1) per person and all parties receiving a helmet must be present.  No appointment necessary.

For more information, contact the Injury Prevention Program at 510-981-7676 ornxiong@cityofberkeley.info.







"The Criminal Justice Conversations Podcast with David Onek"at law.berkeley.edu.

"The Criminal Justice Conversations Podcast, a co-production of the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice and the Berkeley School of Journalism, features in-depth, thirty-minute interviews with a wide range of criminal justice leaders: law enforcement officials, policymakers, advocates, service providers, academics and others. 

The Podcast, hosted by criminal justice expert David Onek, gets behind the sound bites that far too often dominate the public dialogue about criminal justice, to have detailed, nuanced conversations about criminal justice policy.


David Muhammad, Alameda County Chief Probation Officer on California's Criminal Justice Realignment
'This is a major shift in criminal justice management. Because of the Supreme Court ruling that said California must reduce its massive incarceration in the state, and secondly, because of the incredible deficit that the state is in, they decided to reduce their responsibility for the criminal justice system and shift it to county responsibility. This shift from state to county responsibility, I completely support. Criminal justice is better administered on the local level. The state quite honestly has done a pretty horrendous job. The challenge with this is, this is ultimately at the end of the day a move to reduce the state budget deficit, so they are doing it on the cheap.' "





"U Street Ranks Amongst 'Great Places in America' " at dcist.com.

"What does U Street have in common with Berkeley, California * and the Milwaukee Riverwalk**? It has a place on the American Planning Association's Great Places in America list, which tallies up the 30 best neighborhoods, streets and public spaces in the U.S."

*Northbrea, Berkeley, California

"Nestled in the rolling foothills amidst outcroppings of volcanic rock, Northbrae stands out for its spectacular vistas of San Francisco Bay, environmentally sensitive design, connections to a unique network of 136 paths and steps crisscrossing Berkeley, and two nearby commercial areas for shopping and entertainment. Built on land used for grazing cattle, Northbrae was developed by Duncan McDuffie, who envisioned a park-like neighborhood of single-family houses nestled on lots facing tree-lined streets."

**Milwaukee RiverWalk , Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"Milwaukee RiverWalk was planned as a down-to-earth public space where residents could take peaceful walks, dine outdoors, and access the river for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. It has been more successful than anyone involved with the unique public-private initiative ever imagined. Construction of the $35 million pedestrian-only walkway, which has one of the most innovative bridges found anywhere, increased the value of adjoining property by more than $500 million. Removal of a dam at the northern end of the walkway, a cleanup of river pollution, and wastewater treatment improvements have enhanced water quality and helped restore fisheries to the river. 











Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge shows 1.9 inches for the storm--from 10/3 to 10/6.

And, Pete stopped by his old workplace, Weatherford BMW and reports that the old showroom building will become all offices with the new construction housing the new show room. Auto repair work will continue to be performed in the large metal structure. The new construction will connect the two buildings.


Fonzie's motorcycle is for sale.

Marshall Ehlers of Oakland is offering Fonzie's 1949 Triumph TR5 for sale at auction.

[What does this have to do with Potter Creek?]

Well. Marshall was for years the owner of Mean Marshall's Motorcycles on the 2700 block of San Pablo--the building north of what is now Nordic House.

Some time ago Ehlers bought the motorcycle from "Motorcyclist to the Stars," Bud Ekins. [Ekins was a friend and riding buddy of Steve McQueen and did the famous "fence jump" for McQueen in "The Great Escape." Though McQueen did all the other riding in the film.]

Ekins who had purchased the bike in the '60s, modified it for the producers of "Happy Days" where it became Fonzie's "ride." [ Interesting, Henry Winkler, who played The Fonz did not like motorcycles and was said "to be afraid of them." ]

When the series ended, Ekins got the bike back and in 1990 sold it the Marshall as just an old Triumph. In fact, Elhers did not find out he had Fonzie's bike until 2000.

On November 20 Marshall will auction The Fonz' machine at Bonhams Classic California Auction, Petersen Automotive Museum.



"Jewish Federation to host children with special needs at [Potter Creek's] Urban Adamah farm" Rachel Trachten, examiner.com

"The Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay will host A Day on the Farm with Urban Adamah on Sunday, October 9 from 10 am until noon. The group welcomes all families who have a child with special needs, and there is no charge for this event."

link courtesy Meridith Lear




"The . . . Aakash Touch Tablet Computer" was launched Wednesday.

"India is launching a cheap tablet computer it says will deliver modern technology to help lift villagers out of poverty.

The computer, called Aakash, or 'sky' in Hindi, is the latest in a series of cheap Indian innovations that include a 100,000 rupee ($2,040) Nano car, a 750 rupee ($15) water purifier and $2,000 open-heart surgery.

Government subsidies promise a $35 price tag for students and teachers, with a regular retail price of about $45 from manufacturer Datawind.
Indian Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal invited competition to help drive down the cost.

About 650 students collected the first Aakash tablets Wednesday and will begin training others in their use." The story and more photos are found at denverpost.com.

The Aakash is USD154.00 less than the new Kindle Fire.










Kubik emails

The Urban Adamah will be located on a parcel of land at 1050 Parker Street in Berkeley, CA.

the farm

Penndorf photo

across from Fantasy and behind Black Oak Books--access on 10th 

"The Urban Adamah farm will be located on a parcel of land at 1050 Parker Street in Berkeley, CA. The farm will produce a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and include two greenhouses, chickens, bees, and several teaching tents.

Most of the farm's produce will be delivered to local food banks and soup kitchens. The remaining produce will be consumed by the fellows and/or sold at farmer's markets in low-income east bay communities. A small percentage will be given as special gifts to funders of the program. Construction of the farm will begin in the spring of 2011 by local community members and will be completed by the inaugural fellowship class in the summer.

The Urban Adamah farm will be an educational center for Bay Area students and community members. Visitors will be invited to participate in specific educational programs, volunteer work-days and special holiday programs. We anticipate over 5,000 visitors annually."

"This is good for the Soul" emails Gene Agress.





"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. . . .


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.













ABC NEWS reports "Feds order pot shops to close within 45 days.

Federal officials are warning California medical marijuana dispensaries they must shut down within 45 days or face criminal prosecution and having their property confiscated.

The state's four U.S. attorneys sent letters Wednesday and Thursday notifying at least 16 pot shops or their landlords that they are violating federal drug laws, even though medical marijuana is legal in California. The attorneys are to announce their coordinated crackdown at a Friday news conference.

The move marks an escalation of the conflict between the government and the medical marijuana industry.

The Associated Press obtained copies of the letters that a prosecutor sent to 12 of San Diego's dispensaries. They state that federal law 'takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling pot.' "





ABC NEWS also reports "'Secret Sins' of Koch Industries."

"Charles and David Koch, the secretive billionaire brothers behind the Koch Industries, are a huge financial force in the conservative political movement. According to one estimate, they've contributed more than $100 million to conservative political causes, and a foundation that they back has trained thousands of Tea Party activists.

But now reporters for Bloomberg Markets magazine have published an article about what the magazine calls Koch Industries 'secret sins' -- including business deals with Iran -- that the reporters claim reflect the same hostility to regulation that powers the Koch brothers' politics."

The Bloomberg story is here.













Look for "an encampment" to be set up this week at Shattuck and Center Streets in support of New York's Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.



In a Sacramento press conference that was held late Friday morning, Federal officials made it clear that they are going to be targeting large commercial marijuana sales and growing operations and those close to schools and playgrounds but will not be targeting small operations.

They are concerned about the large amounts of money being made in violation of  Federal law. 

 Probably more than just "a shot across the bow."



"U.S. targets pot suppliers who profit in state" Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

"California's federal prosecutors announced a campaign Friday to shut down scores of marijuana dispensaries, which they described as profit-making criminal enterprises masquerading as suppliers of medicine."








" Overseas Jobs Come Home Up to 3 million jobs once outsourced to China forecast to return to the U.S." is a video report at ABC World News.



"Record thin on Steve Jobs's philanthropy" opines Peter Whoriskey at ashingtonpost.com

"For one of the nation's most famous billionaires, Steve Jobs kept a low profile as a charitable donor."

Keeping a low profile is not necessarily the same as not donating.












Are some in west-Berkeley

already celebrating?


San Pablo Strut, October 15th, 2011, 11am - 5pm

Neighborhood Open House
Local shops, Music, Food and FUN
San Pablo Ave and Dwight Way



"Rita Moreno Acts Out Own Career in 'Life Without Makeup' " is a Spencer Michaels story with video at pbsnewshour.org.

"Actress Rita Moreno, 80, now has a solo show about her life as a star of stage and screen called 'Life Without Makeup.' In a joint production with KQED San Francisco, correspondent Spencer Michels reports on the performer's transformation from a 'utilitarian ethnic' actress to becoming a 'show business animal'."



"Tuned to the legends" by David Morrill, Contra Costa Times.

"There are no gold-plated records framed on his walls, no shelves filled with awards, no media clippings -- not even a page on Wikipedia.

An inventor who has devoted his life to connecting musicians to technology, Keith McMillen doesn't need to tell others what he's done with his life. He knows. His peers know. And for him, that's all that really matters.

Even putting his moniker on his current venture, Keith McMillen Instruments, wasn't his idea.

'I did it for my daughter,' said McMillen, 54. 'She told me, "Dad, everyone knows about your products, but no one knows that you invented them." '

But while the general public may not be familiar with him, those in the music world who have worked with him say he is the best in the industry at what he does."



Pierre Monteux's rules for conductiong

Monteux's "Rules for Young Conductors", printed in Doris Monteux's memoir, It's All in the Music, show the directness and high standards of his conducting. These maxims apply quite well to Monteux's own work. Here are just a few.

from the "EIGHT 'MUSTS'"
2. Never bend down, even for a pianissimo. The effect is too obvious from behind.
4. Always conduct with a baton, so that players far from you can see the beat.
5. Know your score perfectly.
6. Never conduct for the audience.

from the "TWELVE 'DON'TS'"
2. Don't fail to make music; don't allow music to stagnate. Don't neglect any phrase or overlook its integral part in the complete score.
3. Don't adhere pedantically to metronomic time-vary the tempo according to the subject or phrase and give each its own character.
6. Don't conduct solo instruments in solo passages; don't worry or annoy sections or players by looking intently at them in "ticklish passages".
8. Don't come before an orchestra if you have not mastered the score; don't practice or learn the score "on the orchestra".
10. Don't stop for obvious accidental wrong notes.
12. Don't be disrespectful to your players (no swearing); don't forget individuals' rights as persons; don't undervalue the members of the orchestra simply because the are "cogs" in the "wheels".

This combination of knowledge of the score, ensemble conception, and the respect for the players can be heard in virtually every important recorded Monteux performance.



Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Understand that in the "Record Era" The Sorcerer's Apprentice was thought of as a "pop" throw-away-piece used to fill out an LP or as one of the works on a "miscellaneous classical" record--a disc often made up of "cream puffs." And remember, Mickey Mouse performed in it in Disney's Fantasia.

But here in this 1961 filmed performance with the London Symphony, Monteux takes it seriously, revealing it uncannily. Under Monteux The Sorcerer's Apprentice becomes an inventive, original work with all the excitement of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring"--a work that "caused a riot" on its premier. The sound on the film is good if not great, and surely benefits from some volume.

On my first hearing I thought it was a piece by an inventive, unknown-to-me 20th Century composer. And do not be fooled by Monteux's rotund, unassuming self, . . . just listen to the sounds!


Pierre Monteux



Pierre Monteux Conducts The Sorcerer's Apprentice













Councilman Kriss Worthington emails (excerpt)

Telegraph Livability Coalition

An invitation from Anthony Galace and Andy Albright
We are inviting representatives of neighbors, students, and businesses to come together to form a consensus on how we can work together to improve Telegraph Avenue and the campus area. Thanks to the graciousness of Doris from Moe's Books, we can invite you to join us at Moe's to engage in a positive dialogue seeking to develop an action plan for City and University improvements to the Telegraph area.
Thursday October 13 at 7 pm
Moe's Books, 2555 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley



our Janine emails

Some of you probably looked at my "Santa Rosa Concert" flier, for October 16th. Well, I am doing the same program here at my house the following weekend. I think everyone will enjoy this program, as it is quite varied, with some of the most fun music from the period as well as some of the deepest. (program below) For Berkeley, I will give two performances, Saturday, October 22nd at 10:30 AM, and Sunday, October 23rd at 1:30 PM. Both will be at my home. There will be treats at both, also CDs for sale.  Suggested donation, $15.00. Please RSVP by email.

The Santa Rosa concert is also still on, of course, the weekend before.   Thanks and hope to see you at one or both. 



"AUTOPSY will enter Fantasy studios in Berkeley, California in late October to record a few new tracks for an upcoming collection entitled 'All Tomorrow's Funerals' " is a release at roadrunnerrecords.com.








"First-time graduate enrollment drops at UC Berkeley" by Jaehak Yu at dailycal.org.

"In light of recent economic hardships throughout the country, universities nationwide experienced an overall drop in first-time graduate student enrollment rates in fall 2010 for the first time since fall 2003, and UC Berkeley was no exception."



"UC Berkeley ranked as one of world's best research institutions" by Theresa Adams at dailycal.org.

"UC Berkeley ranked 10th as one of the best research institutions in the world, according to theTimes Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2012 annual report published Thursday."



"Jerry Brown signs Dream Act for illegal immigrants" at sfgate.com.

"Thousands of California students in the country illegally will be eligible to receive state financial aid to attend public colleges, as Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday known as the California Dream Act."





"Kicking hybrids out of carpool lanes backfires, slowing traffic for all" is a story release by Sarah Yang, at berkeleyedu.

"The end of a California program granting free access to carpool lanes by solo drivers of hybrid cars has unintentionally slowed traffic in all lanes, according to transportation engineers at the University of California, Berkeley."



"Food is good medicine for fighting breast cance" Eloise Nelson, vaildaily.com.

"Science is proving mom right over and over again eating vegetables is good for you.

Researchers at the University of California Berkeley discovered that broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain an anti-cancer chemical compound that helps slow down the progress of an enzyme associated with rapidly developing breast cancer."




"Calif. to move all initiatives to November ballots" is an AP report.

"Calif.-Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday he had signed a bill moving all statewide initiatives and referendums to November general election ballots, a change that also postpones a June vote on California's rainy day fund."




"Lawrence Berkeley lab lands nearly $14M in ARPA-E grants" Meghan Sapp at biofuelsdigest.com.

"In California, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been awarded almost $14 million in grant money from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy division of the U.S. Department of Energy.'













On 10/6 I posted"Mumps Outbreak in California" and so broke the Cal outbreak story locally.

The Daily Californian brings it up to date with "Mumps outbreak at UC Berkeley grows to over suspected and confirmed 40 cases."



None of our three cannabis dispensaries have received letters from the U.S. attorneys, reports the Daily Californian in "Federal crackdown on marijuana operations has yet to target Berkeley dispensaries."

"We're not worried. We've been through all this before" said workers at one of our dispensaries.



"Anti-Wall Street protests held in No. California" at sacbee.com.

"The Oakland Tribune says about 500 demonstrators rallied Monday in Oakland and about 35 in Berkeley."


Radical sociologist David Harvey asks" if it is time to look beyond capitalism, towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that could be responsible", in an illustrated video lecture "Crisis of Capitalism."

Though Karl would approve

would Groucho simply be amused?

Oh, jeez?

Harvey has an internet lecture course, "Reading Marx's Capital with David Harvey :A close reading of the text of Karl Marx's Capital."













On 10/8/11 I broke "Look for 'an encampment' to be set up this week at Shattuck and Center Streets."

The Oakland Tribune follows up with "Occupy San Francisco protesters try to occupy Wells Fargo Bank.

Eleven protesters associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement were arrested Wednesday morning when they blocked the entrance to Wells Fargo Bank headquarters in the city's Financial District. . . . 

Another group in Berkeley is camping out in front of the Bank of America at Shattuck Avenue and Center Street, and protesters are planning to march to Wells Fargo Bank in Walnut Creek this afternoon. The procession is expected to begin at Main Street and Mt. Diablo Boulevard. According to the Occupy Monterey Facebook page, another protest is scheduled to launch in Monterey this weekend."


"Berkeley Nuclear-Free Zone Ordinance Reconsidered" at huffingtonpost.com.

"Since 1986, not a single nuclear weapon has passed within the city limits of Berkeley, California.

Or, for that matter, has any energy from nuclear sources. In addition, the city is prohibited from doing business with any corporation involved in the nuclear industry-unless a special exemption is first procured.

Voters in the famously liberal bastion passed a measure proclaiming it a 'nuclear free zone' in the mid-1980s; however, there's now a push by some to rescind that provision, thereby eliminating some of its side-effects that have come to irk many in city government."
underlining mine."

Actually, for decades after the "soap company" abandoned their facility at the end of Pardee Street and after the Rad Lab [now LBNL] leased the property, it was posted as a nuclear facility.  

At that time, a community activist responded to the posting with something like "They don't use it any more." Though the sign didn't come down and entrance was  restricted by a guard. 

We used to joke "It's Ok! It's the good kind of nuclear."

Ironically, this Rad Lab property was six or so blocks north of the "Nuclear Free Zone" sign on Hollis.

Interesting if true.




Some straight talk from the Oakland Trib's Tammerlin Drummond in "Police Chief Batts quits, . .  

On Monday afternoon, I got a call from Oakland police Chief Anthony Batts.

Batts said that he was 'getting it from all sides.'

From Mayor Jean Quan and anti-police members of the City Council.

From Judge Thelton Henderson, the federal monitor overseeing the 2003 Riders' agreement, who was putting the pressure on OPD to make faster progress on reforms. Henderson had also raised concerns about a recent report that found that Oakland police officers drew their guns more than necessary and were strip-searching suspects in public for no reason.

The police union was resisting Batts' efforts to transform a culture that has helped fuel mistrust of law enforcement in poor African-American and Latino neighborhoods.

Batts complained that he was too short-staffed enough to effectively police the city."





"Why the future of air power belongs to unmanned systems" economist.com.

"Anwar al-Awlaki and several of his al-Qaeda colleagues stopped their pickup truck on a remote, dusty road deep inside Yemen's interior. He can have had only a split second to realise what was about to happen. But the missile strike that killed al-Qaeda's most effective propagandist was no real surprise. It was just the latest example of the way America's armed Predator and Reaper drones are changing the terms of combat with the country's enemies, leaving them able to run but with nowhere to hide."















New OPD Chief Jordan is commited to a holistic* approach to law enforcement.

*characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole


A notable quote from William Gross of PIMCO the "largest" bond firm in the world

" . . . almost all remedies proposed by global authorities to date have approached the problem from the standpoint of favoring capital as
opposed to labor. If the banks could just be stabilized, if the 'markets' could just be elevated back in the direction of peak 401(k)
levels, if interest rates could just be lower so that borrowers would inevitably take the bait, then labor ­ job creation ­ would inevitably
follow. It has not."



Before Huffington Post and Berkeley mini-sites took up the issue, there was the Chronicle Carolyn Jones' well crafted, hardhitting "Berkeley's Nuclear Free Zone law questioned.

The Cold War might be over, but a Berkeley city councilman is about to drop a political A-bomb on City Hall.
City Councilman Gordon Wozniak wants to repeal key portions, if not all, of that most hallowed of Berkeley legislation: the Nuclear Free Berkeley Act."

Definitely worth the read.










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."


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."



"Reid's Records: 65 Years Of Family-Owned Gospel" is a story at npr.org.

" '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, R&B, everything.'

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.' "



"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!








from my log

10/4/11--8:43AM--irritant in front room, dirty dry air, mucus membrane irritation. 8:54 AM-SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dirty dry air, leave. 9:57AM--Similar, leave. 4:22 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning dirty dry air. 4:41 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning dirty dry air, overrides four HEPA filters, wear respirator.

10/6/11--8:50 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant burning dry dirty air in front room, over rides HEPA filters, wear respirator.

10/7/11--8:55 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant burning dry dirty air in front room, over rides HEPA filters, wear respirator, LEAVE.

10/8/11--Off and on all day-irritant in front room.

10/9/11--5:17 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation, cough attack. 9:25 AM---burning dirty dry air, mucus membrane irritation.

10/10/11-10:17 AM-VERY, VERY, SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, burning watery eyes, coughing attack. Marsha has coughing attack. Worst irritant in recent memory. 11:26 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, blurry vision. 1: 22 PM--"glass manufacturing odor" in front room, also off-and-on AM and PM during past weekend.

10/11/11--8:21 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, Marsha, synus irritation, difficulty breathing.




eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com


Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



You can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.


Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

If you ever need to get a human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc., this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get you to a human being within a few seconds.



Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.


Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.

Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!


All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Suspects."

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

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



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