12/7/09

this photo is of


the Avon Lady here from Walnut Creek

the mayor of Potter Creek

a biker chick

Marsha Wacko

part of the support staff at one of the nation's most prestigious law firms

 

 

"I'm much too young to be this old" Milo Farcy

posts from the past

12/03

A community meeting was held last night at Kava Massih Architects in a much too small, stuffy room. Among those present were representatives of our Mayor and our Councilwoman. Kava presented his very elementary plan for the Berkeley Bowl site on Heinz. Judging from his presentation, for a dramatic increase in traffic, Potter Creek will get a wonderful market and restaurant, and Berkeley Bowl will get a warehouse. But more importantly, I believe this project signals an area sea change, the effects of which can only be imagined -- certainly increased density is one of them. For myself, I will make the leap of faith and assume that most of them will be good. (There were upwards of seventy people at this meeting and Kava's project was overwhelmingly approved by a show of hands.) And for a more "optimistic" view, I quote "Tenth Street" Jack Miller. At another meeting, characterized by a resistance to change, he asked "What the hell is wrong with you people?" Seventy or eighty-something Jack is our oldest resident and he was born in Potter Creek. RP

 

 

 

 

12/8/09

Dave's

Byrd

 

 

"Exciting news for music lovers today" is a press release at ehomeupgrade.com.

"A new service from a Berkeley, California based company called MOG has launched a $5/mo All Access plan that gives users unlimited access to millions of 320Kbps bitrate music tracks from four major American music labels (Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, EMI Music) and thousands of independent labels."

 

 

"California Shakespeare Theater's Jonathan Moscone wins first Fichandler Award" is a story at latimes.com.

 

 

 

"Emigre Compilation Revisits 'Punk' Era of Graphic Design" at wired.com.

wired photo

"A woman took the stage of a Seattle design conference in 1995 and smashed a computer to smithereens with a sledgehammer. Passions were raging full-boil during the so-called legibility wars, as tradition-based graphic designers - in love with clean, simple advertising and magazine layouts - looked with horror at a new generation of font designers and illustrators who used computer programs as a tool for shredding, shattering, melting and otherwise rethinking the way words and pictures came together to sell a message.

On hand to report on the fracas was Émigré magazine."

 

 

 

"Local actions, global impact" by Mike Taugher, West County Times.

"Last month, the city of Berkeley wrapped up a one-year experiment in which 13 residents were able to install solar panels with little out-of-pocket expense. The effort was part of a city plan to combat global warming.

The pilot hit a few snags but was promising enough that a coalition of as many as 14 counties is now seeking a grant of federal stimulus funds to dramatically expand it. In October, the Obama administration announced plans to foster similar programs across the country as part of its 'Recovery Through Retrofit' initiative."

 

"UCLA­UC Berkeley study shows how to increase local renewable energy, slow climate change:Report recommends harnessing energy potential of rooftops, roads, aqueducts" by Lauri Gavel uclanewsroom.org.

"As world leaders prepare for climate change talks in Copenhagen, innovative programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are finding promise in California. Yet, as global leaders struggle to find consensus, energy innovators are similarly blocked by a lack of state financing and political support."

 

 

 

 

 

12/9/09

"Foes fail to sink Berkeley's ferry plans" Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Berkeley is moving full-steam ahead with plans for a new ferry terminal, despite howls from windsurfers and environmentalists that the ferries will bring the marina more harm than good.

The City Council recently approved preliminary plans for a $57 million terminal at the waterfront, just south of the Berkeley Pier. Two ferries, which will run primarily during commute hours, are expected to bring 1,700 people a day to San Francisco via a 30-minute trek across the bay.

'Long-term, this will be one of the spines of our transportation system,' said City Councilman Laurie Capitelli, who put forth the measure. 'When, not if, the Hayward Fault lets loose, this will be an ideal way to get people around the bay.'

 

 

"Vinyl Records and Turntables Are Gaining Sales" is a report at nytimes.com.

"At a glance, the far corner of the main floor of J&R Music looks familiar to anybody old enough to have scratched a record by accident. There are cardboard boxes filled with albums by the likes of Miles Davis and the Beach Boys that could be stacked in any musty attic in America.

But this is no music morgue; it is more like a life-support unit for an entertainment medium that has managed to avoid extinction, despite numerous predictions to the contrary. The bins above the boxes hold new records - freshly pressed albums of classic rock as well as vinyl versions of the latest releases from hip-hop icons like 50 Cent and Diddy and new pop stars like Norah Jones and Lady Gaga.

And with the curious resurgence of vinyl, a parallel revival has emerged: The turntable, once thought to have taken up obsolescence with reel-to-reel and eight-track tape players, has been reborn.

J&R Music, at 23 Park Row southeast of City Hall Park, now carries 21 different turntables at prices ranging from $85 to $875. Some are traditional analog record players; others are designed to connect to computers for converting music to digital files. . .

Sales of vinyl albums have been climbing steadily for several years, tromping on the notion that the rebound was just a fad. Through late November, more than 2.1 million vinyl records had been sold in 2009, an increase of more than 35 percent in a year, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That total, though it represents less than 1 percent of all album sales, including CDs and digital downloads, is the highest for vinyl records in any year since Nielsen began tracking them in 1991.

 

From my and Richard Brown's memory, how Moe's Berkeley invented the collectible LP

Mrs. Overholzer answered the door

I don't remember if it was Joe or Cynthia who called. Joe told me about other kinds of collections before. A good one contained a 1964 BMW R69S, a motorcycle that I've loved to this day. But I think it was his wife Cynthia who called me that afternoon at Moe's. One of her customers, she said, wanted to sell his record collection. She knew that he had good equipment, they had repaired some of it at their shop and she thought that he probably took good care of his records. (Cynthia and Joe still own the same shop they did in the 1970s, Resistance Repair, and they still repair stereo equipment. They opened the store in the '60s and named it as much for political resistance as electrical.)

Moe's had always bought book and record collections, but this was a large one, about 7000 records. No one at Moe's ever spent the kind of money that this collection might cost, and, Moe was a book man. He loved the music that was on the records but that was all he knew about them. (Actually he prefered cassettes because they were easier to play. Moe did not relate well to machinery, as any one who had the thrill of driving with him knows.) Also Moe was of a mixed mind about his employees spending his money on collections. He understood fully that it is through the careful buying of collections that lots of money can be made. Yet he didn't like to spend lots of money. He and I would often argue loudly, and publicly, about me spending his money. But I bought well and, after what was becoming a ritual confrontation, behind his contact lenses his eyes twinkled and his face lit up slightly. He gave me the go-ahead.

The fellow who owned the records, a Mr. Overholzer, lived in one of the Bay Area's modest and middle-class suburbs. It was definitely not a "hip" area so I wondered just what kind of record collection he really had. I was skeptical.

Still, the next day I telephoned Mr. O. On the phone he was businesslike and polite. He confirmed that the collection was mostly jazz and asked if I would please come out and see it. I agreed and he gave me careful and deliberate directions to his house, and in closing, as an afterthought, mentioned that he liked Duke Ellington and had all his records.

 

I arranged for some of us to go out to see the collection the following day. Together we drove to the Overholzer house. The neighborhood was pretty undistinguished. The area was built up in the '40s and '50s and was one of those drab look-alike California developments, saved that day only by California sunshine. Judging by the surroundings it looked like the records wouldn't be very jazzy. I was afraid that the three of us were going to look through 7000 pop, easy-listening, and semi-classical records. We parked in front of the house and cautiously went up the driveway, a beatnik and two hippies, we were out of our element.

I think Mrs. Overholzer answered the door. If she was uncomfortable with her guests she didn't show it. She ushered us politely through her house and into the den. There was Mr. O. among his records.

 

Thank you Mr. Overholtzer

The "Overholtzer Collection" precipitated the first "collectors section" in Moe's Books and Records-in fact, the first that I can recall in any record store.

Six-thousand-seven-hundred LPs, purchased for $9000, it was an astute mix of vintage jazz and classical LPs that raised eyebrows all around. Having viewed the records at their home, I was further amazed when poring over them at the store, pile after pile brought in and stacked, at first, on the floor: pristine original issues and much long-out-of-print material formed a good portion of the collection.

But before the records were off the floor-before most were even priced-there appeared, with a homing instinct peculiar to them, the dealers. Two came up from L.A., one fellow appeared from Asia! My memory is that we sold about $8000 worth of records to these three alone. Given the almost laughably low prices on these records, that added up to a lot of vinyl. And what is still clear in my memory is the seventy-five or so Ellington and Ellington sidemen originals, the price fetched by the coverless Art Pepper Intro record ($35), or the three records on the Transition label, a jazz label about as esoteric and valuable as any, that were priced at a ludicrous $30 each. These are today, name-your-price items.

After the initial feeding frenzy abated, and the records were ensconced in their new segregated area, the employees got to survey and purchase the material at their leisure and to pretend that they were just buying used records. But clearly our collective consciousness was raised by the Overholtzer affair.

We had moved into the future of records as collectibles.

 

I would like to thank Richard Brown for his contribution to this series.

copyright 2001 by Ron Penndorf, RECOLLECTIONS

 

 

 

Two conversations not to be missed are Robin Williams and Charlie Rose and Bill Moyers and Oliver Stone.

DEFINITELY check them out!

 

 

 

post from the past

12/03

There are many artists and crafts people in Potter Creek. They are now having open studios. Check them out!

 

 

 

 

 

12/10/09

"Berkeley Police Still on Lookout for Elmwood Robbery, Shooting Suspects" by Riya Bhattacharjee our Planet.

"Berkeley police are still looking for two suspects involved in a robbery and shooting in the Elmwood district more than a week ago.

According to Berkeley Police Department Lieutenant Andrew Greenwood, an unidentified suspect attempted to rob a 62-year-old male pedestrian in the 2700 block of Russell Street at 6:19 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29.

The suspect shot the victim once, striking him in the lower torso, Greenwood said. The suspect then fled from the scene, and was 'possibly driven away from the area in a late model silver or light-colored "crossover" utility vehicle,' resembling a Mercedes Benz or BMW."

 

 

"Walgreens Shooting Suspect Still At large" reports Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.

"Berkeley police are still looking for a suspect involved in a shooting Sunday night.

Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Andrew Frankel said a Hispanic man shot a white man in the arm in the parking lot of the downtown Berkeley Walgreens at 2801 Adeline St. at 11:09 p.m. Dec. 6. Frankel said the man's injuries were not life-threatening.

Frankel said the suspect is still at large and that the case is still under investigation.

'That is all we are sharing about the case at this point in time,' Frankel said."

 

 

"Eccentrics, Heroes and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley" is a mention at sfgate.com.

our Ricky "The Rickster" Auerbach

"From Richard Schwartz, author of 'Berkeley 1900' and 'Earthquake Exodus, 1906," 'Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cuthroats of Old Berkeley' recalls the fascinating and zany stories of some of Berkeley's first residents and their impact on the East Bay city we know today. "

 

 

"California arts groups will receive more than $4 million in NEA grants" at latimes.com.

"The Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles received $35,000 to help produce the Lisa Kron play 'Five Questions.' The theater will co-produce the play in partnership with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, which won its own grant from the NEA. The Berkeley Rep was awarded $30,000 to produce 'Concerning Strange Devices From the Distant West,' a new play by Naomi Iizuka."

 

 

"The clean energy potential in our backyard" Nancy Skinner, Ethan Elkind at sfgate.com.

"The promise of energy production today has switched from fossil fuel-based power plants to renewable technologies, such as solar panels and wind turbines. Plans to achieve this clean energy promise often focus on building large solar installations in the desert or wind farms in mountain passes. But development of large renewable facilities can take years to address endangered species concerns, costs of new transmission and environmental impacts on local communities and parks."

 

 

"Green economy' growing in California despite recession" by Dana Hull, mercurynews.com.

"With California's unemployment rate at 12.3 percent, there's more job loss than growth these days. But a new report cites a surge of jobs being created in the state's young 'green economy . . . .

Evidence of green job growth is easy to find in the Bay Area .

Sungevity, a Berkeley-based solar company that provides online guidance for buying rooftop solar systems, has 38 employees. But it is hiring for 17 new jobs, primarily in sales and customer service."

 

 

"World's Smallest Semiconductor Laser to Have Big Impact in Computing, Bio-Hazard Detection" is a report a sciencedaily.com.

"Air Force Office of Scientific Research and National Science Foundation-funded professor, Dr. Xiang Zhang has demonstrated at the University of California, Berkeley the world's smallest semiconductor laser, which may have applications to the Air Force in communications, computing and bio-hazard detection."

 

 

"UC Berkeley Extension Opens Spring 2010 Enrollment" is a press release at prnewswire.com.

"New Online Courses and Programs in Sustainability Studies, Biotechnology, and More Highlight Expanded Offerings

Hundreds of spring classes, along with a host of new and updated programs for professionals seeking to advance or change their careers, are now open for enrollment at UC Berkeley Extension. Created to meet the evolving demands for education and training in a changing economy, thirteen new and updated programs join UC Berkeley Extension's growing list of widely respected professional certificates and specialized programs of study."

 

 

 

 

 

12/11/09

"Berkeley council sends hangers as abortion message" is an AP report.

"The Berkeley City Council has a pointed message for Democratic members of the U.S. House who voted to keep federal funds from being used to pay for abortions.

The governing body of this proudly liberal city on Wednesday sent a coat hanger and a letter to each of the 20 lawmakers urging them to reconsider any steps that would limit access to abortions. Abortion rights advocates use coat hangers as a symbol of the gruesome procedures some pregnant women resorted to before Roe v. Wade.

The City Council voted 8-1 to send the hangers, saying it hoped they would "emphasize the importance of this message."

Council member Gordon Wozniak dissented, saying he thought the graphic illustration was inappropriate and could backfire on the city."



Well, now I'm more encouraged to send a bag-full of used-rubbers* to our council so they can experience for themselves a little of Potter Creek's street life.

And/or, I now feel no need to advocate a generation-change at the council for we already seem to have children running city hall.

*informal use, condoms

 

Of course, . . . I have noticed that our council now-and-then takes positions on national and international issues.

In order to make these more regular, effective and respected, I believe the city council should draw up a proper foreign policy and establish a permanent department of state. (I'm hopeful that our resourceful Mr. Phil could find the funds.)

And, in order to enforce the policies we certainly need a defense department--quite independent from our police force, I would suggest.

Along those lines, perhaps an amphibious assault on the race track in Albany might be an effective opening to the invasion of this only-mildly-liberal and-so-suspect, bedroom community. The annexation of this home-owning and small-business community would certainly increase our tax base. And the new lebensraum would effectively curb our runaway development communitys' projects, and so, except for our new defense department, keep our little community largely unchanged.

Of course, Emeryville would provide more lebensraum and very much more tax revenue. An amphibious assault there is also possible. And once Emeryville is conquered there's Oakland.

You see . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/12/09

My position on abortion? No ones business but my own really, though I am a strong supporter of individuals rights.

 

 

"University of California adds up to $8,000 to 'professional' degrees' " is a story from seattletimes.com.

As the University of California copes with state funding cuts, students studying to be social workers, architects and urban planners will be considered "professional" degree candidates next year and will be required to pay up to $8,000 more a year in student fees. They will join law, business and medical students, among others, who have paid big surcharges for years.

Future social workers, architects and urban planners studying at the University of California (UC) are about to get a change in status they might not want.

Starting next year, these UC students will be considered "professional" degree candidates and will be required to pay up to $8,000 more a year in student fees. They will join law, business and medical students, among others, who have paid big surcharges for years. Some people say that isn't fair.

As the UC system copes with state funding cuts, its leaders recently approved steep increases in the charges that students in professional graduate schools must shell out on top of regular student fees. The regents also added seven programs to those required to pay the surcharges, with landscape design, social work and physical therapy majors now among students who will face them.

Some critics said the university's actions are based on the erroneous idea that all professional-school graduates land well-paying jobs and can easily repay their loans.

'The state and the regents are putting the burden of the state budget gap on the students and the real concern is about the privatization of the university,' said Jessica Luk, a UC Berkeley graduate student in city and regional planning.

The surcharges will affect about 12,000 professional-school students, raising their total UC fees from 46 percent to 230 percent higher than those of graduate students in such programs as English or chemistry."

 

 

"Berkeley Lab gets $16M for building energy use facility" is a report at sfbusinesstimes.com.

 

 

"As the world's climate negotiators meet in Copenhagen to discuss how to curb global warming, some people in Marin County, Calif., may already have a partial solution. They call it 'carbon ranching.' " is a NPR report.

The idea was hatched by scientists who are trying to coax carbon dioxide out of the air and into cattle pastures. Proponents of the idea say if it proves effective, the practice could be used around the world.

Whendee Silver is a soil scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. If soil is the earth's skin, then Silver might be considered its dermatologist. Silver is steering a jeep up a hill as steep as a ski slope in Marin County to get to plots of pastureland she is experimenting on.

'What we're interested in doing out here is figure out how much carbon is added to the soil and how much carbon is lost,' she says."

 

 

 

 

The television program, Russia Today [RT] characterizes the Keiser Report as "a no holds barred look at the shocking scandals behind the global financial headlines. From the collusion between Wall Street and Capitol Hill to the latest banking crime wave, from bogus government economic statistics to rigged stock markets, nothing escapes the eye of Max Keiser, a former stockbroker, inventor of the virtual specialist technology and co-founder of the Hollywood Stock Exchange. With the help of Keiser's co-host, Stacy Herbert, and guests from around the world, Keiser Report tells you what is really going on in the global economy."

Well maybe yes, maybe no, but it certainly is an alternate view of our "capitalist economy." Check it out!

In his December 10 program, Max Keiser talks with Australian economist, Steve Keel "about wages, deflation and zombie capitalism."

(Keel predicted the crash.)

 

 

"Case made for 'survival of the kindest" is a report at upi.com.

"A U.S. group of social scientists is challenging long-held conventional wisdom that human beings are wired to be selfish."

 

 

"Passengers from Central China can now reach Guangzhou, the southern economic hub, within three hours as the nation carries out its ambitious high-speed railway plan" is a report a pravda.ru.

"The new high-speed railway linking Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei province, and Guangzhou successfully passed a critical operations test Wednesday and could be open to the public later this month.

The rail cuts the previous travel time of 10 hours between the two cities to less than three hours with an average speed of 350km/h. Chinese media said it is the longest railway with the world's fastest trains.

Ticket prices have not been published yet. Earlier reports said it might be 500 yuan ($73), double the current berth ticket price.
Although travel agencies are concerned the pricey high-speed train may not be a hit with the public, experts say the project is in itself a technological marvel that cost an investment of 100 billion yuan.

A successful operation of the high-speed railway of more than 1,000 km will help demonstrate China's technological strength ..."

 

 

 

posts from the past

12/10/06

 

Commanding General saves embattled Democracy from right-wing coup d'etat! In some Third World country? No, in the 1930s in our U.S of A.

 

And coming this week in Scrambled Eggs, "EXPOSE:The CIA in Potter Creek."

 

"KALX's 'The Sunday Morning Show' Will Be Missed" writes Jonathan Wafer in our Planet. Well, I still look forward to Pete and Julies "Alternate Tunings" series.

 

"Recession not inevitable, report says" writes George Avalos in the Times. "Despite the woozy housing market, California should be able to avoid a recession thanks to a diverse economy that is showing strength in other sectors, according to a report released today."

"Business leaders bullish on Bay Area: Local executives say they see the economy going full steam ahead into the coming year" reports Avalos.

"Poverty moving to suburbs: For the first time, more poor people live outside city centers, a study of the 100 largest metropolitan areas reveals" writes the AP's Stephen Ohlemacher in the Times.

 

Big holiday party last night in one of the Eighth and Pardee condos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/13/09

A BBC Radio 4 documentary about the attempted Roosevelt coup is here.

The BBC offers "The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush's Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.

Mike Thomson investigates why so little is known about this biggest ever peacetime threat to American democracy."

 

 

Pete's Potter Creek raingauge showed .65 inches of rain for the strom thru yesterday mid-morning.

Geralyn's Potter Creek thermometer registered a low of 37 degrees Monday/Tuesday.

 

Pete's "Music Maker Show" opens at the Oakland Airport next Friday, December 18th--it's about ukes, guitars and more.

 

 

"Campus Musicians Receive Gift From Pianist Earl Hines' Estate" is a story at allaboutjazz.com.

"The gift to the University of California, Berkeley, of the bulk of famous jazz pianist Earl 'Fatha' Hines' estate will provide exceptionally gifted low-income students with free musical instruction and the campus's music library with his collection of papers, compositions and memorabilia.

Hines' musical archive will become the cornerstone at the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library of a new Archive of African American Music, which would be unique on the West Coast.

Hines played to sold-out audiences in the United States and around the world for most of the 20th century, defining jazz until his death in 1983. For the last three decades of his life, he lived in Oakland during a time of renewed appreciation for his contributions to jazz.

Hines, who first came to UC Berkeley as a Regents Lecturer in music in 1979, had a special interest in furthering music education, particularly that of African American students, and stipulated that a portion of his estate be dedicated to such purposes."

And, check out allaboutjazz.com.

 

 

 

"Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto, Berkeley" is a review by Karola Saekel at sfgate.com.

"In the bar at Spenger's, you half expect to spy a glamorous blonde perched on a bar stool, languorously taking the first puff of a slender cigarette while her beau, suit jacket wide of lapel and narrow in the hips, holds out an initialed lighter, reflected many times in a seemingly endless array of gleaming bottles against a mirrored backsplash."

 

 

 

"Protesters damage Calif. university leader's home" is an AP report at washingtonpost.com.

"Eight people were arrested after protesters broke windows, lights and planters outside the home of the chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley.

"University spokesman Dan Mogulof says 40 to 70 protesters also threw incendiary devices at police cars and the home of Chancellor Robert Birgeneau late Friday. There were no fires or injuries. "

 

 

"Science not faked, but not pretty" is an AP report at sfgate.com.

"E-mails stolen from climate scientists show they stonewalled skeptics and discussed hiding data - but the messages don't support claims that the science of global warming was faked, according to an exhaustive review by The Associated Press.

The 1,073 e-mails examined by the AP show that scientists harbored private doubts, however slight and fleeting, even as they told the world they were certain about climate change."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/14/09

Moe's Books Documentary starring Doris on Heads Up Berkeley, Bay Area through December

Hi Ron

My Documentary about the history of Moe's Books, starring Doris[ including Eli] is being broadcast on Channel 28 Comcast Berkeley through month of December
The other Documentary that is on the program is about David Lance Goines our great local poster artist who specializes in posters on Berkeley businesses and has an international museum reputation.  David is also an author.

Heads Up Berkeley, Bay Area
Channel 28, Comcast Berkeley
Monday 12:30AM
Tuesday 10:30AM
Wednesdays 7:30PM 
Friday 3:00PM

Times will change in January

BB Simmons

 

 

Richmond Ramblers MC member emails a photo of his tike, . . . that would be trike


built it from a Honda Gold wing, he did

 

A Richmond Ramblers M. C. reader sent this recipe.

"This is a wonderful recipe, and it's just in time for the Holidays. Enjoy!

With the holidays coming, here's a fruit cake recipe that will help
take the stress out of this normally stressful time.

Ingredients:
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups dried fruit
1 tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar
3 ounces lemon juice
1 cup of nuts
vodka

First, sample the vodka to check for freshness. Take a large bowl.
Check the vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality.

Repeat.

Turn on the electric mixer, beat 1 cup of butter in a large fluffy
bowl.
Add water, eggs and 1 tsp. sugar and beat again.

Make surr the vodca is still OK. Cry another tup. Turn off mixers.
Chuck in the cup of dried fruitt or something.
Mix on the turner.
If the fried druit gets struck on the beaterers, pry it loose with a
drewscriver.

Sample the vodka to check for tonsistancity. Next, sniff 2 cups of
salt. Or . . . Who cares? Check the vodka. Now sniff the lemon juice
and strain nuts.
Add one Table.

Spoon.
Of sugar. Whatever.
Grease the oven.
Turn the cake ttin 350 degrees.
Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Whip the bowl out the window.
Check the vidka again.

Ah, . . . forget it. Nobody likes fruitcake anyway."

 

 

"Pa. police arrest Amish man in buggy for DUI" is an AP report at sfgate.com.

"Police in central Pennsylvania arrested an Amish man on drunk driving charges over the weekend after he was found asleep in his moving buggy. Police said a 22-year-old man was slumped over and asleep in a slow-moving buggy on Sunday night."

 

 

 

"Kronos Quartet, Hertz Hall, Berkeley, California" is a review by our Allan Ulrich at the Financial Times.

"The urge at this time of the year to indulge ourselves with experiences that may not be all that nourishing or healthful extends to the concert hall. There you can find Vladimir Martynov's Schubert-Quintet (Unfinished), commissioned by the Kronos Quartet and premiered by the group over the weekend on Northern California home turf. It falls on the palate with suspicious ease."

 

 

 


"Berkeley council wants Maybeck review" is a short report by Carolyn Jones at sfgate.com.

"Berkeley's city council sent a landmark decision back to the drawing board last week after the building's owner said the structure was designed by a friend of Bernard Maybeck's, not Maybeck himself.

The council voted 6-2 to return the issue to the Landmark Preservation Commission, which had granted landmark status to 1007 University Ave. in September based in part by its association with Maybeck.

The architect's name on the drawings is Phillip Coats, an associate of Maybeck's. Maybeck retired nine years before the 1949 building was completed.

The landmark commission will re-consider the issue at a future meeting.

Councilmen Jesse Arreguin and Kriss Worthington voted to uphold the commission's original decision."

 

 

 

"SolarCity: Strategic Analysis Review" is a report at officialwire.com.

"The 'SolarCity - Strategic Analysis Review' is an in-depth business, strategic and financial analysis of SolarCity. The report provides a comprehensive insight into the company, including business structure and operations, executive biographies and key competitors. The hallmark of the report is the detailed strategic analysis of the company. This highlights its strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities and threats it faces going forward."

 

"Berkeley Lab-Developed OpenADR Specification Developed by Demand Response Research Center Boosted by Recovery Act Grant to Honeywell" reports automatedbuildings.com.

"The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Honeywell an $11.4 million grant to help Southern California Edison implement automated demand response under OpenADR, the Open Automated Demand Response Communications Specification.

The grant was one of several Smart Grid Investment Grants awarded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

OpenADR was developed by researchers at the PIER Demand Response Research Center. The Center is based in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The DRRC is funded by the California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program."


 

 

"The privatization of UC" is opinion at latimes.com.

"Attacking the University of California is a perennial political sport -- who can forget that Ronald Reagan's heckling of Berkeley students was as important in launching his conservative political career as was the support of General Electric Co.?

But the system today faces greater peril than at any time since Gov. Pat Brown and UC President Clark Kerr joined to craft the state's higher-education master plan in 1960. Changing demographics, budget-cutting fervor and a certain tendency to shoot itself in the foot have combined to undermine UC's traditional constituency. The 32% hike in tuition approved by the regents last month is a sign that California's commitment to its public university, which contributed beyond measure to the state's prosperity over the decades, is on the brink. "

 

 

 

 

 

12/15/09

Vera, Bob and Carol's neighbor had her car window smashed out yesterday, even ripped out the window-frame. Nothing was taken from the vehicle, however. She's just off San Pablo Ave.

 

 

"Mark Berson, formerly of Gulf Coast chamber, accepts job in Berkeley, Calif" by Kaija Wilkinson at pressregister.com.

"Mark Berson, former president of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce in Gulf Shores, announced Tuesday that he has accepted the chief executive officer position with the Berkeley (Calif.) Chamber of Commerce. 

Mark Berson served as president of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce for six years.Berson said he plans to move to Berkeley by the end of the year."

 

from my log

12/7/09--Off-and-on all day, irritant in front room, sometimes VERY SERIOUS, over-riding four new HEPA filters.

12/8/09--8:11 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room. 9:17 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, over rides four new HEPA filters, wear respirator, leave.

12/9/09--2:13 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, over rides four new HEPA filter, wear respirator.

12/10/09--6:05 AM--irritant in warehouse, air out.

12/12/09---Off-and-on all day, irritant in front room.

Though, the irritant we experience sometimes over rides as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety respirators with 8053-P100 CARTRIDGES filter all the irritant. They are filters for organic vapors, chlorine, chlorine dixoide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.

 

 

 

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.

http://gethuman.com/

 

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

and

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

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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