sunset in Potter Creek

evening, October 14



"This Time, It Really Is Different" by Joe Nocera at

"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 wrote "All the Devils are Here," a book about our most recent econo-collapse.





Bethany McLean

the author, along with Joe Nocera, of "All the Devils are Here."


You can mess with your mind or just get some insight into our ruling class by carefully watching Charlie 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 and acquaintances.





Saturday maintenence and repair

by teen volunteers along the road on our bay front
















aw sheeeeit

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 convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the program start?
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.
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 the boot?
Paylock SmartBoots may be returned to:
Avenue Towing
1429 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
M-F (8am - 5pm) Call 510-524-2400 for drop off outside of office hours
*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 is towed.

What makes my vehicle boot eligible?
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

Mary S-6
Sgt. MC Kusmiss
City of Berkeley Police Department
Public Information Officer




"Students urge Berkeley to ban plastic bags" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"Environmentalists, students, a U.S. poet laureate, and a local politician turned up the pressure on Berkeley Wednesday to ban plastic carryout bags."



"Powered By the Sun, UC Berkeley's CalSol Races Across Australia" at

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 by hand."


"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" in perspective.


"Massive IndyCar crash claims driver Dan Wheldon" photos at The carnage can be disturbing.








People in École Bilingue's Halloween Parade

people here


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

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

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












"Oakland crime summit: Quan's plan lacks detail" opines Chip H. Johnson 


Our French School Halloween Parade is scheduled for this Friday, October 21st--details to follow.


A video-report on effect of depressants and stimulants on wood spiders is here. I found this quite informative.









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 combat."
















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

"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 Sprawled Hexapod."














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 "The Enigma of Capital, and the crisis of capitalism" at 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.

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."

A review at 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 forever.


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 US."



"Babies are smarter than you think" is a story with video by Alison Gopnik at



Friday morning

the French School Halloween Parade

photo essay to follow




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 movie.



















"For tea party and Occupy Wall Street movements, some common ground" by Marc Fisher at

Washington Post photo

"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 him.

'They didn't stink, and they weren't on drugs,' he said. 'I could see me being them, 30 years ago.'

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

" 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 and Universalism."




"Charter school becomes top school in Berkeley" Lyanne Melendez,

"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."


Friday last

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









École Bilingue

had its Halloween Parade today

more photos here














4076 N 6th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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 emails (excerpts)

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
2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA




"California leads nation in escalation of college costs" at

"California's public 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 fees nationwide."


"UC online instruction pilot sparks excitement, controversy" by Erica Perez, California Watch.

"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 Day Monday."







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 Century.

And, though not of personal interest, I think it might make an arousing S&M accessory.












I may have arrived !?

witness the



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

Bauhaus Bike

"I think that I gotta make one of these."




"Fed threat gets results as Calif pot shops close" at

"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 shops.

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

"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 emails

In a joint effort, the City 
of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) and the City of Berkeley Health 
Department are participating in the National Take Back Initiative, a Drug 
Enforcement Administration program designed to reduce the amount of 
expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and 
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 and 
non-prescription medications at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 
Ellis Street, Berkeley.  
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, and 
can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. The majority of 
teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends, 
with the home medicine cabinet as a primary source. The non-medical 
use of prescription drugs is among the most common forms of drug abuse 
in the United States. 
 All drop-offs will remain anonymous - no identification is required 
      and no records are kept.

No needles, please. 
 These opportunities are infrequent, so we encourage community 
members to participate.
 Sgt. M. Kusmiss S6 
Public Information 
Officer (PIO) 



"How CSU East Bay made list of competitive colleges" Nanette 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."








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. RP












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"

"Occupy Oakland makes plans for citywide general strike" by Scott Johnson and Angela Woodall,

"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 accepts it.

Vanguard also just means vanguard.


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. crackdown" wites AP's Lisa Leff at

"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."




Scrambled Eggs and Lox, the penndorf report, November 2019, here






from my log

10/15/1--6:14--PM--VERY 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 PM--similar.

10/21/11--1:11 PM--SERIOUS 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 irritation.

10/23/11--3:49 PM--VERY, 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.

10/24/1--5:29 AM--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.




eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from


Bay Area foreclosures from

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

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 at

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 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

Darryl Moore, City Councilman


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

The original owner of all posted material retains copyright. The material is used only to illustrate.