Potter Creek events of the decade


Acme Bread's changes





Harpsichord by John Philips, Berkeley, after J.H GRABNER, Dresden, c1740









Kate and Sarah have a new book.

Find out about it here.


And find out more about Kate and Sarah here.







"Berkeley Developer Puts Ashby Arts Condo Site Up for Sale" by Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.

"Berkeley developer Ali Kashani's proposed five-story, mixed-use condo project at 1200 Ashby Avenue is up for sale.

The 98-unit Ashby Arts project was appealed to the City Council last year when neighbors expressed concern that it would bring density and congestion to the area. Others praised it as a "gateway" to West Berkeley, arguing that the development would clean up the blighted property. "

The last two commercial properties that I know of here sold for considerably less than their before-the-crash market value. RP










"When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half" Gracie  Allen.


Merryll emails

 Gracie  Allen's Classic Roast Beef Recipe      

Gracie  Allen's Classic Recipe for Roast  Beef

1  large Roast of beef
 1 small Roast of  beef
 Take the two roasts and put  them in the oven.
When  the little one burns, the big one is  done.  




900 GRAYSON will be featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, January 25, Monday--on the Food Network. See their site for times.




"The New Yorker on Berkeley's Woes" is linked at californiamag.com.

"The January 4 issue of the New Yorker features a report by Tad Friend on Berkeley's protests and budget straits. His story, which is available online in full to registered subscribers, begins: 'The University of California has long been America's best public university. U.C. is also the country's most multifarious university, comprising five medical centers, four law schools, three Department of Energy laboratories-and suddenly, two serious problems.' "


"Hell No, We Won't Pay!" opines Peter Robinson in "The death of the campus protest movement" at forbes.com.

"The New Yorker has chosen to welcome the new decade by publishing an obituary: 45 years after the founding of the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley, the magazine lets us know in its Jan. 4 issue, the campus protest movement is dead.

Not that Tad Friend, author of the article in question, 'Protest Studies: Berkeley Rebels Again,' has noticed he is writing about a corpse. Recounting the present controversy at Berkeley, Friend proves unrelievedly earnest."



"California is golden no longer in our eyes" by George Will at tauntongazette.com.

"Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976) was a hero to the American left, partly because of his 1939 anti-war novel 'Johnny Got His Gun.' Trumbo's title modified the lyric 'Johnny get your gun' from the World War I song 'Over There." Trumbo's 'Johnny"'is horribly maimed in that war. Now we need a novel titled 'Berkeley Got Its Liberalism.' Pending that, we have Tad Friend's report, in the Jan. 4 New Yorker, on maimed Berkeley."



"Cal Performances receives $600,000 Mellon grant" by Sue Gilmore, BANG.

"Cal Performances at the University of California-Berkeley will receive a $600,000 grant to support its classical music programs over 312 seasons, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced this week.

Cal Performances director Matias Tarnopolsky, midway through his first season in the post, said, 'In keeping with our three key values - artistic excellence, advocacy, accessibility - the Mellon Foundation's gift will help Cal Performances present top quality classical music and will help us better reach our audiences in Berkeley, the wider Bay Area and beyond.' "



"Bay Area wind power firms blown away" opines Andrew S. Ross at sfgate.com.

"It's a pity the Bay Area isn't getting more of the wind power action, seeing as that's where much VC clean-tech money is flowing.

Yes, Berkeley's Nordic Windpower just got $38 million in a round led by Menlo Park's Khosla Ventures. It's also the only U.S. wind power company to have received a clean-tech loan - $19 million - from the Obama administration. Unfortunately, it's one of the few notably significant wind power companies here."




"Grace Morley - forgotten pioneer behind SFMOMA" is a story byTamara Straus, Special to The Chronicle.

"Grace Morley, the first director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, was not a typical woman of her times in terms of education, professional ambition or spirit of adventure.

Not only did she establish in San Francisco the country's second museum devoted solely to modern art, but, by the end of her life, she had also become a museum expert of global influence, heading UNESCO's museum division after World War II and establishing India's National Museum after the country gained its independence from Britain.

How did a woman who was born in Berkeley in 1900 and raised in St. Helena become so independent-minded and accomplish so much? And why do so few people today know of her?"










"West Berkeley shooting" is part of a report at our Planet by Riya Bhattacharjee.

"Berkeley police have arrested two of three suspects involved in a shooting incident at San Pablo Avenue and Murray Street Jan. 4.

According to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Andrew Frankel, an unidentified male suspect got out of a car which stopped in the northbound lanes of San Pablo at 3:46 p.m. Monday and opened fire on two men crossing the street.

One of the two men pulled out a handgun and fired back, striking an unknown vehicle. The lone suspect who fired the first shot got back into his car and fled northbound. Police are still looking for him. The two pedestrian suspects ran north on San Pablo and were later detained by police.

They were identified by Berkeley police as 21-year-old Dennis Northington and 23-year-old Britton Ferguson. Both were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into an occupied vehicle and violation of probation. They are being held at Santa Rita Jail. Northington was charged with possession of cocaine.

Frankel said no one was injured in the crossfire."


Let's see if I got this right. There was a shoot-out in broad- daylight, Monday afternoon, on San Pablo Ave and Murray. That would be just one block south of Ashby, the southern boundry of big Potter Creek.



Jarad emails

Funny...Eva and I were talking about this yesterday.

When are you going to run for Mayor so we can get guy on the council that talk common sense on a regular basis regarding the real problems that our city faces?


Merryll emails in response

What a great idea!



"Mass Effect 2 posters decorate California" is a small report at scrawlfx.com.









Morgan' s remodel is about completely finished.


Potter Creek events of the decade

Sally's dining pavillion




Ms Merryll returns



our Joe Lee emails

This new year, our goal is to have every Berkeley resident counted by National Census Day ­ April 1st. Please make this a high priority. With your help, an accurate and complete count will make a difference to our City services and programs for the next decade.
Special Event
The 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour will make a pit stop in Berkeley this Monday, January 11th from 4:30 p.m. ­ 6:30 p.m. at the Shattuck/Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza (at Shattuck and Center). Free materials such as tote bags, water bottles, and other premium items will be given away. Please invite all of your staff and community members to this exciting event!
Mark Your Calendars
The next Complete County Committee meeting will take place Thursday, January 14th from 4:00 p.m. ­ 5:00 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center (1901 Hearst at MLK Jr. Way). Please attend for crucial updates and material pick-up. Feel free to invite your staff and community members.
Looking for Jobs?
The U.S. Bureau is still hiring! Please encourage your clients, members, and donors to call the toll-free jobs line at 1-866-861-2010. Application materials are located at www.2010CensusJobs.gov.

Happy New Year!
Joe Lee
Census Coordinator, City of Berkeley, Office of the City Manager



"Zipcar and Zimride expand ride-sharing application" Globe Staff at boston.com.

"Zipcar Inc., the Cambridge-based car-sharing service, joined to Zimride to announce the launch of an integrated car and ride sharing application on five new campuses -- the University of California at Irvine, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, the University of Maryland, and George Mason University.

Zimride is a provider of online social rideshare systems."



"Berkeley's radicals spreading heat, light" by Tyler Hamilton, Energy and Technology Columnist at torontostar.com

"You want to put solar panels on your rooftop, a geothermal system in your backyard, or maybe spend $20,000 doing a comprehensive energy retrofit of your home.

It will pay off over time, right? But there's one big stumbling block: the high upfront cost. And what if you decide to sell your home and can't recoup that investment?

Even in Ontario, where you can earn a hefty premium by selling solar power back into the grid, there's still much reluctance in the market to drop that much cash. You can take out a personal loan or a line of credit, but the payment terms are typically too short or the interest rates too high.

Berkeley, Calif., seems to have solved this problem with a program called Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology, which since 2007 has spread throughout California and into dozens of municipalities across the United States.

Under such a program, a municipality issues bonds to the private sector and uses the money to grant 20-year, low-interest loans to homeowners who want to install a rooftop solar photovoltaic system. "



"Sierra's current height goes back 50 million years, study finds. The finding adds to a growing body of evidence that the mountain range is much older than previously believed, and has implications for evolutionary studies" is a story at latimes.com.

The Sierra Nevada reached their present height 50 million years ago -- 30 million years earlier than geologists once believed, according to a new study.

The research, part of a growing body of evidence that the Sierra Nevada are far older than once thought, has implications for understanding the evolution of the plants and animals in the West, as well as the likely climate of ancient North America.

The study, by scientists at Yale University and the Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, used 50 million-year-old chemical traces left on ancient leaves by microbes and raindrops to calculate the new height estimate for the Sierras at that time. "


"Over the moon at planet find" is a story at sydneymorningherald.com.

"Astronomers in the United States have detected the second smallest planet discovered to date, with a mass just four times heavier than the Earth, adding to a growing number of low-mass planets dubbed ''super-earths''.

'This is quite a remarkable discovery,'' said Andrew Howard, an astronomer at the University of California at Berkeley."






Rumor persists that the San Pablo Ave medical marijuana people have an interest in the old chocolate factory--either in leasing or buying it. I'm told the present owner paid five-mil some years ago.


"Assembly committee OKs recreational marijuana" Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau

"A bill to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana - and allow the drug to be sold and taxed in California - cleared a key hurdle this morning, as the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted 4-3 to move it to the next step in the debate. But a Friday legislative deadline could mean the legislation will die before making it to the Assembly floor.
More Bay Area News

Members of the committee who approved the bill are all from the Bay Area and said they did not necessarily support the plan but wanted debate on the state's marijuana policy to continue.. . .

Voting yes were Ammiano, Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley."



Kristin Perry one of the Prop 8 case plaintiffs is a 900 GRAYSON regular--don't stare, please.


"YouTube broadcasts would humanize issue" Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer.

" Shortly before Christmas 2003, Kristin Perry took her girlfriend Sandy Stier for a walk near their Berkeley home. As they sat on Indian Rock, overlooking San Francisco Bay, Perry pulled a ring out of her pocket and said, 'Will you marry me?'

Stier, an Iowa farm girl who never met a homosexual until she was a teen, said yes. Then she got a confused look on her face. 'What does that mean?' she asked.

Perry, 45, and Stier 47, are co-plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, California's voter-approved prohibition against same-sex marriage. Advocates say watching them describe their engagement - and the daily pain and awkwardness of not having a word to explain their relationship - would have humanized the issue in a way that realms of legal arguments cannot."



Charlie Rose talks with Jason Epstein about Epstein's new book Eating and more, at Charlie Rose 10804. Among other things, Epstein says the best meal he ever had was possibly at Chez Penisse and then says a little about our Alice Waters.



"In Play" is a market report at msnmoney.com.

"Celera Genomics grants a license to the University of California, San Francisco for the development of KIF6 Testing Co announced that it has licensed its KIF6 discoveries to the University of California on behalf of its San Francisco Campus. Through this agreement, the University of California, San Francisco will be the first laboratory in the United States in addition to Berkeley HeartLab, a subsidiary of Celera Corporation, to have access to the relevant intellectual property to develop and perform an in-house test for the KIF6 gene variant previously reported by Celera and its collaborators."








on 1/12/10 this site had 860 vistors and 4008 hits

Steven Donaldson emails


New CEO of Berkeley Chamber starts this week. His name is Mark Berson. . . .

He's a super friendly guy with state government experience and ran a family store in Mobile, Alabama. And, Yes he's a Southerner (but a Democrat). . . .

What can I say about him?.... small town style with the sophistication of big government political experience, a bridge builder, good sense of humor.

He's relocated here with his dog and lives in Alameda for now.


the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce press release

  BERKELEY, California -Dec. 15, 2009-The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has hired Mark Berson as its new Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization through new era of growth and expansion. Mr. Berson comes to the Berkeley Chamber from Mobile, Alabama with a strong background that includes working in state government, running a large regional chamber of commerce and running (and growing) a family business for many years. Mr. Berson's selection was made after reviewing over 100 applicants for the position and was approved by the Berkeley Chamber Search Committee and the Board of Directors. Mr. Berson's start date is January 15, 2010.

Jonathan De Yoe, Berkeley Chamber president, says, "Mark brings a unique combination of civic experience and business leadership from his work in state government, as head of a regional chamber and in growing his family's business." Jonathan adds "From our conversations with references, including the former Democratic governor of Alabama, we found that Mark was an inspiring leader and creative marketer. We believe he  will bring a collaborative approach to growing business, building Chamber membership and understanding the needs of the local community."

Prior to coming to the Berkeley Chamber, Berson served for six years as the President and CEO of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Shores, Alabama, where he significantly expanded membership from 730 members to over 1,000 in this mostly tourism-focused economy.  Prior to that he served as the Executive Director of the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel, where he established and grew the state tourism office, bringing in vacationers from throughout the United States and abroad. He helped to establish and produce the Annual National Shrimp Festival, attended by 300,000 people, with an economic impact of $28 million and a net profit of $240,000 for the State. Prior to this, he was the president and owner of Raphael's a clothing store in Mobile, Alabama, a family owned business for several generations, where he doubled sales to $3million in over two years. In addition, Mr. Berson brings years of experience working for several advertising agencies in New York City.

According to Berson, "This position offers enormous potential to build value for Chamber members and the local community. Small and large businesses, along with the university, bring an amazing diversity of assets to this wonderful city. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get to work here."
About the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce
The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, advocates on behalf of Chamber members and the business community at large in Berkeley, CA and the surrounding region.  We are an independent non-profit 401C3 organization.  The primary goal of all of the Chamber's activities is to improve Berkeley's business climate, to bring benefit to the community by encouraging jobs and commerce and to support culture and the arts.  We endeavor to build a stronger local and regional economy and ensure that business is at the table in the process of making public policy decisions. It is our belief that a strong economic foundation is absolutely essential; in the same way Hope is essential, to a truly great community. It is our ultimate aim to contribute to that economic foundation.




"New San Pablo Parking Meters Expected to Take Effect this Month" by Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.

"Next time you want to park on San Pablo Avenue, make sure you have some change on hand. San Pablo's new parking meters-which have sparked concern among area merchants-are expected to take effect over the next two months, according to the City of Berkeley Transportation Manager Farid Javandel.

The City Council voted to approve the meters in September as part of a larger plan to help boost the city's dwindling revenue. Although neighborhood businesses grumbled about losing customers to Albany and Emeryville, where parking on San Pablo and surrounding streets is free, they finally relented after some amount of negotiation with the city."



" Former Albany Administrator to Become Berkeley's Interim Health Director" reports Riya Bhattacharjee.

" Berkeley city officials Friday named former Albany administrator Daren Fields as the interim director of the city's health department. "



"Berkeley Will Use Instant Runoff Voting in 2010 City Elections" is a report at ballot-access.org.

"On January 12, the city manager of Berkeley, California, sent a letter to the city manager of San Leandro, California, indicating that Berkeley will use Instant Runoff Voting for its own city elections this year. There will be no June primary. Instead, the only city election will be in November 2010. The letter was sent to San Leandro because San Leandro is pondering whether to also use IRV this year.

Berkeley and San Leandro are both charter cities, so they are free to decide this matter for their own elections. Cities in California that are not charter cities do not have that freedom. The voters of Berkeley voted in 2006 to use IRV whenever the vote-counting equipment was ready, and a few weeks ago the Secretary of State certified the vote-counting machines used in Alameda County for that purpose. Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro are all in Alameda County."




"Researcher's study sheds new light on math ability, gender equity" by Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations, berkeley.edu.

"Marcia Linn, a University of California, Berkeley, professor of education known for exploring the teaching and learning of science and their connection to gender, is offering proof once again that girls' math abilities are just as good as boys'."



"Is California's new green building code green enough?" is opinion at latimes.com.

"California is poised to adopt the nation's first statewide green building code. Environmentalists praise the mandatory provisions of the code but fear it could discourage developers from building the most environmentally rigorous projects. That's because the state is setting up its own voluntary "CalGreen" rating system, which offers builders an alternative to the strict certification process of nonprofit groups such as the Washington-based U.S. Green Building Council and the Berkeley-based Build It Green."


"Green Civil War: Projects vs. Preservation" is opinion at nytimes.com.

"Environmentalists are more openly at odds over two goals: the preservation of wide open spaces vs. the use of public lands for renewable energy projects.

The boosters of renewable energy development won a victory last week when the Bureau of Land Management announced that 31 proposed projects have been put on the fast track for approval."







Assault Suspect
Wanted By Police

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, January 13, 2010) ­ On January 12, 2010 at
approximately 10:45 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department (BPD) responded to a
stabbing which had just occurred on the 3200 block of Idaho Street in South Berkeley.
The victim, a 20 year old Berkeley resident, reported that the father of her two-year-old
daughter broke into her apartment, punched her and her daughter, and, in the ensuing
struggle, cut her with a knife.

The suspect has been identified as:

Casey Jones
6'0, 160 lbs,
of Oakland

Jones is wanted for Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Domestic Violence, Home Invasion
Robbery, Willful Harm or Injury to a Child, and keeping a victim from using a cellular
phone during a crime. Jones should be considered armed and dangerous.

Detectives are asking for the community's help in catching Jones. Anyone who may have
any information regarding this crime is urged to call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510)
981-5741 (office) or (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency dispatch line). If callers wish to
remain anonymous they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-
222-TIPS (8477).

Ofc Andrew Frankel
Public Information
Officer (PIO)
(510) 981-5881

Chief of Police
Michael K. Meehan

our Darryl Moore emails

I wanted to put together a couple of community meetings to allow neighbors to speak with and get to know our new Police Chief, Michael Meehan.  Here is a little information about Chief Meehan's background:

Chief Meehan comes to Berkeley from the City of Seattle where he served twenty-three years with the Seattle Police Department, ultimately holding the rank of captain and commanding the Violent Crimes Unit.  In a prior assignment, he was the precinct commander for an area of Seattle that is roughly the size of Berkeley.  He worked in the following divisions, as well as commanding the Field Training Program for a period of time:  Training, Vice, Narcotics, Auto Theft, Major Crimes, Fraud/Forgery, Audit, Accreditation, and Policy & Ethics.  Chief Meehan earned his B.A. in Business from the University of Washington, and followed that with a master's degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
The Chief brings a wealth of experience to the Berkeley community.  He has worked his entire career in law enforcement in a diverse urban environment and has focused on innovative and community-based crime prevention strategies.  He understands the strengths and limitations of the modern police agency, and is committed to community involvement, acknowledging that police departments must leverage their abilities with those of other governmental agencies, community and non-profit groups.  I look forward to working with him as we continue to provide excellent public safety services to our community.

I will be holding two (2) community meetings to provide community members an opportunity to speak with the Chief. 
1st opportunity to meet with the Chief
When: January 25th, 2010
Time:  7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where:  Frances Albrier Community Center in San Pablo Park
2800 Park Street between Russell and Ward Streets

2nd opportunity to meet with the Chief
When: February 17th, 2010
Time:  7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where:  Multipurpose Room of Rosa Parks Elementary
920 Allston Way (at 8th Street)

Hope to see you there!

Darryl Moore
Councilmember, District 2


"Red Teaming for Law Enforcement" by Michael K. Meehan, Captain, Seattle Police Department at policechiefmagazine.org.

" Editor's note: The author was the police incident commander for the 2003 TOPOFF2 full-scale terrorism response exercise in Seattle and served as a controller and evaluator for the 2005 Marine Terrorism Response Exercise in Seattle and the 2005 TOPOFF3 full-scale exercise in Connecticut.

As law enforcement develops terrorism countermeasures and prepares for the next terrorist attack, police can borrow useful training techniques from the military and private industry. One of these techniques is known as red teaming.

The military uses red teams in wargaming scenarios as the opposing force in a simulated conflict to reveal weaknesses in the military force. In the business world, red teaming refers to an independent peer review of abilities, vulnerabilities, and limitations. As the concept applies to homeland security, red teaming involves thinking or acting like a terrorist in an effort, for example, to identify security weaknesses and potential targets. Red teaming can be used in either analytical exercises or field-level exercises.

The Red Team

The National Strategy for Homeland Security states that 'employing 'red team' techniques' is a major initiative in the intelligence and warning mission area.1 The Congressional Research Service, in its report 'Border and Transportation Security: Possible New Directions and Policy Options,' also recommends the expanded use of red teams.2

Scope of Red Teaming

Red teaming is a term that describes a variety of exercise activities. The most basic level of red teaming is to conduct peer review of plans and policies to detect vulnerabilities or perhaps to simply offer alternative views of scenarios.

Another definition of red teaming is an interactive process conducted during crisis action planning to assess planning decisions, assumptions, processes, and products from the perspective of friendly, enemy, and outside organizations.3 Red teaming has also been described as the 'capability-based analytical or physical manifestation of an adversary, which serves as an opposing force.'4 It can be a form of risk assessment and mitigation, with the key difference that red teaming involves the presence of an adversarial condition. Red teaming is not an oversight function."




"Meet Franck Marchis" is an interview at huffingtonpost.com.

"Franck Marchis joined the SETI Institute as a Principal Investigator (PI) or lead scientist in 2007. He is also an assistant research Astronomer at the University of California Berkeley. Franck received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of Toulouse, France in planetary science. His studies and research have taken him throughout the world, and he now dedicates most of his research to monitoring Io's volcanism and the study of multiple asteroid systems using the Keck-10m telescope and the support of CfAO, an NSF science and technology center and NASA planetary astronomy program. Io is the innermost of the four Galilean moons of the planet Jupiter. With over 200 active volcanoes, Io is the most geologically active object in the Solar System. You can learn more about Franck and his research in his contributions to the blog, The Cosmic Diary."


"The Subsidy That Won't DieThe big banks claim the government isn't helping them anymore. Not exactly. Check out this little-known subsidy" by Daniel Gross at slate.com.








our Janine Johnson emails

This is a super early "heads-up" about a concert I am doing with Elizabeth Blumenstock in June. It is during the Berkeley Early Music festival, and is at noon on Friday, June 11th, Trinity Chapel. We will be doing Bach Sonatas and some other Bach solos. It will, of course, be a lot of fun. I just want to let my musician friends, especially, know, so we don't have conflicting events. I, for one, always binge on concerts during the Festival, so don't want to miss something because I am busy.

Thanks, and I hope you are enjoying the winter!




"Toast of the town" by George Avalos, Oakland Tribune.

"Premier Cru has agreed to buy an empty three-building complex on University Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets, said John Fox, president of Premier Cru.

'We wanted to find a spot that is kind of a central location for customers to come pick up their wine, in an area where it's acceptable for people to do so,' Fox said. 'We wanted to buy something because we've been renting for almost 30 years.' The wine retailer is now in Emeryville.

Premier Cru paid about $4.1 million for the 27,000-square-foot site, Fox said.

The deal is rare in a number of ways, said David Trachtenberg, principal executive with Trachtenberg Architects, which is designing the renovation of the site.

'There will actually be a business moving into Berkeley,' Trachtenberg said. 'And you will have a retailer expanding its brick-and-mortar retail sales in addition to its Internet sales.' . . .

Construction could be underway by late January or early February. The new wine retail store could open by summer, Fox said.

The new business offers plenty of upside for Berkeley, said David Fogarty, a city economic development project coordinator.

'It can be very beneficial for the city,; Fogarty said. 'Berkeley will get the sales tax, not only from wine sales on site, but also for the portion of wines they ship to people in California. It should be an important source of revenue for the city.' "


our Jarad emails

Good news for West Berkeley with a dose of mixed emotions...

Premier Cru is moving into the old Amsterdam Art building on University Ave & 10th St. They will have retail and wine tastings (very cool). But wait...the Wine.com storefront applied to do wine tastings from their location on 4th Street a mere 8 blocks away and that was denied. Is the West Berkeley Plan responsible for this unfair treatment?

Why can Premier Cru and the Sake factory have tastings, but Wine.com can't? The city council needs to level the playing field around here for business and if the West Berkeley Plan is responsible for this bureaucratic insanity, then it needs to go the way of the Dodo bird.


Merryll highly recommends Crixa Cakes for delicious deserts. It's at 2748 Adeline Street Berkeley, CA 94703
510-548-0421. Check it out.

Look for more Merryll higly recommends sooner-than-later.




Potter Creek event of the decade


Cameron emails about The Bark's new book, Howl

Howl is a collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit published by Crown. Its our follow-up to our New York Times bestseller Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Howl is composed canine-inspired writing from a variety of contemporary humorists, literary authors, and comedians including Al Franken, Dave Barry, Margaret Cho, Kinky Friedman, Haven Kimmel and Roy Blount Jr. Nearly 70 contributors in all.

We invite people to join us for a reading at Codys Books on Fourth St. Sunday, November 18 at 4 pm. Dogs welcome, biscuits and treats served. Free admission.

Best regards, Cameron




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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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