recently completed mixed-use project in Potter Creek


At the moment there are 14--fourteen--building-projects in Potter Creek in progress or recently completed. They range from commercial and residential major-remodels to new multi-unit residential construction, to the very-major new grocery store, our Berkeley Bowl and our new manufacture, Swerve.

That certainly would be, change apace in Potter Creek.


And in the week after election, there could be found eating and drinking at our busy 900 GRAYSON, our Sally and Richard with her new-to-Potter Creek family, the Goldins, John and Suzanne, Paul Zaentz and staff, Pete Hurney, fourteen of the Tippett staff, Don Yost and John Norheim and guest, CEID's Cindy Dickeson, Mrs Meyer Sound and guests, Gene Agress of Berkeley Mills, the Kruse family, residents of our Brickside Lofts, Merryll and guest George Jones-Chronicle Berkeley reporter's Dad, Bob and Carol, and friend of 30 years David Richardson, as well as hundreds of other Potter Creek workers and residents.


The most significant result of our Berkeley election is the victory of young, Mr Jesse in District 4: a crack in the decades old establishment and a serious generation change.

Last issue of our Planet featured a cunning photo of Jesse, his Mom and Dad and Council member Kriss Worthington. This issue has a story about Councilwoman, Linda Maio and Patrick Kennedy. It ends with a year-by-year, sometimes day-by-day account of their interaction. Is this almost-too-much-detail driven by journalistic fervor or a Planet vendetta? Beat s#%t out of me!




an email from the Rosa Parks Neighborhood Association

Hi Michael,
Thanks so much for organizing our meeting last week.
Dear fellow neighbors,
Thank you to those of you were able to attend our meeting this past Thursday evening. I am writing to follow up on the discussion that we started in collaboration with the City of Berkeley, about the situation with BOSS. 
For those members of the listserve who were not at the meeting, a bit of history:
On a Saturday night in July, the residence that is owned by the City of Berkeley located at 2240 9th Street (right next to the Nia House) was the subject of a lengthy and heavily armed police raid. This property is rented out by the city to BOSS (Building Opportunities for Self
Sufficiency) http://www.self-sufficiency.org/ . Currently
this residence is vacant but at the time it was occupied by multiple BOSS clients and it functioned as a transitional
housing unit, although there was no on-site staff
supervision of the residents.  BOSS clients are typically recovering addicts or ex-convicts who have experienced
homelessness. The program provides a variety of support
services to its clients including housing and case
management. Those who inhabited this residence were considered "graduates" of their shelter that is located near Gilman Street.
On this night in July, Berkeley PD raided the residence and later they called out the city's hazardous materials van to assist them to clean out dangerous chemicals that were found in the unit of one of the
residents. One of the residents was arrested by an undercover detective when he attempted to purchase these illegal chemicals on the street.
The raid of his home followed this arrest.. This individual was running a meth lab out of his unit.
Currently, the City of Berkeley is in the process of carrying out a cleaning of the building and the grounds. West Berkeley's Council person, Darryl Moore attended Thursday's meeting and he is planning on meeting with representatives from BOSS on behalf of the community to discuss concerns that neighbors may have about the situation before the property is reoccupied as a transitional housing unit.
My goal in sending out this email is to learn from other neighbors how they feel about the plan for BOSS to reoccupy this building. After speaking with Kristen Lee from the city of Berkeley, I learned that the city will take into account considerations of neighbors before renewing the contract with BOSS. I would like to be able to speak with Darryl Moore and the city about the collective feeling of the neighborhood regarding this transitional housing unit. As the next door neighbor to this property, my feeling that BOSS should not be allowed to return may not be representative of the rest of the neighborhood. 
I also feel that this may be the opportunity for West Berkeley to bring a positive force into the neighborhood. Is it possible that the property could be rented out to a group that benefits the arts, youth, or the elderly? Couldn't this city-owned property be used in a way that will benefit the entire community and not just the few residents who are living their for a few months at a time? 
My family and I have lived next door to this residence for the last 5 years and I know firsthand that this transitional housing unit brings with it many issues. I never suspected that a meth lab was being run out of this building, but I did not know that many of the individuals there used drugs, suffered from severe mental illness, and had histories of incarceration. As a social worker, I am committed to helping others and I commend non-profits such as BOSS for the difficult work that they are carrying out every day. However, as a resident of a neighborhood that is currently plagued with many social issues including drugs and high crime, I believe that is the city's responsibility to use this residence in a way that will benefit West Berkeley and not contribute to these problems.
I would like to invite anyone who has an opinion about this issue to contact me at (jnielsen25@yahoo.com/415-860-2843).
Thank you,
Jill Nielsen
2244 9th Street


Hi Everyone,
I wanted to write all of you because, as to be expected, there is a great deal of concern over the recent occurences at the BOSS House.  First, I wanted to clear up a misunderstanding that was going around in a recent email that I came across about having the house ready for BOSS to go back in by January 1st.  The date of January first was noted because this was the date that they anticipated to have the house cleaned and inspected and usable, but this does not mean that BOSS will be given the OK to go back in there without any review, etc.  I assure everyone that before there are any plans made for the use of this site, that there will be a public process and whatever is determined to go into that site will definitely have the appropriate oversight so that there are not anymore incidents such as this. 
Ryan Lau
Council Aide 




"Richmond parks and rec employee arrested in gang sweep" reports Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Eighteen people, including a Richmond parks and recreation employee, were arrested Thursday in connection with a crackdown on a violent street gang in the city, authorities said.

Kaisha Hill, 29, who works as a juvenile group counselor with the parks department, was found at a home on the 400 block of Eighth Street with a kilo of cocaine and three guns, one of which was a MAC-11 automatic weapon, investigators said."



"Former IRA militant testifies in deportation case" is a story in the International Herald Tribune.

"A former IRA militant fighting deportation after 25 years in the United States detailed on Thursday his legendary escape from a Northern Ireland prison and underground entry into this country with the help of sympathizers on both sides of the Atlantic.

But while the story of Pol Brennan's unusual path from a tumultuous Belfast to a federal immigrant detention center in South Texas is riveting, some of the steps may weigh against him as he argues for political asylum or permanent residency.

Brennan was serving a 16-year sentence for transporting explosives and a revolver for the Irish Republican Army in Belfast when he escaped. He denied being a sworn member of the Catholic militant group, but said he did them favors and probably delivered explosives for them a'out six times.

'I have supported the IRA morally and sometimes actively," Brennan testified.
Brennan, 55, explained how Irish Republican sympathizers acquired a false passport, birth certificate and plane ticket for him in 1984, one year after he and 37 other Republican prisoners escaped from The Maze prison outside Belfast - at the time reputed to be Europe's most secure.. . .

Brennan flew to New York and then on to San Francisco, where he quickly settled in with a large Irish expatriate community. He arrived under the alias Patrick Joseph Morgan, but obtained a California driver's license and married his current wife in 1989 as Pol Morgan. He had also brought an American birth certificate from Ireland in the name of Richard Earl Martin and used it later to have a California court legally change his alias to Pol Morgan.
It was all working out for Brennan until 1993 when he applied for a U.S. passport using the Richard Earl Martin birth certificate and court documents showed his legal name change to Pol Morgan. The FBI arrested him in Berkeley, California for fraud on a passport application. A few days later they discovered Brennan's true identity and past, as well as a .45-caliber pistol he bought under his alias, another charge against him. That started a seven-year fight against extradition, about four years of which Brennan spent in jail as his various cases and appeals moved through the courts."


Want a Dickensian view of urban 21st Century America? Watch "The Wire." It is a raw view of our urban life, no diffierent here in Berkeley in-kind from that of the featured Baltimore--only in-degree.

Check out these links for more







"Bad air costing state's economy billions" is a story by Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer.

"California has the worst air in the country, and 20 million people living in the dirtiest regions account for billions of dollars a year in economic losses because of premature death, chronic illness, hospitalizations and missed school and workdays, according to a new study."


"2.5 Trillion Dollars of CA Real Estate at Risk: new UC report puts price tag on global warming damage" is a story at marketwatch.com.

"As collapsing domestic real estate values continue to fuel a global financial crisis, a major new report from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) for the first time gives a comprehensive overview of the long-term economic damages that threaten California from climate change.

Taken together, real estate and insurance represent the largest economic climate risk for California, yet they are the least studied to date. The report finds that the state has $4 trillion in real estate assets, of which $2.5 trillion are at risk from extreme weather events, sea level rise, and wildfires, with a projected annual price tag of $300 million to $3.9 billion over this century, depending on how warm the world gets." 



"U.S. Shifts Focus in Credit Bailout to the Consumer" is a report by Brendan Smialowski for The New York Times.

"The Treasury Department on Wednesday officially abandoned the original strategy behind its $700 billion effort to rescue the financial system, as administration officials acknowledged that banks and financial institutions were as unwilling as ever to lend to consumers."


"Bretton Woods Two"? is an opinion piece by Bridget Kendall, BBC diplomatic correspondent.

"A deep-seated global crisis is often a chance to redraw the map, reflecting shifts in the balance of power in different ways.

First, the crisis can confirm or nudge ahead trends which seem to be happening anyway - like the shift of power from Western to emerging Eastern players.

Second, it can put flesh on reforms already in the air - like plans to overhaul the international financial architecture to be discussed at this weekend's summit being hosted by President Bush in Washington.

And third, there are the instinctive emergency reactions, supposedly temporary, but which can end up reshaping the global chessboard for years to come - the hurried nationalisation of some Western banks, for instance, or possibly Iceland's desperate bailout appeal to Russia - a Nato member putting financial survival ahead of any security provisos.

Of course to draw firm conclusions at this point, with the economic crisis far from over, is a risky venture. But some patterns merit closer examination." 




"Pioneering snapshots of distant planets thrill scientists" writes Suzanne Bohan of the Times.

"Two scientific teams, which include Bay Area astronomers, pushed the boundaries of space study with their first-ever photographs of planets in distant solar systems.

Their work is reported today in Science Express, which posts articles online prior to publication in the journal Science.

One team, led by scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, used an advanced camera mounted on the Hubble Space Telescope to take the first photos using visible light of a planet outside our solar system, or an 'exoplanet.' "













"Berkeley's 900 Grayson worth finding"is a rave a review by Kathryn Jessup,Contra Costa Times Correspondent.

"It's one of those restaurants you could pass a million times and never know was there. 900 Grayson has been on Grayson and 7th Street in West Berkeley for two years, but the spot is a busy corridor that feeds onto Ashby Avenue near the entrance to I-80, and most traffic speeds right by.
But pull over your car and enter the little red building, and you'll discover an oasis of scrumptious breakfast and lunch fare. Currently, the restaurant is only open during the day and it's closed Sundays, but its owners, brothers Anthony and Chris Saulnier and Joshua Pearl, recently secured permission from the city to be open at night. They plan to begin offering dinner in 2009.
Saturday brunch the menu is full of classic American fare, all with whimsical names. The Demon Lover, for instance, is a buttermilk waffle topped with spicy buttermilk fried chicken and cream gravy. It's a decadent dish that brings to mind the South. The Potter's Creek breakfast consists of eggs, scrambled soft with flecks of fresh herbs, deep golden hashed browns and Acme pan de mie toast. But even at breakfast you'll find a few sophisticated touches, as in the salad of thinly sliced Fuji apples with lemon-hazelnut vinaigrette that accompanies an Emmenthal omelet."

and from


Scrambled Eggs and Lox, May 2006



opening day, April 2006



a reader from New Mexico forwards an email

to my bank:
Dear Sirs,
       In view of what seems to be happening internationally with banks at the
 moment, I was wondering if you could advise me?
       If one of my checks is returned marked "insufficient funds," how do I
know whether that refers to me or to you?


"Hope and change" is a story by Rally Patapung in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. "Growing up in Manila, I was cynical of politics and politicians." 


I've come up with a couple more building projects now afoot in Potter Creek--the Bayer project on the north-west corner of 7th and Dwight which is a warehouse rebuild, and an interior remodel of a building on 7th and Carleton.

The reasons for the failure of the 2700 San Pablo condo project are many. Here are a few. Foremost, it is an uninspired design--on touring the project, Kubik said it reminded him of a cheap apartment building, it's in the middle of the drug and prostitution activity on San Pablo, and racism.


Claudia and Cameron were also among the many locals eating and drinking at 900 GRAYSON this week after the election




"Berkeley's first Latino council member ready to serve" is a very informative story by Kristin Bender of the Oakland Tribune.

"Jesse Arreguin's interest in politics and social justice began when he begged his mother to let him stay home from first grade to see anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela on television after his release from prison.

Arreguin was 6."

(see my 11/14 post about Mr. Jesse)



Our Planet reports "An argument over alcohol at the Marina Liquor store on 1265 University Ave. late Thursday night resulted in two Berkeley residents being stabbed, authorities said. . . . 

At 12:47 a.m. today (Friday), the Berkeley Fire Department received a report of vehicles burning close to a building on the 1800 block of Fairview Avenue, Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong said.
Dong said that when fire department officials reached the location, they saw that the fire had caused severe damage to three vehicles. "



Jarad emails

We need the city to implement a proactive "Tag You Lose" program here, but there doesn't seem to be the political will to get it done.
Key features of the program are:
Through the "Tag You Lose" program, graffiti vandals can lose their drivers licenses for a year, be fined, and be required to spend community service time cleaning up graffiti tags.
Vandals are caught with video surveillance & if the fines are high enough combined with the value of the community service, the city can use the financial windfall to pay for the mobile HD cameras that we need to stop this crime against property.
When you consider that these mobile HD surveillance cameras can also be leveraged to collect the evidence against the WSB Nortenos and against the H20 Waterfront drug gang that is difficult to obtain due to look outs on street corners, this technology should be able to rapidly pay for itself. It's a win/win for the city and the residents in West and South Berkeley.
San Jose, CA officers in charge of the "Tag You Lose" program are:
SJPD Ofc. Eric Hove and SJPD Ofc. Mario Recinos. They can be reached at 1-408-277-4044
Jarad Carleton

Following up on what I commented on earlier regarding the Tag You Lose program, the parents of offenders are also penalized.
Working with the Santa Clara County Cities Association, the City is participating in "Tag You Lose," a county-wide program to hold youth accountable for graffiti by suspending drivers' licenses as punishment for the conviction of a graffiti offense. The program will assign convicted taggers and their parents a specific area to keep clean of graffiti for up to one year. The program states "Tag You Lose...Do graffiti and lose your drivers license, lose your weekends, and lose your money. It's the law."


Toni Mester emails

Just a reminder to please drop by for my
Harvest Jam and Cheese Tasting and Sale of Homemade Delicacies
A benefit for the Alameda County Community Food Bank
Saturday November 15 from 1- 5 PM
Chez Toni
2431 Tenth Street near Dwight Way in Berkeley
Friends and family welcome
Original delicacies made from backyard fruit
Donation: half pints $5, *pints $10 or 2 for $15
and Kerr, Mason or Ball home canning jars
at 5 PM, the opened "testers" are discounted
Food Bank donation in memory of John Dennis




"The Arabian Nights" is a mini-review from the Chronicle.

The ever-inventive Mary Zimmerman ('Metamorphoses,' 'Argonautika') and her Lookingglass Theatre Company return to Berkeley Rep for the sixth time. Zimmerman applies her transformative theatrical touch to another great body of ancient tales, bringing to life some of the 1,001 stories told by the young bride Scheherezade to save her life. Previews end Tuesday. Opens Wednesday. Through Jan. 4. Berkeley Rep's Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949,  www.berkeleyrep.org.













Libby--formerly of Foggy Gulch and the French School--emails about my 900 GRAYSON opening photo and more.


Oh, man! That picture makes me realize just how much I miss Berkeley!
How's it going over there? Seattle is good so far!





"Money-savers: Best bargains in the arts world" is a report by the MediaNews staff.

During times of economic hardship, the arts community gets hit with a double whammy. Not only do arts groups lose key sources of funding, in terms of public grants and private foundation gifts, but they lose
customers, too. Many of us are tightening our belts, and trips to the theater, ballet or concert hall can be some of the first things to wind up on the 'not this year' list.

But there are other options.

After all, a good night of theater or music or a trip to a museum can take your mind off the hard times. And it doesn't have to drain your wallet. From discounted tickets to less-expensive, more simply staged productions, there are plenty of bargains in the arts world. Here are some. . . .

Berkeley's Jazzschool on Addison Street offers more than a solid music education. Its intimate nightclub and cafe hosts weekend concerts with top-flight Bay Area and touring jazz musicians, most costing no more than $15-$20. 510-845-5373, 866-384-3060, www.jazzschool.com."




"Berkeley council approved $100,000 street improvement program" by Steven Finacom, Berkeley Historical Society.

"Berkeley's two-year street improvement program, approved by the City Council Nov. 7,1933, included some $100,000 in proposed paving and street construction projects, the Berkeley Daily Gazette reported 75 years ago.

Key among them was construction of a new street 'on the west side of the Southern Pacific right of way between Rose Street and Shattuck Avenue, connecting Sutter Street with the main arterials through Berkeley. This improvement will cost $8,280. It is contemplated that the new street will be the beginning of a new arterial to link Solano Avenue with Shattuck Avenue. Traffic on the new street will be confined to southbound vehicles.' This would appear to be the beginnings of what is today the wide street that curves around the Safeway parking lot in the north Shattuck neighborhood."



"Berkeley honors veterans" reports Doug Oakley of the Berkeley Voice.

"Berkeley Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, the local Lions Club and Mayor Tom Bates hosted a Veterans Day celebration at Civic Center Park on Tuesday."


"Bears are spiraling - can they avoid drain?" asks Jake Curtis, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"As Cal's opportunity for a Rose Bowl berth, a national ranking or any other highfalutin achievement vanished Saturday with its 34-21 loss to No. 23 Oregon State, the issue now becomes the team's 2008 identity.

The Bears have lost two straight, both times showing excellence on defense and limitations on offense, and they desperately want to avoid the kind of collapse that scarred the 2007 season.

'What happens to a lot of teams is they sort of fall apart when they can't reach their goals,' Cal cornerback Darian Hagan said."



"Theft of copper, metal on the rise around the East Bay" is a report by Kristin Bender of the Oakland Tribune.

"Thefts of copper wire, brass plumbing devices and steel tree protectors have cost the city more than $200,000 in replacement costs this year, and Berkeley is not alone.

Thefts of copper pipes and wiring in high-development areas such as Fremont, Union City and Newark have reached epidemic proportions, police said.

'These crimes not only impact quality of life for city residents,' said William Rogers, Berkeley's director of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, 'they also come at a huge cost to taxpayers, both in staff time to repair the damage and in funding to replace the metal.'

Stealing such things as galvanized pipe, copper wire, sewer covers, metal plaques, sculptures and even copper cemetery urns is not new.

In the current economic climate, however, it's on the rise, police and city officials said."


"Cal student turns vigilante to recover stolen laptop" is a story by Doug Oakley of our Times.

"In what police called a rare occurrence, a UC Berkeley student went from victim to vigilante this week after he chased and fought with four assailants who punched him and stole his computer.

Of the approximately 50 strong-arm robberies in Berkeley each month, the victims almost never fight back, police say.

But an 18-year-old Cal man did. And it's something UC police say is not a good idea."



"Obama election spurs race crimes around country" writesJesse Washington of the AP.

"Cross burnings. Schoolchildren chanting 'Assassinate Obama.' Black figures hung from nooses. Racial epithets scrawled on homes and cars.

Incidents around the country referring to President-elect Barack Obama are dampening the postelection glow of racial progress and harmony, highlighting the stubborn racism that remains in America.

From California to Maine, police have documented a range of alleged crimes, from vandalism and vague threats to at least one physical attack. Insults and taunts have been delivered by adults, college students and second-graders.

There have been 'hundreds' of incidents since the election, many more than usual, said Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes."












Yesterday morning I received by email, a pdf of the West-Berkeley Project Report from Berkeley Planning. Leon Trotsky, a favorite revolutionary of mine, said something like "A camel is a race-horse made by a committee." The Project Report involved at least two committees, a commission, and a department.

Similes fail!



Last night, KQED-TV broadcast a documentary on Cody's and Kepler's: essentially the demise of the independent book store. But as important as their demise, and certainly part of the cause, was the interwoven downfall of leftist intellectual culture, a culture steeped in books, reading, and ideas.

Curiously, the work made no mention of Moe's Books. Moe's, a Berkeley institution that developed serious used book sales and a store still thriving. Ironically, it seemed the production almost was a celebration of the independent era's end.

Of course Moe's was a used store, and so, in my memory not quite legitimate, perhaps a product of some sort of intellectual snobbery. Also, used stores became more and more a competitive force as used and remaindered books cut into new sales, making them unpopular with some new dealers.

I worked for Moe in the '70s and '80s. Moe said he had just one good idea, "Pay a fair price for used books," revolutionary in a time of used stores that paid almost nothing.

But why is Moe's still around and thriving. Well, they have a strong Internet presence that includes their antiquarian books, and as a used store they set their own "wholesale prices," but most important, many employees are not transients but long-timers with a real interest in, and commitment to, The Store. In my day, we felt it was ours.

And like the Ellington band, it was hard to get into. How hard was it to become an employee, really to become a family member? After my, in addition to selling and buying, months of shit duty, like cleaning the basement-john with a floor often encrusted with junkies' vomit, Moe tossed-out, while passing me at the counter, "I'm beginning to believe in you, Penndorf."




A motorcycle restorer from Florida emails


Thank you for everything. . . I also found your website and the glimpse of an interesting and distant neighborhood. Wonderful.






"Villagers, Brick by Brick, Steal Complete Church" reports the St Petersburg Times. "Wanted: One missing Russian church. Last seen in July. Reward for its return.

Orthodox officials in a central Russian region say an abandoned church building that was to be put back into use has been stolen by local villagers.

Orthodox priest Vitaly of the Ivanovo-Voskresenskaya diocese says officials last saw the two-story Church of Resurrection intact in late July. Sometime in early October, however, people from the nearby
village of Komarovo, northeast of Moscow, dismantled the building, he said.

Villagers apparently sold it to a local businessman, one ruble (about 4 cents) per brick, Vitaly said."




"Governor: Get ready for rising seas" reports the Sacramento Business Journal.

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday ordered several state agencies to prepare a strategy to help California cope with the effects of climate change on the state's water supplies and coastline.

The executive order calls for state offices to address the potential threat from rising sea levels, coordinating with public and private organizations at the local, regional and national level to develop a state Climate Adaptation Strategy to address ways of coping with warming's effects on water, the coast, infrastructure, biodiversity,
landscapes and public health."




"Oakland Council set to OK new code on nepotism" is a story by Christopher Heredia, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Oakland's City Council will approve new rules Tuesday against nepotism and favoritism in city hiring, replacing old rules that were vague and open to interpretation.

The move comes as the FBI and the city auditor are probing the hiring practices of fired City Administrator Deborah Edgerly.

Mayor Ron Dellums terminated Edgerly in July amid allegations she interfered in a police investigation involving her nephew, a city parking meter repairman.

The new rules will require city officials and supervisors to disclose all familial, romantic or cohabitant relationships they have with other city employees and prohibit city workers from being related to a direct supervisor."









our Geralyn emails

Aloha Kakou!
I'm in Hawaii one full day and I get my picture in the paper!

A hui hou!

full Star Bulletin photo here



Eric of Foggy Gulch emails

Greetings Gulchers,
We are delighted to be playing a rare Thursday evening gig at the Bluegrass capital of the East Bay...McGrath's Pub in Alameda.
Time: 8PM - 10PM, November 20th

For the over 21 crowd only, so leave your kids at home and come have a drink with us! We'll be debuting four new songs, and playing all your favorites, too!
No cover!!
Eric Hughes
Foggy Gulch Band



our Tameka emails

ActivSpace Artists
Art Walk Open House
December 6-7, 2008
11 AM - 6 PM
2703 7th Street, Berkeley
ActivSpace is a community of artists and craftspeople in Berkeley whose three floors of studios will be open for holiday gift-buying directly from local artists.  Visit the Art Walk Open House to purchase presents for the winter holidays, weddings, birthdays, or other special occasions, and you will be able to talk to the artists about their creations: jewelry; paintings; fiber art; glassware; engravings; photography; drawings; comic books; wedding gowns; candles; soap; baby clothes; and other hand-made decorative items to make someone happy.
December 6-7, 2008
11 AM to 6 PM
2703 7th Street, Berkeley (between Pardee and Carleton)
Tameka Lim   510-845-5000



"This techie loves to slam dunk" is a story by Gayatri Parameswaran at Daily News India.
"Mumbai: When Naveen Shawn Sridhar is not busy making programs for satellites on US defence projects, one is most likely to find him at the local basketball courts around Berkeley, California."



"Public hearing to be held on proposed Berkeley/Albany Ferry Terminal" reports our Times.

"A public hearing will be held tonight to take comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report Statement for the proposed Berkeley/Albany Ferry Terminal.

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority is holding the meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave., to provide an overview of the project, potential terminal locations, construction and operation impacts, and proposed mitigation measures.

Comments also can be submitted in writing before Dec. 31, said Shirley Douglas, transportation authority spokeswoman.

The public hearing follows the completion of the draft environmental impact report, which was prepared over the last year and includes an evaluation of environmental impacts of four potential ferry terminal sites. Two sites are in the Berkeley Marina, one near the Doubletree Hotel dock and one just south of the Berkeley pier. Another is near the Albany-Berkeley city boundary at the foot of Gilman Street, and the fourth is in Albany at the foot of Buchanan Street." 

"Berkeley residents protest homeless facility" by Doug Oakley in the Times.

"The discovery of a meth lab in a city-funded housing program has west Berkeley residents fighting its potential return after the home was closed for toxic cleanup.

Berkeley police arrested 47-year-old Todd McColmb July 19 after a search of his apartment in the transitional housing home at 2240 9th Street turned up "items consistent with a small clandestine meth lab," according to Berkeley Police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.

Items seized included scales, acetone, mason jars, a crock pot with dried white residue in it, and several boxes of cold medicine.

'All those items are well known in our experience to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine,' Kusmiss said.

Police were able to search McColmb's residence, which is next door to a day care called the Nia House Learning Center, because he was a person of interest the same day in a drive-by shooting on 7th Street, Kusmiss said. At the time, was on probation for an assault charge with a firearm and had a restraining order against him, Kusmiss said."



"Woodward, Bernstein hold court in Walnut Creek" is a story by John Simerman of our Times.

"Nearly 35 years ago they methodically gumshoed a report of a bungled Washington, D.C., burglary into the most storied investigative feat in American journalism.

The details of the Watergate break-in, campaign spying and sabotage directed from Nixon's White House and the coverup that young Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein exposed took down a president. Their work - and Woodward's guidance from the shadowy 'Deep Throat' - spawned a generation of eager reporters.

That same kind of investigation has a future once news organizations figure out how to make it pay, the former reporting duo known as "Woodstein" said Monday at the Lesher Center for the Arts. During a rare appearance together, they discussed journalism, Watergate, the Bush and Nixon presidencies and the emotional unveiling of Deep Throat's identity in a 2005 Vanity Fair story."


"State unprepared for effects of warming, report says" is a report by Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer.
"Despite its tough goals to reduce greenhouse gases, California is not prepared to deal with the flooding, coastal erosion and loss of wildlife habitat that scientists are predicting in the coming decades as a result of higher global temperatures, a new report says.

Inundation of the coastal shoreline from accelerating sea-level rise and storm surges threaten property, recreational activities and wildlife enclaves, yet agencies are just starting to assess these climate risks and inform local communities, said a study released Monday by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonprofit research group.

The report examines the state's capability to provide water and electricity to the public as well as protecting coastal resources, air quality, public health and ecosystems in response to climate change and extreme weather events such as wildfires. It is based on previous studies done by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Davis and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, among other researchers."










Officer Andrew Frankel PIO, BPD emails

Arrest Made in Derby Street Double Homicide 

This morning the Alameda County 
District Attorney's Office charged Desmen Riashem Lankford 24, of Berkeley, with two 
counts of murder in the September 18, 2008 shooting deaths of Kelvin Davis (26) and 
Kevin Parker (42) in the 1400 block of Derby Street.     
At the time the charges were filed, Lankford was already in custody at the Alameda 
County Jail (North Oakland) stemming from an October 9th arrest on weapons and parole 
violation charges.  Detectives later determined the weapon he was found with was a 
weapon used in the homicide. 
Detectives believe there to be additional suspect(s) outstanding.  They are encouraging 
members of the community to come forward with information relevant to the 
investigation.  Anyone with information should contact the BPD Homicide Detail directly 
at 981-5741.  Those wishing to remain anonymous should call the Bay Area Crime 
Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).           
Ofc Andrew Frankel #25 
Public Information Officer (PIO) 



"Longtime Berkeley council member quitting at 88" report Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Olds, 88, will serve at her final City Council meeting tonight before handing over the reins to her longtime aide, Susan Wengraf, who on Nov. 4 was elected to replace her as the Berkeley Hills representative on the nine-member council.
'I just decided that at age 88, it was time to get out,' Olds said Monday. 'My hearing's starting to go. But I will say this: I've never fallen asleep at a City Council meeting.'

Olds generally takes a moderate approach to Berkeley politics, often siding with landlords during her days on the rent board and frequently chiding her more liberal colleagues for their forays into foreign policy. She was among the council's most outspoken critics when it voted in January to call the Marines 'unwelcome intruders' in Berkeley, and she usually makes potholes, not world affairs, her priority."






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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