These two photos are of a
used carbon pre-filter from one of my four Honeywell HEPA, CPZ
air-filters. This pre-filter surrounds a particulate filter-drum
that in-turn surrounds a gas filter-drum.
The filter was used for two
and one-half weeks, from the end of January 2009 to Saturday,
February 14th, 2009.
The filter is in a front
room in my warehouse--the room is enclosed with its door closed
much of the time.
The room is cleaned regularly.
This warehouse is immediately
across from the French School playground.
This is the Honeywell
17450 HEPA, GPZ filter.
A source close to the Berkeley
Bowl owners reports that they definitely plan to open the Potter
Creek Bowl May 15th.
Pete's Potter Creek Rain
2/6-.4, 2/9-.25, 2/10-.1,
2/11-.6, 2/12-.15, 2/14-1.4, 2/15- .6, 2/16-2.15, 2/17-.7, 2/18-.6
for a total of 6.95 inches. This makes up 29% of our average rainfall.
A physical description the
Berkeley "sexual predator" and more appears atmercurynews.com.
"The victims have described
the suspect as a white man in his early 20s with a medium build
and short dark wavy hair. The victims said he was clean-shaven
with a well-kept appearance, police said. He is 5 feet 6 to 5
Police have only a sketchy
description of the suspect because he approaches the victims from
Police ask victims who have
not already reported a similar crime, or anyone who has witnessed
any of these crimes, to contact the department's sex crimes unit
"Yelp.com Extortion Accusations Ignite
a War of Words"
is a story by JR Raphael, PC World.
"A California newspaper says online review site Yelp manipulates
its reviews for money--and now, Yelp is fighting back against
the accusations. Watch out, Web watchers: This cyberfight could
Let's Get Ready to Rumble...
The whole thing started with
a story published Wednesday by the East Bay Express, an alternative
weekly based in Emeryville (a small town located about four miles
southwest of Berkeley). The story, titled 'Yelp and the Business
of Extortion 2.0,' makes some bold claims about Yelp's business
"Santa Cruz: Where the Left and No-Growth
Politics Meet" is
a book review by Randy Shaw at beyondchron.org.
"Santa Cruz is known
for the University of California, Santa Cruz, its beaches, and
its historic Boardwalk and amusement park. But the city also has
a striking, and, until this book, largely unreported political
history, one that raises critical questions about the meaning
of the terms 'left' and 'progressive' in the context of local
Richard Gendron and Bill
Domhoff show in their provocative new book, The Leftmost City,
self-identified 'socialist-feminists' have controlled the Santa
Cruz City Council for over two decades. Yet the price of winning
this control was an alliance with neighborhood activists that
resulted in the city implementing strict 'no-growth' policies.
These policies have left
the city among the least affordable in the state, with little
racial diversity. Ironically, Santa Cruz was once a solidly pro-growth
town whose political fate was redirected by the decision in the
1950's to place a new campus within the city limits. When 18 year
olds won the right to vote in 1971, students at the University
of California, Santa Cruz could decide local elections, which
they have done with regularity ever since. . . .
If you are an alumnus of
UCSC, you will want to rush out and get a copy of this book. It
provides the most insightful analysis yet of the city's political
and social development over the past four decades, with particular
focus on students' role."
The Mayor emails the Bates
Report. Here are excerpts
The City Budget
The news about the economy and the state budget is unsettling,
and it's in this environment that the City of Berkeley is discussing
the next two-year budget, which will take effect July 1, 2009.
The most current news about how the City is being affected by
the economy and by state spending cuts is in this report
that went the City Council on February 10.
The City Council is exploring all areas of the City's budget in
a series of public meetings. For example, February 17 will focus
on the environment, February 24 will feature public health, and
March 10 will feature youth services. For previous reports and
to see the full calendar, including the program focuses for each
meeting, visit the calendar of public meetings.
You can also learn more about the City's budget at www.CityofBerkeley.info/budget.
Sign Up for Free Energy and Water Assessment
California Youth Energy Services (CYES) is a free energy and water
home assessment and youth employment summer program. To learn
more about CYES, watch this fantastic video on CurrentTV!
You can visit www.risingsunenergy.org to sign up, or give them
a ring at 510-665-1501 x10
Berkeley Teens Summer Job Applications Now Available!
Berkeley youth can pick up summer employment applications beginning
February 9, 2009 and have until March 31, 2009 to submit to the
YouthWorks office. This summer the City of Berkeley's YouthWorks
program will place approximately 200 youth in summer jobs that
last up to 10 weeks, beginning in mid-June through late August.
Included in this year's Summer Youth employment program is the
Workplace Skills course at Berkeley City College, which last summer
received high marks from employers, teens and families.
Youth must be 14 years of age at the time of application and need
to come in person to the YouthWorks office to pick up an
1947 Center Street, Basement
Office Hours: 8am- 5:00pm
Monday through Friday
"Berkeley boxing class makes kids contenders" reports Doug Oakley of the West County Times.
"Jump ropes cut the air with a high-pitched whir. Their rhythmic
thwacks on the floor stop and start as young boxers begin to sweat.
'Jump, Luis, I wanna hear
that rope,' Ginsi Bryant yelled from an adjoining room as she
screwed together a pull-up bar.
'Hey, Sam, how you doin'?
Go hit that rope.' It's a Friday afternoon at the Martin Luther
King Jr. Youth Services Center in Berkeley, and the Youth Boxing
Program is just getting under way. For the next two and a half
hours, children ages 10 to 18 and a few older folks will jump,
bounce, punch and spar.
The program is about to be
expanded to a second recreation center in west Berkeley as part
of an effort to increase opportunities for youngsters and keep
them away from crime."
"No More Youth Parties at Gaia Arts Center"
is a story by Riya Bhattacharjee
of our Planet.
Patrick Kennedy announced at the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board
meeting last week that the Gaia Arts Center in downtown Berkeley
will stop renting out space for youth events in light of a series
of out-of-control parties there, with the most recent one leading
to shots being fired in its aftermath three weeks ago.
Kennedy, who leases the multi-level venue on 2120 Allston Way
from real estate tycoon Sam Zell's Equity Residential, told the
zoning board that the space was rented out to the Oakland chapter
of the national nonprofit, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., for
the Jan. 30 party with the belief that it would be 'tightly controlled
in order to prevent any kind of overcrowding or other neighborhood
The Gaia Arts Center was
labeled a nuisance by the Berkeley Police Department last October
after a rowdy post-football party resulted in young men and women
trying to gatecrash the event, with crowds spilling out on the
sidewalk and blocking streets, leaving the venue susceptible to
a fine from the city in the event a similar incident occurred
there in the next three months.
As a result of the latest
unruly party in January, Gaia's owners will be fined $750 for
violation of the notice, with the amount subject to increase if
the incident gets repeated. Additionally, a new 120-day nuisance
notice will be posted at the location, officials said. . . .
At last Thursday's zoning
meeting, Kennedy apologized for the inconvenience caused to local
businesses when large groups of teenagers started to crowd the
sidewalk and block the streets, forcing Cancun restaurant and
Anna's Jazz Island on Allston Way to close."
"Solar Energy Advocates Laud Berkeley Lab
Study on Successful State PV Programs" reports businesswire.com.
"California, New Jersey
Programs Lower Costs, Accelerate Deployment to Build Strong Solar
Solar advocates announced
that Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) released
a study today indicating that the installed cost of solar photovoltaic
systems in the U.S. decreased nearly 28 percent between 1998 and
2007. Tracking the Sun, attributes the cost reduction in large
part to effective state solar incentive programs, most notably
in California and New Jersey. Advocates from the Vote Solar Initiative,
the Solar Alliance and the Solar Energy Industries Association
(SEIA) lauded the findings as evidence that effective renewable
energy policy can advance a strong solar market in the U.S."
Gates Fields Fate Uncertain; Corporate Owner's Stock Plunges"
is a story by Richard Brenneman of our Planet.
"After failing to raise
enough cash to reorganize, the owners of Golden Gate Fields face
the threat of liquidation-leaving the future of the Albany race
track in doubt.
Magna Entertainment Corp.
(MEC), the company created by Canadian auto parts magnate Frank
Stronach after investors in his parts company demanded that he
spin off his money-losing racing ventures, issued a warning to
"Who'll Stop the Pain?" opines Noble Laureate, Paul Krugman at nytimes.com.
"Earlier this week,
the Federal Reserve released the minutes of the most recent meeting
of its open market committee - the group that sets interest rates.
Most press reports focused either on the Fed's downgrade of the
near-term outlook or on its adoption of a long-run 2 percent inflation
But my eye was caught by the following chilling passage (yes,
things are so bad that the summarized musings of central bankers
can keep you up at night): "All participants anticipated
that unemployment would remain substantially above its longer-run
sustainable rate at the end of 2011, even absent further economic
shocks; a few indicated that more than five to six years would
be needed for the economy to converge to a longer-run path characterized
by sustainable rates of output growth and unemployment and by
an appropriate rate of inflation."
the west-Berkeley Bowl
a photo essay with permission
of the owners
from my log
SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, dry
eyes, dry mouth, cough, slight "chlorine" like odor,
guest for afternoon has headache, goes outside for a walk for
2/9/09--off-and-on all day
beginning at 6:00AM, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front,
burning eyes, burning mouth, hacking cough, short breath, slight
"chlorine" like odor, over-rides four HEPA filters,
2/12/09-6:00 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse, "dry" air, unburned "gas"
odor, eyes and throat dry, cough, air out.
2/17/09--8:59 PM, SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, leave.
2/18/09--6:59 PM, SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, cough, burning throat
plus strong "chlorine bleach" and "burning natural
2/19/09--1:07 PM, irritant
in front room, eyes water, mouth dry. 1:36 PM VERY, VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, nausea, light head,
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
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
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
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
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.
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
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
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.
Our new Area
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music
Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
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