January 2014

Two stories of 2013

Brigette moved in next store with Merryll. Brigette, Merryll's niece is attending Cal as a Junior. She brings fresh, new energy, . . . and a nifty new Vespa to Potter Creek.


The Great Cigar Experiment

Feel free to duplicate this, but understand that there are out-door areas in Our Town in which cigar smoking is prohibited.

Sit out in front of your place and light up a cigar and watch those passing by.

In my sit-outs a favorite was the female, who while still 40 feet up-wind began coughing loudly, melodramatically and almost hysterically. This was equaled by the woman who was walking about 30 feet down-wind got a whiff of the cigar and ran at top speed the 50 feet passed me.

An occasional hand-rolled Cuban cigar at the end of the day is wonderfully relaxing. I wish I could justify it.





"UC Berkeley students are now joining the ranks of customers already ordering organic, hormone-free meals for about $6" at dailycal.org.


 Miso Glazed Oyster & Shiitake Mushrooms
Oyster & shiitake mushrooms, miso-mirin glaze, baby bok choy, Japanese eggplant, Jasmine rice

"The Berkeley-based company SpoonRocket, which has been in business since June 26, was founded by UC Berkeley graduates Steven Hsiao and Anson Tsui. The two hired chef David Cramer, who whips up two choices every day - one meat option and one vegetarian or vegan option. Orders can be placed by phone or online from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

'We only offer two items a day, which allows us to have the freshest ingredients - and it cuts costs because we only pick up a few items per day,' Tsui said. 'People hate making choices so our customers tend to like the two-item option.'

Hsiao said the meals are first prepared in batches and then placed into seven SpoonRocket cars stationed in various parts of Berkeley and Emeryville, thus saving time."  




"Berkeley Underground Films at the Tannery

The Berkeley Underground Film Society (BUFS) is an all ages club for collectors, researchers, and film enthusiasts in the East Bay and San Francisco area.

Their goal is to review and share a selective film history of movies on film.

Every Sunday, they screen buried, rarely projected, or otherwise obscure 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm prints from their collection. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Cost: FREE*
The Tannery , 708 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94710"











Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

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"Dream a Little Dream" performance mit Zeppelin













Yesterday I had a meal delivered from spoonrocket. Mid-afternoon I ordered Corn Crepes $6.00--sweet corn crepes, black beans, yellow corn, tomatoes, butternut squash, Cotija cheese, pineapple-mango salad.

It arrived in about 5 minutes, was fresh and tasty and piping hot for $7.00 and change. It was also a bit soggy, a result I believe of its time in the warmer. And its presentation was nothing like the photo--more utilitarian.

But all-in-all, I'd order again hoping the meal will be less water-logged.




Capitalism appears to be reinventing itself with a touch of Socialism through sharing and crowd funding. Having become wide spread, it seems to require legislation.

"Sharing economy to drive more policy changes in new year" by Heather Somerville at contracostatimes.com.

"Websites and apps that let consumers rent out their home or give a stranger a ride in their car for a few bucks will drive sweeping changes in public policy in the coming year as cities and states rethink how they govern the so-called sharing economy.

In the past year, sharing economy businesses -- many founded and based in the Bay Area -- have moved from the fringe to the mainstream. But 2014 will be the year policymakers and regulators decide how much freedom to give these companies, according to sharing economy leaders, academics and attorneys.

'Every city will be looking at its laws and reviewing them,' said Janelle Orsi, an Oakland-based attorney and director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center. 'The dust is going to settle in the next year. A few cities have outright banned these companies, but they will rethink that.'

The sharing economy refers broadly to companies, many of which make mobile apps, that provide services using things people already own, whether that's a car, home or the clothes in their closet. It gives service providers the opportunity to make some extra cash as, for instance, an ad hoc taxi service, hotel or home cleaning service.

Until recently, these entrepreneurs have been operating largely unregulated."






"World's first legal recreational marijuana sales begin in Colorado" by John Ingold at denverpost.com.

"In a historic swirl of commerce and cannabis, the world's first stores licensed to sell marijuana legally to anyone 21 or older opened in Colorado on Wednesday.

From Telluride to Denver, thousands of people cheerfully stood in lines for hours to buy legal marijuana after presenting nothing more than identification.
Marijuana activists hailed the day as a watershed in their effort to overturn anti-cannabis laws. Store owners - several of whom said the turnout exceeded even their own ambitious expectations - feared running out of supply.

Police reported no problems with the crowds, and government officials marveled at the calm."


CBS News reports this morning that high demand has pushed some prices to $500.00 to $700.00 an ounce.






















"Suspending objects in thin air with sound waves" Caleb Garling at sfgate.com.

"Luke Skywalker's X-34 landspeeder. Marty McFly's hoverboard. Magneto, just being Magneto. One of the most intoxicating little questions about the future is how we'll be able to defy gravity and make things just float there.

Those examples use magnets* as the force of suspension and for most large objects, magnetism will continue to be the answer. But researchers have added another chapter to "acoustic levitation" or "standing wave levitation." This technique uses sound waves to keep things afloat and is growing in importance for electronics and biotech R/D.

Microprocessors, chemicals and even biological cells often need to be in a contact free environment during experimentation - a plate, surface or solute might affect the procedure. So hanging them in the air helps solves that. Two chemical droplets can react in complete suspension, which removes concerns about what effect the beaker or vial had on the reaction, and ostensibly raises the degree of purity.

Two waves overlap to hold an object at a focal point between them.

On New Year's eve researchers at the University of Tokyo and Nagoya Institute of Technology released videos which highlighted exactly what the group had accomplished in a paper submitted earlier in the month.

They set up two sets of parallel speakers, pointing at each other - a sound geyser from north, south, east and west. Since the ultrasonic waves are opposite in phase as they pass each other, this creates a little pocket inside the waves. The force generated by the speakers cancel, and after accounting for gravity, keeps the object suspended.

The theory behind acoustic levitation has been around for decades but only recently has it started to come to life (in some cases, literally). Suspending an object in the air is one trick, but moving it in three dimensions was another."








Jerry Seinfeld and Louis C.K in " Sex and The Blue Numbers" in Episode One, Season Three of comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com.







 "3D Printing: Low Volume Production by 3D Printing More Eco-Friendly Than Traditional Manufacturing" Dick Weisinger, formtek.com.

"3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), creates objects from a digital 3d model by printing layers of material from different raw materials.
Recent studies are looking at the impact on the environment of 3D printing technology compared to other manufacturing technologies.  Researchers are trying to answer the question of "How Green is 3D printing"?

Jer Faludi, Sustainable Design Strategist and PhD candidate at UC Berkeley, working with members of the UC Berkeley mechanical engineering department, studied and compared the impact of creating objects with 3d printers versus creating similar objects using traditional milling.  Their conclusion is that 'whether you're milling or doing 3D printing, how you use the tool is the most important factor in its environmental impact. And there are many opportunities for 3D printers to improve, making huge leaps toward greener manufacturing.'

Faludi's team found that while traditional injection molding won out in terms of environmental impact over 3D printers for large-scale mass production of items, when considering the usage scenario for the production of a small number of items, 3D printers were generally scored more eco-friendly.  Mills generally scored better in their use of energy, while 3D printing scored higher in their efficient use of materials and minimum waste."




























" Saul Zaentz, Oscar-Winning Producer of The English Patient & Amadeus, Dies at 92" Associated Press.

"Saul Zaentz, a music producer whose second career as a filmmaker brought him Best Picture Academy Awards for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus and The English Patient, has died. He was 92.

Zaentz died Friday at his San Francisco apartment after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Paul Zaentz, the producer's nephew and longtime business partner, told the Associated Press. "


In The Day, Zaentz was known as the man whose fortune was made by Creedence Clearwater.





Berkeley Horticultural Nursery

January/February, Weekend Specials

1310 McGee Avenue, Berkeley, California 94703, 510-526-4704
Winter Hours--8:30 to 5:00




"Old School Punk & Power Pop Concert, Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm -- FREE
The Starry Plough | 3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA






1/5/14--2:01 AM--strong "gas odor" in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 7:26 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, "chemical odor," mucus membrane irritation. 8:21 AM--similar, hacking cough. 9:21 AM--similar, hacking cough. 9:35 AM--SERIOUS, similar, hacking cough. 9:41 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, STRONG chemical odor, mucus membrane irritation. 10:57 AM--similar. 2:21 pm--irritant in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation with STRONG "asbestos" odor. 2:44 PM--similar, overrides 4HEPA filters.























A noise sampling of a operating commercial generator in Potter Creek shows 93-94 decibels.


City of Berkeley Land Use

The Mixed Use/Residential District

The Mixed Use/Residential district's non-residential uses are divided among manufacturing and wholesaling, with 506 employees (42% of the district total), with 386 (32%) in office-based and non-repair services, and 279 (23%) in other industrial uses such as construction and auto repair. The district is not insignificant economically, with 12% of total West Berkeley jobs, 21% of West Berkeley light manufacturing jobs, and 20% of West Berkeley office-based jobs. However, businesses in the district tend to be smaller than in other districts, with the largest employer here reporting only 60 jobs. But among the 200+ businesses in the district, there are over a dozen construction companies, a similar number of printers and publishers, almost 20 small wholesalers, and a large cluster of business service firms. Residentially, the district contains 373 units (according to the 1990 Census), 90 of which (or 25%) are concentrated at the Oceanview Gardens/Delaware St. Historic District site. One unit houses predominate in the area, but there are many duplexes, and some 3 and 4 unit structures. The Oceanview Gardens development is composed primarily of 6 unit structures.





















Pete Hurney's

900 GRAYSON automaton

Watch it and listen to it now at 900 GRAYSON








"Berkeley, California, plans to install 8,000 LED streetlights" newstreetlights.com.

"The city of Berkeley, California, is seeking proposals for the development of a full-scale conversion program to LED streetlights. The city anticipates replacing all of its existing high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights with energy efficient solid-state streetlights. The current RFP is not a solicitation for bids for LED streetlights, rather the city hopes to assess proposals which will address cost, illumination needs, financing, and cost savings. The city of Berkeley plans to install approximately 8,000 LED streetlights."





"Calif. Toxin Law Warns Consumers, But Can Burden Businesses" npr.org.

"All over California, signs in restaurants, parking garages and other businesses warn that you could be exposed to chemicals that can cause cancer.
The disclosure is mandated by 1986 state law. If a company fails to warn consumers, it can be sued."










Pete's 900 GRAYSON automaton

















"Suburban sprawl cancels carbon footprint savings of dense urban cores" nanowerk.com.

"According to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, population-dense cities contribute less greenhouse gas emissions per person than other areas of the country, but these cities' extensive suburbs essentially wipe out the climate benefits."




"Activists Push Urban Ag Bill" Cynthia Salaysay  at eastbayexpress.com.

"The Sustainable Economies Legal Center, the Berkeley-based group that helped draft and pass the California Homemade Food Act a little over a year ago, has set its sights this year on protecting an individual's right to grow or raise one's own food. The legislation would require local governments to allow for the cultivation and sale of garden grown produce - fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs. The bill comes in response to a problem that many cities have in updating their zoning laws to allow for urban agriculture."







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"You can fool some of the people all of the time; you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you can never fool all of the people all of the time." attributed to P.T. Barnum.





"Click farms': growing global scam" Martha Mendoza, AP at recorder.com.

"YouTube viewers from offshore 'click farms,' where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

Since Facebook launched almost 10 years ago, users have sought to expand their social networks for financial gain, winning friends, bragging rights and professional clout. And social media companies cite the levels of engagement to tout their value.

But an Associated Press examination has found a growing global marketplace for fake clicks, which tech companies struggle to police. Online records, industry studies and interviews show companies are capitalizing on the opportunity to make millions of dollars by duping social media.

For as little as a half cent each click, websites hawk everything from LinkedIn connections to make members appear more employable to Soundcloud plays to influence record label interest." 




















ole friend

is the Great, Great, Great Grandson of QWERTY Keyboard inventor, C.L.Sholes.


Fact of Fiction? The Legend of the QWERTY Keyboard at smithsonianmag.com.

U.S. Patent No. 207,559

is the first appearance of the QWERTY keyboard.

What came first: the typist or the keyboard? The answer depends on the keyboard. A recent article in Smithsonian's news blog, Smart News, described an innovative new keyboard system that proposes a more efficient alternative to the ubiquitous "universal" keyboard best known as QWERTY ­ named for the first six letters in the top row of keys. The new keyboard, known as KALQ, is designed specifically for thumb-typing on today's smart phones and tablets. It's an interesting and by all accounts commercially viable design that got me thinking about the rationale behind the QWERTY keyboard. Unlike KALQ, it couldn't have been designed to accommodate a specific typing technique because, well, the idea of typing ­touch typing, at least­ hadn't been invented yet. It turns out that there is a lot of myth and misinformation surrounding the development of QWERTY, but these various theories all seem to agree that the QWERTY layout was developed along with, and inextricably linked to, early typewriters.



















"Death of a Pot Salesman? " eastbayexpress.com.

"The plight of the neighborhood pot dealer just got a lot harder in Colorado. In Denver, many think they'll go extinct.

On January 1, at 8 a.m., the State of Colorado began allowing licensed businesses to sell marijuana to any adult 21 years of age or older. No medical card is needed - just show your ID, and choose your weed from a broad selection of strains. Much like alcohol.

The story was splashed across the front pages of newspapers and websites around the world for the rest of the week with photos of long lines of smiling customers waiting in cold weather. But amid the media circus, everyone overlooked a vital angle: What will become of the average black-market pot dealer?"






Soundies: Cinematix Jukebox of Rare 1940s Musical Films Berkeley

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Cost: FREE
The Tannery, 708 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94710

Soundies is an cinematic jukebox of rare musical films from the origins of sound on film until it's decline with Scopitone technology.
Soundies were three-minute musical films, produced in New York City, Chicago, and Hollywood, between 1940 and 1946, often including short dance sequences, similar to later music videos.




Willie Nelson at the Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley - Berkeley, CA

Saturday Apr 12, 2014 7:00PM-10:00PM


















Ironically one of the best neighbors in our Mixed Use Residential area is commercial. For decades Dave, Andy, staff, and crew of Kruse Plumbing have been aware of the special nature of our mixed use culture and now of our increasing density.


1/12/14-- 8:49 AM--irritant in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, with "asbestos" odor, overrides 4 HEAP filters. 1:17 PM---irritant in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation with "hot metal/ceramic" odor.

By "asbestos" odor I do not literally mean asbestos, rather an irritant and odor that reminds me of overheated asbesto brake-linings of decades ago. More likely it is now from an improperly installed device and/or over heating device of neigboring manufactures. Actually, the odor is more like rotten eggs.





Word on the street is that the land in the same block, immediately to the north and east of Spenger's is going to be developed.




"Urban farm grabs rare, vacant site in Berkeley" bizjournals.com.

"Urban Adamah plans to convert a vacant lot in Berkeley into an urban farm and community center. . . . The site is a block-and-a-half north of Gilman Street, just south of the University of California, Berkeley's graduate student family housing once known as Albany Village."





 "UC Berkeley $10K Food and Farming Fellowships: Applications Open" Amy Scattergood at inagist.com.

"If you're interested in writing, farming and food in general, UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism is offering $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships, eight of them, in a new program established by Berkeley professor, author and food guru Michael Pollan. Applications are due the first of March.

Geared towards early and mid-career journalists, the fellowships provide opportunities for writers to work on long-form stories (they still exist!!) in the field of what Berkeley calls "food systems." Which is a lovely Ben Marcus-like term for "agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment (including climate change), global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming."



"Do you believe that plants can hear, taste, and feel? " video at facebook.com.

"Professor Michael Pollan says plants have all five of our senses-actually, between 5 and 20 distinct senses-and somehow process all this information without brains."








"Author's book recalls the glory of architect Julia Morgan" Annalee Allen at contracostatimes.com.

"Julia Morgan (1872-1957) was the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California. Over the course of her long career, she designed more than 700 buildings, including homes, churches, clubhouses, and commercial structures, many of them beloved Bay Area landmarks.

From the time she was 5, Morgan lived in Oakland with her family -- her parents and four siblings -- in a Victorian-style residence five blocks from City Hall. She graduated from Oakland High School in 1891 and attended UC Berkeley. She later was a student at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, where again, she was the first woman to be admitted.

January 20th will mark the 142nd anniversary of her birth."




"UC Berkeley's Girton Hall carefully moved" abclocal.go.com.

"UC Berkeley's Girton Hall moved from near Memorial Stadium to the UC Botanical Garden in Strawberry Canyon. "















" ' Undefeated' is a 2011 documentary directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The film documents the struggles of a high school football team, the Manassas Tigers of Memphis, as they attempt a winning season after years of losses. The team is turned around by coach Bill Courtney, who helps form a group of young men into an academic and athletic team" netflix.com.

Very occasionally there is a story about the very best of human kind.

This is such a story.

It is really, not to be missed!




















from my air quality log

2:24 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, off-and-on hacking cough next 30 minutes, accompaning friend similar. 3:04 PM. irritant in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough. 3:31 PM--similar. 4:03 PM--similar.








" 'Ghost Gun' Regulations Pushed in California Bill " Don Thompson, AP.

The 'ghost guns' that can slip through metal detectors and be assembled at home without safeguards are spurring efforts in California and elsewhere to bring these weapons and their owners out of the shadows.

A state lawmaker proposed legislation Monday to make background checks and gun registrations requirements for anyone who builds plastic firearms on a 3-D printer at home. The bill by state Sen. Kevin de Leon also would apply to anyone who buys parts that can be assembled into a gun.

It's part of a growing effort across the country to pre-empt the spread of these undetectable guns."






"Congress offers hope to Berkeley, post office activists" by Judith Scherr at timesheraldonline.com.

"Activists working for more than a year to save the historic downtown post office got good news Monday when they learned that the 2014 omnibus Appropriations Bill and its accompanying report provide support for saving the beleaguered United States Postal Service.

The bill, focused primarily on funding $1.1 trillion for government services, mandates continuation of six-day mail delivery and prohibits further closing of rural post offices. And a committee report that accompanies the bill calls for slowing down the U.S. Postal Service sale of historic properties."










"Urban Wineries in Berkeley" at mercurynews.com.

"Broc Cellars: Chris Brockway studied oenology at Fresno State and worked for several wineries before starting Broc Cellars in 2004. Brockway buys grapes from a number of California vineyards, most of which are farmed organically or biodynamically. Unlike so many California wines, those from Broc Cellars offer freshness, nuance and very modest levels of alcohol. (Most of the current releases are under 13 percent.)

The tasting room is very basic -- not much decoration, no gadgets or gourmet foods. It's all about the wine ($5 tasting fee), which includes a 2012 Michael Mara Chardonnay ($40), which is just the sort of chardonnay I love to drink -- zippy and fresh, with loads of crisp fruit. A 2012 Cabernet Franc ($30) from Santa Barbara reminds me of franc from the Loire Valley, with its elegant fruit and signature herbal notes. There's also a spicy 2012 Alexander Valley Carignane ($25) made from 120-year-old vines. Open weekends. 1300 Fifth St."





"Berkeley Restaurant Week --January 17 - 31" eastbayexpress.com.

That's it!

Steve and Niko

"Book your tables today for Berkeley Restaurant Week, Jan. 17 - 31, 2014, celebrating great chefs and dining experiences citywide! Try new restaurants and true favorites dishing up signature prix fixe lunch & dinner menus. For participating restaurants and reservation links. " 







"Berkeley filmmakers' documentary on Pullman heiress mansion to air" insidebayarea.com.

"In a quietly captivating Luna Productions documentary by filmmakers Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg, architect Bobbie Sue Hood says it best, calling the film's leading lady, the Chateau Carolands, "a house that is so magnificent that it really wants to be a museum."

The Berkeley-based directing/producing/sound editing team's 56-minute film, "The Heiress and Her Chateau," will air on KQED 9 at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19."







"UC Berkeley Nano High: A series of Sat. lectures for HS students and teachers focused on the cutting-edge scientific issues of the day" bayareawritingproject.org.

"The 2013-2014 program of Nano-High, a series of Saturday morning talks for high school students by internationally recognized leaders in the forefront fields of science and engineering, has been announced.   Sponsored by the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, in collaboration with UC Berkeley, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, the program is designed for students regardless of their primary academic interest or the extent of their scientific knowledge.  Times and locations of the talks are on the program website:  www.lbl.gov/nanohigh 

Registration in advance on the website is required, but you only need to register once for the entire year.  All classroom teachers are welcome but they need not accompany the students."






"Funding boost of nearly $1 billion proposed for state's community colleges" Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"A proposal to increase funding for California community colleges by nearly $1 billion has administrators doing the happy dance after Gov. Jerry Brown made the announcement as part of his budget last week.

The money would allow schools to enroll more students and add classes, hire more counselors and help the neediest students get ahead academically."







 "Project aims to produce liquid transportation fuel from methane" rdmag.com.

"How's this for innovative: A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)-led team hopes to engineer a new enzyme that efficiently converts methane to liquid transportation fuel."







"A collector car price bubble?" autoweek.com.

"There's no such thing as an official collector car auction season; sales happen all around the world, all year long. Still, the massive January Scottsdale, Ariz. sales -- which feature everything from ultra-high-end houses to low-dollar sheetmetal-movers -- can provide a fairly robust indication of where things will be headed over the following 12 months.

If you're detecting a hint of gloom 'n doom from collector car world insiders, or at least some bet-hedging when it comes to sales predictions, you're spot-on. While there's simply no denying that collector-car prices have seen stratospheric increases over the past several years, it's hard to believe that present rates of appreciation are sustainable:"







"Bitcoin goes mainstream: Digital currency now accepted at major retailers" csmonitor.com.

"Bitcoin, the digital currency, has been gaining traction among the tech crowd since 2009 and has blown up over the past year. Now, major retailers and even lemonade stands are starting to embrace Bitcoin.  Bitcoin is now being accepted by many major retailers like Amazon and Target.  






















The 1st Annual North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto Valentine's Wine Walk, Wednesday, Feb 12 4:00pm to 8:00pm

The Gourmet Ghetto Berkeley, CA

The North Shattuck Association and Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC. are hosting the 1st Annual North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto Valentine's Wine Walk on Wednesday, February 12th, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The tasting event will be located throughout Shattuck Avenue from Hearst to Rose and on Vine Street to Walnut Square and will include merchants offering wine samples, finger foods and special treats.

Hmm, . . maybe a burger at Oscar's too.

Long before Chez Panisse and the Gourmet Ghetto, there was Oscar's.


















Then there's Gene Agress, owner of one of west-Berkeley's iconic businesses, Berkeley Mills. Gene has manufactured beautiful custon, hand-made furiture for decades. Gene is also a home owner in Potter Creek, has raised a family here and over the years contributed greatly to the community.



While enjoying the company of Steve Smith and Steven Goldin in front of the warehouse last weekend. "Little" Jan appeared out of no-where on his way to brunch with family at 900 GRAYSON. "Little" Jan, along with his partner "Big" Jan founded Britt Maries decades ago. After running Britt-Maries for some years the Jans moved on to establish Nadines at 2400 San Pablo, the former location of Pot Luck. Still his ebullient self, he is now manager of the deli department at the old Berkeley Bowl. "Little" Jan's son, a strapping 6 footer, is a Berkeley firefighter working out of our Firehouse 1 on 8th just north of Dwight.




A week ago last evening there was a Cub Scout Den meeting of 9 year old Bear rank Scouts at Epworth Church on Hopkins. Steve Smith is the Den Leader.

The evenings meeting was about law enforcement and it's importance.  There were about 12 cubs in uniform along with parents. Also present was retired Berkeley PD officer, Roger Freeman. Freeman, an animated speaker, held the kids spellbound with stories of his days on the force. Also present briefly were Ofc. Marin and Ofc. Roberd sent at the request of Captain Greenwood and Lt Frankel. They left after a short exchange with Freeman during which it was decided that Freeman should speak. Ofc. Marin and Ofc.Roberd did however leave a bag of swag; BPD frisbees, keychains, stickers, etc. The boys loved them and the evening.





















"More than 73,000 students seek freshman admission" by Public Affairs, UC Berkeley .

"Newly released figures show that more than 73,700 high schools students are seeking admission to UC Berkeley's 2014-15 freshman class. That's about 6,000 more than last year, marking another record year for applications.

The more than 73,700 applicants comprise a 9 percent increase over the 2013-14 applicant pool numbers. Transfer applications grew as well, with more than 16,570 students seeking admission, up about 4 percent from the previous year."





"Campus begins school-wide tobacco ban" dailycal.com.

"Members of the UC Berkeley community returning for the spring semester will notice signs across campus informing them of the tobacco-free policy that went into effect Jan.1.

The ban covers all tobacco products - even those that are smokeless - for students, faculty, staff members and visitors within properties controlled by the University of California. Tobacco users affected will have to be aware of the smoke-free areas surrounding the university, including commercial zones such as Telegraph Avenue, Shattuck Avenue and University Avenue, as well as the upcoming smoking ban in multiunit housing, which is slated to go into effect as early as May. There are no designated smoking areas on campus."




"UC Berkeley Applications Leap 7.9%" berkeley.patch.com.

"UC Berkeley saw applications swell again for the upcoming year, leading all UC campuses except UCLA in the number of would-be students. More than 90,000 sought admission to Cal for the 2013-14 school year."






"Berkeley school district to spend about $2 million on campus shooting prevention" Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"In an attempt to prevent the next school shooting from happening here, the Berkeley school district will spend about $2 million on "armed intruder" training and security devices to prevent or reduce deaths in the event someone comes on campus with a gun.

The school board last year hired two security consultants at a cost of $70,000 to look at all 20 schools following the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre of 20 first-graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn."






"Greenerprinter Selects VeraCore Order Fulfillment Software" prweb.com.

"Greenerprinter, located in Berkeley, CA has selected The VeraCore Fulfillment Solution from VeraCore Software Solutions, Inc. to manage its growing order fulfillment operation." 





"Berkeley: Yes on S campaign hit with $3,750 penalty" Judith Scherr, insidebayarea.com.

"The Fair Campaign Practices Commission on Thursday slapped the group behind Berkeley's 2012 anti-sidewalk sitting ballot measure with a $3,750 penalty for violating Berkeley's election law by paying canvassers in cash and not identifying the canvassers in campaign filings.

Measure S, which lost 52 to 48 percent, would have made sitting on sidewalks unlawful in most commercial areas.

At issue were 55 cash payments of $60 to $100 made by John Caner, a volunteer for the Yes on S committee and CEO of the Downtown Berkeley Association, of campaign funds to some 55 individuals." 





 "A Fisherman-Owned Fish Market" Luke Tsai, eastbayexpress.com. 

Berkeley is no stranger to progressive food-related business models - it is, after all, home to a barista-owned coffee shop (Alchemy Collective Cafe) and a cheesemonger-owned cheese shop (The Cheese Board Collective). Now, the city is also the site of a fisherman-owned fish market: Bonita Fish Market (1941 University Ave.), which was opened by a pair of active commercial fishermen, Hung Nguyen and Phat Vo, in downtown Berkeley in November. Although the shop is small and carries a limited, seasonally dependent selection of fish, Bonita is one of the most exciting new markets to open in the East Bay in years."








"Berkeley company's comic book expo packs a punch" Youssef Shokry, dailycal.org.

"The prevailing feeling of excitement at Image Expo, a one-day showcase of the titles and announcements the Berkeley-based company Image Comics is releasing in 2014, was for comics that aren't just superhero stories. Instead, the exposition celebrated the different kinds of stories that writers and artists can tell: science fiction, romance, horror-drama and on and on.

Many of the fans, retailers and journalists that attended the expo regarded the creators of the featured comics as rock stars - which they are, in a sense - but it was also refreshing to see that these people are driven by the same thing as their fans: a love of comics."





"Mikhail Baryshnikov back at Berkeley Rep" by Karen D'Souza, mercurynews.com.

"The ballet legend has long had a love for breaking new ground in postmodern dance and experimental theater circles. Last year, Berkeley Rep audiences watched him tread the boards in the elegant Ivan Bunin romance 'In Paris.' Now he's starring in a melancholy double bill inspired by two Chekhov short stories about love, loss and loneliness."




"Repertory film listings for January 23-29, 2014" eastbayexpress.com.

Thursday, January 23
The Bicycle Thief (93 min., 1948). The Brilliance of Satyajit Ray (Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, 7:00)
Sleep, My Love (97 min., 1948). (The Magick Lantern, Point Richmond, 7:30)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (90 min., 1982). (UA Berkeley 7, 9:00)
Gamera vs. Gyoas (87 min., 1967). Thrillville Theater (New Parkway Theater, Oakland, 9:15)










"Electronic Whiskers Are The New Tactile Sensors To Help Robots 'Feel' Their Environment" Ankita Katdare, crazyengineers.com.

"E-Whiskers or Electronic whiskers developed by researchers from the Berkeley Lab and the University of California Berkeley are next in line to make robots smarter. Taking a step ahead in the nanotechnology arena, the team has developed highly tactile sensors just like a cat's whiskers that can be used by robots to feel the environment they're in. Earlier we have seen electronic skin and how wearable electronics is the newly tapped arena for researchers. With these new whisker-like sensors that are created from high-aspect elastic fibres painted with composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles, California University team has been able to make the whiskers sensitive to mechanical strain. In fact, their results show that these 'e-whiskers' have been able to respond to even the smallest of pressures. For example - placing a bank note upon a table."





"White roofs beat 'green' roofs on climate change, says Berkeley Lab study" Steven E.F. Brown, bizjournals.com.'

"Though so-called 'green' roofs with gardens growing on them are popular today and have some environmental advantages, plain white roofs reflect sunlight and reduce global warming."






















With the start of the Cal semester this week, readership has increased 30 %.






"Artichoke Basille's brings New York pizza to Berkeley" dailycal.org.

"The Melt and the Asian Ghetto have grown to be all-time UC Berkeley student favorites, but recently another establishment has emerged, taking Southside by storm. Artichoke Basille's Pizza, which opened late last semester on the corner of Durant Avenue and Bowditch Street, is a pizzeria that quickly gained popularity in Berkeley for its large slices of uniquely flavored pizzas that are available early in the day until late into the night."






"Berkeley, El Cerrito: Little Libraries blossom with free books in front yards" Judith Scherr, insidebayarea.com.

There are no due dates or fines, no alarmed exits or burly security guards -- you can't steal books that are free -- and no admonitions to keep voices at a whisper.
In fact, at the Little Free Libraries, where signs encourage passers-by to 'take a book, return a book,' talk is encouraged.

'It starts conversations,' said Pieter Schouten, who hosts a little library on Dowling Place, along a route he says is popular with folks going from the Mokka Cafe on Telegraph Avenue to Alta Bates Hospital.

'I never thought something so simple could make such a difference to a neighborhood,' he said.

Schouten's little library is part of a worldwide network of free libraries that started in 2009, in Hudson, Wis., when Todd Bol built a small replica of a one-room schoolhouse to honor his mother, a teacher."  







"Berkeley police honor 10-year-old boy for finding missing man" by Doug Oakley Oakland Tribune

"When a 61-year-old man with dementia wandered away from his Berkeley hills home last week, police launched an all-out search with 12 officers, police dogs and even a helicopter.

After six hours of searching with no luck, it was getting near dark and the danger was growing.

Enter 10-year-old Brandon Coleman and his mom, Niema."









"Berkeley City Council puts limit on agenda items" sfgate.com.

"Native bison at Yellowstone, the Jeju Naval Base in South Korea, the plight of dairy workers in Washington. No, it's not the latest issue of National Geographic. It's the Berkeley City Council agenda.

But maybe not so much in the future." 


















"The global working class is starting to unite -- and that's a good thing" foreignpolicy.com.

(Charles Kenny Charles Kenny is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and author, most recently, of The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest Is Great for the West.)

"The inscription on Karl Marx's tombstone in London's Highgate Cemetery reads, 'Workers of all lands, unite.' Of course, it hasn't quite ended up that way. As much buzz as the global Occupy movement managed to produce in a few short months, the silence is deafening now. And it's not often that you hear of shop workers in Detroit making common cause with their Chinese brethren in Dalian to stick it to the boss man. Indeed, as global multinational companies have eaten away at labor's bargaining power, the factory workers of the rich world have become some of the least keen on helping out their fellow wage laborers in poor countries. But there's a school of thought -- and no, it's not just from the few remaining Trotskyite professors at the New School -- that envisions a type of global class politics making a comeback. If so, it might be time for global elites to start trembling. Sure, it doesn't sound quite as threatening as the original call to arms, but a new specter may soon be haunting the world's 1 percent: middle-class activism."







"America Unleashed: Why We'll Be Number One Once More" pbs.org.

"Are America's best years behind us or are we headed for new heights? We've heard from both sides of that debate on Making Sense. Last spring, David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, yearned for 19th century America and warned that believers in a "sunny future" are blind to the debt bubble. Just as quick to condemn America's dependence on printed money and predict a spectacular economic bust was former trader Terry Burnham, now at Chapman College.

But not all economists are so gloomy. When we saw Charles Morris, the man who analyzed the crash several years before it happened, writing about what he called 'the best-kept secret in the economics media,' we thought we'd better tune in. 'Comeback: Why the US Sits at the Brink of a New Boom' is Morris' prediction of a long-term growth period rivaling the 1950s and 1960s. And it's not going to be a self-destructive boom, as afflicted the housing market; it will be rooted in manufacturing and energy, Morris says.

Here with another dose of optimism is Milken Institute senior fellow and former Harvard Business Review editor Joel Kurtzman, who identifies four forces of economic change propelling the U.S. toward a brighter future. The following is adapted from his forthcoming book, "Unleashing the Second American Century."

Joel Kurtzman: For some odd reason, Americans like to think of our nation -- which is by far the largest and most sophisticated economy in the world -- as the underdog. It wasn't that long ago -- at least it doesn't seem like it was that long ago to me -- that books were being published like, 'Japan as Number One.' And now it's China.

Case in point: a chart in the Wall Street Journal about research and development in a number of countries was titled 'China Catches Up,' despite the fact that the amount China spent on R&D, according to the chart, was only about half of what the United States spends. Not only that, but if you think about it, whereas the U.S. spends big on R&D since we have a robust research infrastructure already in place, a lot of what China spends is to set up labs and train people, which we've already done. Now, I have nothing against China, in fact I admie it, but catch up to the United States? Not for a while. In my view, the United States is about to undergo a 'growth spurt,' just as China, and much of the emerging world, are slowing down. "














When I was at University of Wisconsin in the '50s, as Student Unon Program Commission Chairman I brought Pete Seeger to speak. This was just after the HUAC hearings. What I remember was very reserved and not very forthcoming about his radical beliefs and past.

I picked Seeger up, I think from the airport. Almost right away he said "I can't talk about politics!" He spoke mostly about folk music and sang.

Of those that I brought to perform or speak,

the real pistol was Suzanne Bloch, Composer Ernest Bloch's daughter, she played the lute and sang and was completely forthcoming.

The complete washout was the former head of the US Communist Party. He fought in the Spanish Civil War and knew Hemingway -- but no war stories, no politics. The The real winner--The Max Roach Quintet with Sonny Rollins. The Max Roach Quintet and Sonny Rollins came up from Chicago in a snow storm and were late.We put them in the Student Union in a concert setting--no club noises, no talking, no rattling drinks. They seemed to appreciate that--though at first were a bit surprised. They toaked up in the John before playing and after the concert "Hit on our chicks."



















"The true value of higher ed" newscenter.berkeley.edu.

(This essay, by UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, originally appeared in the Huffington Post."

President Obama's proposal to develop a national scorecard for ranking universities is a valuable contribution towards improving accountability for higher education.

The national discussion about higher education, however, has stressed not just affordability and access, but also the monetary benefits of a degree in light of the steep and steady rise in college tuition. The focus on monetary benefits is alarming because it runs the risk of eroding a longstanding and widely shared belief in the less tangible, but still significant public benefits that arise from broad access to a high-quality undergraduate education. Equally alarming is the fact that an increasing number of our students are retreating from subjects that cannot be directly tied to their vocational interests; the sort of learning that lies at the very core of the liberal arts and sciences. Combined, these two phenomena pose a direct threat to the public mission of our universities, as well as the fabric and future of our society.

It is sadly ironic that growing acceptance of the notion that an education is and should be a private good arises, in large part, from the dramatic disinvestment in public higher education. Over the last 10 years the university I lead, UC Berkeley, has seen state funding decline by more than 54 percent in constant dollars, while tuition has had to rise dramatically to compensate - though only in part - for this loss of state support. At Berkeley, we have made strenuous efforts to cut costs while also enhancing and extending financial aid. And yet, there is widespread sentiment that universities have to adjust to the new realities without renewed investment on the part of the state."




"Campus officials announce $4.6 million of additional funding for library" dailycal.org.

"UC Berkeley officials affirmed the preeminent position of the library as the university's hub for information and research Monday by announcing new plans to bolster its financial backing, the culmination of a two-year effort to reinvigorate the library system.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer announced $4.6 million in additional campus funding for the library - which includes Doe and Moffitt Libraries, as well as all subject specialty, affiliated and stand-alone campus libraries - in an email to students, staff and faculty that alluded to a long history of past efforts to improve library services and expand its catalog. The plans, slated to be implemented in 2014-15, also call for $1 million from campus deans and $1 million in savings from reorganization and redeployment of library resources."






"Four things you can do in four hours instead of watching 'At Berkeley' " Ephraim Lee at dailycal.org

Update: campuswide pillow fight postponed FYI: Reddit co-founder to come to Berkeley 'I'm still hungover' and other excuses for not being ready for spring 2014
You've got four free hours, and you've been hearing all the buzz about 'At Berkeley,' so you're thinking about watching it.  Critics are eating it up, but we have some other suggestions for using your time.  Instead of acting like all four hours of the film are actually interesting, do these four things instead. Save "At Berkeley" for when you're a nostalgic alum.




"Berkeley Ranked 3rd in'U.S. for Walkable Cities" berkeley.patch.com.

"Berkeley has been ranked third 'most walkable" city in the U.S. in a survey of cities with 100,000 or more population.




"Berkeley Playhouse to Present THE MUSIC MAN" broadwayworld.com.

Berkeley Playhouse continues its sixth season with the Tony Award-winning classic, Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN. Directed by Marissa Wolf (Crowded Fire Theater, Magic Theatre, Cutting Ball Theater), Music Direction by Kevin Roland (Berkeley Playhouse, Signature Theater) and choreography by Matthew McCoy.
THE MUSIC MAN runs from February 13 to March 23 at the Julia Morgan Theater.

Oh, there's trouble my friends, right here in River City." 








"Albany City Council extends funds to Berkeley nonprofit for relocation of homeless" uwire.com.

"After facing challenges last year to move a local homeless population, Albany City Council has extended funding to a Berkeley nonprofit in an effort to help the inhabitants find permanent housing.

During its meeting Jan. 21, the council unanimously agreed to pay the Berkeley Food and Housing Project, a homeless and low-income outreach organization, up to $76,000 over the course of one year to continue to find housing for residents of the Albany Bulb. The city is also funding a temporary winter homeless shelter, two prefabricated buildings next to a parking lot about 100 yards from the Bulb.

The Bulb is a waterfront park located at the end of a peninsula in Albany and has served as a place of residence for dozens of homeless people over the years."







"Alameda County Jobless Rate Drops to 6.3%" berkeley.patch.com.

"Joblessness fell last month in the Bay Area, including Alameda County, and in California as a whole, according to state data released today."





"Income inequity a hot topic on California ballots" Joe Garofoli, sfgate.com.

"President Obama is expected to make the widening gap between wealthy and poor Americans a major theme of his State of the Union speech Tuesday, but it's unlikely that he'll be able to shove legislation through a gridlocked Congress this year. Instead, the real action could come in California.

When state voters cast their ballots in November, they could be making decisions on several measures intended to bring the income levels of rich and poor closer together. They include a cap on hospital executives' pay, more taxes on oil companies and a higher minimum wage.

There's real money behind each effort. The hospital CEOs are being targeted by a deep-pockets union. The oil-tax measure would be financed by a rich former hedge-fund manager, and a Silicon Valley millionaire is behind the minimum-wage hike.

The money lining up against them is just as formidable." 





"CA Historical Radio Society Museum needs funding" abclocal.go.com.

"Those trying to preserve some of the Bay Area's media history are looking for some help. It's never easy for a small museum to get funding and one East Bay museum is actually in danger of being lost forever.

Ever hear of the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame? What about the California Historical Radio Society? If not, that's the first problem. But the second is even more pressing.
Is it art, technology, or culture? Maybe it's all of them blended together in one collection. "Everybody in existence today has some connection to radio," says Steve Kushman with the California Historical Radio Society.

f nothing else, you might know the old building in Berkeley, the former home of a radio station called KRE. It's now also about to be the former home of the California Historical Radio Society.

'The problem is we lost our lease. We were supposed to buy this building but the new owner of the property decided not to sell it,' Kushman said. "



















1/1/14--9:53 PM---irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation.

1/2/14--12:47 AM--similar, SERIOUS. 4:30 AM--similar. 9:32 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 9:44 AM--similar, SERIOUS. 9:52 AM---irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry air, mucus membrane irritation. 12:23 PM--similar. Off-and on all day, similar. 5:32 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation.

1/3/14--7:15 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 9:47 AM--similar, SERIOUS-12:57 PM--similar. 1:47 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough, over rides HEPA filters. 4:40 PM--similar, VERY SERIOUS. 5:27 PM--similar. 8:15 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning dry air, mucus membrane irritation. 8:25 PM-- "What is that smell?" asks Marsha.

1/4/14--4:04 AM--similar. 7:00 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 7:51 AM--similar with "asbestos-like" odor. 11:50 AM--similar, "hot metal/ceramic" odor. ~ 3:12 PM--VERY dry air, dry itchy skin, dry mouth, dry lips, watery eyes. fever, chills, nausea. After 2:00 PM off-and-on similar. ~3:40 PM-to-~3-50 PM--hacking cough with "asbestos" odor. 5:09 PM--"gas" odor, IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 6:45 PM--similar with coughing attacks often at quater hours.

1/5/14--2:01 AM--strong "gas odor" in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 7:26 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, chemical odor, mucus membrane irritation. 8:21 AM--similar, hacking cough. 9:21 AM--similar, hacking cough. 9:35 AM--SERIOUS, similar, hacking cough. 9:41 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, STRONG chemical odor, mucus membrane irritation. 10:57 AM--similar. 2:21 pm--irritant in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation with STRONG "asbestos" odor. 2:44 PM--similar, overrides 4HEPA filters. 14:45 PM--similar.

1/6/14--8:58--irritant in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 1:15 PM--similar, with hacking cough. 1:47 PM--similar, SERIOUS with "Spare the Air" feeling. Now a 24/7 occurance. ~5:55 PM---irritant in warehouse front with "asbestos" odor, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 8:18 PM--similar, SERIOUS.

1/7/14--12:35 AM--irritant in warehouse front with "asbestos" odor, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 12:45 AM--similar. 9:52--similar, hacking cough, leave. 12:17 PM---irritant in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation,overrides 4 HEAP filters, leave. 1:07 PM--similar, "asbestos"odor.2:34 PM----irritant in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, overrides 4 HEAP filters, SERIOUS hacking cough. 3:31 PM--similar with "hot metal/ceramic" odor and "Spare the Air" like air. 4:15 PM--similar. 4:58 PM--STRONG chemical odor. 5:25 PM--STRONG "hot metal/ceramic" odor in warehouse front, hacking cough. 7:02--PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, chemical odor, mucus membrane irritation. 7:25 PM--similar/

1/8/14--3:35 AM--irritant in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, Marsha hacking cough, overrides 4 HEPA filters. All AM--hot "metal/ceramic"odor. 4:30 AM--similar, hacking cough.

1/9/14--1:16 AM--irritant in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, Marsha hacking cough, overrides 4 HEAP filters. 2:!7 AM--similar. 2:49 AM--similar. 11:03 AM--similar. 2:03 PM==similar. 2:35 PM--similar. Off and on all PM similar often on the quarter hours. 7:36 PM--similar, SERIOUS.

1/10/14--10:06 AM--irritant in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air, with "asbestos" odor, mucus membrane irritation, overrides 4 HEAP filters, leave. 12:01 PM- -irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse "hot metal/ceramic" odor, hacking cough.

2:05 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse "hot metal/ceramic" odor, hacking cough. 2:13 PM--similar.

1/11/14--1:15 PM---irritant in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, overrides 4 HEAP filters. 1:27 PM--similar. 6:15 PM-similar, SERIOUS. 7:45 PM--similar with "asbestos" odor.

1/12/14--5:19 AM--similar, SERIOUS, overrides 4 HEPA filters. 8:49 AM--irritant in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, with "asbestos" odor, overrides 4 HEAP filters. 1:17 PM---irritant in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation with "hot metal/ceramic" odor. 4:45 PM--similar. 6:30 PM--similar, SERIOUS. 10:21 PM--similar, SERIOUS

By "asbestos" odor I do not literally mean asbestos, rather an irritant and odor that reminds me of overheated asbesto brake-linings of decades ago. More likely it is now from an improperly installed device and/or over heating device of neigboring manufactures.

1/13/14--3:54 AM--similar. 8:15 AM--similar. 1:29 PM---irritant in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air wit rotten eggs odor and "Spare theAIr air, mucus membrane irritation. 2:41 PM--irritant in warehouse front with "Spare theAIr air. 5:14 PM--similar. 6:12 PM--similar. 6:24--similar. 7:02--similar with "rotten eggs odor" and Spare the Air, air. 7:12 PM--hacking cough. 7:34 PM--irritant in warehouse front with burning "Spare theAIr ,air.

1/14/14--12:45 AM--similar. 2:31 AM--similar. 2:53 AM--similar, SERIOUS. 11:16 AM--irritant in warehouse front with "dry dirty air and "rotten eggs" odor. 12:04 PM--similar. 12:31 PM--similar. 12:57 PM==similar. 3:02 PM--similar, IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air with BAD "Spare theAIr air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes with eye infection, unable to work, leave. 4:08 PM==irritant in warehouse front with "dry dirty air and "rotten eggs" odor. 7:02 PM--similar. 7:23 PM--similar SERIOUS with "rotten eggs" odor. 9:05 PM--similar, SERIOUS "burning" air.

1/15/14-1:52 AM--similar. 1:28 PM--irritant in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air with chemical odor and "Spare the AIr air, mucus membrane irritation. 4:43,PM--similar, hacking cough. 10:02 PM--irritant in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air with chemical odor and "Spare the AIr air, mucus membrane irritation.

1/16/14--1:32 AM--similar, burning air, SERIOUS.3:58 AM--similar with strong "asbestos" odor. 7:50 AM--similar. 1:47 PM--similar, cough. 2:24 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough next 30 minutes, accompaning friend similar. 3:04 PM. irritant in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough. 3:31 PM--similar. 4:03 PM--similar. 8:33 PM--similar, SERIOUS burning air.

1/17/14--8:06 AM--similar. 12:29 PM-- in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air with "hot burning metal" odor, mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough, Marsha similar. 12:45 PM--similar, burning air, leave. 2:24 PM--similar with "rotten eggs" odor. 2:33 PM--similar with BAD Spare the Air, air. 6:09 PM--similar, SERIOUS. 7:17 PM--similar, serious 7:34 PM--similar.

*Actually the odor is exactly like a degrading catalytic converter, as the interior crumbles from over-use.

1/18/14--2:16 AM--similar. 2:35 AM--similar, "hot burning" air. 8:27 AM--similar.

1/19/14--3:04 AM--similar, SERIOUS. 9:14 AM--similar. 9:21 PM--similar, SERIOUS. Off-and-on all AM amd PM--similar. ~10:00 PM--11:00 PM--several similar at regular intervals.

1/20/14--7:06 AM--in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough. 2:09 PM--similar, hacking cough. 9:51 PM--similar. 10:31 PM--similar.

1/21/14--2:02 AM--similar. 4:02 AM--similar with "hot burning metal/ceramic" odor. 4:48 AM--similar, hacking cough. 5:55 AM--similar, hacking cough.

1/22/14--3:27 AM--in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation. 7:04 AM--similar, hacking cough. Off and on all late evening 1/21/14 and all AM 1/22/14, similar. Often at 15 minute intervals. 9:29 AM--similar. 11:35 AM--similar. 11:47 AM--similar, Marsha hacking cough. 2:29 PM--similar. 2:49 PM--similar, SERIOUS with light head, LEAVE. 3:28 PM--similar, in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation. 3:59 PM--similar, hacking cough. 4:27 PM--similar, overides HEPA filter and respirator. 5:47 Pm--similar with "hot" metal/ceramic" odor. 6:47 PM--similar. 9:45 PM--similar, VERY SERIOUS, SERIOUS hacking cough. 9:57 PM--STRONG dry burning air, overrides 4 HEPA filters and respirator.

1/23/14--12:05 AM--similar. 1:31AM--similar. 2:02 AM--similar. 9:01AM--similar. 9:45 AM--similar, SERIOUS, overides 4 HEPA filters. 10:00 AM--similar. 10:45 AM--similar. 11:58 AM--similar, Marsha hacking cough. 12:04PM--similar, SERIOUS with "hot metal/ceramic" odor, LEAVE. 5:21 PM--similar, VERY SERIOUS, SERIOUS hacking cough. 5:56 PM--similar, SERIOUS. 6:07 PM--similarSERIOUS, overrides 4 HEPA filters and repirator.

1/24/14 --4:48 AM--STRONG dry burning air, overrides 4 HEPA filters and respirator, mucus membrane irritation, Marsha hacking cough. 5:03 AM--similar, SERIOUS.12:20 PM--similar, VERY VERY SERIOUS. 2:47 PM--similar.

1/25/14 1:48 AM--similar. 9:13 AM--similar with "rotten eggs" odor. 10:39 AM--similar. 10:51 AM--"rotten eggs" odor IMMEIATELY in front of warehouse. 1:40 PM---in warehouse front an irritant dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation.5:36 PM--similar, hacking cough. Off-and on AM and PM, similar at regular intervals, someitimes at 15 mintues. 8:31 PM--similar.

1/26/14--8:20 AM--irritant in warehouse front and irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough, overides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator. 11:46 AM--STRONG irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning dry dirty air with VERY SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, light head, nausea. Marsha similar, Leave. 4:23 PM--similar with VERY,VERY strong "hot metal/ceramic," "hot plastic" odor. overrides 4 HEPA filters. 9:11 PM--similar. 10:24 PM--similar. 10:56 PM, similar with STRONG" metal/ceramic"odor.

1/27/14--1:49 AM--similar, SERIOUS hacking cough. Mid-afternoon--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with odor and mucus membrane irritation, Marsha has headache, leaves. 6:59 PM--similar.

1/28/14--6:06 AM--simila. 9:18 AM---irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough, overides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator.

1/30/14--139 AM--similar. 7:28 AM--similar, SERIOUS. 10:36 AM--similar. 11:11 AM--similar serious, Marsha has light head, nausea. 4:47 PM---irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation and VERY HEAVY "Spare the Air, air, hacking cough, overides 4 HEPA filters. Marsha, similar. Off-and-on all afternoon, similar.












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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.



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The contacts are below:

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