and full-blossom time

in Potter Creek





"Nabokov Theory on Butterfly Evolution Is Vindicated" at

"Vladimir Nabokov may be known to most people as the author of classic novels like "Lolita" and "Pale Fire." But even as he was writing those books, Nabokov had a parallel existence as a self-taught expert on butterflies."



Marsalus, in rare form,

stopped by yesterday

Riffing on urban life, he equaled the Original Kings of Comedy for raw insight and laughter.




"The Administration Starts Its Start-Up Policy" by Steve Lohr at

"First came the Obama administration's embrace a week ago of corporate America, by naming Jeffrey Immelt, chief executive of General Electric, head of a White House advisory board, the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Next up is the administration's courtship of the nation's start-up economy, with a public-private sector initiative it calls "Startup America," announced on Monday at the White House."




"Blake's on Telegraph closes after 71 years in Berkeley" is a report at based on a story.

"The official name of the restaurant at 2367 Telegraph is Larry Blake's Restaurant & Bar, but everyone knows it as Blake's on Telegraph.

It opened in 1940 - legend has it Larry Blake opened it with $700 - and has long been a popular watering hole and eatery for the Cal crowd, but in recent years, it's evolved into more of a music/club scene"




"Brown University is offering a new course on conservatism this spring that its supporters say will help bring ideological balance to the school's offerings.

The course, 'Modern Conservatism in America: Conservative Thought in the 20th Century,' was developed as part of a project called Conservatism 101."

Full story at here.





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Jenny, a manager at the West-Berkeley Bowl Cafe suffered a concussion after a fall at home. Resting now, she'll be back at work soon.


Among the stats used by our city's Department of Economic Development are west-Berkeley land use figures determined by a "professional survey." A firm studies Google Earth maps and determines use by building size, shape, etc. "It's got a sliding steel door, must be a warehouse."

As the city council prepares to evaluate the West-Berkeley Project we will find information becoming available about it. Some will be fact, much self-serving, and some propaganda. It will be important for us in west-Berkeley to intelligently question and even to doubt.

In Tavis Smiley's conversation with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Anthony talks about how doubt has been an important, even a driving force, in his life. For this alone, the conversation is worth watching. But when you add his life-story-tales and his not-quite-exact, but fascinating, question-answers, the "evening" becomes irresistible.



"Berkeley tests concept of backyard cottage" is a story by Roger K Lewis at

Ms. Chapple's twist of the "green building" is great and placing these type units in an urban environment is the right focus but it's not a new concept.

Santa Rosa approved at least one or two subdivisions nearly ten years ago, along a major boulevard-bus route to downtown with "in-law" units by right; some above the garages and some in the back yards. And Livermore has a whole subdivision approved with every other house having a unit above the garage.


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Berkeley, California
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, in the United States. Its neighbors to the south are the cities of Oakland and Emeryville. To the north is the city of Albany and the unincorporated community of Kensington. The eastern city limits coincide with the county line (bordering Contra Costa County) which generally follows the ridgeline of the Berkeley Hills. Berkeley is located in northern Alameda County.

Berkeley is the site of the University of California, Berkeley, the oldest campus of the University of California system, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Hall of Science, Space Sciences Laboratory, and Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, which are on the campus grounds."

more here.



West Berkeley, Berkeley, California
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"West Berkeley is generally the area of Berkeley, California which lies west of San Pablo Avenue, abutting San Francisco Bay. It includes the area which was once the unincorporated town of Ocean View, as well as the filled-in areas along the shoreline west of I-80 (the Eastshore Freeway) including, mainly, the Berkeley Marina.

Ocean View began as the name given to a stagecoach stop established by former sea captain William J. Bowen along the Contra Costa Road (today's San Pablo Avenue) sometime during the early 1850s. The name was applied thereafter to the settlement which began growing up between the stop and a wharf built at the foot of what is now Delaware Street. Ocean View was included in the incorporation of Berkeley in 1878 and thereafter was known as West Berkeley. Ocean View was also, briefly (1908-9) the name of what is now Albany, California, just north of Berkeley. Ocean View was primarily an industrial, working class community. The name derived from the fact that the Pacific Ocean is visible through the Golden Gate across San Francisco Bay from the site.

The main east-west thoroughfare in Ocean View was Delaware Street. In later years, it was eclipsed by University Avenue. The main north-south thoroughfare was San Pablo Road (initially called the Contra Costa Road), today's San Pablo Avenue. One of the earliest buildings in Berkeley was an inn at the stagecoach stop called "Bowen's Inn", located at what is now the northwest corner of San Pablo Avenue and Delaware Street. The wharf at the foot of Delaware Street began as "Jacobs Landing", named for its builder and proprietor, James H. Jacobs. The wharf was improved and enlarged with the help of Zimri Heywood, the proprietor of a lumberyard at the wharf, which was then renamed "Jacobs and Heywood Wharf". Lumber, soap, hay and many other goods were transhipped from here. Ferry service was established between the wharf and San Francisco in 1874. In 1876, the Central Pacific constructed its new main line, part of the transcontinental overland route, along the shoreline. A passenger and freight depot was built at Delaware Street. This was replaced in 1911 by a new depot at 3rd Street and University Avenue which still exists, although it is no longer in use as a depot."

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Sophie Gross shares

Marcel the Shell


"The Sky is Fallin', the Sky is Fallin' !"

Our Becky O's West-Berkeley Project editorial is, sadly, filled with exaggeration and the accompanying photos are an unworthy scare.


Read this Daily Princetonian story and marvel at the excellence of our Daily Cal journalism.



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John Canarina writes in his book, Pierre Monteux, Maître about one of many "suitable dates" in our history that were never found.

"Also of interest is a program that did not take place. During his Los Angeles visit, Monteux became acquainted with the work of the African American tap dancer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, well known through his many motion picture appearances. So impressed was Monteux with Robinson's artistry and agility that he proposed an appearance for him with the Los Angeles Philharmonic if a suitable date could be found-otherwise he would perform in San Francisco. As quoted in the Pasadena Post of 8 December 1935, Monteux said of Robinson, 'He expresses as much beauty with his feet as a singer does with his voice. I am happy to be the one to introduce him as a classical artist.'

The prospect of Robinson's tap dancing to the great works of the masters brought a great deal of apprehension to the traditionalists among Los Angeles music lovers, but Isabel Morse Jones praised the idea in the Los Angeles Times of 15 December 1935. Her article emphasized the importance of rhythm in music and went on to say that a few years earlier, Maud Allan had managed to dance aimlessly to Tchaikovsky's 'Pathetique' Symphony with no attention whatsoever to the work's rhythm, and that the public accepted it because it was thought to be highbrow art. She continued that Monteux believed rhythm was an important factor in American life and was impressed with the possibility of experimentation involving music and dance. Besides, Jones wrote, Robinson's sense of humor was something everyone could appreciate, and that combination of humor and rhythm was something the Philharmonic could use a little more of. She further felt that such a program could be beneficial in bringing about a better relationship between the Philharmonic and the general public. As might be expected, however, a suitable date could not be found for this program."

More stories about Pierre Monteux can be read at Pierre Monteux, Maître.


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"Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary owes state $6 million in taxes" by Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.

"Berkeley's largest medical marijuana dispensary owes about $6 million in state sales taxes and interest for a three-year period in which it didn't pay.

The disputed taxes are at the center of an argument over whether medical marijuana should be free of sales taxes like other prescription medicines.

Berkeley Patients Group got the tax bill for $4.4 million with interest and penalties in 2007 and has been disputing it ever since, said spokeswoman Elisabeth Jewel. Subsequent interest has brought the tab to $6 million."



"From piercings to protests along Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue" is a photo essay at

"Tie-dye is still very prominent along Telegraph, with t-shirts in every color of the rainbow."



"UC Berkeley asked to absorb $80M of Brown's $500M cut" at

"University of California President Mark Yudof has set a target for the Berkeley campus to cut $80,800,000 from its budget for the coming year, as the 10-campus university system struggles to come to terms with a $500 million reduction in funds proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown. 
A cut of that magnitude would constitute 16.2 percent of the proposed $500 million total, representing a disproportionate share of the system-wide cut."


"Could Future Processors Use Lasers? New Research Makes it Possible" by Nick Mediati, PCWorld.   

"Lasers aren't the first thing that come to mind when I think processors, but a new development out of the University of California, Berkeley could change that. Berkeley researchers devised a way to "grow" nanolasers on a piece of silicon--a development they say might open the door to a new generation of processors.

Transmitting data as light is seen as one way to speed up processors, by reducing data bottlenecks. This new technology makes up for the fact that silicon is not particularly good at generating light. Previously, scientists had tried to create chips made of silicon and so-called 'III-V' (three-five) semiconductor materials, but this approach has problems of its own."




"300 Attendees and 25 Organizations to Participate in Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Fair in Berkeley" is a press release at

"Green Jobs Network, a leading resource for people seeking jobs that focus on environmental or social responsibility, will hold its inaugural Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Fair on February 16 from 1:30 - 5:30 pm at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California. This program is sponsored by green recruiter Redfish Technology ( and the Business & Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) at Cabrillo College (

The Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Fair is designed to provide information, resources, and networking for job seekers and entrepreneurs interested in environmental or social responsibility. The event will feature a Resource Fair with more than 25 organizations, including employers, education & training institutions, and service providers."








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the front has been torn from

the Apple Store on Fourth Street

The new front will be on the property line, eighteen feet forward the old one.


The Chronicle's Stacy Finz is planning at story on Southern food served by non-Southern restaurants and is going to write about 900's cheese grits including Eric's recipe. Look for it. Eric grew up with grits and now as a chef sees them as a favorite alternative to potatoes or rice.

Five BPD bicycle patrol officers had breakfast at 900 yesterday.


Twenty-one folks from LBNL are lunching at 900 GRAYSON today. Coming down from the hill they're walking to lunch after visiting their Heinz Street facility.


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Certainly not an in-depth report, still, John King's appreciation of our Potter Creek, "West Berkeley Builds Community," is worth reading.

"By their nature, cities and neighborhoods change. Buildings rise and fall, people come and go. Longtime businesses move away or close shop.

If we're lucky, the evolution includes a moment when all the different elements slide smoothly into place - as is the case today in a pocket of West Berkeley known to locals as Potter Creek. Poised for the moment between hard-edged and hip, it's a reminder that the best change is incremental."


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"Berkeley to give parking scofflaws the boot" by Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.

"Like many small businesses these days, traffic at tow yards is slow.

In Berkeley that business is likely to drop another 30 percent, tow yard owners say, now that the City Council voted to discontinue their service of towing and impounding cars with unpaid tickets.

The Council voted 8-0 Tuesday night without comment to instead put an immobilizing boot on cars with unpaid parking tickets and eliminate the mind numbing bureaucratic nightmare that goes with it to get the car back."





"Author uses humor to promote healthy plant-based diet" Samaya Jones, Green Valley News & Sun.

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

These are the key words from Michael Pollan's book 'Food Rules-An Eater's Manual.' You may recognize the author from his best selling book 'The Omnivore's Dilemma.' He is also a New York Times writer and Professor of Journalism at University of California, Berkeley."





"Woodpecker Could Hold Key To Better Shock Absorption" at

"A woodpecker's head may be the secret to manufacturing better shock absorbers, an advancement with benefits to people and technology.

The blog reported that Sang-Hee Yoon and Sungmin Park of the University of California-Berkeley are studying how woodpeckers can survive such deceleration forces of 1,200 g with each strike of their beaks, which hammer into trees at a rate of 18 to 22 times per second.

That is more than 100 times the g-force that can result in a concussion for football players, who could be among benefactors of the research.

Popsci said researchers studied the birds' anatomy and how it protects their brains before using it to make a new type of shock-absorbing device that has glass beads embedded in a steel-encased aluminum cylinder. Their inspiration was the hard but elastic beak, spongy skull bones and how the skull and cerebrospinal fluid work together to suppress vibration."




"Rodney Crowell's memoir 'Chinaberry Sidewalks'" a review by Joel Selvin, Chronicle Senior Pop Music Correspondent.

"Rodney Crowell recounts the turbulent, complicated relationship of his parents in his memoir, 'Chinaberry Sidewalks' (Knopf, 272 pages, $24.95), like a sad country song he might have written, distancing himself from the pain and anger with dark humor.

'Then it becomes a story,' says Crowell, 60, sitting at a sidewalk table outside the Fisherman's Wharf hotel where he was staying over the weekend, in town for a show at the Great American Music Hall.

Crowell, who has been a factor on the country music scene since Emmylou Harris recorded a few of his songs almost 40 years ago, spent 10 years writing this book. He first turned in the manuscript after seven years, but took it back after he saw the first 40 pages of edits. 'If you want to learn how to write a book,' he says, 'write a book.' "








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Cleo Papanikolas' opening

Cleo, Milo, Jack and Ella Rae

in the background are Cleo's Dad, Zeese and Cleo's Brother, Tony


Fancy Mud Pies

The Paintings of Cleo Papanikolas


Castle in the Air

1805 Fourth Streett, Berkeley Ca, 94710

February 8 through March 25, 2011
Opening reception Tuesday, February 8, 6 p.m.




"Brunch spot is one of Berkeley's Gems, 900 Grayson" by Juzo Greenwood of the King Middle School in their

"Don't be discouraged if you see a crowd waiting to be seated at the front of 900 Grayson. That's an indicator of the quality of the restaurant. With delicious food and friendly service 900 Grayson, (which is also the address) is the ideal restaurant for a hearty brunch.

Co-owned by brothers Chris and Anthony Saulnier, 900 Grayson was formerly a run-down diner. The owners have made the building into a very nice place to eat. Art hangs from the walls and light music plays in the background.

The place is small, but with the bar, community table and outside seating, it can accommodate a fair amount of people. And if you can't get a seat it's worth the wait. The owners give you an accurate amount of time before there is an open table, and it would take more than a long wait to stop me from eating there. Their menu contains a range of tasty breakfast and lunch meals, made from delicious ingredients including local Acme bread.

One of their best sandwiches is the Grayson Burger, a juicy creation with bacon, N.Y. cheddar, onion rings and house made BBQ sauce. Herb fries and ketchup are also served with it. It is very flavorful, between the smoky bacon and the tang and sweetness added by the sauce. The fries are also delicious, well seasoned and crispy.

The Piggy, a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw, is a smoky and tender alternative. Another fantastic meal is the Demon Lover, which is spicy chicken and a buttermilk waffle, served with either gravy or maple syrup or both. The chicken is especially good. It is crispy, salty and spicy. The gravy also adds flavor. Meanwhile, the waffle has a bit of sweetness, and a nice balance between chewy and crispy.

A nice drink to compliment your meal is the Rickey a house-made drink made with ginger syrup, sparkling water and pomegranate or lime juice, or both combined.

While 900 Grayson has lots of delicious breakfast and lunch items, you don't want to forget about the desserts. Notable desserts are the hand-sized chocolate chip cookies from Phoenix bakery and the Alfajores, a delicious caramel sandwiched between two shortbread cookies. A great caffeinated alternative is the Affogato, which isa scoop of vanilla ice cream in a shot of espresso. The best dessert has to be the caramel Pot de Crème. It is a caramel custard with whipped cream on top. There is a bit of sea salt added for a nice contrast. It is deliciously smooth and sweet and is a great way to end your meal.

In addition to great food, 900 Grayson has a nice casual atmosphere and good service. The friendly Chris and Anthony are usually at the front and always do their best to get you a table as soon as possible. The waiters are also friendly and even give you some candy with the bill, a nice gesture. 900 Grayson's food is comforting, and appealing to a wide-range of people. However since it only serves breakfast and lunch,and is closed onSundays,King students will have to likely go on a Saturday, or during the Summer."

The story in its orignal format can be found on page 18 of the January 2011 King Cobra. A pdf of the January issue can be down loaded from the KIng Cobra website.

900 GRAYSON is on the southeast corner of Grayson and 7th.




If I remember correctly, Tuesday the 8th was His Honor Mayor Bates' 73th Birthfday.

Zo, . . .



The real news about the West-Berkeley Project is not what happened at the council Tuesday night but the many and discrete discussions taking place between all involved.



Lt Andy Greenwood, BPD emails this link to a three minute film-clip of a 1906 streetcar-trip through Our Town. Watch it to its end, DEFINITELY worth it.

"This film, shot from a moving streetcar, shows portions of north Berkeley and the adjacent University of California campus, circa 1906. (A 1905 photo-panorama of Berkeley shows a virtually identical view of the area seen in the film.) The Oakland and Berkeley Rapid Transit Company began operating in 1891 and was a major factor in the development of Berkeley. Unincorporated until 1878, a decade after the foundation of the University of California, Berkeley was somewhat remote from the east-bay urban center of Oakland to the south. The apparent abundance of undeveloped land seen in the film is a bit deceptive; trees, hills and the narrow viewpoint of the camera hide much of the neighborhood, which was fairly well built-up by 1906, although much room remained for further growth. Over the following decades even the Berkeley Hills were covered with homes, as the University matured into a world-class institution. A large portion of north Berkeley burned in the 1923 fire, but the area was quickly rebuilt. (The major 1991 fire was in the Oakland Hills, just south of the university campus.) The streetcar route shown is most of the final portion of the #4 line (built in 1901) originating in downtown Oakland. The No 3 Oxford Street line, seen at the start of the film, also originated in Oakland. In 1903 the Berkeley streetcar system had become part of Oakland Transit Consolidated, basis of the Key Route system that linked east bay transit lines to its Oakland/San Francisco ferries. The #3 line closed in 1932. Later-model streetcars on the #4 line were replaced by buses in 1948. The Hearst/Euclid avenues portion of that line is now part of the No 65 Grizzly Peak bus line."



Pixar and Disney executives had breakfast at 900 this morning. Among the nine present were Pixar's Pete Docter and Disney's head of animation John Lasseter. Lasseter is directing Cars2, coming out this summer, and Docter is now directing the 3-D Monsters Inc2.

And breakfasting together at a table opposite the Pixar/Disney people were Paul Zaentz and guest.


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Sally and Suzanna had a garden party on Sunday afternoon in January--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 up 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."

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"Berkeley High Conference Focuses on Issues Faced by Black Youth" by Jeffrey Butterfield,

"Weekends are not typically the busiest of times at the Berkeley High School second-floor library, yet the room's reading tables were filled last Saturday morning with over 70 students, parents and community members focused on one topic: the challenges faced today by Berkeley's black youth.

Attendees of the 'Black Youth in Crisis' conference discussed ways to address the general difficulties black youth may face and pinpointed areas where Berkeley High School can better support its black student population as it overcomes those adversities."

"Berkeley High Conference Focuses on Issues Faced by Black Youth" by Jeffrey Butterfield,

"Weekends are not typically the busiest of times at the Berkeley High School second-floor library, yet the room's reading tables were filled last Saturday morning with over 70 students, parents and community members focused on one topic: the challenges faced today by Berkeley's black youth.

Attendees of the "Black Youth in Crisis" conference discussed ways to address the general difficulties black youth may face and pinpointed areas where Berkeley High School can better support its black student population as it overcomes those adversities."




"Guantanamo Bay detainees may get invite to Berkeley" Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Guantanamo Bay detainees might have a new home in the United States: Berkeley.

The City Council is to vote Feb. 15 on a resolution to invite detainees who have been cleared of wrongdoing to resettle within Berkeley's sunny confines.
Of the 38 detainees who have been cleared, Berkeley would invite two: a Russian ballet dancer and an Algerian who was a top-rated Italian chef in Austria.

'Our hearts are with all those people who were never tried, held for years and in some cases tortured,' said Wendy Kenin, chairwoman of the city's Peace and Justice Commission, which crafted the resolution. 'As a municipality, this is one thing we can do to right some wrongs of our federal government.'
The two would move to Berkeley and live with local families. Nonprofits would help them find work and generally integrate into life in the East Bay."




"Berkeley Researchers Hope to Light Way with Tiny Lase" by Don Clark at

"Many companies are betting that wedding electrical and optical technologies will eventually transform computers and other devices. Some researchers at the University of California at Berkeley think they have made a big step toward the altar.

The goal is to dramatically drive down the size and cost of the lasers and related components, now used in fiber-optic communications that carry much of the Internet's traffic over great distance. By building comparable devices from silicon­the inexpensive mainstay of computer chips­researchers hope to exponentially increase the speed and capacity of data channels inside and between chips and computers."







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On the Thursday Channel 4 Evening News, sportscaster Gary Radnich

reported "Cal sports' budget cuts will be returned and no sports will be eliminated." His source, a neighbor whose kid plays for Cal. Radnich says official announcement will be made tomorrow.


Dear Cal Community,

Today's announcement that we are preserving the varsity status of three of our sports is a bittersweet conclusion to a challenging moment in the history of the University of California Athletic Department. On one hand, we are elated that the passionate efforts of our alumni and friends produced enough funding to support Women's Lacrosse, Women's Gymnastics, and Men's Rugby for a solid number of years to come. Because of these fundraising efforts, more than 100 student-athletes will continue to compete on a Varsity level for our University.

On the other hand, the fundraising efforts - although significant by any measure - do not provide sufficient resources to support financial sustainability for the foreseeable future for Men's Gymnastics and Baseball. Unfortunately, at this point in time, the University is not in a financial position to commit to additional expenses to reinstate these two sports without a reasonable certainty that resources will be available to cover those commitments. 

I hope that you will take the time to read through the details of the new plan as outlined in the press release.  Below is a link to this document:
We are very grateful for the devoted efforts of all who participated in this remarkable fundraising endeavor. In a time of crisis, the Cal family has spoken loudly and clearly about the importance of intercollegiate athletics to the fabric and vitality of our great University. That very powerful and positive message has reached deeply into all facets of the campus community. You were heard.

I remain deeply saddened that the end result is that we will be losing opportunities for student-athletes in Baseball and Men's Gymnastics, and that the economic realities of our campus and department are having a direct and undeniable impact on our students.  

Although this has been an extremely challenging time, I hope and believe that the entire Cal Athletics family will pull together in support of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. I remain convinced that, together, we can and will overcome the challenges we must confront. I know that the values and loyalties that bind us together remain strong. I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that Cal Athletics' best days are still to come.

Thank you, in advance, for your continued support.  


Sandy Barbour
Director of Athletics




You can view Tuesday's council meeting at Our Town's website here--goes good with a beer but I've yet to find someone who has viewed it with a doobie.


I remember Mario Savio from the Free Speech Movement.

Savio speaking on Sproul Hall steps, December 2,1964

When working at Campus Records on the corner of Telegraph and Bancroft you could here Mario Savio speaking when the wind was right. In this short film clip you too can hear him. A spellbinding orator, he is riveting.


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posts from the past

Back in The Day: Selling Records on Berkeley's Telegraph Ave

You had to be there

I guess I liked my job because I worked at night and mostly alone, and when it was slow, as it often was, I could play any record in the shop. Campus Records was a full catalogue store and in the '60s that meant we had virtually every classical and jazz record that there was. Happily I could play them all-well maybe not all. Albert didn't like you to break the seal on a new recording, but in the '60s many records weren't sealed, so there were many to be played. Also, if I absolutely had to hear something that was tightly wrapped in plastic, I could usually get a free copy from the salesmen.

There I was with an enormous collection of classics and jazz. Of course, waiting on customers sometimes interfered with my listening, but then much to my surprise, many of them bought a copy of what I was listening to. It seems I had also discovered a way to successfully sell records.

In the summer Berkeley was still a quiet university town with a small summer session of teachers "vacationing for credit." Still, with the "serious" regular students always talking about how the classes were too big, how the teachers didn't care, and how the administration was "fascist," you could sense some unrest. But all in all, the town was quiet, especially at night, and that meant I would have plenty of time for listening-I could learn all about music.

Albert left for home about 6 o'clock and we were open until 11:00 PM so at about 5:00, between waiting on customers, I began planning my evening's program.

Often I'd play different performances of the 'cello pieces I was working on. How did I want to play the Sarabande from the Bach G Major 'Cello Suite? Did I want to learn the D Minor Suite? How should the C Major Prelude sound? I'd listen to Casals, to Fournier, or to Janigro. They were my teachers, and at the evening's end, many times, I'd be in complete confusion about the works I'd heard, my head swimming with ideas, solutions and more problems. How could Casals make them dance so? Why did Janigro's bow on the string sound like pulling taffy felt? Was that good? How could Fournier play so quiet and so strong?

I usually managed to sell a copy or two during my evening's concert-usually the Janigro; I guess because he sounded good on first-hearing or maybe just because the Westminster record sounded good on the store's system. Of course it sold for $2.98 or sometimes, if Albert had a sale, less.

Bach cantatas also sold well, and I learned to love them as I listened my way through the Westminster, Archiv and Cantate stock. We had a speaker outside the shop that was pointed across the street towards the university, and so on a quiet summer night you could hear Stich-Randall or Fischer-Dieskau singing Bach two blocks into campus. I know you could hear it that far and I know that it whetted musical appetites, for many a student arrived at the shop after walking across campus and had to know what kind of "song" they had heard and if they could buy it.

I learned a lot about playing a string instrument by listening to Rössl-Majdan, Poell, and others singing Bach. I learned to imitate the human voice, the best of all instruments; to phrase as a singer breathed; to just barely touch a high note; to come into a note flat and then satisfyingly resolve it in tune. I hoped I learned to play with all the expression of a good singer. I hoped . . . well, maybe you had to be there.


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"Albany police nab BART path groping suspect" by Karl Fischer, Contra Costa Times.

"Albany police say they've made an arrest in a string of sexual groping attacks against women on the Ohlone Greenway.

Berkeley resident Thomas Glover, 55, appeared in Alameda County Superior Court this week on a felony charge of sexual battery in connection with one assault."



"East Bay garden tour will feature native California plants:Yards in harmony with surroundings are highlighted" by Kathy Kramer at insidebayarea.

"The free Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, which takes place May 1, will showcase 50 pesticide-free, water-conserving gardens that provide habitat for wildlife and contain 50 percent or more native plants. This year, nine of the gardens are located in Berkeley."




"My zip code is none of your business!" at

"The California Supreme Court held . . . in Pineda v. Williams Sonoma that a zip code is personal information, meaning that California retailers who ask for it when you pay with a credit card violate the State's Song-Beverly Act of 1971."



"In online dating, blacks more open to romancing whites than vice versa" by Yasmin Anwar is a story release at

"Has Valentine's Day become post-racial? Not yet, it seems.

New research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that when it comes to dating, cyberspace is as segregated as the real world. Data gathered from more than 1 million profiles of singles looking for love online show that whites overwhelmingly prefer to date members of their own race, while blacks, especially men, are far more likely to cross the race barrier in hopes of being struck by Cupid's arrow."




"Borders bankruptcy filing likely next week" at

"Borders Group Inc. may file for bankruptcy reorganization as early as Monday or Tuesday, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The No. 2 traditional bookstore in the U.S. also plans to close about 200 of its 674 stores and cut thousands of jobs, the newspaper reported on Friday, citing sources it did not name."




And "Round Table Pizza files for bankruptcy" is also at

"The California company that promises to serve 'The Last Honest Pizza' is filing for bankruptcy."









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BPD Ofc Andrew Frankel is now in Afghanistan. A Major in the USAAF Reserve and a member of the USAAF Security Forces, he is provost marshall--police chief--of Bagram Air Base.


1923 Berkeley Fire

September 17, 1923

The 1923 Berkeley Fire was a conflagration which consumed some 640 structures, including 584 homes in the densely-built neighborhoods north of the campus of the University of Californiain Berkeley, California on September 17, 1923.

Although the exact cause was never determined, the fire began in the undeveloped chaparraland grasslands of Wildcat Canyon, just east of the ridgeline of the Berkeley Hills, and was propelled over the ridge and southwestward just south of Codornices Creek by a strong, gusty, and intensely dry northeasterly wind.

The fire quickly blew up as it swept through the La Loma Park and Northside neighborhoods of Berkeley, overwhelming the capabilities of the Berkeley Fire Department to stop it. A number of UC students fought the advance of the fire as it approached the north edge of the University of California campus at Hearst Avenue. The other edge of the fire was fought by firefighters as it advanced on downtown Berkeley along the east side of Shattuck Avenue north of University Avenue. Firefighters were rushed in from neighboring Oakland while San Francisco sent firefighters by ferry across the bay. The fire was halted when the gusty northeast wind was suddenly stopped by the cool, humid afternoon seabreeze.

As a result of this fire, the City of Berkeley established a fire station in the hills on Shasta Road just below Grizzly Peak Blvd. In the early 2000's, this station was replaced and relocated to a nearby site just above Grizzly Peak Blvd. on the interface between the residential area and Tilden Regional Park, very close to the putative origin of the 1923 fire.

Two minute film of fire here



Kava is repairing his 920 Grayson building.



Merryll Saylan reports

Emery Go-Round has a shuttle that goes from the West-Berkley Bowl to 40th and MacArthur BART and stops in between. (In all their info, they describe their shuttle as originating at MacArthur BART.)

You can pick it up at here 9th and Anthony. Emery Go-Round's site is here.

"Fare-free, open to the public service seven days a week from MacArthur BART.

Bicycle racks are provided on each vehicle. Bikes are permitted inside, during off peak hours, especially in case of mechanical problems with the bike or rack provided there is room and out of the way of other passengers.

Each vehicle has satellite tracking. You can view the location of each vehicle on a live map, or get computerized arrival estimates at any time."



For complete public transport information check out "511 is your one-stop phone and web source for up-to-the-minute transportation information.

It's FREE and available whenever you need it. "



Aw jeez "Pot peddlers pilfered while lunching in Berkeley" by Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.

"Two Santa Cruz area men who told Berkeley police they are legitimate medical marijuana farmers lost $7,000 in weed to two burglars who smashed a window in their van and drove off with 2.5 pounds.

The two victims reported the theft to police at 4:45 p.m. Friday, said Berkeley police Acting Lt. Mike Dougherty.
'Yes, we do get victims who report that someone stole their marijuana,' Dougherty said."




Former Potter Creeker Kevin Kroger--he and his lady Jude lived in the Brickside Lofts-- is now doing guerrilla farmer's markets. His speciality is Cincinnati Chili.

Kevin Kroger

The Urban Chef

Kevin and Jude threw the best-ever Potter Creek block party.


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Great Block Party yesterday held by the work/live folks on 9th--good food, music and pretty much 40 people at all times.

At which, Lipofsky smart-cracked about Cal's 45-31 victory over Tennessee "Not this much excitement in Potter Creek since the Berkeley Bowl."


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"California on a plate chez Panisse" at
"San Francisco Bay area is the perfect place to start exploring the state's creative, fresh cuisine
The waiter whispers, 'Alice would want you to have the tomato salad.'

Alice being Alice Waters, chef-owner of the famous Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse. Well, then of course I'll have the tomato salad. After all, Waters is the woman who for the past 30 years has led the North American culinary revolution from this funky arts-and-crafts-style eatery, encouraging us all to eat organic, local, fresh and delicious. Whatever she suggests is fine by me.

The salad arrives, thick, sweet, multi-hued slices of organic heirloom tomatoes drizzled in olive oil and scattered with just-plucked basil leaves. It tastes of sunshine - California on a plate.

The heart of California cuisine was born in the San Francisco Bay area. Let's visit three restaurants and their communities."



"Brown is determined to change the tone of the Capitol" by Steven Harmon, contracostatimes'

"'Brown's seriousness of purpose has "released a lot of positive energy because when you're honest with people, they tend to respond back in good ways," said Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley. 'And people are rolling up their sleeves because of it.' "






Penndorf's Miscellaneous Ramblings

History of Cincinnati Chili

Outside of the state of Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio, is the most chili-crazed city in the United States. Cincinnati prides itself on being a true chili capital, with more than 180 chili parlors. Cincinnati-style chili is quite different from its more familiar Texas cousin, and it has developed a cult-like popularity.

What makes it different is the way the meat is cooked. The chili has a thinner consistency and is prepared with an unusual blend of spices that includes cinnamon, chocolate or cocoa, allspice, and Worcestershire. this is truly the unofficial grub of Cincinnati.

The people of Cincinnati enjoy their chili spooned over freshly made pasta and topped with a combination of chopped onions, shredded Cheddar cheese, refried beans or kidney beans, and crushed oyster crackers. If you choose "the works," you are eating what they call Five-Way Chili. Make sure to pile on the toppings - that's what sets it apart from any other chili dish.

To test a restaurant for authenticity, ask for a Four-Way. If the server asks you whether you want beans or onions, you know this is fake Cincinnati chili, since Four-Way always comes with onions.

Macedonian immigrant Tom Kiradjieff created Cincinnati chili in 1922. With his brother, John, Kiradjieff opened a small Greek restaurant called the Empress.

more history and recipe here




Our Town's new street-only-paper is the Berkeley Times.

A family-friendly local news sourse not unlike but for younger readers,

"It's time to subscribe to the Times

     It's time to subscribe to the Berkeley Times, and to support the local hometown paper in Berkeley. The pilot edition is scheduled for publication on Thursday, September 9, 2010. You won't find it online, instead look for the first edition delivered to your front door (or very close to it).
     In each printed edition of Berkeley Times, subscribers will read local stories about what matters most to citizens: the education of its children, the safety and conditions of its streets, its homes and its parks, prep sports and the local art scene. Most of all, people will find stories about themselves ­ some of which will be submitted by its readers, those with something to say about Berkeley. There will be announcements of births, engagements, weddings and deaths. Obituaries in the Berkeley Times will be elaborate when appropriate and published at no charge to grieving families.
     An independent newspaper, the Berkeley Times will be entertaining, humor-filled and kid-friendly; after all, this paper is especially intended to attract young readers. Overall, the tone will be warm and friendly and remind readers why they love living here.
     Though Berkeley Times will have a website, editions will not be available on line. For that reason, non-subscribers seeking the news of Berkeley or a specific story must find a printed copy ­ or better yet, subscribe. Independent newspapers are rare in America these days, and for good reason. Advertising revenues in this economic climate cannot sustain them. For that reason, for this community newspaper to become a reality in Berkeley, its citizens must underwrite its operations."



A recent book by Kate Klise and our Sarah Klise is

Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth.

Of which Booklist's Courtney Jones writes,

"Little Rabbit from Imagine Harry (2007) continues his adventures when the circus comes to town. When Mother says he must clean his room before he can go, Little Rabbit tells the ringmaster he has the Meanest Mother on Earth and can put her on display. That night at the big reveal, the crowd is displeased. Mother Rabbit doesn't even have two heads "to think up mean ways to punish the small and the innocent." The Klises once again offer delightful storytelling and art, with winsome, decidedly toylike animal characters. Young fans will enjoy Little Rabbit's antics, even if his room does end up getting cleaned."




to all


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"Berkeley police officer injured after striking vehicle that ran stop sign" by Theresa Harrington, Contra Costa Times.

"A female police officer struck a car that ran a stop sign early Saturday, causing injuries to both the officer and a passenger in the car she hit.
'The police officer sustained minor abrasions and complained of pain and the male passenger in the sedan also had minor abrasions and complained of pain,' said Sam Morgan, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident.

Neither Morgan nor Berkeley police named the officer. The age and city of residence for the driver of the sedan were not immediately available, Morgan said."



"At Last, Bernie Madoff Gives Back" opines Barry Blitt at

"When Bernie Madoff was arrested in December 2008, America feasted vicariously on a cautionary tale of greed run amok. But like Rod Blagojevich, the stunt governor of Illinois who had been arrested days earlier, Madoff was something of a sideshow to that dark month's main events. For a nation reeling from an often incomprehensible economic tsunami and unable to identify the culprits, he was, for the moment, the right made-to-order villain at the right time.

But Madoff was a second-tier player. Some in the upper echelons of New York's financial world, including in the business press, had never heard of him. His firm's accountant operated out of a strip mall and didn't bother with electronic statements. The billions that vaporized in Madoff's Ponzi scheme amounted to a rounding error next to the eye-popping federal bailouts, including those pouring into too-big-to-fail banks wrecked by their own Ponzi schemes of securitization. The suffering he inflicted on his mostly well-heeled dupes was piddling next to the national devastation of an economy in free fall. In a December when a half-million Americans lost their jobs - a calamitous rate not seen since 1974 - the video of a voiceless, combative Madoff in a baseball cap, skirmishing with photographers outside his Upper East Side apartment house, soon lost its punch.

A month later Barack Obama would be inaugurated and declare 'a new era of responsibility.' Now, another two years have passed, and while the economy is no longer in free fall, we're still waiting for that era to arrive."






"John Brothers Piano Company play S.F. streets, Meredith May, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Market Street is their concert hall. The clanging streetcars their backup singers.

Several times a week, self-taught musicians John 'Thatcher' Boomer and John Morgan hoist their upright Craigslist freebie piano into the back of their 20-year-old Jeep, and drive from the West Oakland brick warehouse where they split the rent on an unheated room to play for tips on Market Street and Union Square.

Taking turns, the 23-year-old Cal grads bend and sweat over the keys, hair flying and mouths agape, banging out original ragtime, jazz and burlesque tunes until their hands blur and the veins pop from their temples. Having painted the exposed hammers of their Wurlitzer spinet piano with lacquer to make their sound even louder, they fill the air with a throwback sound that evokes the honky-tonk ghosts of Barbary Coast.

To their parents' chagrin, they have ditched their day jobs and are going for broke in their quest to become full-time piano virtuosos."


after 2/15/11 here



2/5/11--1:26 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, cough, eyes smart. Masha similar.

2/6/11--irritant in front of warehouse, dirty dry air, light head.



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 is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774

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


Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491

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.