Steve Smith

was in Death Valley

last week



our Mayor emails

Working with People to Get Things Done 

One of joys of being your Mayor has been working with the core of strong positive leadership in our community. 
I'm proud to be endorsed by 6 of the 8 Berkeley City Councilmembers, and 4 of the 5 Members of the Berkeley School Board -- we work together every day for the people of our city.
The endorsement of the Sierra Club is an honor -- they have been active partners in protecting open space and improving the environment for the entire planet.

 I've worked for years to save Berkeley's shoreline and make it an open-space for everyone in Berkeley to enjoy. The endorsement of Sylvia McLaughlin, the founder of Save the Bay, means the world to me.

Unlike many cities -- Berkeley is financially stable. Standard and Poor's recently awarded us a AA+ Bond rating. It is the highest possible for a city our size to achieve. We have balanced budgets and make cuts when necessary in a humane and careful way. We are building our tax base, and making Berkeley a welcoming place for the jobs of the future. The endorsement of local business and labor leaders, the Alameda Building Trades Council, as well as UC Professor of Economics and former US Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, tells me we are on track to a brighter future. 


Kubik emails a link to the full Stewart / O'Reilly debate--video.

all links to the full debate are dead because of alleged copyright infringment




Berkeley News Page from the city manger's office




"Eastshore State Park renamed to honor Berkeley environmental champion" by Kristin J. Bender, Oakland Tribune.

"Sylvia McLaughlin has been called a force of nature for her tireless efforts to protect the environment and preserve parklands and wetlands.
Now McLaughlin, 95, will have a ribbon of parkland that she helped create named in her honor. And with the honor, she also becomes one of two women to have a California state park bear her name, said parks spokesman Roy Stearns. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur is the other.
Last month, the California State Park and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to rename Eastshore State Park in honor of the Berkeley woman."




Of the 59,550 social workers employed in California, 4,220 work in Berkeley. Between 2006 and 2010, in Berkeley, there has been a 12% growth in the number of social workers. As the number of social workers in Berkeley has increased, overall employment in Berkeley has also increased. Average Social Worker Salaries in Berkeley, CA in USD as of Oct 7, 2012 is $53,000. More at


















"Exit Stage Left: The FBI and Student Radicals" Steve Wasserman, is not so much a review of Seth Rosenthal's "Subversives" as it is a valuable insight into "The Radicals" in "The Day."

"Berkeley in the years that I came of age was heady with the scent of night jasmine and tear gas. It whipsawed, sometimes violently, between clichés, from the Age of Aquarius to the Age of Apocalypse and back. I well recall the evening in February 1969 when hundreds of us, exhausted from a day of battling cops seeking to break the Third World Liberation Strike at the University of California's campus, trooped down to the Berkeley Community Theatre, where we hoped to find relief in the much-ballyhooed provocations of Julian Beck and Judith Malina's Living Theatre.

Much to our surprise, the production of Paradise Now was a bust. What was an outrage to bourgeois sensibilities elsewhere-nearly nude members of the troupe intoning mantras of prohibition against smoking pot and sexing it up in public-were greeted by the solemn radicals and spirited anarchists of Berkeley as feeble and largely empty gestures. "Super Joel," one of the town's more colorful and ubiquitous characters, stood up and loudly denounced Beck and Malina for their faux-radicalism, then lit a joint and began to disrobe. Others quickly followed. Hundreds ⤨surrounded the couple, angrily demanding that their tickets be refunded. Dozens of debates erupted all around-over the nature of drama and the character of revolution. The show did not go on. The audience stormed the stage. Finally, at midnight, the fire marshals arrived and kicked us out. Beck and Malina had inadvertently achieved what had previously eluded them: goading the audience into taking collective action, seizing the moment, arguing over whether to remain passive spectators or become actors in a drama of their own making. It was unforgettable. I also remember the denouement: no sooner had the Living Theatre departed than, the next day, a furious Governor Reagan arrived and threatened to deploy the National Guard, in addition to the hundreds of police from throughout Northern California that filled the streets. . .

It was a dialectic of defeat."




"Flirting at work may be a good idea, study says"

"A new study finds that for women in the workplace, a little flirting could help you get ahead in your career. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, found that when women flirt, people perceive them as confident, which is considered essential to successful negotiations.
'Women are uniquely confronted with a trade-off in terms of being perceived as strong versus warm,' lead researcher Laura Kray said. 'Using feminine charm in negotiation is a technique that combines both.' "




Councilman Wozniak emails

In the November election, Berkeley will have a chance to stop the process of municipal decay by voting to save and restore the city's four public swimming pools. Two of these four pools have closed - Willard Pool is now filled with dirt, and the Warm Pool was demolished in July. Unless we act now, they will be lost forever. The other two are aging and need remodeling. This is a grass-roots campaign, and we need your support! Please read on ...
· What's at stake: Measures O & N would rebuild Willard Pool, replace the Warm Pool, and repair and upgrade the facilities at King and West Campus pools. In other words, this election will determine whether thousands of children, the disabled and other Berkeley residents will have safe, supervised, pleasant swimming pools for decades to come, or whether decay and abandonment will rule the day. For more info, go to: For answers to many common questons about measures O & N, see our FAQ page .
Endorsements: Measures O & N are endorse by a broad political spectrum: 
State Senator Loni Hancock 
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner 
Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
Mayor Tom Bates
Berkeley City Council
Linda Maio
Darryl Moore
Max Anderson
Jesse Arreguin
Laurie Capitelli
Kriss Worthington
Gordon Wozniak 
Berkeley School Board
John Selawsky, President
Leah Wilson, Vice President
Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Clerk
Karen Hemphill, Director
Josh Daniels, Director
Alameda County Democratic Party
Alameda County Green Party
Berkeley Federation of Teachers
and many individual Berkeley residents





"Berkeley at a Crossroads .Why the mayor's race, two council contests, and several ballot measures will shape the city's future" Robert Gammon,

"On a recent weekday, Fourth Street between Bancroft and Allston ways in West Berkeley was mostly abandoned. Unlike the upscale stretch of shops and eateries on the other side of University Avenue, this section of Fourth Street, a former hub of West Berkeley's once bustling industrial and warehouse sector, is now an empty reminder of glory days gone by.

Doug Herst, who owns the property on both sides of this area of Fourth, once operated a successful manufacturing business here. Peerless Lighting, his family business, designed and produced energy-efficient lighting fixtures. But faced with stiff competition from overseas companies using cheap labor, the West Berkeley Peerless Lighting manufacturing plant closed in 2006.

Similar scenes, of course, have played out across the United States over the past several decades, as the nation's manufacturing base has eroded and jobs have fled overseas. West Berkeley is no different. Over the past decade or so, this area of the city has lost 1,500 jobs - jobs that, in all likelihood, are never coming back.

But Herst has a vision for how to bring this bleak strip of Fourth Street back to life. He wants to turn it into a vibrant live-work community, featuring an artists' colony with fifty affordable lofts for working artists, amid about three hundred units of workforce housing. The condos and apartments would surround artisan shops and green-tech businesses, including Peerless Lighting's still-thriving research division, so that residents could walk or bicycle to work. Known as Peerless Greens, the development also would include rooftop solar panels, and both a community garden and hanging gardens for residents to grow their own food.

'It's going to be a wonderful project,' said Berkeley Councilman Darryl Moore, whose district includes the Peerless Greens property. 'It really fits with our Climate Action Plan. It's about reducing greenhouse gases, while also bringing in jobs.'

Moore shares Herst's vision, as does Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, a longtime West Berkeley resident who is one of the most progressive members of the California Legislature. The proposal is also backed by a majority of the liberal Berkeley City Council, including Mayor Tom Bates and Councilmembers Laurie Capitelli and Susan Wengraf."










Kubik's quote of the week

In America, anyone can be President. That's one of the risks you take.


Questions of the day

Way before Parker Center, what was Parker Center?

What Potter Creek street is most commonly mispronounced?

Which Potter Creeker recently struggled to take-out-of/put-in-to the back seat of a compact-car an over five foot gas cylinder ?

What Potter Creek business-past routinely kept Dobermans on their roof?



"The Grandest Duke" by Geoffrey O'Brien is about Ellington, his life, his music at

"On more than one occasion Duke Ellington described his childhood in Washington, D.C., as a sort of paradise, at least for him and those around him in the family circle. In the song "My Mother, My Father" (written for his 1963 musical show My People) he wrote:

My mother-the greatest-and the prettiest
My father-just handsome-but the wittiest
I was raised in the palm of the hand
By the very best people in this land
From sun to sun
Their hearts beat as one
My mother-my father-and love "



















"Palo Alto residents earn 3rd highest median family income"

"Mark Zuckerburg lives there and the late Steve Jobs also called it home.  Palo Alto is desirable and no cheap place to be living.  With lofty high tech salaries from nearby companies like Apple, Google, Oracle and Facebook, it's no wonder that residents of Palo Alto command the 3rd highest median family income, according to CNN Money's Best Places to Live list.  With a median family income of $163,661, Palo Alto's median was just a few thousand dollars shy of Bethesda, Maryland and Greenwich, Connecticut, which were the top two high earning towns in the country."


According to the last census, Berkeley's median family income is $98,203.


"A [ slightly snotty ] Glimpse of Berkeley" Tom Bethell at

"And some thoughts about racial preferences and equality before the law.

Recently I spent a few days on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. If you haven't been there, it's a beautiful place. In the old days, well-off San Franciscans would move to Berkeley in the summer to escape the chilly San Francisco weather -- and I do mean chilly summers.

A professor at the university, whom I was interviewing, arranged for me to stay at the Women's Faculty Club. It is set in a dense glade of trees, close to the Sather clock tower, Berkeley's most visible landmark. The 'women's' abode is only a few yards from the regular faculty club, which was booked up, apparently. How they ever became (nominally) separated by sex I don't know. In today's environment that seems most irregular. The women's place, despite the presence of a few men, seemed to be mostly empty. But it was comfortable."


"Mountain lion scare in Berkeley hills" by Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"A wounded mountain lion wandering around in the Berkeley hills prompted a shelter-in-place order at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs above UC Berkeley Thursday, but a multiagency law enforcement response failed to find the cat, police said."


"Converting Gas Cars to Electric" Jake Richardson,

"Nathan Hutchison manages Hutchison Electrics in Albany, California. He used to work at a green car dealer in Berkeley doing repairs, but that company went under, so he started his own electric vehicle and hybrid car service. He first started working on cars when he was four years old with his dad.

Today, he has his own business converting old gas vehicles to electric motors and batteries. He also repairs vehicles. Recently, his all-electric Volkswagen Bug was on display at the Green Cars Expo in Richmond, California. Luckily, I had the chance to interview him."










Potter Creek Sunset


I may have arrived !?

witness the



signs in west-Berkeley


"Stop Dorf?!?! Never! We need more Dorf, not less!"
 Carolyn Jones, reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

















a person

"removes" a re-elect Tom Bates poster from a Berkeley residence lawn and later "tears it up"


And, I'm told Councilman Capitelli has had hundreds of his re-election posters "stolen."




Councilman Wozniak emails (exceprt)

"I am writing to let you know that I am supporting Tom Bates in his re-election bid for Mayor of Berkeley.   
Despite our trying economic times, the City Council under Mayor Bates' leadership has balanced ten consecutive budgets while expanding programs for the homeless and our youth.

In response to reduced revenues caused by the recent recession, Berkeley has slimmed down its workforce by 13% and increased workforce productivity. Berkeley's employees have helped balance the current City budget by forgoing cost-of-living salary increases and increasing their contributions to their pension plans.

Berkeley's conservative financial management has allowed the City to maintain an AA+ bond rating for its general obligation bonds. Recently, Berkeley refinanced $26 million of lease revenue bonds at substantially lower interest rates, saving an estimated $5 million."

complete email here


Come Meet Your Councilmember!

Councilmember Darryl Moore is having a small BBQ get-together for West Berkeley neighbors to come out, grab a bite to eat and discuss issues that affect our community.  We'll be at George Florence Mini-Park, 2121 Tenth Street (between Allston Way and Addison Street), from 1pm to 3pm this Saturday, October 20th.  We'd love to have you!

Ryan Lau, aide to Councilmember Moore





Ultimate Restorations is a PBS Series the first of which is the "Serria 3--A Star is Reborn," about a 1800's 4-6-0 steam locomotive restored here in Northern Califonia.

"Over a 90-year span, the legendary Sierra #3 locomotive appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions, including the iconic Westerns The Virginian (1929), High Noon(1952) and Unforgiven (1992). In its heyday, the oil-burning locomotive crisscrossed the country delivering lumber, but it eventually fell into disrepair, gathering dust and rust in a California rail yard. THE SIERRA #3 LOCOMOTIVE: A STAR IS REBORN chronicles the restoration of one of the oldest operating steam locomotives in the United States and the passionate restorers committed to bringing it back to life. Experts detail the complexities of the restoration, which posed a variety of mechanical and engineering challenges for the crew of dedicated specialists, project managers, engineers and volunteers. With funding running out and technical issues to overcome, the team feverishly attempts to complete the project before the scheduled Fourth of July debut."

Its You tube trailer is here.

Running the restored Serria 3 is here.



A CBS News feature on CBS This Morning is the

"Rolling Stones' defining era revealed in new film.

The Rolling Stones announced the first concerts for their 50th anniversary tour on Monday. Now there's a long-lost piece of their history that's surfaced: the first movie ever made about the band, which was never publicly released.

But now, Stones fans are getting a chance to see it in the new documentary 'Charlie is My Darling.'

The movie includes footage of Mick Jagger singing The Beatles. And, previously just a blues cover band, The Stones had reached a defining moment when the film was shot in 1965, finally generating its own material."



Kubik emails a link

ChronoZoom is an interactive timeline for all of history.




The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents Trimpin:Nancarrow Percussion Orchestra/MATRIX--November 2--December 23, 2012.

The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) presents Trimpin: Nancarrow Percussion Orchestra / MATRIX 244, a new sculptural sound installation by the Seattle-based artist Trimpin. The work is created in honor of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the avant-garde expatriate American composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912­97), best known for his rhythmically complex and intensely layered compositions for the player and prepared piano. Trimpin's performative installation results from several years of study and investigation and incorporates percussive instruments originally designed by Nancarrow, which Trimpin recovered from the composer's Mexico City home and has carefully restored.











Potter Creek construction

aplenty with Kruse green-remodel

Kruse workers about to lift three high-efficiency ac-units onto their roof yesterday AM




yesterday midday, the old Brennan's was still up, by late afternoon it was down

a Steve Smith photo





École Bilingue Halloween Parade, 2008


more photos here




Bob's CEID kids in Bob and Carol's Pumpkin Patch-Cindy Dickeson photos




clownin' at the École Bilingue Parade



















"Nacio Jan Brown: 1969 Telegraph Ave" by Sam Whiting at

"As a photographer for the San Francisco Express Times, an underground weekly newspaper, in the 1960s, Nacio Jan Brown would sit in Caffe Mediterraneum on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley and wait for a riot to arrive.

On his way out the door one day, he saw a girl sitting on a chair eating a hardboiled egg, and snapped her portrait, mid-bite, salt shaker at hand. When he saw the contact sheet, he forgot all about protests and the underground press.
'I thought, 'I'm going to do a book on the street scene on one block of Telegraph Avenue, just based upon having taken this one picture,' Brown recalls.

Forty years later, he finds himself back among the teenagers and lefties he spent four years with, remembering their nicknames and their stories, many of which ended badly, as he walks through the gallery at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism."


Last November 6th I posted

Nacio Brown's photo website,, is now up. RagTheater is a photo essay of The Ave mostly in the block of Moe's Books and Records.

Moe Moskowitz

A friend of Bob Baldock, I remember Nacio hanging around the store and taking photos. Happily he kept them and they are here.




"The Honor System" by Chris Jones is at "Stealing magic has become a commonplace crime. Teller, a man of infinite delicacy and deceit, decided to do something about it."

Aw, . . . bull-shit. Stealing another magician's secrets is as old as magic itself . See "The Prestige."

Also, Houdini was a lousy magician-- a great escape artist and self promoter, but a lousy magician. And, . . . he "stole" his name from the French master-magician, Robert Houdin.





Charlie Rose conversation with Anouk Aimée, French Actress.

"Anouk Aimée (pronounced: uh-NUKE eh-MAY; born 27 April 1932) is a French film actress, having appeared in 70 films since 1947, when she began her film career at age 14. In her early years she studied acting and dance besides her regular education. Although most of her films were French, she also made a number of films in Spain, Great Britain, Italy and Germany, along with some American productions."

Among other subjects, Ms Aimée talks about "men as cowards" and "femininity as a [ THE] weapon" in the war between the sexes.


Her biography is here.

Photographer Eve Arnold remembers Aimée who talked about her role as the character Justine from the film of the same name. Justine was also Jewish. Arnold recalls one of their talks: I am still haunted by two things she quoted. They seemed to say more about her than anything else I experienced with her during the three weeks I knew her on the film: Quote from Treblinka: "The Jews are prone to anguish but seldom given to despair." And a quote by an anonymous Jewish poet to his wife when the Nazis came to get them: "Till now we have lived with fear, now we can know hope."




And Charlie Rose talk with conductor Leonard Slatkin is worthy.

"Leonard Slatkin is an American conductor. He studied at Indiana University and Los Angeles City College before attending the Juilliard School where he studied conducting under Jean Paul Morel. His conducting debut came in 1966, and in 1968 he was made an assistant conductor at the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. He stayed there until 1977, when he was made conductor of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra.

Slatkin returned to St Louis in 1979 as music director of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra. The national profile of the orchestra increased notably under his tenure. He was the director of the Blossom Festival of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1990-1999. In 1996, Slatkin took over the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and his tenure with the National Symphony will conclude in 2008. In 2006, he was named the music advisor to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (Tennessee).

In 1990, Leonard Slatkin was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. On October 27th, 2006, the Jacobs School of Music announced that Slatkin will be joining the faculty at Indiana University where he will teach conducting and composition part-time."


Slatkin is the son of violinist, Felix Slatkin and cellist, Eleanor Aller both memebers of the lengenday Hollywood Quartet.

The Hollywood String Quartet

by W.D.

The fifties are now a long time ago. I am reminded of this every time I watch an old movie and find my attention wandering to the periphery, to the cars, the clothes, the haircuts, the food, the way everyone seems to be smoking. It all still looks familiar to those of us who were there, the changes we have undergone are too many to hold firmly in mind, and the image of those times begins to drift away now, with aides mémoires like photographs and records needed more than ever to help us hold on to the things our synapses can no longer manage. When a '49 Ford appears in my world now, in a Memorial Day parade, say, the shock of recognition is great and pleasurable, as with an old friend found again, but I am not carried back: I am placed all the more firmly in the present, more ancient than the beautiful old machine, and reminded that a half century has passed before my eyes.

I first heard string quartets in the fifties, from records and then in live performance. Listening to quartets in the fifties pretty much began and ended with the Budapest Quartet, those ubiquitous mad Russians of the phonograph and the concert hall. Unless you lived in New York and could hear distinguished locals like the Juilliard or the Kohon at will, or better yet, you were a student in Madison and could hear the last incarnation of the Pro Arte doing the Second Vienna School, the traveling Budapest or their records could seem to be just about it for much of the repertoire. In those days, unless you were a fairly radical quartet collector, there wasn't all that much to deal with; a few from Haydn and Mozart, maybe the complete Beethoven, some Brahms and Dvorák. Bartók was still pretty heavy going and Janácek was pretty much unknown. Actually, a taste for Beethoven was enough to lift one into the intelligentsia then, at least in the Midwest. But the genuinely serious eventually moved beyond the commercial hype and found beguiling things in the big city stores, maybe on Westminster or Concert Hall Society. There were competing Beethoven cycles to ponder and argue about, and there were French quartets claiming authority over Ravel and Debussy, Hungarians making the same claim for Bartók, Czechs for Dvorák, and there were respectable Americans putting the lie to it all, the Curtis or the Hollywood.

The Hollywood String Quartet. There was something oddly seductive about a serious chamber-music group with a name like that, something not quite respectable, something to do with that whiff of the movies. It didn't seem possible that a West-Coast-of-the-USA group could stand up to the Europeans in this rarefied repertory. These people only toured the western U.S., when they toured at all, and when they went abroad they went to New Zealand-New Zealand. Well, they played the Edinburgh Festival once, which only proved the rule. But some of us bought their records anyway, just for badness; and for the repertory. There was nowhere else to go if you wanted certain quartets by Creston or Villa-Lobos, or if the string sextet version of Verklärte Nacht obsessed you. It wasn't just the Tinseltown connection, but the avant-garde one, too, that lent the Hollywood that certain panache, that attractive air of disreputability. For getting the attention of incipient bohemian record collectors, this was the best PR in the world, and it was free.

The Hollywood String Quartet was formed in 1947 in, yes, Hollywood, by a group of film studio musicians, principals in the 20th Century Fox and the Warner Brothers orchestras. Felix Slatkin, who also earned distinction as a conductor, was the leader; his wife, Eleanor Aller, was cellist, Paul Shure, second violin, and Paul Robyn the original violist, to be replaced in 1954 by Alvin Dinkin. The quartet disbanded in 1961, and Slatkin died in 1963, only forty-seven years old-brief spans, much accomplished. But there was clearly more to it than that. Quartets don't get to be "legendary" just for doing a lot in a short time.



















"Berkeley targeting homeless, proposes ban on sidewalk sitting" is in the New York Times.

"Free Speech Is One Thing, Vagrants, Another.

Hardly a stranger to political movements, this is a city that has championed free speech, no nukes, the antiwar movement and now: no sitting on the sidewalk.

During years of economic downturn, cities across the country have reported rising vagrancy and rushed to pass laws banning aggressive panhandling, giving food away in public parks and even smelling foul.
This bastion of populist politics is no exception. The City Council and mayor have put a measure on the November ballot that would ban sitting and lying on commercial sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the risk of a $75 citation."  



"How Iconic Album Cover Illustrator R. Crumb Brought Comics to Music" by Maria Popova at

"What Janis Joplin has to do with rediscovering yesteryear's forgotten masters.

Alex Steinweiss may be the father of the modern album cover, but Robert Crumb is its favorite weird uncle. "  


And our Mary Morris Lawrence is its grande dame 

Janos Starker, a Mercury Records album cover


"A particularly good City of Berkeley News Page" is here.



"Lawrence Berkeley Lab breaks ground on $54M solar energy building" by Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.

"Construction started on a $54 million solar energy research building at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The lab on the eucalyptus-clad hills above the University of California, Berkeley, hopes to finish the three story, 40,000 square foot building by late 2014. Called the Solar Energy Research Center, it's meant to hold about 75 people, some from LBL and some from UC Berkeley."


"UC Berkeley's $130M Energy Biosciences Building Completed" at




















Councilman Wozniak emails (excerpt)

I am writing to let you know that I am supporting Measure R on the ballot this November. Measure R is a good-government reform that will modernize our redistricting system. 

Measure R is very important because Berkeley has the most outdated redistricting system in the country. Measure R will update our system and bring it into line with the fairer and more modern system used by cities, counties, and legislative bodies throughout the country.

If you want to learn more about the details, you can look at the measure's website:

Measure R has already been endorsed by the League of Women Voters, Berkeley Common Cause, Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Mayor Tom Bates, all eight members of the City Council including myself, Cal's ASUC student government, the Berkeley Democratic Club, the Cal Berkeley Democrats, and the Berkeley College Republicans. 

complete email here












new cactus flowers

in Potter Creek



"Table cloth trick" is a video from Richmond Rambler, Cliff Miller.











from our log

10/11/12--7:01 PM--irritant in front room, "chlorine" odor, wear respirator. 8:44 PM--similar.

10/17/12--12:10 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry burning air, ""chlorine "odor.
Off-and-all PM, similar.

10/18/12--12"12 PM---irritant in front room, dry dirty air, "chlorine" odor, wear respirator.

10/20/12--7:21 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, "chlorine" odor, wear respirator.








eternally useful links


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.



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.



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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from

Bay Area foreclosures from


Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here




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



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.

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120

Darryl Moore, City Councilman

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


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