11/1/08, after 11/5 here, after 11/12 here after 11/19 here

Understand that I've been spending much time and thought preparing for the Great Pumpkin rise from the Pumpkin Patch. Still, I've spent some little time thinking about our mayoral race. In this time of contention, economic turmoil, and fear, I'm reminded that in the past, Tom Bates brought our council together and reduced our deficit.

Works for me today as well.

(Yesterday afternoon, our Mayor and our State Senator came to Potter Creek for a tour of Kruse' green-remodel. I, almost literally, ran into them as I was leaving Kruse--a well dressed, attractive couple I must say.)


During our Councilman Darryl Moore's term, city services have improved in Potter Creek. There is now a responsive police presence, street dumping has virtually been eliminated, and there is street cleaning. Also, our infrastructure has been improved with the resurfacing of our streets. And most important, the removal of deteriorated culverts and the deepening of gutters has improved storm run-off.

Still my guy.


Darryl emails

Dear West Berkeley Neighbors,
I really appreciate all the neighbors coming to the Council meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation in your neighborhood and the various hurdles that your group have run into.  This will really help to inform the Council on what type of resource allocations and policy changes need to be made in order to accommodate these needs. I will continue to work with the Police Department, the City Manager and my Council colleagues to try and provide tools that will allow us, as a City, to more effectively deal with the type of localized crime situations that you are currently dealing with, as well as long term crime reduction/prevention.  Thank you all again.
Councilmember Darryl Moore
City of Berkeley 


Laura Menard emails

Thank you to all the W. Berkeley and S. Berkeley participants at the council meeting last [Tuesday] night. For those interested, you can find a video playback of the meeting last night on the City Council web site:
Public commentary on our crime issues got underway at 15:30 in the video and lasted until 25:00. From 25:00 to 1:17:00 Police Chief Hambleton spoke to the council with Angela Gallegos-Castillo from the City Manager's Office, and with additional representation from the Department of Public Works (graffiti & dumping), and the Parks Dept (tree trimming away from street lights, graffiti on trees).
Public commentary resumed on the issue of crime at 1:17:00 and lasted until 1:43:30 on the video because so many people had something to say about our crime problem.
Key takeaways from the meeting
Chief Hambleton provided crime statistics for the entire city of Berkeley that did not single out the two key problem areas of the city which are West Berkeley (District 2 Darryl Moore) and South Berkeley (District 3 Max Anderson).
The Chief's crime stats (posted in the Yahoo Group files section under "Crime statistics") started with a table labeled "Crime in Berkeley 1970 - 2007," but only included data until 2004. His other data on Violent Crime, Property Crime, and Total Part One Crimes included data until 2007. The council did question the Chief on why there wasn't any 2008 data available since we were 3/4 of the way through 2008.
Chief Hambleton then described crime stats for 2008 saying that city wide we are averaging 50 robberies per month, which were classified as a violent crime because they involve force. He acknowledged that violent crime in the city of Berkeley continues to rise, but pointed out that since 1992 we've had an overall decrease in violent crime.
The Chief was questioned by Darryl Moore to find out when the BPD last conducted an assessment of how to deploy officers based on calls for service, what is happening in different beats, etc. Chief Hambleton admitted that this assessment had not been conducted since the early 1990's (well over 10 years!), which helped to illuminate why South Berkeley and West Berkeley are back sliding into criminality with streets controlled by drug dealing gangs (H20 Waterfront Family) and violent Latin gangs (WSB - Nortenos).
Darryl Moore also questioned the Chief on the existence of gangs in Berkeley and for the first time our Chief of Police admitted in a public forum that yes, Berkeley does have gangs, which is a major admission since just 9 months ago BPD denied we had gangs operating in the city.
Chief Hambleton was unable to provide statistics on the efficacy of the bike patrol officers in South and West Berkeley. This is because the BPD doesn't have a computerized statistics program in place. If they were using the Compstat model of metrics based policing (Considered best practices for law enforcement by the FBI and credited with lowering crime in NYC by 65%), he would have been able to provide the council with that information because the department would have been tracking the crime pattern changes in the areas with bicycle patrols on a daily basis.
Many people contended that the statistics that Chief Hambleton presented were not accurate representations of what happens in West Berkeley and South Berkeley, and at least 2 speakers said so to the council.
The speakers also brought up their displeasure with lackluster code enforcement (citing the broken windows theory) and that the city needed to start enforcing municipal code for illegal dumping and graffiti abatement.
After the meeting both Darryl Moore and Gordon Wozniak spoke with me and indicated interest in the deployment of mobile high definition surveillance cameras that I've advocated for 9 months. They are easily mounted on telephone poles, etc., have pan/zoom/tilt capabilities, and can provide details as small as license plate numbers day and night up to 200 yards away. They liked the idea that they can be moved throughout the city when crime hot spots move and they agreed that they are no different than installing red light traffic cameras like we have at 6th Street and University.
It was made clear that while these cameras will not necessarily prevent crime from happening, but that they will provide the city with unrepudiable evidence for criminal prosecution, which BPD consistently says they have difficulty obtaining (evidence) because they can't catch the criminals in the act. HD surveillance cameras will provide that evidence and assist in successful prosecutions, which will have a positive impact on crime reduction in West & South Berkeley.
Gordon Wozniak also pointed out that it is ridiculous that Berkeley doesn't have a Commission on Crime Reduction, but they have a variety of other committees looking at issues including global warming and solid waste reduction. Further, he stated that in his 6 years on the council that he has asked for a serious monthly examination of crime and for much more than just the quarterly information update that is given by Chief Hambleton, but that the council has never made crime a priority.
As of today, it is clear that little to no guidance is given from the council to the City Manager's Office, City Attorney's Office, and BPD on the topic of crime and as a result, citizens in West Berkeley and South Berkeley are suffering the consequences of that lack of attention.
The council will meet again on January 27th, 2009 to discuss crime issues and at that time they are expected to have the beginning of a review on programs others cities in the bay area have implemented to determine what is effective and what isn't so that Berkeley can start to make some changes to how it fights crime.
The fact that so many people attended, loudly applauded each speaker, and that so many different faces stood up in front of the council did have a positive impact. Unfortunately the process has just begun and the calls for for real reform at the highest levels of the City Administration to proactively address the crime problem and establish quantitative measureable milestones is still unresolved.



Jarad emails these links

Residents unsatisfied with south-west-berkeley crime report. is on eastbaywestonline.org.

"South Berkeley Residents Air Concerns Over Recent Increase in Crime" is a story at dailycal.org by Amy Brooks

"Last month, Berkeley City Council members visited South Berkeley in response to a crime spike in the area. On Tuesday night, the community spoke to the council about city actions thus far, . . . "

And a story about some of the technology of crime-fighting is in the Times.




from my log

10/29/08--7:35 PM--irritant in front room, dry eyes, mouth.
10/30/08--11:43 AM--irritant in front room burning, eyes, mouth,
leave. 2:30 PM same. 4:17 PM--same with "chlorine/bleach" odor,
voltage about 60% of normal, filters slow, lights are dim.



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






clownin' at the École Bilingue Parade




"Beaten down, American consumers burrow deeper" reports the AP's Jeannine Aversa.

"Beaten down and watching their wealth shrink, Americans are burrowing ever deeper - cutting back on spending and spelling more trouble for the sinking economy.

One of the biggest problems saddling the country is damage from the housing market's collapse. Mounting foreclosures, falling home prices and soured mortgage investments are taking their toll on both
individuals and businesses alike.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who is scheduled to speak via satellite Friday at a Berkeley, Calif., conference on the mortgage meltdown, is likely to call on government officials and lawmakers to keep working on ways to provide more relief."


"Experts to gather this week for UC Berkeley-UCLA symposium on mortgage meltdown" is a UC Berleley press release.

"With the mortgage market and subprime loans taking much of the blame for today's global financial crisis, a timely symposium - 'Mortgage Meltdown, the Economy and Public Policy' - will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30-31, at the University of California, Berkeley.

Among the featured speakers will be Federal Reserve Bank Chair Ben Bernanke (speaking via satellite); San Francisco Federal Reserve President Janet Yellen, professor emeritus at the Haas School of Business; California State Senate President Pro Tem-elect Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento); and Yale University economist Robert Shiller, author of 'The Subprime Solution: How Today's Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do about It.'"


"Yellen Says Fed May Cut Benchmark Rate Close to Zero" is a report by Vivien Lou Chen of Bloomberg News.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Janet Yellen said the central bank may cut the benchmark
interest rate clo' to zero percent from the current 1 percent level should the economy remain weak.

``We would do it because we are concerned about weakness in the economy,' Yellen said today after a speech, responding to an audience question about the impact on the economy should the Fed reduce the main rate to as low as zero. 'I think we could, potentially, go a little bit lower than 1 percent,' she said in Berkeley, California.


"Mortgage relief to be on Fed Chairman's mind in conference" reports the AP.

"With Americans watching their wealth shrink, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to ask the government to keep working on relief.

Bernanke speaks Friday afternoon via satellite to a Berkeley, California, conference on the mortgage meltdown.

The Bush administration is already considering a plan to help around 3 million struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure by having the government guarantee billions of dollars worth of distressed mortgages.

A new batch of economic reports out Friday is likely to offer fresh confirmation of the problems that are keeping American consumers from spending. Economists expect income growth to barely budge in September and predict that consumers trimmed their spending during the month by 0.3 percent."


"Wines from around the world to help you stretch your dollar" is a review by Jon Bonné, Lynne Char Bennett, Chronicle Staff Writers.

"With the election soon upon us, there is a lot of focus on domestic policy. But we can't stop thinking about foreign affairs. Such crucial questions as: What did Obama mean by Iran talks with no preconditions? Will McCain commit to a specific Iraq timetable? How can we possibly afford imported wine when the economy, and the dollar, are so weak?

On that last, we have answers. For one, at about $1.30 to the euro, the battle-weary buck has had the sort of rally that suddenly puts the words 'European vacation' back on the brain. But a combination of cost-efficient production, cheap shipping (usually by carbon- minimizing container ship) and a bit of currency leverage by savvy importers kept decent wine from around the world on shelves even in the dollar's worst doldrums. No question that prices have been going up, in particular on the 2006 vintage from Europe and some newly arrived 2007s, but even so, it's still easy to find lots to drink under $20 that keeps you on your geopolitical toes. Given the prices
of many domestic wines these days, it's still a good time to think - and drink - globally."



"Today's 'HD Hottie' is Rebecca Romijn, who stars tonight in high-def in Ugly Betty at 8 p.m. on ABC" is a press release at tvpredictions.com.

"The 36-year-old actress, who was born in Berkeley, California, started as a fashion model, capturing featured spots in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and the Victoria's Secret catalog."

Claudia emails a response to yesterday's post

I'm sure you know this but Rebecca Romijn is a "local" gal, her mom
lives in Albany and way back when was a regular at the Cesar Chavez
off leash area-her sister manufactures and designs car seat covers
for dogs (and is equally, if not more so, as lovely as Rebecca).


Patrick Kennedy just returned from some weeks vacationing in England and France. In France, he toured the Normandy Invasion Beaches. "I'm preparing for my Downtown Berkeley Campaign" he remarked.












from David Snipper

Nebula NGC 2392, called 'Eskimo' because it looks like a face surrounded by a furry hood.  The hood is, in fact, a ring of comet-shaped objects flying away from a dying star.  Eskimo is 5,000 light years from Earth.



"Pulitzer Prize-winning author Terkel dies at 96" reports Caryn Rousseau of the AP.

"Studs Terkel, the ageless master of listening and speaking, a broadcaster, activist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose best-selling oral histories celebrated the common people he liked to call the 'non-celebrated,' died Friday. He was 96.

Dan Terkell said his father died at home, and described his death as "peaceful, no agony. This is what he wanted."
'My dad led a long, full, eventful, sometimes tempestuous, but very satisfying life,' Terkell said in a statement issued through his father's colleague and close friend Thom Clark.

He was a native New Yorker who moved to Chicago as a child and came to embrace and embody his adopted town, with all its 'carbuncles and warts,' as he recalled in his 2007 memoir, 'Touch and Go.' He was a cigar and martini man, white-haired and elegantly rumpled in his trademark red-checkered shirts, an old rebel who never mellowed, never retired, never forgot, and 'never met a picket line or petition I didn't like.' "


Berkely mayor and council recommendations by our West County Times.  

"The race for mayor of Berkeley pits two veteran politicians, incumbent Tom Bates and former Berkeley mayor Shirley Dean, against two fringe write-in candidates with no chance of winning. Our pick is Tom Bates.

Since he won the seat from Dean in 2002, Bates has managed to make a council known for bickering and infighting under Dean's administration become cohesive and better able to do the city's business. It could be Bates' experience in the California Legislature, where he served from 1976 to 1996, that has provided him with the diplomatic chops to lead a council that had become far too contentious. Bates certainly has some challenges ahead of him, namely dealing with an increasing crime problem and improving relations with UC Berkeley. But we believe he is the best candidate for the job and Berkeley would be better served under his leadership.

Our recommendations for Berkeley City Council:
District 2 Incumbent Darryl Moore"




"Three men robbed at gunpoint while fishing on Berkeley Pier" is a story in the Times.

"Police continue to investigate a violent robbery of three men who were fishing on the Berkeley Pier late Sunday night.

Two of the fishers were beaten in the head with guns and police believe the suspects, who have not been arrested, are gang members.

The fishers, a 24-year-old from Hercules, a 23-year-old from San Pablo and a 23-year-old from Pittsburg, were fishing about a quarter of the way down the pier at the Berkeley Marina about 10:30 p.m. Sunday when they were approached by three men they did not know.

The three men walked by the fishers, turned around and walked back toward them, police said.
When the fishers asked to be left alone, the men yelled expletives at them, said police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. The suspects also asked one of the men wh' he was wearing red and what gang 'they claimed.' One of the suspects said, "This is southside Richmond over here' . . .

Gang-related robberies in the parking lots of restaurants on the Berkeley Marina happen periodically, police said.

During the robbery, a group of girls walked by the incident and were told by the suspects to keep walking. Police would like to speak with anyone with information about the crime. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Call Berkeley police at 510-981-5700."


"Council Discusses Crime with South and West Berkeley Residents" writes Riya Bhattacharjee in the Planet.

"If crime figures presented to the Berkeley City Council Tuesday by Berkeley Police Department Chief Doug Hambleton are anything to go by, property crime-which includes burglaries, car thefts and arson-in the city has declined since the 1970s.

However, the public's fear about it, statistics notwithstanding, continues to rise.

Hambleton blamed the information age-particularly the evening news channels-for installing paranoia in people about incidents taking place thousands of miles away but was quick to acknowledge that violent crime-which includes homicides, rapes, robbery and aggravated assault-was up.


"Berkeley Police reach out to community to help close unsolved murder cases" reports Kristin Bender of the Oakland Tribune.

"The city has had nine murders so far this year, nearly twice as many as it did all of last year. But despite their angst about violent crimes and unsolved homicide cases, residents are not coming forward to help investigators close the cases, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

'It's a high number,' said Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. 'The last time we had more than 10 (homicides in a year) was in 1992.'

'Community policing means community participating in the process,' Kusmiss said. 'There are issues, such as violent crimes and drugs, that are the greatest concerns to residents, so we are just putting out a plea to participate in the process with us.'

Police say in the five months since they launched the Bay Area Crime Stoppers hot line, only one tip - about an alleged drug house - has come in. By comparison, Oakland, a city four times the size with much more violent crime, has had about 100 tips, police there said."



Graffiti is returning to Potter Creek

Recently, ballon-graffiti has appeared on the building on the northwest corner of 8th and Parker--leased by Bayer, and the building on the northwest corner 8th and Carleton--the Consolidated building, with gang-tagging on the warehouse on the southeast corner of 8th and Carleton. Windows have been broken in this warehouse as well. The graffiti on the Bayer building has been up for weeks so encouraging the more recent vandalism. I guess they don't accept the "Broke Window" theory of crime in Deutschland. 



"Tough stance on fireplace violations" reports Denis Cuff of the Times.

"Bay Area residents who violate a new ban on burning wood fires on chilly Spare the Air nights could face some of the toughest fines in California - hundreds or even thousands of dollars per violation.

Effective today with the start of the burn season, the new Bay Area rule bars people from burning wood fires in fireplaces and wood stoves on bad air nights. The rule also bars excessive smoke from indoors fires any time of year.

Offenders - to be identified largely by neighbors phoning in complaints - will get written warnings for the first offense. But subsequent violations can be punished with fines of hundreds or even thousands of dollars, said managers at the nine-county Bay Area Air Quality Management District."



"Berkeley photographer Ilona Sturm captures the pulse of India" is a review in our Times' by Jennifer Modenessi.

"For Ilona Sturm, the street is every bit as fascinating as theater.

That's why the Berkeley photographer has spent decades working in a discipline that takes the pulse of public places, capturing the everyday interactions between people and their cities with her Nikon FE2 camera.

Her most recent project is a series of images taken during a recent trip to India. Twenty-two of her black-and-white photographs will be on display in 'Dear Delhi and Rajasthan: Street Photography of India,' beginning Nov. 3 at the Berkeley Public Library." 


"Limon Rotisserie: Good Peruvian food for less" is a review by the Chronicle's Michael Bauer.

"Limon Rotisserie is a restaurant for the times."




"Cal gets TOs in rain for win over No. 23 Oregon" is a report at iht.com.

"Memorial Stadium was a quagmire even before kickoff, and the synthetic turf looked more like a duck-friendly marsh by halftime. Coaches Jeff Tedford and Mike Bellotti both thought it was the worst rain they'd seen in many years at California.


"Matt Fritzinger, NorCal High School Racing" is an interview by Gary Boulanger at bikeradar.com.

"Children are facing mounting pressures from society. For many in the United States, their main outlet is organized sports. But what if a child doesn't fancy basketball, football, baseball or soccer? 

Illinois native Matt Fritzinger decided to change things 10 years ago, and the fruits of his labour are evident in the NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League, based in Berkeley, California."



"EMANIO Insight!, new Predictive Business Intelligence from EMANIO now shipping" is a press release from prlog.org.

"EMANIO, Inc. [832 Bancroft Way] announces immediate availability of its new predictive business intelligence and analytics tool for small and mid-sized businesses.
EMANIO, Inc. - a leading provider of Predictive Business Intelligence and Data Integration applications announced today the immediate availability of its new predictive analytics tool. Designed to provide mid-sized businesses with an affordable, easy to use, powerful predictive business intelligence tool, EMANIO Insight! is available for immediate delivery and provides powerful data mining, analysis and intelligence features that will provide significant cost savings to users looking to get the most out of their business."













"Last weekend, on Nov. 1 and 2, the First San Francisco Ski & Snowboard Festival was held at the Fort Mason Center" is a story in the Sierra Sun.

"It may seem like a new idea, but during the 1930s proponents of winter sports were promoting ski jumping events in the urban markets of California, at places like Berkeley, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In January 1934, the Auburn Ski Club first introduced ski jumping to the San Francisco Bay area by co-hosting an event on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. The influential Auburn Ski Club formed during the 1929-1930 ski season and quickly became the largest ski club west of the Mississippi River.

California already enjoyed a reputation for sunny beaches and palm trees, but in 1933, Governor James Rolph had proclaimed the first week of January 1934 as 'Winter Sports Week for California.' He stated, 'In recent years the people of California have come to realize the value of this winter recreation to the point that winter sports are being developed in this state to a higher degree than in any other part of the world. In the promotion of this new industry for California, it is my sincere wish that all the people of the state participate in this healthful recreation during this week and throughout the winter.'

To prepare for the 1934 Berkeley tournament, 43,000 cubic feet of snow were packed into six Southern Pacific boxcars and then hauled down from the mountains. The extraordinary event, held at the head of Hearst Avenue, just north of the Berkeley campus, attracted more than 50,000 spectators.

Ski jumpers Orlan Sanders, Jesse Maxsom, Jr., and Earl Edmunds represented the Truckee Ski Club, while Squaw Valley founder Wayne Paulsen competed for the Auburn Ski Club. The novelty of ski jumping in the verdant Berkeley hills captured everyone's imagination, but the tournament ended in disarray when a riot broke out as the first of a series of exhibition jumpers poised at the top of the 450-foot slide."


On Halloween afternoon, Shaw's Texas Style BBQ catered lunch at our secret movie studio.




"Berkeley cracks down on street shrines" is a report by Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Berkeley is cracking down on street memorials after a 42-year-old woman taking out her trash was struck by stray gunfire from an impromptu memorial gathering across the street.

The unnamed woman, who survived the gunshot wound to her abdomen, had no connection to the double homicide that happened earlier in the day across Derby Street.

But the shootings - part of a spike in violent crime in the area - were enough to prompt City Hall into action. Last week, the city manager's office presented the City Council with a wide-ranging package of crime-prevention measures for South and West Berkeley, including a plan to give police authority to immediately remove the makeshift shrines for homicide victims that family and friends leave on public property.

Police say the memorials, which sometimes include gang paraphernalia, can be a magnet for retaliation and further violence."


"Street-shrine crackdown needed" writes Chip Johnson, Chronicle Columnist.

"Street shrines are a sometimes impromptu way for grieving family and friends to remember a loved one. But increasingly the memorials have become a way for gang members to mark their turf.
Berkeley city officials came to a that conclusion last week after a resident was shot a month earlier in the abdomen by a stray bullet while hauling her trash to the curb. The bullet that hit the 42-year-old woman was fired from a group of "mourners" at a memorial to mark a double homicide that took place there Sept. 18.
The unidentified victim is expected to survive the assault, but the practice of street shrines in Berkeley could be curtailed in some situations.
City officials have come to the right-headed decision that they will review street shrines case by case and remove them whenever it's determined there is a potential threat to public safety. "


Laura Menard emails

Hi Jarad [all], 
While I am kinda afraid again about potential retaliation, I am proud of having persisted long enough to finally see the City of Berkeley take legal action against 1610 Oregon St. Hopefully, this represents more than a single response to the Grand Jury complaint and the city attorney  sustains drug house abatement practices for the benefit of all impacted neighborhoods. The city hired a Sacramento based firm familiar with injunction relief. 
This has been a tough, painful and long road. And yes there was drug dealing on the property yesterday, same as every day.



Rosa Parks Neighbors meeting Thursday Nov 6th at 7pm at the Rosa Parks School
emails Michael

Hello everyone,
The meeting will be held as usual in the Multi Use room at the Rosa Parks School.  The doors will be open at 6:30 for folks who want to network a little first and/or maybe help me set up.
I will open the meeting promptly at 7.
There will be a presentation by the students involved in the mural project with an opportunity to ask questions.
Council member Darryl Moore will be on hand to field general questions.
There will be a representative from the BPD to answer questions and address concerns.
There will be a presentation on the Berkeley Climate Action Plan and the Berkeley First Program
I am hoping to have a report on the BOSS house and the West Berkeley Rezoning.
There are a number of folks who want to organize some block clean ups and traffic circle maintenance.
I hope to see you all there.



"Recycling in the dumps" is a report by Matthias Gafni in the Times.

"As a forklift stacked two more bales of recycled newspaper on a growing paper mountain, Steve Moore frantically searched for warehouse space to store the suddenly worthless commodity.

The pile of paper - mostly from central Contra Costa residents' recycling bins - represents an international problem that could raise homeowners' garbage rates and dent the drive to cut waste sent to landfills.

Moore's stack has reached its height limit at 16 feet and 1,000 tons. He has squeezed a week's worth of paper into the shrinking open space behind his Benicia recycling facility.

'Our forklifts can only go so high,' he said, only halfjoking.

Moore, Pacific Rim Recycling's owner, has taken the unprecedented step of leasing two acres in Oakland to store some of Contra Costa's recycled waste, and he is searching for more warehouse space.

He is not alone.

The dominos-like collapse of the housing, credit, stock market and commodity collapses click-clacked into the recycling industry, and it fell fast. In six weeks, the price for recycled cardboard has gone from just under $200 a ton to $30 to $40 a ton - if you can find a buyer, dealers say."



"Peruvian-born singer Yma Sumac dies in Los Angeles" writes the AP's Andrew Dalton.

"Yma Sumac, the Peruvian-born soprano who wowed international audiences in the 1950s with her stunning vocal range and modern take on South American folk music, has died."



"Classical Ghosts, Audible Once Again" reports the New York Times.
"For decades, hints tantalized record buffs and anyone interested in how classical music was performed through the centuries.

Somewhere out there, just possibly, was the largest cache of classical music from the dawn of the recorded age known to exist: hundreds of cylinders incised on an Edison phonograph from the 1890s by a music-loving businessman, Julius H. Block.

References popped up in his privately published memoirs in the 1960s. There were letters between him and Thomas Edison and a chance conversation in 1971 between researchers and a schoolmate of the great violinist Jascha Heifetz. A few cylinders came to light at auction in the 1990s.

If found, the recordings would furnish a deep and fascinating glimpse into the way music was played in the time of Tchaikovsky and Brahms, a sonic toe-touch into a distant epoch. But there was little hope. The collection, most believed, was destroyed in World War II.

Instead, it survived.

Thanks to other chance encounters, a shared passion for violin history by a father and son, and a bit of detective work, some 200 cylinders were rediscovered several years ago in an archive in Russia, where only a handful of musicologists appear to have known about them.

Three CDs of excerpts are to be released late next month by the Marston label (marstonrecords.com), which is based here and specializes in the early recorded age."







Eternally useful links


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



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.


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.


Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

If you ever need to get a human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc., this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get you to a human being within a few seconds.



Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.


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



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.

Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!


All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

Our new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11



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