12/9/10

The Force

 

Police in Berkeley issued a warning to residents Tuesday about a recent series of armed robberies

The KTVU video report is here

And Wednesday around 5:30AM there was a violent "take over robbery" at the new McDonalds on San Pablo Avenue. One employee was injured.

 

 

"Oakland City Attorney Warns on Pot Farm Legality" by Zusha Elinson is a story at baycitizen.org.

"Sources say John Russo sent memo warning City Council of potential pitfalls in city's marijuana cultivation plans. Oakland City Attorney John Russo sent a memo to the Oakland City Council last week warning that federal officials have concerns about the city's plans for giant pot farms, according to multiple City Hall sources."

 

 

Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

"Berkeley may honor Army private accused of leaks" at washingtonpost.com.

"The Berkeley City Council will consider a resolution that would declare the Army private suspected of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks a hero and call for his release." 

 

Eric Schmier bought the Nexus property, he paid $50.00 a square foot. Escrow has closed and Colliers was the agent.

 

Our Karen Steeber just returned from a Public Policy Institute of California Conference. She sent a link about some of the happenings.

 

 

The Sandwich Man has opened in Potter Creek at 2530 10th St (between Dwight Way & Parker St). They are open Monday -Saturday from 11 am - till 8 pm.

Their web site is sandwichmann.com and their phone is 549-1179

 

 

Opera "live from the Met" can be seen at several movie theaters in the Bay Area including ours in Bay Street. This Saturday it's Verdi's Don Carlo.

"The Metropolitan Opera's first new production of Verdi's Don Carlo since 1979 will continue The Met: Live in HD series, with a live transmission of the performance on Saturday, December 11 at 12:30 pm ET/9:30 am PT to movie theaters worldwide. Starring Roberto Alagna, Marina Poplavskaya, Simon Keenlyside, and Ferruccio Furlanetto.

'Don Carlo; new Verdi production at Met broadcast LIVE in HD Sat. Dec. 11"

 

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12/10/10

Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

John Norheim's* wooden boat

coming first-in-class at last Summer's SF-to-Hawaii race

*John crewed

 

"Northern California fishing report" at mercurynews.com.

"Berkeley: Crab trips continue to bring back limits. Shrimp pots have 50 to 100 per day. Sturgeon trips will begin next week."

 

 

Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge showed 1 inch for the last rains.

 

 

"Facebook's Zuckerberg pledges to give away wealth" at enews.earthlink.net.

"Another 17 of America's richest people, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, junk bond pioneer Michael Milken and AOL co-founder Steve Case, have pledged to give away most of their wealth."

 

 

"Pew report: 8 percent of online American adults use Twitter" at sfgate.com.

"About 8 percent of adult Internet users in the U.S. are using Twitter, and the microblogging service is most popular with young adults, minorities and city dwellers, according to a new report."

 

 

Our Councilwoman Linda Maio is holding a community meeting tonight to talk about the recent crime in her district. The meeting is at 7:00 PM in the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University Avenue. BPD Lt Andy Greenwood BPD and Ofc Casimiro Pierantoni will be there.

 

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"Masked Bandit Robs Berkeley McDonald's" at KTVU-TV News with video.
 
 "An armed gunman wearing a ski mask walked into a Berkeley MacDonald's prior to its opening early Wednesday, locking employees in a freezer before dropping a trail of money as he fled the scene, authorities said.

Berkeley police said the robbery took place at the McDonald's on 1198 San Pablo Ave. at 5:15 a.m. ­ about an hour before it was scheduled to open for business.

The gunman told the employees to get into a freezer and not come out until he had left the store.

Police said one employee did suffer a minor injury, but did not elaborate on how the worker was injured.

A description of the suspect had not been released.

The brazen takeover robbery was just the latest on Berkeley streets. Over the last month, Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said there have been several armed robberies in the city."

 

 

"UC-Berkeley Swim Coach Makes Olympic History" at ktvu.com.

"UC-Berkeley women's swim coach Teri McKeever was named Wednesday the first female head coach of a U.S. Olympic swimming team.

 

 

 

"Mandy Patinkin Brings 'Compulsion' to the Public" at nytimes.com.

"Mandy Patinkin and a puppet, designed by Matt Acheson, in a scene from 'Compulsion.' Joan Marcus Mandy Patinkin and a puppet, designed by Matt Acheson, in a scene from 'Compulsion.'

Mandy Patinkin will return to the New York stage in a production of Rinne Groff's play 'Compulsion' at the Public Theater in February, the theater announced Tuesday. "

 

 

 

 

"Our Brains Are Wired So We Can Better Hear Ourselves Speak" by Yasmin Anwar, University of California, Berkeley at redorbit.com.

"Like the mute button on the TV remote control, our brains filter out unwanted noise so we can focus on what we're listening to. But when it comes to following our own speech, a new brain study from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that instead of one homogenous mute button, we have a network of volume settings that can selectively silence and amplify the sounds we make and hear.

Neuroscientists from UC Berkeley, UCSF and Johns Hopkins University tracked the electrical signals emitted from the brains of hospitalized epilepsy patients. They discovered that neurons in one part of the patients' hearing mechanism were dimmed when they talked, while neurons in other parts lit up."

 

 

 

 

12/11/10

post from the past

6/7/04

From last year's Berkeley Baroque Festival? Hardly, . . . that's a modern piano.

 

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Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

from Friday's "Breaking News" emails

6:49 AM PST--Police pursuit ends just off the East Shore Freeway in Berkeley.

The driver of a white Honda crashed into a tree ending the pursuit. Injured, he was taken to the hospital. He has serious injuries and is being charged with assault. It is believed he is a convicted felon.

8:06 AM PST--Police action continues on frontage road in Berkeley backing up highway 80 traffic. As a result of the earlier police pursuit, ending in a crash through the 80 freeway east guard-fence around  5 AM, the frontage road is closed north of University in Berkeley. 

In the pursuit and accident an officer was injured, and the driver died in the crash.

The pursuit began in Oakland when an OPD officer investigated a stalled auto. During the investigation, the driver put the car in gear hit the officer dragging him for a short distance. The auto was later spotted on Grand Ave in Oakland and the pursuit resulting in the crash began.

CHP and OPD are the investigating agencies. 

 

 

Kruse is sub-leasing 8,000 square feet of warehouse space.

 

The fencing around the Nexus property has been taken down allowing access for work.


Michael Carey makes art. He also has a great dog, Fred. Check him out!

 

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"Jaguar C-X75 concept, an AW Flash Drive" by Patrick C Paternie at autoweek.com.

The Jaguar C-X75 concept combines two small gas turbines with four electric motors for propulsion.

 

"The Jaguar C-X75 is a concept car that celebrates 75 years of the Jaguar name in the form of a range-extended electric two-seater supercar. It showcases a futuristic propulsion system cloaked in a sleek aluminum chassis inspired by the shape of the 1966 XJ13 Le Mans prototype.

Running in zero-tailpipe-emissions mode solely on battery power, the plug-in-capable C-X75 has a range of 68 miles. A quartet of 145-kilowatt (195-hp) electric motors (one per wheel) provides the C-X75 with 780 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque, as well as a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive to put it securely to the pavement. What separates the Jaguar from other electric-driven vehicles is a pair of microsized gas turbines, mounted amidships below a glass panel, which spin at 80,000 rpm to generate 140 kilowatts (188 hp) to charge the batteries, giving the C-X75 an extended range of 560 miles. Or choose track mode to switch the turbines' output to 'boost.' Jaguar estimates that the 2,975-pound two-seater can zap from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 205 mph."

 

 

 

"Snow Globes 3D! iPad Storybook App Brings Holiday Scenes to Life" is a press release at prmac.com.

"The Snow Globes 3D! iPad children's book app masterfully combines world-class animation with physics-based snow simulation to create a magical storytime experience. Viewable in both standard 2D and stereoscopic eye-popping 3D, the delightful holiday-themed illustrations come to life with interactive touch spots and snowflakes that move in response to the tilt of the iPad screen."

 

 

 

 

"Education Wars: The New Battle For Brains" forbes.com.

"The end of stimulus - as well as the power shift in Congress - will have a profound effect on which regions and states can position themselves for the longer-term recovery. Nowhere will this be more critical than in the battle for brains."

 

 

"Drug-resistant HIV genes isolated, giving hope for better treatment" is a report at nationalpost.com.

"Researchers have isolated specific genes in HIV that makes the virus resistant to drugs - a discovery that could significantly bolster our understanding of HIV and how to treat it.

University of Victoria biomedical engineer Stephanie Willerth, 29, discovered the new method of studying genetic material and using it to locate specific genes of HIV that were resistant to drugs while conducting post-doctorate research at the University of California, Berkeley."

 

 

 

 

"The Planet Visits Saturn and Explores the Sustainable Business Alliance" by Gar Smith at berkeleydailyplanet.com.

"The Berkeley-based Sustainable Business Alliance picked a stellar location for its December 3rd meet-and-greet - the Space Lounge of the Saturn Café, located at 2175 Allston Way - directly across the street from SBA's home in the David Brower Center. More than 30 Bay Area green business leaders (and a couple of out-of-staters) assembled to swap stories and business cards while loading plates with mounds of organic salad, tasty entrees, slices of fruit and squares of desert bread."

 

 

 

"New Analyses Find that California Cap-and-Trade System Will Have Only Minor Economic Impact; Poll Finds Increased Voter Support for AB 32 and Strong Backing for the Proposed Emissions Trading Program" is at prnewswire.com.
 
 "More than one month after voters soundly defeated a ballot measure that would have suspended California's efforts to address climate change indefinitely, new research shows that state's proposed emissions trading or cap-and-trade program will create minimal economic impact, and California voters are solidly behind (64 percent) implementing this new program." 

 

 

 

12/12/10

Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

 

Today is a Spare the Air Day!

 

groping toward the New Normal

here's Ms Santa--a Deboarh O production

 

 

A way to shop local and get great discounts is groupon.com.

 

 

Merryll

will be having Open Studio at the Grayson St. House on Sunday Dec. 12 and the weekend of December 18 & 19th, from 10 ­ 5 at 927 Grayson St., Berkeley. A wood-turner, Merryll will be showing and selling her work.

 

 

 

Every year about this time Kruse have their Christmas Party

and Friday afternoon Lumpy backed his diner into Kruse' warehouse

 

 

Our Berkeleyside outs a hip garage club with "What next for the Multi Culti Grill and Birdland Jazz club?" by Sarah Henry.

"So Berkeley finally gets a not-so-secret supper club, a down-home version of guerrilla gourmet hipster hangouts in Oakland and San Francisco, but now its future is uncertain.

At press time, the Multi Culti Grill and Birdland Jazz, the city's only underground BBQ and jazz joint is retreating from its street-front presence in North Berkeley and morphing into the more clandestine Birdland Jazzista Social Club. This, says its founder, is to circumvent city action to shut down the nascent nightclub for code violations ­ including a lack of a special-event permit."

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"Veteran rock 'n' roll writer Selvin looks back" by Carla Meyer, The Sacramento Bee.

"Joel Selvin answers the phone, almost ready for an interview. He just needs to turn down the music first.

Music has suffused Selvin's life -- as a Berkeley kid checking out a hot new band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, in a dive in San Francisco's North Beach, as a cub newspaper reporter covering the rock shows the paper's refined entertainment columnist chose to skip, as a veteran critic reviewing concerts at the suburban, sound-diffusing "shed" amphitheaters he grew to loathe.

Selvin, 60, was a staff critic for the San Francisco Chronicle for 37 years -- or, as the blurb on his book jacket reads, 'Joel Selvin started covering rock shows for the paper shortly after the end of the Civil War.'

The book is called 'Smartass,' a title that only partially describes Selvin, a big presence with a boisterous laugh and a tendency to agree with you by exclaiming, 'Exacta-mundo!' "

 

 

" 'Einstein on the Beach' coming to Berkeley in 2012" reports Joshua Kosman at sfgate.com

"A new touring revival of Philip Glass' landmark opera "Einstein on the Beach" is due in Berkeley in the fall of 2012, courtesy of Cal Performances. This will mark the first performances in two decades of the collaboration between Glass and director Robert Wilson, which had its premiere in New York in 1976."

 

 

 

"Third Snapshot Scholar Social Photography Contest Offers California Students & Photographers Chance to Win Up to $10,000" at sfgate.com.

"The third Snapshot Scholar photo contest launches on Thursday December 9, 2010, at 6:00 PM PST. The first Snapshot Scholar photo contest was between students from Stanford University and The University of California, Berkeley, and offered a $5,000 award and a $2,000 award for the winner's chosen school department, club, or Greek organization. The second Snapshot Scholar photo contest allowed any California student to enter their favorite photo for a chance to win up to $10,000.

Snapshot Scholar is a social photography contest that lasts nine weeks. Community votes help to determine the top 30 photos."

 

 

 

 

 

12/13/10

Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

Barbara Lee, our Congresswoman has a new website. Check it out!

 

Over heard at the Bowl one-worker-to-another "So, she asked if it'd be all right if she opened the bag of chips in front of me, try some, and if she didn't like them put them back."

Kubik sends a link to The New Commandments.

 

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posts from the past

10/21/04

If you'd like to have an MP3 file or the CD of music played on one of neighbor, John Phillips' French harpsichords, check out the Triemer Cello and Harpsichord Sonatas performed by Ensemble Mirable of JungHae Kim and Joanna Blendulf. They are now available at Ensemble Mirable at Magnatune.com Produced by the musicians themselves, this CD of Baroque cello and harpsichord sonatas, is full of memorable tunes, creative embellishment, fine ensemble, and excellent sound. It's as good a recorded-music effort as I've heard and the equal of any harmonia mundi Baroque music release.

 

12/18/03

One of the Buttercup favorites in the '70s were Granny Fenster cookies. Thought to be from a relative of mine, in fact, their recipe was found by manager, Mary Guenther in a 1940s Wisconsin Gas and Electric Cook Book--the Gas Company's. Further confusing their origin, during one of the first bakes, Haley, unknown to me, taped a large handwritten sign to my back reading GRANNY FENSTER

Granny Fenster Cookies

pre heat oven to 375

1 cup Butter (2 sticks)
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg yolks
2 cup Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Raspberry Jam, Dickinson's seedless (sometimes strawberry is used)
2 cups fairly finely chopped pecans

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in yolks and vanilla. Gradually add flour and salt until blended. refrigerate 1 hr.
Shape into 1" balls, roll in beaten egg whites (left over from the yolks used in cookies), then roll in chopped pecans. Place on lightly oiled cookie sheet, (I use parchment paper, you can use nonstick spray also) about 2" apart, gently make indentation.
Bake 5 minutes, remove from oven, you may need to press the indentation again, fill with jam and bake another 10 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen

 

Our Alice Waters is the subject of tonight's American Masters at 8:00 PM on KQED.

 

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"Claire Ptak's Christmas dessert recipes" at guardian.co.uk.

"The former Chez Panisse pastry chef puts a delicious spin on seasonal favourites.

I can't really lay claim to this recipe because it is a staple at Chez Panisse, Alice Waters's bistro in Berkeley, California, where everything is seasonal and sustainable, and I made thousands of them during my three years there."

 

 

 

"NAU instructor dispels perceptions of disabled" an AP report at newsok.com by Hillary Davis

"Cerebral palsy affects the brain, but not the mind.

Because of this neurological condition, Matthew Wangeman needs help with essentially all physical functions. Some simply will never happen, such as speech. What he is quite capable of, though, is his work to advance understanding of the disabled person's experience.

As an instructor at Northern Arizona University, that's what he does.

Wangeman co-teaches an introduction to disability studies class, which is part of a new undergraduate minor that distinguishes itself from the special education and psychology programs in its sociological, not pathological, view of a range of disabilities - from mental illness and blindness to developmental and cognitive disabilities. The extent of his handicap is likely the greatest for any NAU teacher."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/14/10

"Berkeley's Ed Roberts Campus has access for all" John King, Chronicle Urban Design Critic.

"As much as anything else, Berkeley's new Ed Roberts Campus is defined by its concrete floors.

Throughout the overscaled lobby there's a smooth finish with a burnt sienna sheen, but a broad path through the middle is dark and rough to provide visual and tactile cues for sight-impaired visitors seeking the offices that lie down corridors on either end.

Touches like this are emblematic of what's known as 'universal design,' an approach that seeks to make buildings comfortably functional for as many people as possible. And the touches are ingrained throughout the $51 million complex, which is home to such organizations as Center for Independent Living and World Institute on Disability. The result isn't flashy architecture. Instead, the 82,000-square-foot building across from Ashby BART Station excels as a different sort of showcase'

'Design is about everything, not just how things look,' said William Leddy of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, the designer. "The more I did this project, the more I realized that good architecture is a social justice issue.'

The two-story building was developed by a consortium of seven nonprofits that work with disabled people. Roughly half the budget was covered by private fundraising, the rest by grants from eight government sources."

 

 

"Students Rising Above: A highlight in career of local journalist" by Sean Maher, Oakland Tribune.

Oakland Tribune photo

"It's a struggle for many journalists to make peace with inserting themselves into situations full of misery and hardship, but Wendy Tokuda found a way she says changed her life: She starting fixing things."

 

 

 

"UC Berkeley crackdown has bicyclists fuming" Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"UC Berkeley freshman Devin Shoop got a $220 ticket in September. His crime: locking his bicycle to a railing instead of a bike rack.

He got another ticket two weeks later: $220 for rolling his bike through a stop sign instead of fully stopping. Now he has to go to traffic school to keep a moving violation off his driver's license.

Jorel Allegro, a junior, earned his $220 ticket in October for coasting through the campus dismount zone instead of walking his bike as required.

California's law requiring the same traffic fines for cars and bikes isn't new. But at UC Berkeley, where campus police have vigorously enforced the laws at a time of unprecedented tuition hikes, students are furious."

 

 

 

"The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) present Emily Roysdon" at artdaily.org.

"If I Don't Move Can You Hear Me? / MATRIX 235, the artist and writer's first solo museum show in the United States. Emily Roysdon produces projects at the intersection of social, political, and aesthetic space, evincing an interest in the invisible histories of public sites, the potencies of both language and movement, and the possibilities of abstraction as a formal and mental construct. Her practice is shaped by collaboration, and its implication of negotiation, improvisation, and dialogical thinking. This is embodied in her activities as the editor and cofounder of the influential queer feminist journal and artist collective LTTR; as a member of the band MEN; and as a curator, most recently of Ecstatic Resistance."

 

 

"Housing Shaky as Lenders Tighten" by Nick Timiraosis a story at online.wsj.com.

"Economists are worried that the housing sector may be heading into another downdraft as mortgage lenders continue to tighten already restrictive lending standards.

Such a scenario seemed less likely earlier this year, when home-buyer tax credits fueled a surge in sales. But sales have plunged in the second half of the year after those credits expired. New and existing home sales were down by more than 25% in October from a year ago.

Meanwhile, applications for mortgages have hovered near their lowest levels in more than a decade since May, even though mortgage rates have tumbled to their lowest levels in 60 years, with average 30-year, fixed-rate loans bottoming at 4.21% in October.

'We must realize that having very tight credit at the bottom of the cycle is a mistake. We are retarding the recovery,' says Kenneth Rosen, a housing economist at the University of California at Berkeley."

 

 

 

Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

Our Swerve furnished four of Ed Robert's non-profits. They found Swerve's modular design well suited to their peoples' varying needs.

 

I first became aware of Multi Culti Grill and Birdland Jazz club on one the Bay Area food sites.And of course I heard the jazz and smelled the food when parked almost directly across on Friday nights waiting for Marsha coming back from her law office in the city. But I think of this as more of a street happening than a guerrilla club. After all it's on a thorough fare in a solidly middle class neighborhood, in the street-level, front-facing garage in the owner's maybe-even-upper-middle-class home, I think.

 

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post from the past

9/17/05

"Retailer celebrates 110th year" reports Martin Snapp of the West County Times
"In 1895, the year Berkeley Hardware was founded, Grover Cleveland was president of the United States. There were no planes, radio, TV, movies or computers."

Over the years, I've bought a lot of model airplane kits from Berkeley Hardware's basement. Here's one I finished a year-or-so ago.

Argentine Navy Dassault Super Etendard

 

Check out their 110 Anniversary Party.

 

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12/15/10

Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

Friday afternoon, Berkeley Fire Department's rescue-unit was called to a medical emergency in Potter Creek on Pardee. Their response was prompt and their care helpful and professional.

 

 

"The first Berkeleyside Local Business Forum" by Lance Knobel at berkeleyside.com.

"Chris Anderson, author of 'Free', editor of Wired magazine, and entrepreneur: headlining at Berkeleyside's inaugural Local Business Forum.

One of the themes in many Berkeleyside stories over the past year has been the climate for local business in Berkeley. The conditions for local businesses are driven above all by the broader economic conditions and, in Berkeley as elsewhere, the last couple of years have been pretty punishing for most businesses. There's another factor, however, that's particular to Berkeley: the city's reputation, deserved or not, as not being the most business friendly.

To examine these issues, and to provide some practical ideas for local businesses, Berkeleyside is organizing its first Local Business Forum."

 

Is Berkeleyside another attempt of the business/development community to "Take over Berkeley" similar to the failed west-Berkeley BID and the two failed attempts to politicize our Chamber of Commerce? Hope not.

 

 

Charlie Rose, on his 12/10/10 program, had a thirty-minute conversation with David Brooks. Brooks, though a Conservative, has the ability to give insightful value-neutral analysis. Here, in describing last week's Washington politics, he talks about "politics as the art of the possible" and gives a general outline of America's possible "New Normal."

"David Brooks is a columnist for 'The New York Times' . . .

He has written a book of cultural commentary titled 'Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There.' Brooks also writes articles and makes television appearances as a commentator on various trends in pop culture, such as internet dating. His newest book is entitled 'On Paradise Drive : How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.' "

 

 

 

"Julie Taymor on 'Spider-Man' and her new Shakespeare adaptation" is a "Need to Know' video interview at pbs.org.

"Director Julie Taymor's film "The Tempest" opens in New York and L.A. It will open nationwide next week. As you'd expect from Taymor, she once again puts her own unique spin on Shakespeare. Taymor was in Los Angeles on Monday for the film's premiere, thousands of miles away from Broadway, where her other, bigger project has been generating more than its share of news, and even some satire. Alison Stewart interviews Julie Taymor about her new productions, Broadway's 'Spider-Man' and the film The Tempest.' "

 

 

"California farm pioneers biodynamic spirits" by Joan Obra, McClatchy Newspapers.

"At Marian Farms, the introduction to biodynamic farming comes in the form of orange-blossom eau de vie.

In one glass, the scent is almost like inhaling the blossoms themselves. In the other glass, the liquid still is fragrant, but not nearly as aromatic.

The difference? 'We picked one set of blossoms on one day and then picked another set on a different day when there were different constellations,' says Gena Nonini, owner of Marian Farms. 'With the positions of the moon, the flavor profiles change.' "

Gee, could something like that apply to humans too?

 

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Our Councilman Darryll Moore emails (excerpts)

This economic climate has been very difficult for just about everyone, which becomes even more evident when the holidays season rolls around.  For those who have fallen on hard times, it is not too late to get geared up for the holidays.   
 
BPD Toys for Tots 2010

Some of the many toys given to Berkeley children in 2009
The Berkeley Police Department is once again teaming up with the U.S. Marines Corps Foundation "Toys for Tots" Program 2010. Members of BPD expect to give over 3000 new toys to youth during this year's event.

"Toys for Tots" is open to all City of Berkeley families who pre-register through Eden I & R, Inc. Community members should call 2-1-1 or toll free (888) 886-9660. The Berkeley Police Department does not accept any registrations. "Toys for Tots" registrations must be made through Eden I & R. The following are requirements for eligibility:
Applicants must verify Berkeley residency with a utility bill that contains the same name and address.
Applicants must have photo identification.
Applicants must have a Client Code Number that is assigned at the time the application is made over the phone.
Applicants must show up for the give away - no substitutions accepted.
Registration ends at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2010. Toys will be given out to registered families on Saturday, December 18th at the Ronald Tsukamoto Public Safety Building, 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Community members who want to support "Toys for Tots" are invited to drop off new unwrapped toys at any of the City of Berkeley Fire Stations and the Ronald Tsukamoto Public Safety Building.

 

Holiday Baskets for Low-Income Seniors
The Berkeley Fire Department, in collaboration with community volunteers, will assemble and deliver 600 Holiday Food Baskets to Berkeley seniors in need. The food baskets will include a whole chicken, vegetables, fruit, rice, beans, soup, and bread.

Saturday, December 18, 2010 
          8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Fire Station Number 5 located at 2680 Shattuck Avenue. 
 
All volunteers will be fed breakfast by members of the Berkeley Firefighters Association after all baskets are assembled.
 
Seniors in need are still able to request a food basket by contacting Firefighter Dori Tieu at (510) 274-1833.  Persons wishing to donate money or food should also contact Firefighter Dori Tieu directly at (510) 274-1833 or dtieu@CityofBerkeley.info 

Volunteers are welcome to join Berkeley Firefighters to fill bags with groceries and deliver to 600 seniors in need. Baskets will be delivered the same day.

 

Berkeley Firefighters Coffee Blend
The Berkeley Firefighters are selling their signature Berkeley Firefighters Blend Coffee for the holidays again.  Net proceeds go to the BFD charity, Berkeley Firefighters Random Acts of Kindness.  The coffee is made by Uncommon Grounds.  12 oz bags, ground or whole bean, are $12 per bag or two bags for $20.
 
Organic Dark French Roast
Organic, Fair Trade French Roast
 
Please put all orders into Dori Tieu by December 15th, doritieu@yahoo.com or (510) 274-1833.  Please do not call Uncommon Grounds.

 

 

 

"Dynamic Eye Develops LCD Sunglasses" is a press relaese atprnewswire.com

"Dynamic Eye (www.dyneye.com) announced today that it has completed the technology verification testing stage of its electronically controlled glare reduction sunglasses. Dynamic Eye's LCD sunglasses offer active glare control that is completely unlike and superior to today's passive technologies, and let you see what you need to see. The sunglasses darken only a small spot on each lens instead of the entire lens, so glare sources are dimmed dramatically, while everything else can be seen easily. The products combine sensors, miniaturized electronics, and liquid crystal displays (LCDs) to increase comfort and safety in glare conditions."

 

 

 

 

12/16/10

Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

After a long illness our Phil Wood passed. Colorful, known for his Hawaiian shirts, he will be missed.

 

The old Metro Lighting building on San Pablo and Cowper is being remodeled as a "German bakery/restaurant." 5000 square feet, it is now under construction.

 

It is hoped by the owners that the old chocolate factory on 7th and Heinz can become a fine-foods court. This would be behind and in the back of Créma.

 

Seen flying about a block and a half from the

Multi Culti Grill and Birdland Jazz club.

 

 

I treated myself to breakfast at 900 GRAYSON Tuesday morning. My breakfast, "an ordinary meal" was perfect with two not-runny over-easy eggs; hot bacon, just a touch crunchy; properly browned on the outside hash browns; and lightly toasted white bread. Ah, . . . and home made jam, and coffee. Happily, 900's quality remains high and, importantly, consistent.

 

Merryll emails

Open Studio, Saturday & Sunday, December 18 & 19th, 10-5.
Wood & Fiber
Merryll Saylan
Sonya Lee Barrington
Mary Miller
927 Grayson St., Berkeley

 

Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge showed .2 of an inch for Tuesday morning.

 

 

Ole Activist Jerry Landis emails

Ron

Thanks for mentioning [David] Brooks. Between him and [Paul} Krugman you can read everything you need to know about the state of this country.

JL

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posts from the past

2/24/07

Nick, a 900 GRAYSON chef is also the drummer in the punk band, Sahn Maru. This March, the band is going on tour in Europe and Nick's taking some time off. Check out Sahn Maru here. And 900 GRAYSON here.

 

The Wall Street Journal reports that "U.S. citizens drove off three-armed muggers that attacked their tour bus in Costa Rica. One man, 70, choked one to death."

end posts from the past

 

 

 

 

 

12/17/10

posts from the past

10/7/03

Who are these people? They are some of Potter Creek's leading citizens and their guests.

 

Potter Creek and The Bark's Claudia and Cameron and their new book were featured on NPR last week, but my understanding is that their interview was not carried in the Bay Area because of "election" coverage. Their new book's title is the motto of their magazine: Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World's Oldest Friendship. NPR's Morning Edition spoke with three of their contributors, Ann Patchett, Maxine Kumin and Stephen Kuusisto. Ann and Stephen read from the book, while the Pulitzer-prize winning poet Maxine Kumin read an unpublished poem. After the piece aired the book soared to #7 on Amazon-the highest ever for a dog book. You can find the book at Borders-Amazon Site.

It seems that there is a pastel miniature-poodle newly, now-and-then, in Potter Creek.

In talking to Dave Kruse yesterday, Dave offered his favorite lunch-restaurant and dish. The restaurant is Phnom Penn House in Oakland at 251 8th Street. And his favorite dish is Chicken and Broccoli with spicy peanut sauce. Their phone number is 510-893-3825. And it seems that Kruse' facility was built over an active well that they capped those many years ago. Kruse also helped design and build the Scharffen Berger chocolate factory and he still thinks of it as a particularly fine job.

A chef at one of the restaurants on College Avenue offered that the best enchiladas are found at El Huarache Aztec at 3842 International Way in Oakland. Their phone number is 510-533-2395. A friend, the former manager of the Buttercup Bakery, says that the best tamales she's ever had are found at Borinquena La Mex-icatessen, 582 7th Street, Oakland. Their phone is 444-9954. The Potter Creek version of Mike and Richards Haley's California Breakfast can be found at the Westside Bakery Cafe at 2570 9th Street. For a personal history of the California Breakfast read my 8/8/03 post The Buttercup and The California Breakfast. The Bakery Cafe is a Potter Creek institution, has hardy, fresh food, makes its own baked goods, and is a hang out. If you haven't already, go there!

Kavi's new landscaping was vandalized, the vandals making off with nine plants. This property--his former home--is now for rent-- with newly replaced plants.

 

end posts from the past

 

 

 

Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

Site cleanup has begun at Nexus.

 

Nine suspects have been arrested in the few last days for the five robberies in west-Berkeley, north of University Ave. Increased street patrol and new crime analysis has enabled BPD to make these arrests.

Ofc Buckheit, BPD emails

Members of the City of 
Berkeley Police Department (BPD) have made nine (9) arrests of robbery 
suspects citywide in recent days. The Alameda County District Attorney (DA) 
has since charged one of the suspects who BPD believes is connected to the 
North Berkeley robbery series with multiple counts of robbery and attempted 
robbery. 
 
All of the arrests were a result in part by a departmental focus that included 
crime analysis, increased communication and the use of additional BPD 
personnel to concentrate patrol in several areas of the city that were 
identified as locations where robberies have taken place. There had been 
robberies occurring in South Berkeley, the South Campus area in addition to 
those in North Berkeley.  
 
In late November, BPD identified a potential series of five (5) pedestrian 
armed robberies that were happening north of University Avenue. One of the 
nine individuals arrested was caught leaving the area north of University 
Avenue after a robbery. 
 
BPD Robbery detectives are continuing follow up work on these cases which 
includes the arrest that is related to the series in North Berkeley. BPD does not 
want to compromise any of these ongoing investigations thus BPD is not 
currently sharing the names or photographs of the suspects that have been 
arrested.  
BPD would like to thank the community for their interest and participation in 
solving any robbery series. Community members are always encouraged to call 
BPD to report suspicious cars and/or individuals and offer as much detail as 
possible when doing so.  
 
BPD is also reminding community members to employ some simple crime 
prevention measures such as walking with another in the evenings and not 
talking on cell phones or listening to devices such as MP3 players and iPods as  
they limit awareness. 
 
If anyone has any information regarding any crimes, please call the BPD Non- 
Emergency Dispatch Line at (510) 981-5900. For crimes in progress or crimes 
that have just happened, please call 911 or (510) 981-5911 from your cell 
phone.                                               

 

 

from my 12/15/10 5:13 AM email

"Berkeley tables resolution to call suspected WikiLeaks soldier a hero" from Nick Valencia, CNN.

"The Berkeley, California, City Council tabled a resolution Tuesday night that would have declared jailed Army Pfc. Bradley Manning a hero.

Manning is accused of releasing documents to WikiLeaks, a website known for leaking official secrets. Manning is currently awaiting trial on charges of illegally downloading classified material and providing video of a 2007 helicopter attack in Iraq to WikiLeaks.

The vote was 8-0, with one abstention, said Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, spokeswoman for Berkeley's city manager's office.

Mayor Tom (sic) Bater said the council didn't have enough information to determine whether Manning is 'a hero or traitor.' "

 

Claudia emails that CNN is incorrect. Da Boz is Bates not Bater.

 

And "Berkeley Tables Vote On Honoring WikiLeaks Soldier" a KTVU News report with video that is particularly informative and with some good shots of our council members.

 

 

 

Charlie Rose had an hour long conversation with Gordon Brown, the former British Prime Minister. Among the subjects discussed were the necessity of investing in higher education and Brown's partial nationalization of British banks during the collapse, thought by some to have been his greatest achievement.

 


end Miscellaneous Ramblings

 

 

 

 

And "Berkeley Tables Vote On Calling Wikileaker A Hero" is an AP report at KTVU News.

 

 

"EGRET Evicted from Building in Berkeley's Aquatic Park" by Joe Eaton at berkeleydailyplanet.com.

"Nothing brightens the holiday season quite like an eviction.

This Monday afternoon, Mark Liolios, founder of the Aquatic Park Environmental Greening, Restoration, and Education Team (EGRET), locked up the Cabin, also known as the Model Boat Building, the structure he and his environmental stewardship group have been using as an interpretive center. The Berkeley Parks and Recreation Department had demanded that EGRET and its sponsoring organization Berkeley Partners for Parks accept the city's terms for a lease on the building or vacate it by December 14. The city offered to provide a tool shed for the group's use if the second option was chosen."

 

 

 

"The state received another feather in its clean energy cap as a Nevada non-profit group announced its partnership with a high-profile research lab in the Bay Area" at rgj.com.

"The Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization announced its new partnership Tuesday with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to speed up commercialization of clean technology developed by the research facility."

 

 

 

 

"Some cities bailing on red-light traffic cameras" by Joshua Emerson Smith, California Watch at signonsandiego.com

"California Watch is a project of the independent, nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley and a media partner of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

While the state collects millions of dollars from red-light cameras at intersections, several California cities are starting to question whether the safety benefits are worth the high cost to their own coffers."

 

 

 

 

 

12/18/10

post from the past

12/14/07

Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle Club, Cliff Miller's holiday 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."

 

end post from the past

 

 

 

Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

The satiric, irreverent "Berkeley has an opinion on everything" by Tom Barnidge is now and then out of line and over the top. And perhaps more about remnants of our Sixties. Still . . .

"We have friends elsewhere in the country who think the entirety of California is populated with fruits and nuts. That is ridiculous, of course. Most of the whack jobs live in Berkeley.

The latest reminder arrived as an agenda item before the City Council on Tuesday, when Berkeley's Peace and Justice Commission recommended that the council recognize Army Pfc. Bradley Manning as a hero. The vote was postponed for further study.

For those who came in late, Manning is the 23-year-old intelligence specialist who faces as many as 54 years in prison for misusing and illegally downloading classified information, much of which ended up on the WikiLeaks website. Apparently, he misunderstood the part of his job about keeping secret information secret.

Fitting him for a hero's wreath might seem like conferring the Medal of Honor on Aldrich Ames, but not according to Peace and Justice commissioners.

They contend Manning did everyone a favor by upholding our right to know, and by everyone we would also mean enemy spies, communist leaders and worldwide terrorists. But let's not get caught up in details.

As fascinating as we find this empty logic, more amusing yet is that charming little Berkeley, a speck on the map, feels the need to pronounce its judgment on worldly matters.

'Hold off before we act, Mr. President. Let's find out what Berkeley thinks.'

The community has long positioned itself as the global moral compass, whether the globe needs one or not. Within the past six months, Berkeley has:

Rejected the Burmese military regime's 'illegitimate' election, which surely put a frown on Burmese generals' faces.

Supported U.S. Labor Against the War with a resolution condemning the war in Afghanistan, so fighting should be coming to an end any day.

Urged McDonald's to switch to a less cruel method of chicken slaughter, offering hope to chickens everywhere that they can die a dignified death."

 

 

"Berkeley is hazardous to cyclists and pedestrians" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"Police and health departments to improve conditions via a $400,000 grant

Berkeley is the most dangerous city of its size in California for bicyclists and pedestrians, according to the city's police and health departments which received about $400,000 this fall to make the roads safer.

The grants, $200,000 for the police department and $234,000 for the health department, came from the state Office of Traffic Safety.

The office ranks Berkeley No. 1 out of 55 similar-sized cities for bicyclists and pedestrians injured and killed, according to the Berkeley health department."

 

Chief Meehan does NOT like to be number one in this. Look for things to change for the better sooner-than-later.

 

 

our Claudia emails about the BPD arrest of robbery suspects

Ron
I hope that one of the nine [arrested] was the one who broke into our office on 11/29-stole 3 computers (and some mail) from our office on 5th St. 
Claudia

The BPD press release does not make it clear which robberies were involved though it now seems that those of both north-where you are-- and south Berkeley were.

 

 

end Miscellaneous Ramblings

 

 

 

"UC raises retirement age for university employees" at bloomberg.com.

"The next generation of University of California employees could have to work longer to receive pensions and other retirement benefits."

 

 

"Northern California fishing report" by Tim Goode at mercurynews.com.

"Berkeley: Crab limits and a handful of shrimp highlight every trip. Sturgeon trips will begin next week."

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/19/10

Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

"Home solar costs falling with industry scale" by Martin LaMonica cnet.com.

  "A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study finds that the price of installing residential solar photovoltaic systems has fallen due to cheaper solar panels and improved industry efficiency."

 

If I were a betting man, I'd put good money on LBL locating in west-Berkeley.

 

 

The Simon's Hardware Effect

With news accounts of a 2%, 4%, 5 % increase in Holiday retail sales and at the same time reports of discounts of 20%, 40% even 60%, I'm reminded of Moe Moskowitz' "Simon's Hardware Effect." Simon's, an Oakland hardware store, saw a nice increase in their gross month after month, and were quite content with it. It seems, however, that at the same time they were operating at a significant loss and so the more business they did, the more they went into debt. They eventually went out of business.

 

Bicyclists behaving badly.

My interest in making bicyclists' behavior more rational is purely selfish. Since I myself ride, I don't want to be hit by some motorist getting-even for past encounters with bicyclists behaving badly. Cutting in front of the driver, riding in a cross-walk in front of on coming traffic, blowing a stop sign at speed in front of passing traffic, come to mind.

 

 

 

 "Emotional intelligence, compassion peaks in our 60s" at is a story at allheadlinenews.com.

"Older people have a hard time controlling their feelings, especially when watching heart-wrenching or disturbing scenes in movies and reality shows, psychologists have found.

However University of California at Berkeley researchers note that with age they become better than their younger counterparts at seeing the positive side of a stressful situation and empathizing with the less fortunate.

They found that emotional intelligence and cognitive skills can actually sharpen as we enter our 60s, giving older people an advantage in the workplace and in personal relationships."

Finally, some good news about old age. I think I'm going to cry.

Ed Saylan said about getting old. "The only good thing about old age is that it doesn't last too long."

 

 

Jill Ellis, CEID director emails
 Wishing you and all your readers a very happy and healthy 2011.
Thanks for all your work in keeping our community updated and working together.
Jill

 

end Miscellaneous Ramblings

 

 

 

posts from the past

9/4/04

Our very own author and publisher, Malcolm Margolin is the feature in the business
section of the West County Times.
Check it out.

By popular demand I repost how to eat-out three good meals a day within bicycling distance of Potter Creek for under $6.00 total tax included. First, have a late breakfast at IKEA of their open-face shrimp sandwich--a piece of buttered Swedish-rye, topped with one hardboiled egg and a big handful of shrimp on a leaf of lettuce with a little mayonnaise, and garnished with cucumber and lemon slices, $2.16-- and coffee is free with this before 11:00 AM and so are the sample-cookies in the bins at the food-shop on the first floor; lunch at Subway on the corner of San Pablo and Solano on a 6-inch meatball-sub with everything for $2.15 but bring a drink in your water-bottle; then finally have a heavy dinner at Costco of their foot long Polish sausage on a bun and a medium drink, making sure you top the Polish with mustard, kraut, onions, relish, catsup, etc, etc, the cost $1.63. (Don't worry, you have the bike trip back to work it off.) All this totals $5.94 tax included. If you want to come closer to $7.00, have a cheese, turkey, or veggie burger for lunch at Gustavo's lunch-wagon at 7th and Potter.

 

The Nazis couldn't lay "Fast Eddie" Saylan low in the skies over Europe, but a couple of weeks ago, during a work-out for his knee replacement, he had another heart attack. It was touch and go for a while but now he's coming home from the hospital.

 

end posts from the past

 

 

 

"Why Holiday Travel Makes You Dumb" Jenna Goudreau, forbes.com.

"Feeling like a hamster on a wheel this holiday season? If so, you'll likely relate to those recently tested for travel side effects by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley. According to their research, the impacts of jet lag-memory loss and learning problems-may alter your brain's structure long after you unpack."

 

 

 

"Medical Pot Sales in Oakland Reach $35 million This Year:Industry will bring in $1.5 million in taxes this year to city" by Zusha Elinson, baycitizen.org.

"The economy is still tanking, but Oakland's medical pot industry is banking.

The city's finance wizards are projecting that Oakland's three dispensaries will sell between $35 million and $38 million worth in marijuana this year. Translated that equals approximately three and a quarter tons, 104,000 ounces, or 4.2 million joints."

 

 

 

 

"UC Berkeley Extension Announces New Belmont Center" at busineswire.com

"UC Berkeley Extension announces the opening of a new conveniently located facility at 1301 Shoreway Road in Belmont, California. Spring 2011 classes are now under way at the new location.

    'The new Belmont Center facility supports our mission to serve the continuing education needs of the entire Bay Area.'

UC Berkeley Extension's new Belmont Center is located directly off U.S. Highway 101, one half mile south of Oracle Parkway. Housed on the fourth floor of 1301 Shoreway Road, the Belmont Center features 10 classrooms, a student lounge, workspace for faculty and staff, and ample free parking." 

 

 

 

 

 

12/19b/10

Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

You can find information about our current weather conditions including real-time radar at www.wunderground.com

If you want to find something in past Scrambled Eggs go to Google search ronpenndorf.com plus your key word. More often than not you'll find it. For instance click on ronpenndorf.com frankel for stories about, links to our Berkeley PD Ofc Andrew Frankel in Scrambled Eggs & Lox.

 

Employee turnover is high in the restaurant business, particularly among food-servers. Our Juan's is unusual for keeping largely the same group of waiters over the years. But perhaps more unusual is 900 GRAYSON, for during the last few years they've had little turn over of both servers and chefs (cooks), and there are a core of employees who have been with them from the start.

And during these hard times two very different Potter Creek businesses come to mind for "taking care of their people." Both V&W Windows and Swerve have gone to great lengths, and some personal sacrifice, to keep their old-timers.

Well, Ok then!

end Miscellaneous Ramblings

 

post from the past

6/27/08

900 GRAYSON was named in the Express as the best place for comfort-food in the East Bay.

 

Quote of the week "He's as sharp as a circle."

end posts from the past

 

 

 

 

"12 years later, San Lorenzo family and Berkeley police searching for murder suspect" mercurynews.com.

"Berkeley police are asking for the public's help in finding the man responsible for a vicious unsolved murder that happened 12 years ago today.

At about 7:15 a.m. on Dec. 17, 1998, San Lorenzo resident Rick DeVecchi noticed a man prowling around the bed of his truck. The truck was parked in the 1900 block of Second Street in West Berkeley, in front of his family's trucking company, police said.

When DeVecchi stepped into the street to investigate, the prowler intentionally ran him down with his car, police said.

DeVecchi was critically injured and died at the hospital.

DeVecchi, who was 37, is survived by his wife of 15 years and two children."

 

 

"Oakland's pot-growing plan may hit legal wall" is a story at sfgate.com.

"The city of Oakland's plan to license four medical marijuana production and processing plants might be snuffed out before it starts.

The Oakland Tribune reported Friday that the district attorney for the Northern California county that includes Oakland sent a letter to city officials this week warning that the kind of large-scale commercial growing operations they want to authorize are probably illegal under both state and federal law.

State courts already have found that California's medical marijuana law allows patients or their designated caregivers to grow pot, but does not provide legal cover for storefront pot dispensaries that nonetheless have flourished, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley wrote.

Growing facilities are likely to be just as illegal and the people associated with them, including city officials, should not consider themselves immune from prosecution by her office, she said."

 

 

 

"UC Berkeley's bike dispute goes viral" is at latimes.com.

"Campus' $220 fines prompt a Facebook page for protesters and spark a debate across the Bay Area on cyclists' civility."

 

 

 

 

 

"North Coast towns can't ban military recruiters" Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Ordinances approved by voters in Arcata and Eureka to prohibit military recruiters from contacting minors are unconstitutional attempts to regulate the federal government and limit its authority over the armed forces, a federal appeals court ruled Friday."

 

 

 

 

 

"Build It Green Recognizes California's Green Building Leaders" is a press release at pr.com.

"Build It Green's 2nd Annual Awards Ceremony at the Brower Center last week recognized green building industry leaders from the public and private sector. This diverse group of thought leaders are helping to make residential green building standard practice across the state of California.

Berkeley, CA, December 18, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Build It Green recognized California's green building leaders in its 2nd Annual Green Building Awards Ceremony last week. Held at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on December 9th, the awards recognized a diverse group of thought leaders who have been instrumental in raising the bar for residential green building across the state of California."

 

 

"Mutation-prediction software rewarded:California contest looks to boost software that can analyse genetic data" nature.com.

"A computer program that predicts the effects of gene mutations has earned its author a doctorate, a stack of journal publications - and now a dancing wind-up toy named Molly.

Yana Bromberg, a bioinformatician at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, won the toy for her program, SNAP, in an experimental contest that culminated on 10 December in Berkeley, California. The competition, called the Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation (CAGI), asks researchers to predict the biological effects of different mutations, and compares their results against unpublished experimental data.

The contest was conceived by Steven Brenner, a computational genomicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and John Moult, a computational biologist at the University of Maryland in Rockville. Their goal is to accelerate the development of software that can quickly interpret large amounts of genetic data - for example, the whole genome sequence of a tumour from a biopsy."

 

 

 

 

"Barnes & Noble bites dust in S.F." is a report at sfgate.com. "B&N's Fisherman's Wharf store closes Dec. 31st.

A sign has been posted in the store."

 

 

 

 

from my log

12/3/10--10:05 AM--VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, etc Symptoms similar to swimming in a pool with much too much chlorine. 2:17PM--irritant in front room, usual symptoms but with SERIOUS burning throat. This has been a pattern for the last two days.

12/4/10--~8:15 AM--VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, throat, nausea.

12/6/10--1:21 PM--very serious irritant in front room, dry dirty air, SERIOUS cough attack, burning eyes, leave. 5:41 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes.

12/11/10--1:26 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry air, mucus membrane irritation. 12/11/10--1:59 PM--Marsha has coughing attack. 2:15 PM nausea, blurring vision, coughing attack. 2:21 PM--similar, overrides HEPA filters and respirators. 5:43 PM--similar.

12/13/10--11:26 AM--dry dirty air, watery eyes, cough attack. 11:34 AM--mucus membrane irritation, short breath, overrides HEPAs.

12/15/10--6:53 AM--irritant in front room, strong odor of burning gas--not ours.

12/17/10--8:34 PM--irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation wear respirator.

12/18/10--10:10 AM--irritant in warehouse, dirty dry air, watery eyes, cough, leave.

 

 

 

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

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Crooks."

 

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

The original owner of all posted material retains copyright. The material is used only to illustrate.