"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
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
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"
"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
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."
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
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
'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
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
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."
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."
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 . . ."
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.
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
"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,
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
'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."
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
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."
This Idea: How to Solve our Wicked Health Care Challenge"
"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
'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
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.
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
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. "
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.
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.'
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."
and The California Breakfast by Ron Penndorf
and Michael Haley before they found the Buttercup
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.)
important to remember that Richards and Mike Haley not only developed
The California Breakfast but they made breakfast a proper and
respectable meal out.
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
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.
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.
the fruit garnish was added when it became apparent to all that
breakfast was now social, even special.)
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?
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.
Hours In Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto" forbes.com.
" 'One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has
not dined well,'Virginia Woolf.
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.
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
You can also
eat at our own
great Tesla bubble of 2013:Businesses that don't make money don't
Mandel at autoweek.com.
I go too far out on a limb to suggest Tesla is the modern-day
version of the Great Tulip Bubble of March 1637?
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.
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.
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."
printer used to manufacture car body" David R. Baker,
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.
as low as $1 per hour in some distant, less desirable regions.
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
"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"
"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
"Avidbank Corporate Finance Provides $5,000,000
In Credit Facilities to our 4th Street's ICU Eyewear, Inc."
"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
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."
Reports on HEPLISAV(TM) Regulatory Path" at marketwatch.com.
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
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
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.'
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.
contribute a whopping 650,000 jobs to the California economy according
to the study, bringing $100 billion to the economy annually."
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
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
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
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."
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."
and UC Berkeley Offer Workplace Safety Training for Small Businesses"
"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 email@example.com
if you're interested.
On MU-R Mixed Use-Residential District
Provisions from our City Code.
MU-R Mixed Use-Residential District
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
École Bilingue Halloween
more photos here
École Bilingue Halloween
more photos here
Irritant, often SERIOUS,
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, off-and-on
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.
irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,
nausea, overrides HEPA filters, wear respirator. 12:20 PM--similar.
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
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
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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