sunset in Potter Creek
evening, October 14
"This Time, It Really Is Different" by Joe Nocera at nytimes.com.
"The title of the white paper is, admittedly, a mouthful:
'The Way Forward: Moving From the Post-Bubble, Post-Bust Economy
to Renewed Growth and Competitiveness.' It was commissioned by
the New America Foundation, which hoped that it might 're-center
the political debate to better reflect the country's deep economic
problems,' . . ."
Nocera and Bethany McLean
the Devils are Here," a book about our most recent econo-collapse.
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the author, along with Joe
"All the Devils are Here."
You can mess with your mind
or just get some insight into our ruling class by carefully watching
Rose converstion with authors Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean,
They talk about their new book "All the Devils are Here:The
Hidden History of the Financial Crisis" and more.
Rose is curiously ill-at-ease.
Maybe because as he hints, McLean knows more than he does, or
more darkly, because some of "the devils" are his friends
Saturday maintenence and
by teen volunteers along
the road on our bay front
Kubik turns 80 next month!
Berkeley Smart Boot Program
Beginning October 18, 2011
the City of Berkeley will begin "booting" vehicles that
have 5 or more outstanding parking citations that are more than
30 days old. This program is a substitute to the current practice
of towing an eligible car and then impounding those vehicles.
Under the previous system, drivers or owners of impounded cars
would have to go to the City of Berkeley Customer Service Center
and the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) before being
able to retrieve their cars from the impound lot.
Under the Smart Boot Program,
motorists can call the Paylock 24-hour Help Center and pay their
citations over the phone.
They can then release the boot from the car and return it at their
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the program
This program is scheduled to start October 18, 2011.
How do I get the
boot off of my car?
You can call the Paylock Boot Release Line to make a payment over
The phone number is 877-205-5566. Once you make payment, you will
be able to remove the device yourself.
What do I do with
Paylock SmartBoots may be returned to:
1429 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
M-F (8am - 5pm) Call 510-524-2400 for drop off outside of office
*No payments will be accepted at this location
I want to pay in
person. Where can I pay?
Berkeley Finance Department
1947 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
M-Th (8:30am - 4pm)
Closed Fri, Sat, Sun and Holidays
How long do I have
until my vehicle is towed?
If the vehicle is parked legally, a 48 hour grace period will
be given from the time the vehicle is booted until the vehicle
What makes my vehicle
A vehicle becomes boot eligible when it has 5 or more unpaid (outstanding)
parking citations that are 30 days or older.
If a driver calls 311, who can they be referred to?
311 Customer Service Operators will direct all booted motorists
to the 877-205-5566 number for the Boot Release Line.
There is a strange
vehicle in my neighborhood with cameras on it, why?
The vehicle you see is the Berkeley booting vehicle. The cameras
scan license plates to identify vehicles with outstanding parking
citations and to determine if they are boot eligible.
I do not want to
be booted, how should I pay for my tickets?
Go to the "Online Payment" section of http://www.cityofberkeley.info/onlineservicecenter
"Students urge Berkeley to ban plastic
bags" by Doug Oakley,
students, a U.S. poet laureate, and a local politician turned
up the pressure on Berkeley Wednesday to ban plastic carryout
"Powered By the Sun, UC Berkeley's CalSol
Races Across Australia"
Sgt. MC Kusmiss
City of Berkeley Police Department
Public Information Officer
This coming weekend in Australia,
the University of California Berkeley's Solar Vehicle Team, CalSol,
is preparing for a cross-continent trip across the Outback. CalSol
will be racing Impulse, a solar-powered vehicle they constructed
"More than half of California engineers,
IT experts are foreign born"
San Francisco Business Times by Steven E.F. Brown.
"Berkeley report: Don't blame public employees
for budget woes" at
"A new report from
the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Labor
Research and Education and Center for Wage and Employment
Dynamics finds that state budget woes around the country
have come from imploding housing markets and the Great Recession
-- not public employee costs."
Kubik emails a link to the
BBC one video trailer for Human
Planet, The most remarkable species of all.
Puts it "all"
"Massive IndyCar crash
claims driver Dan Wheldon"
photos at contracostatimes.com. The carnage can be
POSTS FROM THE
People in École
Bilingue's Halloween Parade
"Bring your bikes: Bicycle
mechanic-teacher Josh Church and the dozen or so students who
are learning repair skills at King Middle School in Berkeley are
running out of bicycles" writes Meredith May in her as-usually-informative
Notes" in the San Francisco
"The Berkeley harpsichord
maker lives and breathes the music of another era." writes
Jim Doyle of my neighbor in "Harpsichord
Heaven" in the San Francisco
Chronicle. And I thought it was the S. F. Giants and steam-trains.
Remember, "It's the
Great Pumpkin Charle Brown" is on Channel 7 at 8:00 PM,
tonite. (It really is more than a tale of thinking outside the
box gone terribly wrong.)
"Oakland crime summit: Quan's plan lacks
detail" opines Chip
Our French School Halloween
Parade is scheduled for this Friday, October 21st--details to
A video-report on effect
of depressants and stimulants on wood spiders is here.
I found this quite informative.
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the Berkeley Chamber of
Commerce Bates/Dean debate
Held at Skate's yesterday
morning, I got to the debate late and came in as the mayor was
talking about the need to clean up downtown. Ms Dean agreed, we
need to clean up downtown. . . .
boy . . .
Skate's has a hell-of-a back-bar.
. . . I mean, it was 8:45 in the morning but still, . . .
Oh yeah, . . . the mayor's
presentations were fact-filled--he's a quietly verbal guy and
much smarter than I'd heard on the street. Ms Dean's positions
were often stronger, often similar, but seemed to lack enthusiasm--she
"spaced-out" a couple of times, once seriously.
Donuts and coffee were served--the
donuts real fresh and the coffee good. I recommend the chocolate-glazed.
Shortly after this debate,
in one of my few actual encounters with His Honor Da Boz, he
said "Pretty early for a drink, isn't it." Ironic I
thought coming from the Assemblyman who legalized--happily--home
brewing in California.
"Johnny Depp Hosts Surprise Concert in
Northern California" at
"The 'Rum Diary' star
was in Berkeley, Calif. for a screening of his upcoming film.
Johnny Depp surprised locals
in Berkeley, Calif. on Monday night when he took over live music
club Shattuck Down Low.
Depp was in the Bay Area
for an invite-only screening of his new film, The Rum Diary, at
UC Berkeley, after which he was joined by director Bruce Robinson
for a Q&A conducted by award-winning journalist Ben Fong-Torres.
In the wings: musician Tom Waits, who had joined the movie star
earlier for dinner at San Francisco restaurant, Prospect Park."
from Collier and Horowitz's "Destructive
Generation; Second Thoughts About the Sixties."
Chapter Eight "Slouching Toward Berkeley; a Tale of Socialism
in One City," p248.
"Indeed, a large part
of Berkeley's problem appears to be that so many people are deeply
involved in city government. All those not permanently alienated,
it is tempting to say, are involved--but involved in a febrile,
almost obsessive way. This involvement encouraged by the radicals
has led to cynicism rather than citizenship, to a pervasiveness
of civic exhaustion rather than a sense of the rewards of
creative civic participation. It is an involvement based on anger
and animosity, and it has produced few benefits and many casualties,
chief among them the painstakingly evolved techniques
for handling conflict, that, along with its native imagination
and tolerance, once made Berkeley not only a great city out
a unique one as well. What has replaced that, . .
. is an atmosphere that is moralistic rather than moral, coercive
rather than persuasive. The most salient accomplishment of radical
governance has been to polarize instead of reconcile; to transform
common political ground into a barren no-mans land of unremitting
Beginning in the 1970s, profitability
pressures led the capitalist class in advanced countries to shift
away from investment in industrial production at home toward the
higher returns that financial products promised. Accompanying
this was a shift towards privatization, an absolute decline in
the bargaining power of labor, and the dispersion of production
throughout the developing world. The decades-long and ongoing
decline in wages that accompanied this turn produced a dilemma:
how can goods--especially real estate--sell at the same rate as
before if workers are making less in relative terms? The answer
was a huge expansion of credit that fueled the explosive growth
of both the financial industry and the real estate market. When
one key market collapsed--real estate--the other one did as well,
and social devastation resulted."
Cows in Berkeley?
Actually, temporary guests
in our very own Potter Creek.
"Researchers Understand Evolution of Flight
While Working on Robotic Bug"
by Andy Choi at azorobotics.com.
"A six-legged robotic
bug was fitted with wings to improve its mobility at the University
of California, Berkeley. While working on improving its mobility,
the research team discovered new concepts on the evolution of
flight. The robotic bug is called DASH, short for Dynamic Autonomous
I've spent the last week
immersed in the work of
Neo-Marxist David Harvey
Harvey is either one of
the most insightful analysts of capitalism or or one of its most
misguided critics, . . . depending.
A description of his book
Enigma of Capital, and the crisis of capitalism" at
oup.com includes this summary:
"For over forty years,
David Harvey has been one of the world's most trenchant and critical
analysts of capitalist development. In The Enigma of Capital,
he delivers an impassioned account of how unchecked neoliberalism
produced the system-wide crisis that now engulfs the world.
A review at ondependent.co.uk
offers "Harvey argues that each major capitalist crisis
has been worse than the last one, and more difficult to surmount.
He accepts that capitalism, with all its resilience and inventiveness,
is quite capable of overcoming this crisis too; but he is sceptical,.
. . "
After my week's immersion,
I've come away with: capitalism has grown and prospered for over
250 years, its growth rate historically averages 3-3.5 % yearly,
capitalism is best understood as a process, necessary to the
process is unrestricted flow of capital, economic and social
classes are necessary to the capitalist process, the tensions
between these classes is one of the contradictions of capitalism,
capitalism is self-correcting through crisis. . . nothing last
The quote of my week goes
something like "At the beginning of 2008 Wall Street executives
received USD 32 billion in bonuses for 'crashing the financial
system' and at the same time 2 million homes were lost in the
"Babies are smarter than you think" is a story with video by Alison Gopnik at
the French School Halloween
photo essay to
This year marks the 50th
Anniveray of Joseph Heller's "Catch-22"
the monumental anti-war, war book. Here
is Charlie Rose conversation with with Mike Nichols, Christopher
Buckley and Robert Gottlieb about Heller and his book and the
"For tea party and Occupy Wall Street movements,
some common ground"
by Marc Fisher at washingtonpost.com.
"Wayne Schissler walked
the four blocks from his workplace to the small Occupy Allentown
protest to show the young demonstrators that a tea party member
is not a monster. What he learned after a few hours of talk surprised
'They didn't stink, and they
weren't on drugs,' he said. 'I could see me being them, 30 years
Fifteen hundred miles away
in rural Minnesota, Vas Littlecrow, a tea party die-hard since
the movement's early days, let the Internet noise about Occupy
Wall Street wash over her, leaving her alternately annoyed and
intrigued. She went on Google Plus to debate the Occupiers, 'and
they started saying things that clicked with me,' she said. 'This
was deja vu with how I got into the tea party.' "
"Tree of Life' mosaic takes root at California
church:From broken jewelry, keys, and coffee cups, congregants
create eight-foot, collaborative artwork" by Donald E. Skinner at uuworld.org.
" The Unitarian Universalist
Church of Berkeley, in Kensington, Calif., is celebrating three
anniversaries this year-120 years since its founding, 50 years
in its building, and 50 years since the consolidation of Unitarianism
"Charter school becomes top school in Berkeley" Lyanne Melendez, abclocal.com.
"Not every high school
in the Bay Area can say its entire graduating class was accepted
to four-year colleges. In fact, very few can, but Cal Prep is
now the top performing high school in Berkeley and most of those
students come from underserved communities.
Cal Prep is a partnership
between Aspire Public Charter Schools and UC Berkeley. Their college
experience begins in high school. Every student here must have
15 college credits to graduate."
French School Halloween Parade
Seems not all Potter Creekers
were notified of the parade thus causing some inconvenience.
"Berkeley unemployment rate decreases to
9.7 percent, lowest rate since May" is a staff report at dailycal.org.
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had its Halloween Parade
4076 N 6th Street, Milwaukee,
I grew up here
Today KTVU Channel 2 News
reported that Oakland Mayor Quan is in Washington DC in an effort
to raise grant money.
Last week, the Oakland
Tribune reported "Former
Black Panther Party leaders speak to Occupy Oakland protesters."
"Andronico's sale to Renovo nears even
as grocer decides to close a Berkeley store" by George Avalos, Oakland Tribune.
Andronico's Markets is slated to be sold by the end of this week
to Renovo Capital, but while the deal would rescue Andronico's,
the grocery chain said Tuesday it will close one of its Berkeley
stores within days.
The store at 1414 University
Ave. in Berkeley will close over the weekend, according to Adam
Alberti, a spokesman."
"Think Berkeley is strange? Try coming
here from overseas"
is a story by Matt Krupnick, Contra Costa Times .
cactus flowers bloom in Potter Creek
A recall Mayor Quan movement
is being organized in Oakland.
Councilman Kriss Worthington
The Berkeley Pride celebration
is a positive, community-building event that not only recognizes
and celebrates the LGBTIQ community, but also celebrates the
rich diversity of our community. This year's theme, "Making
It Better!" echoes the international anti-bully campaign.
Sunday, October 30 ·
5:00pm - 10:00pm
The David Brower Center
"UC online instruction pilot sparks excitement,
Erica Perez, California Watch.
2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA
FREE FOOD, MUSIC, FILM,
"California leads nation in escalation
of college costs" at
universities enacted the highest average tuition increase, 21%,
of any state, the College Board finds. Steep state funding cuts
to higher ed were significant factors in pushing up tuition and
"As a small cadre of
University of California faculty prepares to deliver the first
online classes in a systemwide experiment, the effort is stirring
both excitement and controversy among instructors and administrators."
"Picnic marks first Food Day at UC Berkeley"
by Jamie Applegate at
"The lyrical strains
of the California Golden Overtones, free whole grain bread samples
and a picnic marked UC Berkeley's celebration of the first Food
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Always just a lttle
ahead of the curve in Potter Creek
Marsha W models
some urban-air wear
Marsha is wearing the stylish,
though a bit clumsy, AO Safety R5700 Respirator. With its replacable
cartridges, the R5700 filters out the really bad stuff. For just
what, check out their Website.
Safety aside, this can be real smart fashion statement--notice
how the colorful purple and yellow of the aluminium-cased filters
accent Marsha's white top and shirt. And, of course, the black
straps set off her brown hair as well as dramatically accent her
shirt and top. All-in-all, a real fashion accessory for the 21st
And, though not of personal
interest, I think it might make an arousing S&M accessory.
I may have arrived !?
signs in west-Berkeley
Carolyn Jones emails
"Stop Dorf?!?! Never!
We need more Dorf, not less!"
Carolyn Jones, reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
Andy Greenwood emails
photo to follow
our Pete Hurney emails
"I think that I gotta
make one of these."
"Fed threat gets results as Calif pot shops
close" at earthlinknews.net.
"A letter from federal
prosecutors accomplished what nearly $600,000 in legal fees couldn't
do in this Orange County suburb: it shut down medical marijuana
Two weeks after California's
four U.S. attorneys announced they were cracking down on dozens
of operations across the state growing and selling medical pot
illegally, all eight collectives that occupied the second floor
of a Lake Forest mini-mall have closed."
"Local officials ask feds to change pot
policies" at ktvu.com.
"State and local officials
held a news conference in San Francisco Tuesday to call for reform
of the federal government's policy on medical marijuana."
our BPD Sgt Mary Kusmiss
In a joint effort,
"How CSU East Bay made list of competitive
Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"One of the nation's
most competitive universities - tied for 39th place with UC Berkeley
in a new ranking, and tougher to get into than Tufts - is an unlikely
campus in that cutthroat category: Cal State East Bay."
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Cliff Miller, Richmond Ramblers
Motorcycle Club emails
House Minority Leader Lawrence
F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, pictured standing, far right, speaks
while colleagues Rep. Barbara Lambert, D-Milford and
Rep. Jack F. Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, play solitaire Monday night
as the House convened to vote on a new budget. (AP)
The guy sitting in the row
in front of these two....he's on Facebook, and the guy behind
Hennessy is checking out the baseball scores.
Check other sources--or not.
of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the City of Berkeley
Department are participating in the National Take Back Initiative,
Enforcement Administration program designed to reduce the amount
expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances
medications in the community.
On Saturday October 29th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., community
members are invited to turn in their unused or expired prescription
non-prescription medications at the South Berkeley Senior Center,
Ellis Street, Berkeley.
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety
can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. The majority
teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and
with the home medicine cabinet as a primary source. The non-medical
use of prescription drugs is among the most common forms of drug
in the United States.
All drop-offs will remain anonymous - no identification
and no records are kept.
No needles, please.
These opportunities are infrequent, so we encourage community
members to participate.
Sgt. M. Kusmiss S6
Daylight Savings Tme ends
Sunday, November 6th. Set you clocks back an hour.
Politics aside, Oakland Mayor
Quan is incompetent!
Chip Johnson, Chronicle
Columnist gives Ms Quan the benefit of the doubt in "Mayor
Jean Quan needs to shoulder responsibility"
Oakland makes plans for citywide general strike" by Scott Johnson and Angela Woodall, contracostatimes.com.
"Occupy Oakland protesters
debated Thursday evening the practical difficulties of organizing
a citywide general strike with the aim of shutting down the city
of Oakland on Nov. 2. Speakers urged teachers, students, union
members and workers of all stripes to participate in whatever
way they could, and said the entire world was watching Oakland.
'Oakland is the vanguard and epicenter of the Occupy movement,'
said Clarence Thomas, a member of the powerful International Longshoreman
and Warehouse Union who urged the hundreds of assembled people
to support the strike. "
"Vanguard" is a
Marxist/Leninist term defining the leadership of "The Revolution."
In these times of potentially accelerating socio-economic change
it is helpful to understand Marxist dialogue, whether or not one
Vanguard also just means
Turnout size of the General
Strike is critical to determining the future and direction of
the Occupy movement--possibly an historic moment.
"Calif. Prison Restructuring Brings Layoff
Warnings" is an
AP report at abcnews.
"A California prison
system that has grown over the past several decades to be the
nation's largest and has been criticized and sued for severe inmate
crowding is heading for an historic downsizing.Some 26,000 guards,
janitors, cooks, records clerks and correctional counselors are
being warned they could be laid off, . . . "
"Medical pot backers sue feds over Calif.
AP's Lisa Leff at contracostatimes.com.
"Medical marijuana advocates
in California sued the federal government Thursday in an effort
to quash a recent crackdown on the state's storefront pot dispensaries,
claiming government officials have overstepped their constitutional
authority by not respecting how local officials have chosen to
regulate pot stores and growers."
"Oak killing mold spreads in East Bay" Mike Taugher, Contra Costa Times.
"The tiny culprit behind
a deadly oak disease has spread in the East Bay and appears to
have crept closer to residential areas in parts of Oakland and
Berkeley, according to the latest survey.
'It may be an early warning
sign,' said Matteo Garbelotto, who heads UC's Forest Pathology
and Mycology Laboratory."
and Lox, the penndorf report, November 2019, here
from my log
SERIOUS irritation warehouse front and front of warehouse, burning
dirty dry air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, nausea.
Marsha has coughing attack, overrides foru HEAP filters. 8:09
irritant in front room, burning dry air, mucus membrane irritation.
4:46 PM--similar. 5:19 PM-- irritant in front room, "hot
asbestos" odor. 7:00 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front front
of 2743 and 2741 8th, burning dry air, SERIOUS mucus membrane
VERY SERIOUS irritation in warehouse front and in front of warehouse,
burning dirty dry air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes,
nausea. 5:14 PM--similar. 10:29 PM--similar.
4:32 PM--VERY VERY SERIOUS irritation in warehouse front and
IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning dirty dry air, mucus
membrane irritation, watery eyes, nausea.
10/26/11--3:15 AM-- irritant
in front room, burning dry air, mucus membrane irritation. 7:55
AM--SERIOUS irritation in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in
front of warehouse, burning dirty dry air, mucus membrane irritation,
watery eyes, nausea.
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, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
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