October 2013

after 10/7/13, here after 10/23/13, here


"3D Robotics (a company witn an office in Potter Creek) Announces $30 Million Series B Financing," Chris Anderson.

"3D Robotics, the leading open Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) company, . . . announced a $30 million Series B financing round. The round was co-led by Foundry Group, a new investor, and existing investor True Ventures, along with participation from existing investors O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and SK Ventures. As part of this round,  Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group will join the 3D Robotics board of directors.

This round of funding augments a late-2012 Series A round led by True Ventures and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. It will enable 3D Robotics to mainstream aerial robotics and surveying, making advanced UAV technology affordable and easy to use for its worldwide customer base of businesses and individuals. Working with its large community of users and open source developers, 3D Robotics has created the industry's leading open UAV platform, APM, and is now extending that to a new generation of autopilots, software and ready-to-fly multicopter and fixed-wing UAVs.

As part of this funding round 3D Robotics will expand its development and deployment of advanced UAV applications, with a focus on agricultural crop mapping and other commercial aerial survey technology. 'The opportunity to bring 'big data' to agriculture through low-cost automated aerial crop surveys could be a game-changer for both farming and the UAV industry alike,' said Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics. 'Adding UAVs to the precision agriculture toolkit of a 21st Century farmer gives them the power to use imaging data to not only increase yield, but decrease water use and the chemical load in both food and environment.'

Starting in 2015, AUVSI, the UAV industry trade group, estimates that the first three years of integration of commercial drones into the national airspace will create more than 70,000 jobs in the United States with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion.  International prospects are much larger.  'We're building out a world-wide sales, service and support model that will help us build long-term relationships with local resellers that can in-turn support their local community requirements for mapping and imaging,' said John Cherbini, 3D Robotics VP of Sales.

3D Robotics also recently announced Iris, the company's first ready-to-fly, fully-autonomous quadcopter for the consumer market.  The lightweight vehicle can conduct hands-off missions and record high definition aerial video, bringing pro-level UAV features at an unprecedented sub-$1,000 price. Iris is now shipping to developers, with consumer sales to begin in November.
In conjunction with Iris, 3D Robotics has extended its exclusive relationship with the PX4 team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), one of the world's leading UAV research institutions. In collaboration with ETH, 3D Robotics has announced its most powerful autopilot to date, Pixhawk, which will ship in October.  Pixhawk is a new 32-bit open autopilot platform designed for improved ease of use and reliability while offering unprecedented safety features compared to existing solutions.

3D Robotics' mission is to deliver reliable, easy-to-use autonomous navigation and sensing solutions to customers using land, sea or air based vehicles.  3D Robotics' open UAV technology, which is in use by tens of thousands of customers already, delivers pro-level aerial robotics features at consumer-level prices to bring UAV applications to mainstream markets.
3D Robotics is a privately-held North American company with offices in Berkeley, San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

For more information on the company visit: http://www.3drobotics.com"


Word on the street is that serious financing has been given to more businesses in the West.





"In its recently launched crowdfunding site, Promise for Education, the University of California explains that throughout its history 'Our promise, as a public research university, has always been to provide the brightest Californians a world-class education at an affordable price' " nonprofitquarterly.org.

"State funding cutbacks that began 20 years ago and have increased in the past few years, however, have resulted in California now funding only 39 percent of a UC student's education, where it used to cover 78 percent. UC acknowledges that tuition, at $13,200, while "still more affordable than other top-flight private and public research universities, is roughly double what it was five years ago." According to the College Board, only Arizona has had a higher rate of increase in public four-year institutions. Against this daunting economic backdrop, UC administrators are hoping that Jamie Foxx's promise to rap like Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Monique-and others like it-will not only raise money for undergrads, but will also increase awareness of the system's funding challenges with a new demographic.

According to UC Berkeley, Promise for Education is an extension of Project You Can, an effort to raise $1 billion for student scholarships and grants by the end of 2014. It has already raised $700 million, and in addition to serving as a hub for supporters to make gifts directly to any of the ten UC campuses for undergraduate, graduate, or professional student scholarships, the site also serves as a central news center for scholarship information."






"Startup Weekend brings together Berkeley entrepreneurs" dailycal.org.

"UC Berkeley third-largest producer of entrepreneurs, report says A startup expo Thursday featured more than two dozen companies, a speaker panel and a pitch competition. The event was organized by the campus business fraternity Alpha Epsilon Zeta. Startup expo attracts entrepreneurs, features forum and competition Anirudh Gupta, Yosha Huang and Jasmine Segall, three members of Berkeley microfinance pose with Efiya Asabi in front of her business stand in the Ashby Flea Market. Berkeley Microfinance aids Bay Area entrepreneurs "Fiat Lux: Redux" is a new exhibit on display in The Bancroft Library. The gallery features photographs Ansel Adams shot of the university in the 1960s. UC Berkeley exhibit brings Ansel Adams photographs out of obscurity

By 7 p.m. on Friday, the penthouse of the Chase Building in Downtown Berkeley was bustling with more than 100 hopeful Berkeley entrepreneurs participating in Startup Weekend, a student-run 54-hour event at which entrepreneurs pitch ideas to peers and venture capitalist judges.

Entrepreneurs had a minute to pitch their ideas to audience members, who later voted for their favorite proposal. Out of almost 60 pitches, the 12 most popular ones proceeded to a second round, while the entrepreneurs whose ideas were not chosen had the opportunity to join one of the 12 teams. These entrepreneurs could then help develop a business plan for these ideas to present to a panel of eight venture capitalist judges Sunday night.

At hour 54, the winners were chosen."





"Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas" thebolditalic.com.

"' Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas,' October 25-26, brings together leading thinkers in the fields of the environment, food, science and technology, public policy and social innovation for two extraordinary days in downtown Berkeley. Festival-goers will be engaged in conversations about robotics, the future of food, mass extinction, the 2014 mid-term elections, creativity, the continuing relevance of the humanities, civil rights and much, much more. The festival is being produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley's independent news site. Uncharted includes lively hands-on workshops and a fabulous party at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive. Most of all, Uncharted is a festival: varied, lively, surprising, fun. Register at BerkeleyIdeas.com. "





"Wikipedia enthusiasts convene at Berkeley edit-a-thon"
Alison Fu, dailycal.com.

"More than a dozen from across Northern California congregate at Central Berkeley Public Library for the Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, at which participants edited and created new articles for the website."




"College-educated Americans identifying as lower class at record rates" Chris Yoder at dailycal.com.

"Increasingly bleak prospects for employment upon graduation due to shrinking job opportunities and more rigorous requirements for entry-level positions are two potential causes for changing class identities.

Berkeley reports lower than average unemployment rates UC Berkeley joins effort to increase graduation rates nationwide UC Berkeley announces new financial aid plan for middle-income families Berkeley ranks in top 10 most educated cities in the state Middle-class families make sacrifices to afford UC Berkeley education

When Edy Beteran transferred to UC Berkeley in spring 2011, he hoped a college degree would help him find a stable job and support a middle-class lifestyle.
But since he graduated in December as an English and rhetoric double major, Beteran has been unable to find a job on par with his qualifications. Although attending UC Berkeley gave him a taste of a middle-class lifestyle, he has found it difficult to work his way out of the lower class."





"How Complex Was Neanderthal Speech?" slate.com.

"So, there does seem to be evidence that Neanderthals were not the dumb brutes we once thought. New genetic and archaeological evidence suggests that they may have had the capacity for language at a level of complexity far closer to humans than to other primates.

Capacity doesn't mean actuality, though, and much like our hypotheses on how human language evolved, much of what is argued are educated guesses, at best. So for now, the answer isn't clear, and hopefully future advancements in genetics and archaeology will fill in more and more of the pieces of this puzzle."









"Inequality for All" billmoyers.com.

"Bill Moyers talks with Robert Reich about the film Inequality for All. Opening in theaters across the country next week, it aims to be a game-changer in our national discussion of income inequality.

This week marks both the fifth anniversary of the fiscal meltdown that almost tanked the world economy and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the movement that sparked heightened public awareness of income inequality. Yet the crisis is worse than ever ­ in the first three years of the recovery, 95 percent of the economic gains have gone only to the top one percent of Americans. And the share of working people in the U.S. who define themselves as lower class is at its highest level in four decades."


"Mortgage-Seizing Eminent Domain Bid Gets CU Support" David Morrison at cutimes.com.

"The 13.000-member, $103 million Cooperative Center FCU has expressed support for Richmond, Calif., to obtain and restructure some mortgages even if the Bay Area town has to use eminent domain.

The city's council and mayor have approved the plan, which remains in limbo in the face of California law governing split votes and the opposition of banks and other lenders and regulators.

The credit union in nearby Berkeley, Calif., contended in a press statement Tuesday that the goals of the program outweighed its risks."








"Mark Twain: An American icon" at cbsnewsvideo.

"More than 100 years after his death, Mark Twain is still a vital part of the American cultural landscape. From the Twainiacs who flock to his hometown of Hannibal, Mo., to an exclusive interview with the man himself, Bill Geist takes a tour of all things Twain."


















Monday evening our Patrick Kennedy received an "innovation award" from the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.

from 5/8/09

builder, Patrick Kennedy and staff

lunch, 900 GRAYSON




You can learn much about Patrick and his contributions here.




and here's my Homage to Patrick from 9/2/13

Word on the street is that one of Scrambled Eggs and Lox's favorite personalities/people is in line for

a Major Award









Also honored was the West's Steven Visco of PolyPlus on 6th north of Dwight.

PolyPlus Awarded Nearly $9 Million by Department of Energy to Complete Development and Scale Manufacturing of Technology

That Will Enable New Class of High-Energy Density Batteries








"3 Charged in Killings of Berkeley Man, 8-year-old Oakland Girl" Charles Burress at berkeleypatch.com.

"Two men and a woman ­ Darnell Williams, Joe Carroll, and Laquana Nuno ­ have been charged with murder for the apparently gang-related killings of Anthony Medearis of Berkeley and 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine of Oakland.

Three people have been charged in connection with the murder of 8-year-old Alaysha Carradine, who was shot during a sleepover at an apartment in Oakland's Dimond District on July 17.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said at a news conference at Oakland police headquarters this morning that prosecutors believe the shooter was 22-year-old Darnell Williams.

Williams and a second suspect, 27-year-old Oakland resident Joe Carroll, have both been charged with murder for the killing. O'Malley said Carroll is believed to have helped plan the shooting.

Alaysha, who was about to enter the third grade at Fruitvale Elementary School, was killed when shots were fired through the front door of an apartment in the 3400 Wilson Street.

Three other people were injured in the shooting but survived, and Williams and Carroll were also each charged with three counts of attempted murder.

O'Malley said it appears the shooting was an act of retaliation for a previous gang-related shooting. She said the suspects were targeting someone inside the apartment but she did not say whom.

A third person, Laquana Nuno, has been charged as an accessory to Alaysha's murder. (Nuno, a 28-year-old woman, also faces a murder charge.)

Williams, Carroll and Nuno have also all been charged with murder for the killing of 22-year-old Anthony Medearis in Berkeley on Sept. 8.

Medearis was gunned down in the 1400 block of Eighth Street at about 5:45 p.m. that day.

The three suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court [Monday] afternoon."














"Berkeley Underground Films at the Tannery" sf.funcheap.com.

"The Berkeley Underground Film Society (BUFS) is an all ages club for collectors, researchers, and film enthusiasts in the East Bay and San Francisco area.
Their goal is to review and share a selective film history of movies on film.

Every Sunday, they screen buried, rarely projected, or otherwise obscure 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm prints from their collection.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, FREE*
The Tannery, 708 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94710"



 on 1/26/13 I posted

Rumor has it that Sierra Nevada 

will open a tasting room in West Berkeley.

Their Pale Ale, a favorite of mine is reviewed 

in this youtube video


a regular reader writes

I agree with Brendan Behan: "I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer."



"Sierra Nevada to Open Berkeley, CA 'Torpedo Room' in November" mybeerbuzz.com.

"Sierra Nevada  Brewing Co. is targeting early November to open its Berkeley, Calif., space, coined the Torpedo Room. The intimate venue-whose name is inspired by the brewery's innovative dry-hopping device, the Hop Torpedo-fits into a mixed-use building on Fourth Street between University Avenue and Addison Street. The Torpedo Room can host approximately 45 craft beer drinkers for educational tastings of unique and limited Sierra Nevada beers, as well as the occasional craft-centric event dedicated to beer science. 

'Our brewers develop creative, flavorful beers at an impressive pace,' said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada's founder. 'They're usually small batches, and it's those beers folks will find in the Torpedo Room. We think it's exciting-using rare offerings to showcase who we are and to talk about the science behind our beers. We really hope visitors take part in the dialogue.' 

The Torpedo Room will feature 16 taps, and draught beer will be served in taster flights. Guests will also have the option of filling growlers to go, as well as purchasing six-packs, cases and individual specialty bottles. Light snacks will accompany beer flights, but there is not a full menu.

'West Berkeley fosters a great, progressive culture,' Grossman said, 'and that includes a lot of ambitious food and drink. We're eager to be part of the Bay Area craft scene while still staying close to our home base in Chico.'

Ongoing construction on the Torpedo Room capitalizes on Berkeley and greater Northern California talent. West Berkeley neighbor Trachtenberg Architects, Inc.; Ferrous Studios, Inc., in nearby Richmond, Calif.; and Chico-based craftspeople Westgate Hardwoods are among those helping Sierra Nevada create a rich atmosphere.

Keep an eye on the Sierra Nevada blog in coming weeks for more Torpedo Room visual milestones."  





"New York's Artichoke Basille's Pizza expands to Berkeley" at insidescoopsf.sfgate.com.






"Berkeley Food Institute aims to help transform the world's food system" by Carol Ness, newscenter.berkeley.edu.

"Where else but Berkeley - home of both Chez Panisse and the Free Speech Movement - would the nation's top public university launch an institute whose aim is not just better food for all but a fundamental transformation of the world's food systems?

UC Berkeley's new Berkeley Food Institute has nothing less as its goal. The institute deploys the intellect, energy and influence of five colleges to connect with farmers and environmentalists, with people struggling to feed their families, with the food industry and with policymakers and powerbrokers to help supercharge the push for a fair and sustainable food system."





"Mikhail Baryshnikov to Bring Man in a Case to Berkeley Rep" at broadwayworld.com.

"Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov will return to the Bay Area to star in Man in a Case, adding yet another electrifying show to its 2013-14 season. Man in a Case is based on two of Anton Chekov's 1898 short stories, 'Man in a Case' and 'About Love.' In Big Dance Theater's adaptation, two hunters trade stories both witty and haunting: one about a reclusive man's courtship of a carefree young woman, which forces him to closely examine his own rigid nature; the other about a man who relives the story of lost love. Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, the creative masterminds behind the Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater, bring their signature style of cutting-edge theatre to create a high-tech performance filled with movement, music, and video to illuminate those rare occasions when we're offered life-changing possibilities.Baryshnikov is joined onstage by a stellar cast of four veteran performers from Big Dance Theater including its co-director Paul Lazar, who joins the cast for the Berkeley run.

Man in a Case plays only 20 performances at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre. It previews on January 25, opens on January 26, and plays through February 16, 2014. Tickets are on sale now to Berkeley Rep donors and subscribers to its 2013-14 season; the general public can access seats beginning on October 13, 2013."



"A Hilarious Opener for Berkeley Rep: Christopher Durang's Antic Vanya" at huffingtonpost.com.





"Standard View of 'Beautiful Women' in Chinese Art Challenged by Berkeley Exhibit" berkeley.patch.com.

"The new 'Beauty Revealed' exhibit at the UC Berkeley Art Museum asserts that the 'beautiful women' paintings of the Qing Dynasty in China do not portray high-class ladies as previously assumed. The figures are actually courtesans, the exhibit says."







"Creative Nonfiction Workshop" offered by UC Extension.

"Learn to apply the techniques of storytelling to nonfiction prose pieces, including personal essays, features, commentaries, reviews, reports, journal entries and memoirs. Together, the instructor and other participants form your audience, offering support and critical feedback about your pieces. Weekly class discussions and writing assignments focus on story principles-such as plot, tension, scene and dialogue-that increase the readability of your work and form your material into publishable pieces."         








"Visit Nine University of California College Campuses for Just $0.00 a Day" at digitaljournal.com.

"You are quite interested in one of the nine University of California campuses, whether it is UC Berkeley, UC Merced or UC San Diego, and are thinking about applying early before November 1st. The problem is, you're neck-deep in senior year classes, and the cost of weekend airfare to the west coast may not be in your parents' budget. How can you "kick the tires" and show interest before applying? Login to CollegeWeekLive University of California System Day on Tuesday October 1st between 12 and 10 p.m. Eastern Time and visit with any or all of the nine campuses virtually, at no cost.

CollegeWeekLive, the world's leading website that connects students with colleges, provides a convenient and cost-free way for students to learn more about in a college without the cost of travel to visit a campus in-person. At CollegeWeekLive University of California System Day, students can browse information on each campus, text or video chat with admissions representatives and current students at any one of the University of California campuses and ask questions about such topics as student life, what majors are offered, college classes, and even cafeteria food and campus housing."








"Berkeley Unified School District reviewing preliminary report on campus safety" Nico Correia at dailycal.com.

"Berkeley Unified School District reassesses school safety protocol in Sandy Hook aftermath Local school district establishes heightened safety measures.

Committee releases gun control and safety report Safety committee to present report to school board.

In the coming months, Berkeley Unified School District plans to release a report regarding an issue that has come to the forefront of national concern: school safety."




"Berkeley High School Pool Closed After Students Reportedly Start Losing Body Hair" by Robin Wilkey, huffingtonpost.com.

"A California high school pool was closed by the city after students reported symptoms including burning eyes, bleached hair and a loss of body hair."








On 9/16/13 I posted "Word on the street continues that this year's Berkeley's homicides, mostly in the west, are all the result of the conflict between a west Berkeley group and a north Oakland group, one might say gang [conflict] warfare."


our BPD Ofc Jennifer Coats emails

The City of Berkeley Police
Department (BPD) is announcing the arrest and charging of two suspects for
the murder of Anthony Medearis.

On Sunday, September 8, 2013 at approximately 5:43 p.m., BPD patrol
officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the 1400 block of 8th
Street. Responding officers quickly located a victim, Anthony Medearis, at
the intersection of 8th St. and Page St. Medearis had been shot and was
transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

During the initial area search for the suspect, an officer spotted a person
matching the suspect description, and attempted to stop him. The suspect,
subsequently identified as 22 year old Darnell Williams of Oakland, fled from
the officer and got into an awaiting car. The suspect was driven a short
distance and then fled on foot out of the vehicle. Officers conducted a block
search and located and arrested Williams as he was hiding in a yard in the
1200 block of Kains.

Williams was held on a no-bail parole violation as the investigation continued
that evening, and has been in custody since his arrest on September 8th.

During the investigation of the Medearis homicide, Berkeley Police detectives
learned Williams was also a suspect in the July 17 Oakland murder of 8-year
old Alaysha Carradine. Detectives immediately began working closely with
Oakland Police detectives on investigations of both homicides.

Investigators determined that a second suspect, Laquana Nuno, 28 years old,
of Stockton, had acted as an accessory to Williams in the Medearis homicide
by attempting to drive Williams away from the scene. Nuno was arrested on
September 28 by Berkeley Police Detectives at a motel in Oakland.

Investigation into the Alaysha Carradine homicide revealed that her shooting
appeared to be in retaliation for the July 17, 2013 murder of Jermaine Davis
which occurred several hours earlier, in the 1800 block of Derby Street in
Berkeley. The investigation into the Davis homicide is active and continues.

This morning, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office filed numerous
charges against Williams, Nuno, and other suspects as a result of this complex
investigation. Williams is charged with the murders of Alaysha Carradine and
Anthony Medearis. Nuno is charged as an accessory to the murder of Anthony
Medearis. Other individuals have been charged in connection with a number
of offenses investigated by the Oakland Police Department.

The Berkeley Police Department greatly appreciates the opportunity to have
worked so closely and successfully with members of the Oakland Police
Department, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, and the
California Department of Justice to make arrests in these cases.

Ofc Jennifer Coats
Public Information
Officer (PIO)
(510) 981-5780

One of our micro sites recently posted

"Residents, officials and members of community and religious organizations will walk through West Berkeley on Thursday night to take a stand against violence and remember three men killed in shootings earlier this year. 

Councilwoman Linda Maio's office helped organize the walk in conjunction with Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Berkeley Congregations Organized for Action (BOCA) and other anti-violence groups. Everyone is welcome.

The Berkeley Ceasefire Walk Against Violence aims to gives residents a chance to remember the victims, with a moment of silence planned at each location noted in the map above as part of a procession through the neighborhood. The event begins at Good Shepherd, 1823 Ninth St., at 6:30 p.m., and the walk starts at 7 p.m."




















UC Berkeley explosion

When will Berkeley be back to normal? at csmonitor.com.



"Berkeley Boots Smoke Out of Multi-Unit Housing" C. Denney at berkeleydailyplanet.com.

[Carol Denney is a longtime anti-smoking activist]

"The Berkeley City Council mustered five votes to protect tenants in multi-unit housing from their neighbors' secondhand smoke at the October 1, 2013 city council meeting. The ordinance would go into effect in early 2014. 

Mayor Tom Bates' motion for a strong law was seconded by Councilmember Capitelli, and supported by Councilmember Susan Wengraf, Councilmember Gordon Wozniak, and Councilmember Linda Maio. 

Councilmember Jesse Arreguin opposed the ordinance after it was strengthened to include a designation of secondhand smoke as a nuisance, which ensures city enforcement as opposed to the original proposal's "right of private action" enforcement mechanism, which speakers pointed out is both burdensome and ineffective for tenants seeking secondhand smoke protection. 

Councilmember Darryl Moore abstained, and Councilmember Worthington was absent for the vote and the discussion, which focused on alternative methods of enforcement. Councilmember Capitelli's questions to staff at one point included an entertaining hypothetical situation where he decided he "didn't like" Councilmember Wengraf and made false complaints about her smoking. 

Every councilmember who spoke favored protecting tenants from secondhand smoke. The measure had no opposition at public comment, which featured among others Serena Chen of the American Lung Association, Leslie Zeller of the Tobacco Legal Consortium, and Liz Williams of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. 




"6 lies UC Berkeley students tell" Sujin Shin, dailycal.org.

"We've always been told to tell the truth, but sometimes a little white lie goes a long way. And, sadly, we students lie a lot more than you might think. Do you instinctively tell your GSI, 'Yes, I did do all the reading,' even though you only skimmed the first and last pages? Do you automatically defer to lies when faced with tough questions like, 'Why didn't you reply to my text?' or, 'Do I look fat in these jeans?'

We at the Clog have compiled a list of six of the most common lies students tell."






"The best among 4 tea houses in Berkeley" dailycal.org.




"Berkeley Exhibition 2014" earlymusic.org.

"Early Music America, once again, presents the Berkeley Festival Exhibition June 5, 6, and 7, 2014. The Exhibition will take place in the Large and Small Assembly Halls at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley. The Exhibition is where the general public can meet publishers, instrument builders, service organizations and other early music practitioners. Free and open to the public.

For more information on 2014 Berkeley Festival main stage concerts and fringe performances, visit the Berkeley Festival web site."

That's our John Philips in the photo.







"Brush Fire Scorches Berkeley Waterfront, Homeless Camp May Be Cause" berkeley.patch.com.

"A widely visible two-acre brush fire at the Berkeley waterfront late this afternoon, Wednesday, may have been caused by a homeless encampment, authorities said. About 30 firefighters snuffed it out in about 45 minutes with no injuries."







"Downtown Berkeley will go car-free and carefree at Sunday Streets event" Marta Yamamoto, insidebayarea.com.

"A two-mile stretch of Shattuck Avenue between Haste and Rose streets will be closed to motor traffic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 for the second Sunday Streets Berkeley celebration.

On that day, the roadway between downtown and North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto will be open to all forms of walking, cycling, skating, dancing, playing and other recreational and social activities. This is not your average street festival. The event will celebrate local businesses and eateries along the route rather than hosting outside vendors and food booths.

The day is inspired by the Open Streets model that has grown worldwide in an effort to transform streets into public car-free spaces." 




"KRON4 reporter accosted, guard opens fire" Henry K. Lee, sfgate.com.

"A security guard accompanying a KRON4 reporter fired shots at assailants trying to rob them in San Francisco Friday night, police said.

The incident happened at about 8 p.m. on the 1500 block of La Salle Avenue in the Bayview.

In a story on its website, KRON4 said reporter Jeff Bush and a security guard were accosted by two armed men who demanded Bush's equipment. Bush surrendered the equipment and "took cover" as the security guard opened fire, the station said.

A black Audi showed up at San Francisco General Hospital with two men, one of whom was suffering from a gunshot wound, authorities said. The occupants told police that they had been fired upon near Third Street and La Salle Avenue, not far from where Bush was being accosted, police said.
Bush, a 12-year KRON4 veteran, and the guard weren't hurt, the station said.

The episode is the latest in a spate of holdups or confrontations targeting the media."





















Yesterday' s yellowish smoke over west-Berkeley was from a fire in Solano County, just northwest of Fairfield about 30 mile distance. There was also a small brush fire east of the Clark Kerr Campus-apparently this fire did not contribute to the smokey air.


Word on the street is that Patrick Kennedy is again interested in building in Berkeley though not here in the west.

Action's SE&L grade for political "sense," B+.

Action's SE&L grade for common sense, A .


email from Jill A. Martinucci, aide to Laurie Capitelli

"The language Council is requesting from staff does not include marijuana" in the Smoke Free Ordinance.

And Ms Martinuccii writes"There has been no discussion about other herbal mixtures."

Legislation's SE&L grade for political "sense," B

Legislation's SE&L grade for common sense, D+/C- .




"Downtown Berkeley Association CEO John Caner Investigated for Campaign Violations" Carol Denney in Street Spirit; American Friends Service Committee, Quaker values in action.

"The Fair Campaign Practices Commission will investigate the Yes On S campaign 'because John Caner admitted to paying 52 homeless people in cash on election day to campaign against themselves." Caner handed out more than $5,530 in $100 and $50 cash payments to homeless and formerly homeless 'poll workers.'

John Caner, the director of the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA) and Measure S campaign manager, acknowledged in a letter dated Sept. 19, 2013, to Berkeley's Fair Campaign Practices Commission that shortly before last year's election, he handed out more than $5,530 in $100 and $50 cash payments to more than 50 'poll workers,' many of them homeless and formerly homeless clients of Options Recovery Services, to distribute misleading slate fliers near polling places.
Caner also acknowledged neglecting to report some campaign expenditures as required under Berkeley election law, which says campaign expenditures be made by check or credit card so that they can be traced.

Patricia Wall, executive director of the Homeless Action Center in Berkeley, explained that the Fair Campaign Practices Commission decided to conduct an investigation into the Yes On S campaign "because John Caner admitted to paying 52 homeless people in cash on election day to campaign against themselves."
The Fair Campaign Practices Commission unanimously voted to investigate the Measure S campaign at their meeting at the North Berkeley Senior Center on Sept. 19, 2013."






Silk Road was an online black market on the Deep Web. It was operated as a Tor hidden service, such that online users could browse it anonymously and securely without potential traffic monitoring. The website launched in February 2011; development began six months prior.[5][6] Silk Road was an underground website[7] sometimes called the "Amazon.com of illegal drugs" or the "eBay for drugs".

Buyers could register on Silk Road for free, but there was a limit to the number of new seller accounts available, and new sellers had to purchase an account via an auction. This policy was purportedly implemented to mitigate the possibility of malicious individuals distributing tainted goods.

On 2 October 2013, the FBI shut down Silk Road and arrested Ross William Ulbricht, who they accused of being the site's founder and chief operator.


A good part of the alleged billion dollars of Silk Road sales was done with Bit-coin,

In Spring this year I posted of Bit-coin.

"Bitcoin: A guide to the future of currency" zdnet.com

Bitcoin could just become the virtual equivalent of gold. Now worth considerably more than the USD, it may be worth your time to learn about this new form of global currency.

You have undoubtedly seen this word as of late, but what is it? Where did it come from and why is 't all the rage in the news right now? How does it work, why is it so complex to understand for the average person, and how is it that 1 BTC (shorthand for 'bitcoin") is currently worth considerably more than the USD and Euro? Why should anyone care about Bitcoin? Well, if the U.S. Government cares enough such that the Principal of Bitcoin, Gavin Andresen, was asked to give a presentation to the CIA about Bitcoin this week, then there is plenty of reason for care and concern. Additionally, many people see Bitcoin as a huge money-making opportunity and the next big thing to shape the world of currency. And I when I say many people see it as "the next big thing," I mean as in what Microsoft was to computers or like what Google was to search engines. All of the aforementioned and more will be addressed throughout this definitive guide about Bitcoin: the world's first global currency that may just stand a chance to succeed and thrive.

Simple Explanation: Bitcoin is a new form of currency that was once worthless, yet now has grown to be worth considerably more than the U.S. dollar. One bitcoin is currently worth ~$15 USD at the time/date of this post. Rather than a replacement for the U.S. dollar, the Euro, or other government currencies, bitcoins should be thought of like gold or silver where 1 oz. is equivalent to X amount of dollars. In that sense, Bitcoin is more like a commodity than a currency. Granular Explanation: Bitcoin is a global, decentralized virtual currency that first began in 2009 by its creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. It operates on a vast P2P network which is currently comprised of thousands of systems. Its aim is quite ambitious: to solve many of the issues with currency today, such as providing near-cash anonymity with online transactions, governments being able to create their own money whenever they want, transfer fees associated with transactions, and more. No banks, no fees, and no traces. As a currency, Bitcoins are currently divisible down to 8 decimal places. What this means is that products or services that accept bitcoins as payment may accept .025 BTC, .00000643 BTC, etc. Once again, the comparison to gold and silver are applicable here. As opposed to a currency, bitcoins operate more like a commodity."


"About bitcoin and its mysterious creator" at newyorker.com.

"There are lots of ways to make money: You can earn it, find it, counterfeit it, steal it. Or, if you're Satoshi Nakamoto, you can invent it. That's what he did on the evening of January 3, 2009, when he pressed a button on his keyboard and created a new currency called Bitcoin. It was all bit, and no coin. There was no paper, copper, or silver-just thirty-one thousand lines of code and an announcement on the Internet. Nakamoto wanted to create a currency immune to the predations of bankers and politicians. The currency was controlled entirely by software. Every ten minutes or so, coins would be distributed through a process that resembled a lottery. This way, the bitcoin software would release a total of twenty-one million bitcoins, most all of them over the next twenty years. Interest in Nakamoto's invention built steadily. More and more people dedicated their computers to the lottery, and forty-four exchanges popped up, allowing anyone with bitcoins to trade them for dollars, euros, or other currencies. At first, a single bitcoin was valued at less than a penny. But merchants gradually began to accept bitcoin, and at the end of 2010 the value began to appreciate rapidly. By June of 2011, a bitcoin was worth more than twenty-nine dollars. Market gyrations followed, and by September the exchange rate had fallen to five dollars. Still, with more than seven million bitcoins in circulation, Nakamoto had created thirty-five million dollars of value. And yet Nakamoto was a cipher."



"The End of the `Silk Road': Who's the Next to Fall?" video panel discussion at bloomberg.com.

"Bloomberg's Max Raskin, Berkeley Varitronics Systems CEO Scott Schober and FBI National Academy's Gene West discuss what the 'Silk Road' bust means for Bitcoin and other possible online drug marketplaces on Bloomberg Television's 'Street Smart.' " 

With much about Bit-coin and its future--it very much has one!




Want a contrast to Downton Abbey?

Check out Trailer Park Boys. It's streaming on Netflix.












"Fourth Street" has just moved a block south with new tenants filling the retail spaces at 4th & U--the 2000 block of Fourth, this side of University Ave.

rehearsal set

at Waterfront Conservatory

These spaces are now occupied by Sketch, Haltha Yoga Shala East Bay, and the Waterfront Conservatory acting school. Soon to open are Ei-wear, Keter Hair Salon and the The Fourth Street Studio, an artist studio.




















"Oakland cracks down on illegal dumping" by Matthew Artz, Chris DeBenedetti, Rebecca Parr and Doug Oakley, Bay Area News Group.

"The City Council unanimously approved a law criminalizing illegal dumping and setting up additional civil measures to punish those who dispose of furniture, construction material and other large amounts of trash on city streets.

The new law, proposed by Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney and City Attorney Barbara Parker makes it a misdemeanor to illegally dispose of large quantities of trash. Those caught dumping could be fined and forced to pay the city's cost for enforcing the law.

The law comes in response to the increased practice of people dumping large amounts of waste on city streets -- especially in poorer, semi-industrial sections of East and West Oakland -- rather than pay to properly dispose the items. Last year, the city received about 17,000 reports of illegal dumping -- a roughly 34 percent increase from 2011, according to McElhaney.

The law won't go into effect until after the council approves it a second time later this month."



"Recent copper thefts part of larger campus and city trend" by Chase Schweitzer at dailycal.org.

"University Village issues alert citing increase in bike thefts UCPD arrests three suspects in cellphone theft spree Despite increase in Alameda County auto theft rates, Berkeley bucks trend $23,000 in computer equipment stolen from North Gate Hall

An electrical wire theft, which UC Berkeley officials believe may be linked to the on-campus explosion, is part of a larger trend of copper thefts on campus and in the city.

Although UCPD is conducting an ongoing investigation of Monday's theft of high-voltage copper wiring from a campus electrical facility, multiple instances of copper theft - from construction materials, decorative plaques and even toilet flushers - have occurred on campus.

The copper wiring was taken from a facility near the Big C trail, according to a UCPD Daily Activity Bulletin. The incident, however, highlights a prevalence of copper theft at UC Berkeley that, while sporadic, is costly to the campus.

Police are actively investigating the theft but do not have any suspects at this time, UCPD spokesperson Lt. Eric Tejada said.'

'We have some leads in the case - there was evidence left behind,' Tejada said. 'We are hoping to get some fingerprint or DNA evidence off of it."





"Berkeley to draft restrictions for civic center property use" Judith Scherr at contracostatimes.com.

"Should the City Council set new guidelines on eventual reuse of the downtown post office and nearby historic buildings, or should the future development of the civic center be left to a buyer and current regulations?

Some 90 people attended Wednesday evening's Planning Commission public hearing to weigh in on the question.

At issue was Councilman Jesse Arreguin's proposal to craft an ordinance restricting reuse of historic buildings in the civic center to community-serving purposes. The 'overlay zoning' would include the post office, Veterans Building, Old City Hall, the YMCA and several other historic civic center sites. Current private uses, such as the YMCA health club, would likely be grandfathered in.

After listening to the public -- 30 speakers in favor of new restrictions and three opposed -- commissioners voted unanimously to have the city planning staff draft a zoning overlay ordinance. The commission will discuss the draft at its Nov. 6 meeting and could send it to the City Council for approval at that time."







"Bringin' Montreal Smoke Meat to America" Renee Ghert-at jewishdaily.com.

"Some people will go to amazing lengths to enjoy Montreal smoke meat, a sort of cross between pastrami and corned beef.

Alexei (Lex) Gopnik-Lewinski used to smuggle vacuum-packed smoke meat (also known as smoked meat) across the border every time he would come home to Berkeley, California after visiting family in Montreal. Then, one time two years ago, he was busted by customs as he tried to cross the border with 15 pounds of the'stuff.

'They confiscated $150 worth of smoke meat!' Gopnik-Lewisnki exclaimed. 'That was it. It was at that moment that I decided I had to learn how to make it myself.' "



"Chanterelles and Chardonnay like cream and butter" Lynne Char Bennett, sfgate.com.

"I love mushrooms, whether hedgehog, trumpet, hen-of-the-woods, morels or chanterelles.

I was recently in Berkeley Bowl East when I spied golden chanterelle mushrooms that were reasonably priced, relatively speaking, so I indulged in a pound. "









"St. Mary's 63, Berean Christian 13" Wes Goldberg, contracostatimes.com.

"On a sunny Saturday afternoon, The host St. Mary's High football team started hot and didn't cool down, beating Berean Christian 63-13 in a Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division game to extend its win streak to four games. Berean Christian (2-4, 0-2 TCAL-Rock) has dropped three straight.

After scoring the first 28 points of the game in the first quarter, St. Mary's opened up a 49-7 lead before half. The third quarter started with a running clock and a 91-yard kickoff return by the Panthers."



"Green lands at Cal" Douglas Benton at notredame.rivals.com.

"Spending the summer in the Canary Islands, Lithuania and Indonesia, St. Mary's-Berkeley guard Gabby Green is ready to stay home for college basketball. She committed to Cal last month in a major pickup for head coach Lindsey Gottlieb.

The 6-foot-1 Green chose Cal over a final list of Rutgers, Ohio State and Tennessee. She has previously taken an official visit to Rutgers and visited Cal the weekend before leaving for Indonesia for USA Basketball U18 3x3 World Championship.

'I took my official visit the week before I left to go to Indonesia. I just kind of knew once I got on campus, I pretty much fell in love with Cal,' Green said.

Green's commitment to Cal, which made a run to the Final Four last season, comes on the heels of two gold medals with USA Basketball in the U18 3x3'World'Championship and the U19 World Championship.

"This summer has been one of the best summers of my life,' Green said. 'Playing with USA after being turned down twice was a big honor.'

A big guard who handles it well, Green can get to the basket and compliments it with a developed mid-range jumper. She can have a big defensive impact with versatility to play both guard spots depending on the circumstances. She is a major commit for Cal as it continues to load up on local talent. Green is just the second top prospect in the last five years to stay on the West Coast.

Green is entering her fourth year on varsity at St. Mary's-Berkeley, which includes a trip to the state title game in 2011, the NorCal championship game in 2012 and reaching the Open Division semi-finals in 2013. As a junior, she averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals per game in being named the NorCalPreps.com Division IV Player of the Year." 



"Rising student debt sinks American youth" Justin Tombolesi, the Daily Cal.

"Student debt is a growing economic and moral crisis. The average U.S. college student today graduates with more than $25,000 in debt, and nationally, unpaid tuition debt approaches $1.2 trillion.

That's trillion with a T. Twelve zeros.

Here at UC Berkeley, our tuition has increased 300 percent since 2002, and the average debt burden per student is $20,000."  







"UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Lab open new energy nanoscience center" Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.

"The University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory got $10 million from the Kavli Foundation to support a new energy nanosciences research center.

UC Berkeley will raise another $10 million in matching funds for the institute's endowment.

Berkeley Lab boss Paul Alivisatos will run the new center along with Omar Yaghi and Peidong Yang. All three are chemistry professors at UC Berkeley, as well as lab researchers."


















"Mad as a hatter" at wikipedia.org.

"Although the name 'Mad Hatter' was clearly inspired by the phrase 'as mad as a hatter', there is some uncertainty as to the origins of this phrase. Mercury was used in the process of curing felt used in some hats, making it impossible for hatters to avoid inhaling the mercury fumes given off during the hat making process; hatters and mill workers thus often suffered mad hatter disease, mercury poisoning causing neurological damage including confused speech and distorted vision.

Hat making was the main trade in Stockport, near where Carroll grew up, and it was not unusual then for hatters to appear disturbed or confused; many died early as a result of mercury poisoning. However, the Hatter does not exhibit the symptoms of mercury poisoning, which include 'excessive timidity, diffidence, increasing shyness, loss of self-confidence, anxiety, and a desire to remain unobserved and unobtrusive.' The Hatter and the March Hare are initially referred to ' as 'both mad' by the Cheshire Cat, and both first appear in the seventh chapter of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which is titled 'A Mad Tea-Party".


I wonder if something like this doesn't apply to some Potter Creek manufacturers. I mean like "Manu Mad" . . . naw!

Still . . ." diffidence, increasing shyness, loss of self-confidence, anxiety, and a desire to remain unobserved and unobtrusive."




"Man on tracks in North Berkeley delays BART trains Monday morning" Natalie Neysa Alund, Oakland Tribune.

"A man who threatened to harm himself and who police say crawled onto a set of BART tracks at the North Berkeley station delayed trains by about 25 minutes on Monday morning.

Officers were notified at 7:52 a.m. by a station agent who said that a man threatened to harm himself then got into the tracks in the path of a train, said Lt. Aaron Ledford."






"Eastbound lanes reopened on Bay Bridge after fire" sfgate.com.

"A brush fire on Yerba Buena Island disrupted traffic on October 6, 2013. Photo: Brandon WatsonAll eastbound lanes of the Bay Bridge were reopened Sunday night after a brush fire on Yerba Buena Island caused traffic to back up into San Francisco, according to the California Highway Patrol."






I need volunteers for local air quality study. Email me at ronpenndorf@earthlink.net if you're interested.


9/29/13--6:58 PM--irriitant in front room, mucus membrane irritation, light head, wear respirator.


10/2/13--9:00AM--irriitant in front room, mucus membrane irritation, light head, wear respirator. 12:00 PM--similar.

10/3/13--2:30 PM--SERIOUS irriitant in front room, mucus membrane irritation, light head, wear respirator.

10/5/13--826 AM--SERIOUS irriitant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light head, wear respirator. Air similar to a spare the air day. I trust the Potter Creek manufacture that was making ozone as part of their production process is not the aource of this.1:30 PM--similar. 3:00 PM--similar.

10/6/13--6:50 PM--irriitant in front warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. Air similar to a spare the air day.

10/7/13--12:22 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front, watery eyes, light head. 1:47 PM--similar, hot metal odor, overrides HEAPA filters wear respirtor.










eternally useful links


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.



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 gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



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




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 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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






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