"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."







"Sunday Streets Berkeley, 17-block street party with breakdancing, dodgeball and yoga" funcheap.com.

"Inspired by San Francisco, Berkeley will once again throw a giant street party as Shattuck Avenue will be car-free for 17 blocks from Rose Street to Haste Street for more than mile-long street party with cycling, skating, twister, break dancing, dodgeball, yoga, live music, free bike repair a puppet parade and more on the open streets.

2013 Sunday Streets Berkeley
Sunday, October 13, 2013 | 11 am to 4 pm
Shattuck Ave from Haste to Rose, Berkeley

2013 highlights include . . ."








"TechShop San Francisco and Mayor Ed Lee Host First Mayor's Innovation Roundtable on Maker Movement" techshop.ws.

"Mayor convenes maker experts to educate city leadership on movement's economic impact; becomes first mayor to take 3D printing class

As part of Innovation Month in San Francisco, TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, is hosting a roundtable with Mayor Ed Lee on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. The panel discussion is part of the new Mayor's Innovation Roundtable Series that celebrates the local startup community, explores new startup areas and helps the city government keep pace with what's next.

The birthplace for many startups, TechShop is a facility, resource center and community where ideas grow into successful businesses. An integral part of the maker movement, TechShop is hosting the expert panel that will discuss making and monetizing new ideas and how to spur the local economy through the creation of jobs and businesses. In addition to Mayor Lee, the panel includes:
Chris Anderson, CEO, 3DRobotics (moderator) · Saul Griffith, principal, OtherLab · Kate Sofis, executive director, SF Made · Andrew Rutter, founder and chieftechnology officer, Type A Machines · Robbie Schingler, co-founder, Planet Labs · Kate Drane, hardware category lead, Indiegogo

'The maker movement is thriving in San Francisco and TechShop is excited to convene this group to discuss how to drive it, and the economy, forward,' said Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. 'Hundreds of companies have started here, from Etsy sellers to companies like DODOcase that now manufacture and employ people right here in San Francisco. TechShop and the maker movement are creating a real impact in the economy, largely because of the environment of innovation that exists in San Francisco.'

Leadership from a number of city departments whose work may be relevant to maker businesses will be present to learn from the discussion, including the Planning Department and Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Last Wednesday, Mayor Lee also became the first US mayor to take a 3D printing class, led by local 3D printing startup Type A Machines, which began and is still based at TechShop San Francisco. The mayor was taught the basics of the process by four middle schoolers from San Francisco Unified School District who had themselves learned it just 30 minutes earlier from a team of instructors."


Three west-Berkeleans attended the roundtable, including panel moderator, Chris Anderson. And with 10s of millions in investment capital pouring into our west, why wasn''t this held here.





"Berkeley Lab: U.S. Utility-scale solar PV prices falling sharply" solarserver.com.

"The study found slightly lower PPA prices for thin-film PV plants compared to crystalline silicon.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, California, U.S.) has released a report looking at project cost, performance and pricing trends for U.S. utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) plants."





"Drone driver licenses? How to make flying robots safe for American skies" Nidhi Subbaraman, NBC News.

A romantic pre-wedding photo shoot turned sour when the photographer's camera-equipped quadcopter swerved out of control and hit the groom on the head. 
'We cleaned up the blood and just kept going,' Davey Orgill, the photographer - who had been filming the bride- and groom-to-be on Aug. 1 on a grassy field near La Barge, Wyo. - told NBC News. After the wedding, with the couple's permission, he uploaded the fateful shot to YouTube where it's been viewed more than 1 million times.

In Manhattan, in October, a pedestrian narrowly missed a collision with a Phantom quadcopter when it landed on the sidewalk as he walked past Grand Central Station. Early in September, in a far more sobering incident, a 19-year-old hobbyist pilot was killed when his remotely operated helicopter hit him on the head during a flight in a park in Brooklyn. 

Hobbyist drone pilots will tell you that small drones are notoriously temperamental and accident-prone. Community discussion forums are filled with crash-related queries, and YouTube documents ample evidence of camera-carrying quadcopters or hexacopters getting tangled up in trees and toppling to the ground. 

'In the late 1920s, aircrafts were still failing out of the sky left and right,' Missy Cummings, who studies drones and autonomous systems at MIT, said at a panel discussion at the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference (DARC) in New York on Saturday. Today, drone technology is at the same place.
Before company-operated drones are integrated into U.S. airspace in 2015, as the Federal Aviation Administration's Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 mandates, safety regulation is one of hurdles the FAA will need to clear. A panel of experts at DARC agreed that before drones become a daily sighting, technology and humans both need to start behaving just a little bit better. 

Small drones like quadcopters can be bought online, and adding warnings to the bots could be an easy first step. 'The DJI Phantom doesn't come with a label saying, "Hey, this could hurt someone," ' Mike Winn, a founder of DroneDeploy, a company that is building autonomous control platforms, said. "It's like buying a model race car." In other words, there's no lengthy list of all the damage it can do.

One way to assure a minimum level of competence could be pre-use certification, a 'driver license' of sorts for pilots who fly the birds."






"UC Berkeley places 5th in affordability and access" Libby Rainey at dailycal.com.

"UC Berkeley ranks 1st among public universities again in US News & World Report Berkeley's computer science major places first in new ranking
UC Berkeley placed fifth in a recently published set of rankings meant to reflect President Barack Obama's proposed criteria for measuring college affordability and access.

The rankings, released by the organization Affordable Colleges Online, are a response to the college-rating system Obama outlined in August. The plan seeks to link federal funding for institutions of higher education to assessments of individual schools based on average tuition, graduation rates and the number of students receiving federal aid, among other measures.

Affordable Colleges Online's rankings analyzed tuition and fees, graduation rates, student loan default rates, student services and the average starting salary of graduates to determine the top 100 public colleges that may receive a high rating under Obama's proposed program."







"Places to Visit in Berkeley, California" beforeitsnews.com.

"If you are familiar with the San Francisco Bay area, or even if you're not, you have probably heard that Berkeley, California is the hotspot of all things cultural, historic and delicious in that region. In the 1960s, Berkeley was known as a counter-culture icon, and while it is still "green" and a little bit alternative in some ways, you certainly don't have to be a modern-day hippie (or a hipster) to find plenty to enjoy in the city! From the historic hotels to the cultural events to the truly excellent restaurant options available, Berkeley has something for everyone. If you are planning to head to this terrific vacation destination, here are some ideas for where to stay, places to eat, and what to do while you're there . . ."



"Albany Bulb Protest at Sierra Club in Berkeley" albany.patch.com.

"Protesters showed a film about the Albany Bulb encampment in front of the Sierra Club office in Berkeley Friday night. The activists oppose the planned eviction of Bulb dwellers. The Sierra Club supports the plan to make it a public park.

A small group of activists staged a sidewalk screening of a film about the Albany Bulb encampment in front of the Sierra Club office in Berkeley Friday night, Oct. 11, 2013.

Opponents of the planned eviction of Albany Bulb dwellers staged a protest in the form of a film screening on a Berkeley sidewalk Friday night.

The screening, attended by eight protesters when Patch dropped by, was held in front of the Berkeley office of the Sierra Club, which supports removal of the Bulb inhabitants and conversion of the Bulb into part of McLaughlin Eastshore State Park.

The Sierra Club office in Berkeley, at 2530 San Pablo Ave. was hosting a talk Friday night by Michael Starkey of the non-profit Save the Frogs!"




"'Operation Terror', the 9/11 Hollywood thriller, to screen in Berkeley and on the Web Saturday, October 19th" .opednews.com.

"The 90-minute Hollywood 9/11 fictional thriller that is banned from theaters because it bites too close to the truth. Plus question and answer period afterwards with our expert panel including the movie producer, Art Olivier. Also included is Richard Gage AIA of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Our MC is Ken Jenkins of 9/11 TV.

Plus bonus short 'Solving the Mystery of WTC7' , narrated by Ed Asner,  a 15-minute documentary about the 3rd tower not hit by a plane that collapsed just like a controlled demolition that same day.

$ 10 to attend in person   $ 5 to watch the web-stream  (web stream good from Oct 19 - Nov 30)

Doors open at 6:45 pm Pacific Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita Ave), Berkeley, CA 94709

No one turned away for lack of funds.




















"Buy bitcoins with cash in US Dollar (USD)" at localbitcoins.com.




The day after hosting the Makers roundtable, S.F Mayor Ed Lee headed a Bay Area business delegation to China. China Daily reports "SF trade group is off to China" by Chen Jia.

"In order to learn more about business opportunities in China and meet potential partners, about 80 business leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area paid a $6,000 participation fee to join a trade delegation that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will lead to China next . . . .

Sources told China Daily on Tuesday that the number of delegates had doubled since the initial announcement.

'I am very excited about the trip to build relationships with transportation delegates and assist with building relationships with China's transportation agencies and industry leaders,' Walter Allen, president and CEO of Acumen Building Enterprise, told China Daily at a send-off on Tuesday night.
Yuan Nansheng, the consul general of China in San Francisco, hosted the reception for the delegation and Mayor Lee.

The group will arrive at China next Monday and stay until Oct 20, including two days in Beijing and four days in Shanghai." 






"Several Berkeley Library Branches to Expand Hours" at berkeleypatch.com.

"Three branches of the Berkeley Public Library ­ Claremont, North and South ­ will begin expanded hours on Dec. 2 for a total of 52 hours a week at each branch. The new West branch also will have expanded hours when it's finished."





Carquinez Model Railroad Society October open house

If you like trains don't miss this event.

This is a must for anyone with an interest in trains.  Kids to granddad will have a great time.  We will have many trains operating on our large multi level layout.  The layout is HO scale."









 "Steal This Idea: How to Solve our Wicked Health Care Challenge" at huffingtonpost.com.

"Some issues are so big, so seemingly intractable that it's hard to know the right way to cut into them. In 1973, Horst W.J. Rittel and Melvin M. Webber, professors of design and urban planning at the University of California at Berkeley, referred to these problems as 'wicked.' A wicked problem has lots of contributing factors, is tough to succinctly describe, and doesn't lend itself to a single right answer. That means a solution is not easily achieved - and in the short-term will likely involve embracing the 'less bad' vs. the ideal. Climate change, terrorism, and poverty are all classic examples of wicked problems. Here's one more to add to the list: improving the quality of U.S. health care while lowering costs. Consider the examples below that show the complexity of what we're up against . . ."






















on 9/12/13 I posted

On May 16, 2012 Public Affairs, UC Berkeley announced the location of the new Campus Shared Services Center here in the west

"After an extensive search and analysis of available space in both the immediate vicinity and surrounding areas, UC Berkeley has signed a lease for a building to house the new Campus Shared Services (CSS) Center. The building is located at 1608 Fourth St. at Cedar Street, on the edge of Berkeley's Fourth Street retail district.

Berkeley's shared services will include certain human resources, finance, research administration and information technology work that is currently being performed in many different locations across campus. About 170 UC Berkeley staff will move into the CSS Center in the fall of 2012, growing to 500-625 over the next 24 to 30 months, according to an announcement Wednesday by the Campus Shared Services team."


Seventeen months later it has devekoped into a location offering "Business & Financial Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Academic Personnel Support and Research Administration."

"We've built Campus Shared Services together! Utilizing campus expertise to provide support in Business & Financial Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, and beginning April 18, 2013, Academic Personnel Support and Research Administration, Campus Shared Services is here to provide high quality administrative services with the Berkeley touch.

'The success of Campus Shared Services relies on us working together throughout this transition. We are inspired to move forward because we envision the benefits of shared services for UC Berkeley to be substantial, and look forward to building this organization together.'

Thera Kalmijn, Chief Operating Officer, Campus Shared Services."



"We now have a 110,00 square foot University of California facility in west-Berkeley and my sources indicate that the university owns the property. Cal now has a major footprint here in the west" RP



Kava emails of his recent remodel of the Campus Shared Services (CSS) Center

UC Berkeley streamlines services with a new
off-campus center 

The new home of the Campus Shared Services (CSS) is a cornerstone in UCB's strategy to streamline campus administration and services. The project was accomplished through the tenant improvements of 100,000 sf on four floors of an office building located in Berkeley's lively Fourth Street shopping district. Five different departments are housed in the facility, including Business and Financial Services, Human Resources, Information Technology and Research Administration.

The program features new office space (open and closed), team meeting areas, staff lounges, a fitness center and a conference center. Color, signage and graphics are used extensively to bring life to the large open cubicle expanses. Each floor is given a color identity to support way finding and departmental identify. Poster sized photographs of the campus are hung throughout the building's four floors allowing the University atmosphere to co-mingle with the industrial language of the existing building.

University of California, Berkeley, West Builders, Inc., March 2013










"Bison Organic Chocolate Stout, Berkeley"

a review at beeradvocate.com.





"Togo's Opens Latest Company Restaurant In Berkeley, Calif." bizjournals.com.

"Togo's Eateries, Inc., a 'West Coast Original' since 1971, is celebrating the grand opening of its latest company-owned restaurant in Berkeley, Calif. located at 2172 Shattuck Avenue. To celebrate the grand opening, Togo's aims to raise funds for the Berkeley Food & Housing Project, an organization dedicated to easing and ending the crisis of homelessness for men, women, and children in the Berkeley community. During the first week of operation, guests will receive a free, six-inch sandwich with every $2 donation made to the charity."




"More Than Half Of Fast Food Workers Rely On Public Assistance" Susan Murphy, kpbs.org.

"Tax payers carry the cost burden for fast food companies' low wages and lack of benefits, according to a new study by the University of California Berkeley Labor Center.

Employees and supporters demonstrate Monday outside of a Wendy's fast-food restaurant in New York City to demand higher pay and the right to form a union. Incomes have been stagnant, especially for minimum-wage workers.

According to the national study, more than half of fast food workers have to rely on public assistance programs to provide for their families and afford health care because their wages, which average $8 an hour in California, aren't enough to support them. "






"Tens of thousands visit Berkeley's Sunday Streets on Shattuck Avenue" by Tahmina Achekzai at dailycal.org.

"Second Sunday Streets event to occur on Shattuck Avenue City fiscal woes cast shadow over Sunday Streets events Sunday Streets Berkeley takes over Shattuck Avenue

"More than 40,000 Bay Area residents took to Shattuck Avenue on Sunday in celebration of Berkeley's second Sunday Streets event."






















"How California Revolutionized Food "Cynthia Salaysay at eastbayexpress.com.

"In her new book, Inside the California Food Revolution, author and chef Joyce Goldstein recounts how local chefs and artisans sparked a nationwide food movement.

Chef and author Joyce Goldstein has written more than 26 cookbooks, but her newest book, Inside the California Food Revolution: Thirty Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness, proved her biggest challenge yet. 'This was the hardest book I've ever had to write in my life,' said Goldstein, who said she interviewed more than two hundred chefs, artisans, food writers, and purveyors to tell the story of the sustainable food movement and the birth of California cuisine. 'This was not like writing a cookbook.'

But if anyone could tell the story, it was Goldstein. She was in the thick of the food movement's beginnings, as chef at Chez Panisse Café from 1980 to 1983 and then the chef of Square One Restaurant in San Francisco, which was one of the first to interpret the flavors of places like Turkey, North Africa, and the Middle East through a California lens. 'Everybody I interviewed said, "You are the perfect person to have written this book.'" I think it's because I knew so many of the people and [have] been around for such a long time,' said Goldstein. 'And they knew that they could trust me with their stories.'

For those who geek out about Cowgirl Creamery cheeses, dry-farmed Early Girl tomatoes, or the chanterelles at Monterey Market, Inside the California Food Revolution has plenty of entertaining stories."



The Buttercup and The California Breakfast by Ron Penndorf

Richards and Michael Haley before they found the Buttercup

And just what is The California Breakfast that Richards and Mike Haley invented? Well, it's most likely the eggs-breakfast that you now have when you eat out. (But, as breakfast is the lowly meal, you probably haven't even thought about that.)

Yet, it's important to remember that Richards and Mike Haley not only developed The California Breakfast but they made breakfast a proper and respectable meal out.

Mike, as long as I can remember, loved his morning meal best. When we lived together on Carl Street in San Francisco in the '50s, Mike would sometimes make breakfast for both of us, and I too came to love this meal.

Years later, when Mike and Richards lived together, Richards would make Mike's favorite, adding her own Georgian touch. An excellent cook from the South, Richards was well aware of the hearty country breakfast.

So in the '70s, when they bought the Buttercup Bakery and Coffee Shop on College Avenue and made it into a bakery and restaurant, it was only natural for them to make it into a breakfast-restaurant. (Understand, at that time there were coffee-shops and diners but not proper breakfast restaurants.) Simply, Richards knew about the Southern country breakfast and Mike loved breakfast best. This was the start.

If there was an exact moment when The California Breakfast Out came into being I suppose it was when Richard's started making Michael's favorites for the restaurant: Fresh-eggs, quality meats, home-fries with onions and sour cream, and a good toasted-bread were part of Michael's morning meal at home. (Occasionally I was at their house at breakfast time and it was always a treat.)

Then, I suppose if you own a bakery-restaurant it's natural to offer fresh baked-goods with the meal: And early-on you could substitute a pastry for toast. Bagels and croissants were also offered, but bagels and croissants were still popularly thought of as foreign food and breakfast is a very American meal. Also, it is important to remember that at this time breakfast out was pretty much a meal you had--often rushed--before your day's work. It was not so much a special meal--and social event--as it was just a way to get food before working. Kruse Plumbing was then down the street, and I remember some of the original customers were plumbers having breakfast before going to a job. There were also truck drivers who stopped before their run as well as milkmen taking their break.

(Perhaps the fruit garnish was added when it became apparent to all that breakfast was now social, even special.)

So there you have it; The California Breakfast Out. Was this just a variation of the country breakfast that, through good-timing, people found pleasure in eating in a restaurant? Is California Cuisine just fish and under-cooked vegetables?

Of course not.

Many people, other than Mike and Richards, were involved in making the Buttercup. Moe Moskowitz lent money and support, Mary Guenther provided heart and soul, Karl Mullis provided color and was a hard worker, Suze Orman found-herself and brought loyal customers, and Nancy Lawrence at Wells Fargo Elmwood was simply indispensable. She was always there. (Oh, Nick Victor, with failing health and eyesight, and preoccupied with his business and building two large warehouses, took time to give sound, solid business advice. ) Me? It was a place to hang out.




"24 Hours In Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto" forbes.com.

" 'One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,'Virginia Woolf.

Nowhere else have I understood this sentiment more than in the ghetto. The Gourmet Ghetto, that is, of Berkeley, California, the birthplace of the American slow food movement spearheaded by Alice Waters and her pals.

The Gourmet Ghetto is the nickname for the Berkeley neighborhood that runs along Shattuck Avenue from Rose Street to Hearst Avenue that has a high concentration of restaurants and food shops committed to serving organic, non-GMO, peak, in-season food. It's also a state of mind, given the community that this type of place attracts. Started in the late 1960s when Chez Panisse, The Cheese Board Collective, and Peet's Coffee were opened, these were the pioneers who gave Americans a shocking (and much tastier) alternative to the canned food, Velveeta, and Folgers coffee that was the order of the day. Nearly a half of a century later, the Ghetto remains a hallowed pilgrimage for foodies around the world."


You can also eat at our own 900 GRAYSON.









"The great Tesla bubble of 2013:Businesses that don't make money don't last" Dutch Mandel at autoweek.com.

"Do I go too far out on a limb to suggest Tesla is the modern-day version of the Great Tulip Bubble of March 1637?

Remember, that was when speculators drove prices of just-introduced tulip bulbs to astronomical heights. Some single bulbs cost more than 10 times an average working man's salary.

That's Tesla. How else to justify a stock price of more than $185 per share as of this writing, a $20 billion market-capitalization value for a company that has sold, what, 20,000 cars? And it's not made a penny! This firm has one vehicle in its lineup-the Model S-and we don't know what's next beyond a delayed SUV and a magic tube to whoosh people from San Francisco to LA.

Tesla's the darling of Greenies. It is trumpeted as the exemplar for electric vehicles, yet it could not be less practical for everyday use. Yes, if you motor around the city or use it on defined work commutes before you reattach it to the power grid, you'll be OK, so long as you're not taken out of your way unexpectedly. It is not a replacement for a vacation-hauling Family Truckster."





"3-D printer used to manufacture car body" David R. Baker, sfgate.com.

The Urbee's plastic body is made with a 3-D printer. A cross-country trip in the lightweight vehicle is expected to require less than 10 gallons of fuel.

"If Jim Kor gets his way, building a fuel-efficient car may one day be as simple as pressing 'print.' Well, almost as simple.

Kor heads a team of Canadian engineers designing a car whose plastic body can be manufactured with a 3-D printer. They've already made a prototype of their car, dubbed the Urbee, and are working on a second, more advanced version.

'What we like about 3-D printing is it can print anything,' Kor said Tuesday during a presentation at the Verge technology and sustainability conference in San Francisco. 'And when you can print anything, you can think of everything.' "







"Berkeley manipulates motorists with parking meter prices" Steven E.F. Brown, bizjournals.com.

"The City of Berkeley both raised and lowered parking meter prices Tuesday in hopes of changing the behavior of drivers.
Rates have risen as high as $2.50 per hour in Elmwood and $2.25 per hour in some downtown areas in hopes of discouraging people from parking or lingering there.

Rates are as low as $1 per hour in some distant, less desirable regions.

Berkeley has never really figured out how it feels about automobiles, as anyone who has tried to drive through its neighborhoods realizes when they bump up against one of the ubiquitous barriers blocking residential roads."








"American Islamic Congress Event Announcement: Tomorrow's World: Religion or Science?" prnewswire.com.

"The American Islamic Congress (AIC) and its Project Nur (PN)  will hold their fourth event groundbreaking six-part series, Science and Islam, entitled: Tomorrow's World: Religion or Science? "




"New Center for Jewish Studies launched at UC Berkeley" newscenter.berkeley.edu.

"A new Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, announced today (Wednesday, Oct. 16) by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer, will bring together faculty, students and visiting scholars for research and debate across Jewish studies' wide academic landscape.

Professor Ben Brinner, Professor Kenneth Bamberger, graduate student Daniel Viragh (seated), Professor Jill Stoner and Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman discuss details of UC Berkeley's new Center for Jewish Studies. (Peg Skorpinski photos)

The vibrant new hub on campus will coordinate both a new 'designated emphasis' that allows Ph.D. students to specialize in Jewish studies while earning a degree from a range of disciplines, and a Jewish studies undergraduate minor."








"Avidbank Corporate Finance Provides $5,000,000 In Credit Facilities to our 4th Street's ICU Eyewear, Inc." wsjonline.com.

"Avidbank Corporate Finance, a Division of Avidbank that specializes in technology and asset-based funding, has provided $5,000,000 of financing to ICU Eyewear, Inc. of Berkeley, CA. The facilities will be used for working capital flexibility and growth. "






















our Cameron Woo emails


We've been watching for the opening of this small Japanese restaurant-sushi bar on Hollis (next door to Starbucks) to open. I think the previous tenant was a sandwich chain. This is a welcome addition to the neighborhood's expanding culinary offerings. They've been only open a week, and it's a "soft" launch - not everything is yet available but will be in a few weeks when they officially open their doors. Still, we had a nice reasonably priced dinner of Tonkatsu and Salmon rice bowls. I can't speak to the noontime lunch rush, but the evening service and pace was pleasant and attentive. Everything was very fresh, and I look forward to trying their sushi. Check it out!


Cameron Woo, Publisher The Bark,  732 Addison St. Ste. D, Berkeley, CA 94710
www.thebark.com T 510.704.0827




"The Golden Cow of Parking" at nollandtam.com.

"Noll & Tam recently gained a new parking attendant. Upon turning into our parking lot, you will notice something unexpected. An 11-foot-tall bronze cow is holding guard over the front gate. Sculptures in the parking lot are common here at the Berkeley Art Complex -- we neighbor the Mussi Artworks Foundry and they often produce large works of art to be shipped to far-flung destinations. This fine creature, however, was something a bit more out of the ordinary and most certainly a talking point around the office. It also seemed intended to stay a while.

Creative stories raced through our collective heads at the first Friday BBQ lunch after the installation of the cow. One architect kept things practical, noticing the cow's relationship to the site and lack of platform: 'What will I tell my insurance company if it falls on my car? Will I be covered?' Keep in mind the relationship between an 11-ft tall bronze cow and 5-ft tall Mini Cooper.

After closer inspection, another Noll & Tammer admired the cow's metal construction and texture. One staffer thought it would be great to climb aboard for a ride. Would someone be inspired to 'cow tip' (a popular Midwestern activity for bored youth)? 'Can female cattle have horns?' asked a designer. All wondered who was this sculpture for? Why was it here? Would it be going somewhere? What would we name the cow? Was it spiritual; a godly cow?

With the goal of finding out some answers, I headed over to the foundry to pay a visit to the sales director, Tom."





"Dynavax Reports on HEPLISAV(TM) Regulatory Path" at marketwatch.com.

"Dynavax Technologies Corporation today announced the design of its next large-scale clinical study of HEPLISAV, its investigational adult hepatitis B vaccine, following discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency). The planned study, HBV-23, is intended to provide a sufficiently-sized safety database for the Agency to complete its review of Dynavax's Biologics License Application (BLA). It will be an 8,000 subject, Phase 3, observer-blinded, randomized, active-controlled, multicenter trial of the safety and immunogenicity of HEPLISAV compared with Engerix-B(R) in adults 18 to 70 years of age."                                           






"Kermit Lynch, Terroirist" Interview by Daniel Duane, nytimes.com.

"For much of the last 35 years, the wine critic Robert Parker dominated the international wine scene. Parker invented the 100-point rating system for wine, and his reviews wielded such influence over sales that vintners everywhere worked to please Parker's palate, making oaky, intensely flavored, high-alcohol wines. Kermit Lynch, meanwhile, through his wine shop in Berkeley, Calif., and also through his nationwide distribution business, chose to sell only French and Italian wines made in the unadulterated, old-school traditional style aimed at accentuating terroir - each vineyard's unique combination of weather, soil and geography.

For years, Lynch, who lives in Berkeley and near Bandol, France, wrote about these values in a monthly newsletter and also in his 1988 book, "Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France," which is being reissued by Farrar, Straus & Giroux next month. Today, wine culture is focused on natural and biodynamic wines, and wine bars named Terroir have opened in San Francisco, Scottsdale, Brooklyn, four locations in Manhattan and London. It seems fair to say the Lynch way is finally having its day."        





"Berkeley's Mr. Mopps owners opening kids' book store" by Martin Snapp Columnist, contracostatimes.com.

"O frabjous joy, as Lewis Carroll would say. Devin McDonald and his longtime sweetie, Jenny Stevenson, are celebrating the third anniversary of their buying Mr. Mopps toy store in Berkeley from its founder and longtime owner, Eugene Yamashita, by opening a children's book store Saturday, right next door at the former site of Grove Antiques.

'It's something we've wanted to do ever since we bought the store,' says Jenny. 'The biggest complaint we've been getting from customers who were big fans of the old store is that they missed the old book collection.'

The bookstore will feature all the classics -- 'Babar,' the 'Ramona' series, 'Curious George,' 'The Learning Tree', 'Barrington Bears,' 'Thomas the Tank Engine,' etc. -- and also a lot of cool new titles, as well as Devin's favorite book from his own childhood, 'Harold and the Purple Crayon.' "





"Hispanic-owned businesses fueling the economic recovery in California" caeconomy.org.

"We've known for a while now that Latinos in California make up a population juggernaut ­ there are approximately the same number of Latinos as whites in the Golden State now ­ but thanks to a new study from the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Haas School of Business of UC Berkeley, we now know that they make up an economic juggernaut too. A big one.

Hispanic-owned businesses contribute a whopping 650,000 jobs to the California economy according to the study, bringing $100 billion to the economy annually."







      "Take the Day to -- Play at UC Berkeley's Largest Digital Media and Entertainment Event" newswise.com.

The ninth annual Berkeley-Haas >play conference is a day of memorable keynotes from industry titans, panels on the latest digital media trends, a product expo and rocket pitch, plus a career fair.

The play conference is entirely produced by MBA students from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
This year's theme, 'Always On,' reflects the rapidly changing dynamics between users and their devices. Panel topics will include fitness technology, photo technology, social commerce, and music streaming.

This year's sponsors include Autodesk, Visa, GoDaddy, Microsoft, and TubeMogul.

Friday, October 25, 2013 , 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Conference , 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. After-party."






"Commission on the Future of the University of California Berkeley Library Issues Final Report" Gary Price at infodocket.com.

"The Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library, charged with studying the current state of the library and envisioning its future, issued its report [on October 16, 2013].

In response to publication of the report, University Librarian Tom Leonard said this: 'We need to ask new questions about everything that contributes to Berkeley's excellence, and we are fortunate to have the Commission lay out the challenges for the Library. Not only did the faculty members work hard, for a year - most of them have been serving the Library in other ways for a much longer time. This is what it takes to steer the right course when changes come so rapidly in how we find and use information' and 'The Library's strategic plan will be improved by what the Commission found. Indeed, we have been innovating to meet the needs the Commission brought to light these past months.'

For the Fall Semester:
Scanning in the libraries is now free and making paper copies far easier than last year.
Books that have been checked out can be returned to any library.
A suite of powerful computers is now at the Moffitt entrance, flanked by a lounge to sit down with new books.
Shelving has been improved and expanded in Main Stacks, in the spirit of our "stacks Olympics" this year.
The Berkeley Library has become a national role model in offering access to our collections to students with print disabilities.
On the horizon we will:
Loan laptops to students.
Make the online library experience as welcoming as our physical facilities.
Make paging books from other campus libraries as easy for students as the BAKER service is today for faculty.
· Simplify course reserves and enhance student access
Create more collaborative space for programs in the humanities and the sciences.
Expand library hours keyed to the needs of undergraduates.
Take even greater advantage of digitization as a way to share collections that once were exclusively paper.
Increase the opportunities in libraries to learn about using Big Data across all academic fields."






"UC Berkeley: String of recent robberies prompts police to increase patrols" Erin Ivie at mercurynews.com.

"The armed robbery of a UC Berkeley student as he walked alone on a pathway Tuesday morning marked the fifth robbery or attempted robbery on or near campus in less than a week, authorities said."




"Former prisoner talks problems of mass incarceration before UC Berkeley class" by Somin Park at dailycal.org.

"Just 66 days ago, Michael Santos was in prison, serving his 45-year sentence for selling cocaine. Wednesday evening, he found himself in front of an auditorium full of students, giving a lecture on the issue of mass incarceration."







"Cal/OSHA and UC Berkeley Offer Workplace Safety Training for Small Businesses" workerscompensation.com.

"Oakland, CA (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and Cal/OSHA have joined forces with the University of California, Berkeley's Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) and partners in business, insurance and public health sectors to provide small businesses in California with training so that they can address workplace hazards and prevent injuries and illnesses.

California requires that all employers carry out effective injury and illness prevention activities on the job. The requirements include a written Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) with specific elements that include assessing hazards on the job, implementing control methods to prevent accidents and illnesses, maintaining safety records, and providing an effective training program for workers. IIPP-related violations continue to be among the most frequently cited by Cal/OSHA."




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



On MU-R Mixed Use-Residential District Provisions from our City Code.

MU-R Mixed Use-Residential District Provisions

The regulations in this chapter shall apply in all Mixed Use-Residential (MU-R) Districts. In addition, general provisions contained in Sub-title 23C shall apply. 23E.84.020


The purposes of the Mixed Use-Residential (MU-R) Districts are to:
A.    Implement the West Berkeley Plan's designation of a Mixed Residential District;
B.    Support the continued development of a mixed use District which combines residential, live/work, light industrial, arts and crafts and other compatible uses;
C.    Strengthen residential concentrations which exist within the District;
D.    Provide appropriate locations for a broad range of live/work activities to occur;
E.    Provide a transitional district between the residential districts to the east of the MU-R and the industrial districts to the west of the MU-R;
F.    Encourage light manufacturers and wholesalers which are compatible with a mixed use-residential district;
G.    Support the development of businesses of all types which contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the environment;
H.    Protect residents from unreasonably detrimental effect of nonresidential uses, such as noise, vibration, odors, smoke, fumes, gases, dust, heat and glare, to the extent possible and reasonable within a mixed use West Berkeley context;
I.    To the extent feasible, protect industrial uses, particularly light industrial uses, from unreasonable intrusions on their ability to operate lawfully;
J.    Permit retail and food service activities which are either limited and small scale, primarily serving persons living and/or working in the District, but not a citywide or regional clientele, or which are ancillary and designed to maintain and enhance the economic viability of manufacturers in the District.

Notice particularly PURPOSES F. and H!


 It is important to note that our district is "MIXED USE/RESIDENTIAL" not "MIXED USE/LIGHT MANUFACTURING" or "MIXED USE/COMMERCIAL."

An emphasis that in my 40 some years here has NOT REALLY been furthered.

And as to why.

First, it is my belief that city hall's primary interest in the West is a way to increase revenue. That is, to increase the tax base. Understandable, as it remains the "underused" part of Our Town. The most efficent way to increase revenue, or the easiest depending on one's view, is to encourage swift, massive change. Big biotech comes to mind. An important part of the mix, yet I believe that this process, not carefully monitored, can result in land, manufacturing, and/or business barons.

Then there's geography. The seat of power in Our Town is down-town-city hall, as far removed from the West as conviniently possible. "Out of sight, out of mind" it's said. City Hall's sometime misreading of our needs may be just that and not a conspiracy of the rich and empowered.

Corollary to this is that our council members are not paid a living wage, perhaps not even the minimum wage. If not comfortable, they need a real job and of necessity turn day-to-day operation over to staff. Not often an efficient arrangement.

Then we have the community activists, or former activists, who are in fact paid lobbyists for non-resident groups--artisans, business people, and manufactures come to mind. Ironically this group includes those who have the confidence of residents, though in fact are paid by others. You get what you pay for!

There's more--insufficient city staff, ineffective city division of labor, active commercial realtors, but this should do for now.




Light Industry at wikipedia.com.

Light industry is usually less capital intensive than heavy industry, and is more consumer-oriented than business-oriented (i.e., most light industry products are produced for end users rather than as intermediates for use by other industries). Light industry facilities typically have less environmental impact than those associated with heavy industry, and zoning laws are more likely to permit light industry near residential areas. It is the production of small consumer goods.[1]
One economic definition states that light industry is a "manufacturing activity that uses moderate amounts of partially processed materials to produce items of relatively high value per unit weight".
Examples of light industries include the manufacturing of clothes, shoes, furniture, consumer electronics and home appliances. Conversely, ship building would fall under heavy industry.
Light industries require only a small amount of raw materials, area and power. The value of the goods are low and they are easy to transport. The number of products is high. While light industry typically causes relatively little pollution, particularly when compared to heavy industries, some light industry can cause significant pollution or risk of contamination. Electronics manufacturing, itself often a light industry, can create potentially harmful levels of lead or chemical wastes in soil due to improper handling of solder and waste products (such as cleaning and degreasing agents used in manufacture).


Seems pretty clear that light manufacturing in MUR in order to be in keeping with the West Berkeley Plan AND its codification MUST "Protect residents from unreasonably detrimental effect of nonresidential uses, such as noise, vibration, odors, smoke, fumes, gases, dust, heat and glare, to the extent possible and reasonable within a mixed use West Berkeley context."

And what are the practical consequences? It is apparent that commercial realtors have a particular responsibility to insure that when selecting clients for the MUR they make sure to "protect residents from unreasonably detrimental effect of nonresidential uses, such as noise, vibration, odors, smoke, fumes, gases, dust, heat and glare, to the extent possible and reasonable within a mixed use West Berkeley context."

And what if they don't?



















our Valerie of Uncommon Grounds emails an answer to my question about their stolen van

Isn't it a shame..our only delivery vehicle.
It's a white, 2000, chevy w/Uncommon Grounds
and the phone # 510-644-4451 on each side.
Thank you for posting this . . . .
The fast track that was in the van indicated that the
van went across the bridge @ 6pm on Saturday. . . .
Thanks again Ron,



our Heather Saulnier emails of this year's French School Halloween Parade

(from an email to parents)

EB's annual Halloween parade will take place on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
Students in Maternelle will watch the students in K through 5, then have their Halloween festivities in the Maternelle courtyard.


Students in grades K through 5 will leave the Lower School at 8:45 to reach the Middle School around 9:00 a.m. We will walk on 9th Street, turn left on Grayson and then right onto 8th Street. We will enter the Middle School through the back gate. Parents are welcome to line the street and to come in costume if they like. A short show will welcome all students at the Middle School.  Children will gather in the center of the playground. We are asking parents to gather behind the children in the back of Middle School yard. Thank you for your cooperation. After the performance, we will go back through the double gates to 8th Street and retrace our steps to the Lower School, where different grade levels have plans to celebrate the day.


École Bilingue Halloween Parade, 2008

more photos here



















École Bilingue Halloween Parade



more photos here








Irritant, often SERIOUS, in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, off-and-on 24/7.

10/18/13--4:34 PM -VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, nausea, light head, chills, overrides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator, only apparent activity, worker at neighboring manufacturer.

10/22/13--12:01 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, nausea, overrides HEPA filters, wear respirator. 12:20 PM--similar.









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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