December 2011

after 12/8/11 here after 12/22/11 here




Upcoming Staff Changes in the Mayor's Office


a forward of His Honor Da Boz email

As many of you know, Julie Sinai my current Chief of Staff is transitioning into her new position at UC Berkeley as the new Director of Local Government and Community Relations at UC Berkeley. 

I also want to take this opportunity to announce  that I have hired Judith Iglehart as my new Chief of Staff effective Monday January 3rd, 2012.  Currently, Ms. Iglehart is the President of the international division of the Keiretsu Forum.  Her past experience in private business, the California State Senate and with the University of California make her excellent fit in my office. 

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Iglehart to the City of Berkeley. 

Mayor Tom Bates



City of Berkeley News Page here


"Electrical malfunction caused Berkeley fire" Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"A devastating fire that tore through a Berkeley apartment building began with an electrical malfunction in the basement, fire investigators said today.

The fire was apparently an accident, starting in the elevator machinery and quickly engulfing the historic 4-story apartment building just south of the UC Berkeley campus, according to the Berkeley Fire Department's initial findings."


"Fire in Dwinelle Hall at UC Berkeley quickly contained" is a report in the Contra Costa Times .



"Hewlett-Packard printers can be controlled and set afire by hackers, researchers say" reports Jeremy C. Owens at



"UC Berkeley police union defends Occupy handling" is an AP report at

"The union representing University of California, Berkeley police say a video showing baton-wielding officers jabbing demonstrators earlier this month is misleading and doesn't show officers being hit, pushed and threatened. . . .

The UC Berkeley Police Officers' Association on Monday released a letter to the community, saying it supports a full investigation of the Nov. 9 incident. . . .

The letter also criticized UC officials, saying they asked police to enforce their policies then refused to stand by officers when they did."

"Which Side Are They On? How cops really feel about the Occupy Wall Street protests" by Peter Moskos at

"As to the protesters, I have sympathy. I can only hope they will direct their anger not toward the men and women following orders (lawful orders, mind you), but to those with the power and means to actually affect change.

As to the police, I also have sympathy. You are stuck in the middle, as usual. But you must exercise professionalism and restraint. The whole world really is watching. And the good job of many can easily be undone by the out-of-control action of few.

But to those who may be intent on provoking and hurting police, I can offer no better warning than one told to my friend years ago by his father: 'Don't get into fights with police; they're not in the habit of losing.' "


Charlie Rose "Update on Occupy Wall Street" with John Heilemann and

Mattathias Schwartz is here.



"Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awards $6 million for earthquake early warning research" Media Relations, UC Berkeley.

"The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded $6 million to three West Coast universities to create a prototype earthquake early warning system for the Pacific Coast of the United States.

The grant will allow seismologists at the University of California, Berkeley; California Institute of Technology (Caltech); and University of Washington, Seattle, in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to learn about the science of earthquakes and the best way to capture and analyze seismic data."



"Marley Coffee Introduces Organic Ground Coffee Line to Retail Partners in Northern California" is a story release at

"Karen Marley [ will ] Visit Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco on Dec. 3, Andronico's Markets in Berkeley on Dec. 4

Marley Coffee, a sustainably grown, ethically farmed and artisan roasted gourmet coffee, has expanded distribution in Northern California with two leading retailers. Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco and Andronico's Markets in Berkeley will both begin offering the new lineup of Marley Coffee Organic Ground in 8-oz. bags, starting in December.

To celebrate, Karen Marley, daughter of Bob Marley, will visit the historic Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco on Saturday, December 3 from 12pm ­ 2pm. "



"Volunteer grandparents fill void with love in S.F." is a Meredith May story at









The Cajun Savoy Family is giving a free performance in front of the 4th Street Down Home Music. It's Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM. Definitely check it out!



"Berkeley puts up balance of funds for disability center" writes the San Francisco Chronicle's Carolyn Jones.

"Somewhere, Ed Roberts is smiling.

A one-of-a-kind regional campus named in honor of the pioneering disability rights activist won its final round of funding Tuesday night when the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to pay the remaining $2 million.

The Ed Roberts Campus will be a Bay Area center for disability services, policy research and education. Ground will be broken in May or June, after 12 years of fundraising.

"Everyone's a little stunned," said Dmitri Belser, president of the Ed Roberts Campus. 'People are feeling pretty happy right now. But they're also feeling a lot of incredible gratitude.' "

Marsha Wacko sent me the link to this story from her law office. Marsha got her first real job in California with the help of our Center for Independent Living.


















Vintage European Posters
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-5:30
December Weekends Saturday 11-6 and Sundays 11-5

 2201 Fourth Street in Berkeley

Come and join us this month. We will be open the first three weekends of December as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays leading up to the holiday.



VW's new spot for South Africa

Volkswagen "Motorcycle Ad"

"Riding a motorcycle isn't for everyone. Aside from the requisite blatant disregard for personal safety, there are a host of inconveniences to deal with. Bugs, heat, dirt, dust, grime and the stench of road kill can all put a kink in an otherwise enjoyable afternoon of riding. . . . Volkswagen South Africa has released a new ad for the company's Jetta featuring a duo of would-be motorcycle heroes as they endure the slings of motorcycling on a pair of beautiful Kawasaki steeds."



"E. Coli Bacteria Engineered to Make Transport Fuels" at

"The same bacteria that causes traveler's diarrhea has now been genetically engineered to digest switchgrass and synthesize its sugars into three transportation fuels."





"Apple, and Planet, Low on Cats" Andrew C Revkin,

"All of the animals Apple has used come from Felidae family in the Carnivora order of mammals. Tiger, Lion, Jaguar, and Leopard all come from the subfamily known as Pantherinae. Cheetah comes from the other still-living subfamily, Felinae.

There are a lot of other cats left. None of them are particularly intimidating though. The Eurasian Lynx can weigh as much as 66 pounds. Even less fearsome: the Eurasian Lynx's North American cousin, the Bobcat; the Ocelot, the biggest of the dinky Leopardus genus; and Felix Catus, the domestic cat.

Apple hasn't tapped a third group of Felidae, now extinct, known as the Machairodontinae. That subfamily includes Smilodon, also known as the 'Saber-toothed cat.'"












"3 top James Beard awards for Bay Area foodies" writes Miriam Morgan, Chronicle Food Editor.

"Bay Area chefs and restaurateurs took home three top prizes in Sunday night's James Beard Foundation Awards in New York, including best chef in the Pacific region. The awards, given annually, are considered the Oscars of the food world.

Craig Stoll, chef and co-owner of Delfina in San Francisco, beat stiff competition that included three other Bay Area chefs and was named the best chef in California and Hawaii, one of 10 such regional awards. Stoll and his wife, Annie, also operate the adjoining Pizzeria Delfina. The award goes to a chef who has been working in that job for at least five years and has set consistent standards of excellence.

Another major prize, the Outstanding Pastry Chef award, went to Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson, owners of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, as the best pastry chefs or bakers in America. The award designates a chef or baker who serves as a national standard-bearer of excellence. The couple also own Bar Tartine, a restaurant a few blocks away on Valencia Street. Nicole Plue, pastry chef at Redd in Yountville, was one of the five nominees in the pastry category.

In addition, Fritz Maytag of Anchor Brewing Co. and Anchor Distilling Co., both in San Francisco, a pioneer in the American micro-brew and artisan spirits industries, received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Maytag also produces high-quality blue cheese at his family's Maytag Dairy Farms in Iowa, and is a leader in the resurgent American artisan cheese industry."


In 1983 Fritz Maytag, also a motorcycle/car guy, held a "Concours d'Elegance of Rare and Unusual Motorcycles" at his Anchor Steam Brewery in San Francisco. I was invited to show at this invitation-only event. I brought three bikes and my 1969 Royal Enfield "Interceptor" was one of them. Deliciously catered, and with motorcycles placed in among the copper-vats, it was memorable. Ed and Merryll Saylan came as my guests.


I also brought my all-black 1946 Sunbeam of which Maytag said "This is my favorite. It's even better than the Vincents." I bet he says that to all the girls.

Maytag was also a classical music fan and loves Bach. We talked a while about Bach's "Suites for Unaccompanied Cello."



















roof work

Saturday at Fantasy



Like big machinery?

see a big Liebherr excavator climb a tall vertical ladder

Video link courtesy Bob Kubik.





Slated for initial production in late 2008, the Aptera will come in all-electric and plug-in hybrid models. Its name means "wingless" in Greek, and the Aptera's body materials and aerodynamics are borrowed from light aircraft.

When Steve Fambro got bored building robots at a San Diego genetics company, he figured he could help keep his brain busy by building a kit airplane in his spare time. But his wife deemed the hobby too dangerous, so Fambro decided to build a car instead, one with low emissions and absurdly high mileage. Called the Aptera (Greek for "wingless"), the machine now exists as a working prototype. It has 2.5 seats, three wheels, weighs a feathery 1,500 pounds, and Fambro says his company will put the Aptera into production next October.


"California electric vehicle maker Aptera closes doors" at

"Paul Wilbur, president and CEO of electric vehicle manufacturer Aptera just announced the company is closing today. The company was headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., the district of House Republican Darrell Issa, a big critic of bankrupt Fremont solar manufacturer Solyndra.

Aptera hoped to make a three-wheeled electric car in the $30,000 range but has been unable to find private investors to match a conditional Energy Department loan committment of $150 million."









Doc drives his Jag to work regularly

Well Ok, then!

















"Advice From the 1%: Lever Up, Drop Out" by Michael Lewis at

(Michael Lewis is the author of the best-sellers The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine; The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game; Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game; and Liars Poker among other works.)

"To: The Upper Ones From: Strategy Committee Re: The Counterrevolution

As usual, we have much to celebrate.

The rabble has been driven from the public parks. Our adversaries, now defined by the freaks and criminals among them, have demonstrated only that they have no idea what they are doing. They have failed to identify a single achievable goal.

Just weeks ago, in our first memo, we expressed concern that the big Wall Street banks were vulnerable to a mass financial boycott -- more vulnerable even than tobacco companies or apartheid-era South African multinationals. A boycott might raise fears of a bank run; and the fears might create the fact.

Now, we'll never know: The Lower 99's notion of an attack on Wall Street is to stand around hollering at the New York Stock Exchange. The stock exchange!

We have won a battle, but this war is far from over."


CBS 60 Minutes

"Two high-ranking financial whistleblowers say they tried to warn their superiors about defective and even fraudulent mortgages. So why haven't the companies or their executives been prosecuted? "


"Prosecuting Wall Street, pt. 1 with Eileen Foster, former Countrywide vice president" a Steve Kroft report.

"Prosecuting Wall Street, pt. 2 with Richaed Bowen, former senior vice president, Citigroup" Steve Kroft reports.

"Behind the financial crisis: A fraud investigator talks."










"I mean, there really isn't any Santa Claus, right?" Jack thought.

Steve Smith photo

Still, . . . "Naughty or nice, naughty or nice?" continued to run through his head.














Sunday, on his 7th Birthday



"Researcher takes on 'empathy fatigue' in the workplace" by Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations, UC Berkeley.

"A nurse refuses to help an ailing alcoholic who is upset to find a hospital detox unit closed. A hospital clerk brushes off a deceased woman's grieving family as they try to pay her bills and claim her belongings. A charge nurse keeps the mother of gunshot victim from seeing her son, saying the emergency room is 'too busy.'

These harsh, real-life scenarios helped inspire Eve Ekman, a doctoral student in social welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, to study empathy burnout in the workplace, a condition expected to skyrocket this year due to the stress caused by the nation's financial crisis."









Scrambled Eggs Babe of the Year 2004

Potter Creek's newest citizen














Sally and Suzanna had a garden party on Sunday afternoon in January 2007 --sort of the celebration "My dinning pavilion was featured in House Beautiful." And by mid-afternoon, Sally's pavilion and backyard over-flowed with guests, among them movers-and-shakers of west-Berkeley and dressed-to-the-tens Bay Area interior decorators and designers. Champagne flowed and La Farine desserts dazzled on the dinning-room table. But in the midst of all this sat the demure Dorothy Mitchell-Irwin, now 91. Sally's cousin, she was down from Redlands for the party. A Redlands native, Dorothy went to school there from kindergarten to college, graduating from the University of Redlands in 1938. After meeting her first husband-to-be on a Hawiian cruise they married and shortly after moved to Honolulu. But they divorced within a year. "I thought I was so smart, but I was so naive" she said.

Dorothy remained in Hawaii and got a job working for a civilian contractor to the military. And so on December 7, 1941 she was there and remembers. . . .


When I think of December 7th, 1941 I usually also remember the Thanksgiving before. My boyfriend at the time, Hilbert Crosthwaite was a young Lieutenant on the submarine, ARGONAUT. He had duty on Thanksgiving night and invited me to join him and another officer on board for dinner. (I don't remember what we had, but the Navy was famous for good food.) While we were eating the teletype started clacking and we could hear it. The other officer took the communique and read it. The sense of the message, from Washington I think, was that the United States had lost track of the Japanese fleet but that it was still somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

December 7 was on a Sunday. When the telephone rang early that morning I ran downstairs to answer it. (Later on one of our boyfriends put an extension upstairs, but I was the one awakened and ran downstairs to answer it.) It was a roomate's boyfriend, Warren Gardner, and he said: "The Japs have bombed Pearl Harbor!" We had not been out with him the night before, and anyhow he was inclined to play jokes on us, so I said: "Stop yer kidding-and go back to bed." "No," he said, "it's true, If you don't believe me turn on the radio." So I did and this is what I heard Webbley Edwards say: "And if you do not live throughout this day, happy landings. The radio station is now going off air.`' All the radios were off air so no enemy planes could follow the beam into Honolulu.

Well! That got my attention. I ran upstairs to waken my roommates and met with the same unacceptance until out our upstairs window which overlooked the Ala Wai Canal and the golf course beyond, we-saw a small white plane flying low over the canal with a big red circle under the wing!

You can imagine we got dressed in a hurry. In order to calm my nerves and keep busy I decided to wash clothes in the kitchen sink. We did not have a washing machine and as a rule we took our laundry to a Japanese mamasan every week. I remember thinking: if I'm going to be a Japanese prisoner, at least I'll have clean clothes. Later we were advised to pack a bag and what we should put in it. We still had it at the end of the war but we hadn't used it.

When we heard what we thought was a bomb explode a block from our apartment we all ran out to see what had happened and while we were gone the sink overflowed and flooded the kitchen floor. That kept me busy too. Now I'd have clean clothes and a clean floor.

Some Japanese bombs did fall farther away from our apartment, but the one in question was an anti aircraft shell which misfired from Fort de Russey's Battery B anti aircraft Coast Defense gun. This was an Army Fort to protect Honolulu shoreline from Diamond Head to Fort Armstrong down town. Well fortunately that shell fell on an inter section of Aloha Drive and Lewers Ave. It made a hole in the pavement that was quickly repaired.

The Japanese bomb wiped out a low income area of mostly Japanese residents and we thought it was ironic they bombed their own people.

Now there's a beautiful hotel for service people at Fort de Russey and a museum on the site of Battery B, as it was called.

We kept ourselves busy all day. Early in the afternoon one of the room mate's boyfriends who lived in Manoa Valley came to see if we were OK. I think 3 or 4 fellows lived in the house. So we all piled in Fred Barnett's open air convertible and he took the 3 of us home. We were driving down Beretania Blvd. between the Honolulu Academy of Arts and Thomas Square when we heard a terrible racket that sounded like machtne gun fire, and we all DUCKED. A big PBY was flying overhead and we were thankful it was OUR plane. But the noise was caused by a flat tire. Auwe! We all piled out of the car while the tire was fixed.

Those fine fellows opened cans and fixed a tuna casserole that tasted mighty good. My two roommates worked for Hawaiian Electric Co. and one was a Home Economist, so I'm sure we must have helped. I'm not sure where everyone else slept, but I slept on the floor in my clothes.

I might add that we expected the Japanese would come ashore at Waikiki.

Next morning one fellow drove me to the Navy Recruiting office on Ala Moana Blvd . and I got a ride to the Submarine Base Gate at Pearl Harbor. Then I started walking to Kuahua Island (as it was called) where the Pacific Naval Airbase office was where I worked, when a Press Photographer picked me up and took me to the office. I'm sorry I can't remember his name because he became a famous photographer.

The PNAB office was across from Ford Island which actually blocks the entrance to Pearl Harbor. The scene was horrendous - water was burning because oil from the battleships had caught fire. They were still bringing in bodies, both dead and alive. All of our battleships had been destroyed, as they intended, but we still had aircraft carriers!

W. T. Owen was the manager of the PNAB Purchasing Department where I worked. There were 8 or 10 purchasing agents buying materials needed to build the Pacific Naval Airbases. There were 5 big engineering firms constructing these bases. Oleta Stevens was in charge of all the girls (20 or 30?) who typed the purchase orders for Midway, Wake and Johnson Islands. I called Oleta and she reminded me that on the 8th our wastebaskets were filled with sand in case there was a fire when the Japs returned. She said she urged us to work hard and fast to accomplish as-much as possible in case it was our last chance.

She remembered that the OKLAHOMA had capsized and by Tuesday the ship had been righted and all the officers and crew were rescued. The ARIZONA was never brought up from its watery grave.

The YORKTOWN aircraft carrier was badly damaged during the Battle of Coral Sea in May of 1942, and it was sunk during the Battle of Midway the following month. The ENTERPRISE was badly damaged too. More about that later.

On Monday I saw a Destroyer going out to sea that maneuvered back and forth like a car emerging from a tight place. They'd had word the Japs were attacking Hilo and were going out to protect the harbor.

The next day our friends gathered to help us black out our our apartment. It stayed that way till the end of the war.

The air raid wardens were very demanding - not one glimmer of light was allowed to show through.

Naturally we were all afraid. We really expected the Japanese to invade Oahu by walking in over the reefs to Waikiki. Now we know they planned to start with the Philippines and work their way across the Pacific. They made a good start to this plan. Lucky for us they didn't know how easy it would have been to invade Oahu.

Just before the Battle of Midway it was very impressive to be aware of bombers flying out from Hickam Airfield, next to Pearl Harbor, every few minutes. We knew something Big was happening. It was the Battle of Midway. At that Battle the Japanese lost 3,500 of their finest and best trained men.

Shortly after in June, 1942, the aircraft carrier ENTERPRISE, which had been badly damaged in the Battle of Midway, returned to Pearl Harbor with a GREAT hole in its side. Still, it was a magnificent sight to see this huge ship badly crippled come back home to Pearl Harbor - the crew and officers standing at attention on deck. It was thrilling, and we were very proud. Until then I don't believe we'd been confident about winning the war. But that was the beginning of the end of what had been started for us at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 194L Although it took 3 more years of fierce fighting and a terrible loss of life to come to a successful conclusion.


Some years ago, my friend Takane Eshima gave me a copy of the book Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor. The author is ex-Oakland Tribune reporter/photographer, Robert B. Stinnett. The book's thesis is that WE were sneaky about Pearl Harbor. Although his case that FDR knowingly let Pearl Harbor happen in order to get America into war is not fully made, it seems clear Roosevelt finessed us into World War II.

In Alliance of Enemies; the untold story of the secret American and German collaboration to end World War II, authors Hassell and MacRae write of Roosevelt's methods "FDR sized on information to use as a tool for power plays among his key advisors. Richard M. Helms . . . recalled that FDR also ignored 'intelligence that was inconvenient. . . . Intelligence was important to [Roosevelt] . . . but he tended to toy with it.' "
















100 artists and craftspeople open their studios and galleries 
during the 21st Annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios. 
Event website has a list and map/

Saturdays and Sundays
11/26 thru 12/18
11 - 6 p.m.
for Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios

2547 Eighth Street at Parker, Berkeley
In the Sawtooth Building 


Please join Susan Brooks @ the Studio
hand wrought jewelry & works on paper

In addition to the weekends of the event 
I will also be open every Thursdays 12-5 p.m.
and Dec. 19-23, 12-5 p.m., Dec. 24, 11-2 p.m.
I will be available many extra afternoons throughout the season, just give a call.
Throughout the year I am open 
every Thursday, the first Saturday of the month,
& by appointment or chance.
Hope you'll stop by,

There are also open studios in ActivSpace at 2703 7th Street, Berkeley AND throughout Potter Creek and west-Berkeley.



You can drop toys off for "Toys for Tots" at BFD Station No.1. They're on 8th just north of Dwight.



And Berkeley High's principal has written letters to parents of his concern over the increased size of the Occupy encampment. It is across from our high school.

The Obama administration has just released a study about domestic terrorism that advocates greater involvement of local law enforcement.



Claudia emails

Rocket Restaurant Supply

This place is on 7th almost at Ashby, but I went there for the first time on Saturday, and was very pleasantly surprised. They have a HUGE assortment of cooking equipment, sized for the home cook to cooking for the whole neighborhood, and then some. Plus very reasonably prices. I wasn't sure it was open to the public, but it is, and I urge people to go see it. Reminds me of the days when the Whole Earth Access store was down there, could drop in for a little item like a thernometer for yogurt making (as I did today), or to inspire wishful thinking about a dream kitchen too.


especially good for holiday baking season



and here again for the Holidays is Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle Club, Cliff Miller's fruitcake 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.

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

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.


Turn on the electric mixer, beat 1 cup of butter in a large fluffy
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

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.

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."




Though not published by our The Bark, still check out " 'Everyday Dogs' the allure of man's best friend" by Kathleen Maclay, UC Media Relations.

"A new book from the University of California, Berkeley's Bancroft Library now hitting the holiday bookstore shelves gives fresh meaning to the term 'dog days' by celebrating the powerful connections between people and their canine companions.

'Everyday Dogs' shows the special bonds between humans and their pets."



Of some particular Potter Creek interest yet by itself specially good is Charlie Rose' conversation with John Lasseter--John Lasseter, the director and the chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Though Lasseter's appreciation of Steve Jobs has insight, his expressed love of animation is contagious. A regular at 900 GRAYSON, Lasseter televises well.




a Mary Morris Lawrence photo

Marilyn Monroe


"Early Marilyn Monroe photos sell for more than $300,000 at auction" is an AP story.

"Copyrights and images from Marilyn Monroe's first photo shoot sold for $352,000 at an auction . . . Julien's Auctions spokeswoman Caroline Galloway tells The Associated Press on Sunday that the Monroe photos - taken in 1946 when she was still Norma Jeane Dougherty - were the highlight of the Beverly Hills auction known as "Icons & Idols."










this photo is of

the Avon Lady here from Walnut Creek

the mayor of Potter Creek

a biker chick

Marsha Wacko







"Greenhouse gas network grows in CA" is a report at

"Earth Networks on Wednesday announced it will connect with state-run atmospheric sensors and those operated by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the Bay Area to expand its network for monitoring greenhouse gases in California.

There will be at least 12 greenhouse observation sites ­ including those managed by Earth Networks, the Berkeley Lab and Scripps -- in California, with more in surrounding states as part of the effort. The company is pitching in $1 million and the State of California is providing $300,000."









from my log

12/1/11--4:48 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation.

12/2/11--5:05 PM---dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation.

12/3/11--4:58--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, nausea, overrides HEPA filters. Marsha has same and headache. 5:54 PM--"epoxy" odor in front room. Similar off-and-on during day.

12/4/11--8:31 M--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. {Last two days almost constant irritation, general mucus membraneheadache, nausea, dry itchy skin, watery eyes, Marsha same.) 9:06 AM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 7:34 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, Marsha similar. 9:39 PM--Similar.

12/5/11--7:04 AM---dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 8:29 AM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 12:03 PM-- dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 3:23 PM-- dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. Off-and--on all affternoon.

12/6/11--4:21 PM--lights flicker. 4:29--dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 5:31;;PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room nausea, headache, light head, leave. 6:28 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 10:06 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. Off-and-on since late afternoon.

12/7/11--12:51 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 8:07 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor.

12/8/11--5:27 AM--dirty dry air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. Similar off-and-on all day. 6:47 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. Constant from early evening, dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor.

12/8/11--PM through 12/9/11AM--Off-and-on, dry dirty air dirty dry air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor, ends about 6:00AM. About 7.00 AM--irritant in front room, nausea, headache, light head. 11:42 AM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, "epoxy/asbestos/hot roofing tar" odor. 2:30 PM--similar.


Understand, length of exposure to irritant is critical, just walking past warehouse is not sufficient; "IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse" means just that--a few feet or less, and for some time; the irritant is often odorless--understand even some lethal gases are; irritant is experienced only "now and then"; and irritant has after life.








eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from


Bay Area foreclosures from

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

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out 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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

If you ever need to get a human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc., this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get you to a human being within a few seconds.


Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.


Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay 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, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

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

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120

Darryl Moore, City Councilman


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

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