February 2014


"Developer's macro loan for micro units shows small is big", J.K. Dineen, San Francisco Business Times.

"Builder Patrick Kennedy had landed a big construction loan for small pads in Central SoMa.

With half of the 11-story, 160-unit rental building at 1321 Mission St pre-leased to the California College of the Arts, Jones Lang LaSalle capital markets team has lined up a $50 million construction loan on the deal."



"Claremont Hotel in East Bay being eyed for purchase by Fairmont Hotel group" George Avalos, Oakland Tribune.

"The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in the Oakland-Berkeley hills is being eyed for purchase by the hotel group that owns the iconic Fairmont hotels in San Francisco, San Jose and Banff and the landmark Plaza Hotel in Manhattan, hotel industry sources said Wednesday."




















"Cars, guns and cameras: The life of Jim Marshall" at autoweek.com features Jim Marshall's legendary photos.


My Jimi Hendrix print is now for sale.

Jimi 1967

by Jim Marshall

I am offering my Jim Marshall gelatin silver print of Jimi Hendrix for purchase. The photo was taken in 1967 in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
This print was received framed It is detailed and "perfect." Any tone variation of scan No 1 is product of photography and is NOT in print.
It is 14" X 18" matted off white in black frame.
It is original, numbered, and is signed.
The print is #3-100--see scan No 2. I"m told by a leading collector of Marshall's work that he rarely numbered prints.
It was printed in 1995.

I received this print from Marshall decades ago. The print arrived framed.  The scan photo was taken in the frame--the print focus is sharper than the scan.





Our French School plans to raze their 9th street ware-house in June. They will build a mini soccer-field and outdoor theater in its place. And, . . . eventually the school plans a high school at the 7th Street campus.


A commercial property on 8th Street is for sale at 600k and change--so far interest but no offers. And a residence at 10th and Grayson is up for sale at 498K.






"City moves forward with zoning ordinance on post office" Melissa Wen, dailycal.org.

"Amid controversy over the Downtown Berkeley post office's impending sale, Berkeley City Council decided at its Tuesday meeting to continue developing a zoning ordinance on the post office building that would narrow the building's future use to allow only public and nonprofit purposes."


















"California Drought Set To Punish Pot Farmers" eastbayexpress.com.

"The New York Times over the weekend issued a dire report on California's ongoing drought, with a nod to how pot farmers are going to be affected in the coming year.

It's technically the third year of drought in California, and 'We are on track for having the worst drought in 500 years,' B. Lynn Ingram, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at UC Berkeley told the Times.

About 40,000 Californians will run out of water in the next 60 to 120 days.

Up in pot farm country, the 2014 crop is currently germinating indoors and in greenhouses as we speak.
Pot plants take six gallons of water per day per plant for a 150-day period, The Times reports. Pot farmers in the hills store rainwater, but some also tap nearby springs, and sometimes pump from ponds and rivers. Then there's always trucking it in."








"'Little Castle' the Berkeley City Club" livingsocial.com.

"Berkeley is the mellow, intellectual middle child of the Bay Area family. North of Oakland and across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, this city has a reputation for being a low-key college town and home to some of the most enlightened thinkers in the Golden State. Along with the academic crowd comes an appreciation for cultural offerings, offbeat boutiques, and locally sourced cuisine. And did we mention its vast swaths of green space? It all comes together to make a downright delightful town.

Just one block from the downtown campus of UC Berkeley, the lovely Berkeley City Club is a historic landmark nicknamed the 'little castle.' Once upon a time, Hearst Castle architect and key UC Berkeley architect Julia Morgan designed this building as a women's social club complete with verdant gardens, interior courtyards, a ballroom, and a heated indoor swimming pool. Its magical elegance has only grown in the intervening years."

Aw jeez!

















Recent eipisodes of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" include among other rides and coffee, those with Jay Leno and Tina Fey and George Costanza



Almost in passing this morning's Charlie Rose program mentioned that Seattle's cornerback was able to read all Peyton Manning's signals. Seatlle had broken the Denver code.







African Roots of Jazz at Central

Bay Area artist Charles Curtis Blackwell will speak about his work and his personal journey as a legally blind artist during an Artist Talk in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room. Blackwell is also exhibiting  paintings and drawings exploring themes of Africa and the jazz aesthetic in theT Catalog Lobby on the first floor and the Art & Music Department on the fifth floor of the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, downtown Berkeley. His art will be on display from February 10- April 20, 2014

February 23, 2014 - 2:00pm 
Central Library




"Researchers build prototype in attempt to harness energy from ocean waves" by Lydia Tuan at dailycal.org.

"Construction of new Solar Energy Research Center begins UC Berkeley research group rethinks solar cell design UC researchers funded to study nuclear energy State to reimburse UC $30 million for Berkeley Lab research facility construction Researchers develop energy-efficient window coating.

A new project from UC Berkeley researchers may soon allow the power of ocean waves to join solar and wind power as a commercialized source of energy."



















"Magnes exhibition explores intellectual migration from fascist Europe and rise of Nazism to Berkeley" Kathleen Maclay, newscenter.berkeley.edu.

"A new exhibition at UC Berkeley's Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life tells the stories of more than 70 scholars, writers and artists ­ many of them Jewish, related to Jews or political dissidents ­ who escaped the rise of Nazism and fascism in Europe in the 1930s and '40s and brought their talents and dreams with them to UC Berkeley.
Doing so, they contributed to the campus's global reputation for tolerance, academic excellence and freedom, and public intellectual engagement, say exhibit organizers and historians.





'Respecting Our Elders comes to Berkeley" examiner.com.

"Eight years ago, Ruth and Curt arrived at a decision to be the source for seniors serving seniors. It was pretty obvious that given the cost of food, that those people with whom they shared the senior community, could ill afford the $200-300 weekly cost of food. In 2005, They approached various grocery stores and farmers markets in Marin to ask for donations of food for seniors. They attracted a radical group of 50 volunteers who came to the stores and farmer's markets taking home with them the surplus, the items that would not, could not be sold the next day. Though the food was at its' prime, the expiration dates indicated that was the last day of sale. The volunteers sort out the food and distribute to local church and senior groups. Dropping off the food to the various communities, each of the senior volunteers take bags of groceries to other seniors they know can benefit from the fresh, often organic food.

That's how it started just 8 years ago. 'Together we can change lives,' was the essence of the work of Ruth and Curt Kincaid. Respecting Our Elders is a 501©3 that has had a tremendous impact in Marin. And now begins in Berkeley."




"New Class Announcement: Edible Education 101" berkeleyfoodinstitute.org.

(We are excited to announce that Michael Pollan, Knight Professor of Journalism and BFI Executive Committee Member, will be teaching Edible Education again this Spring!)

"Edible Education 101: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement will be co-taught by author and activist Raj Patel and held on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm in Wheeler Auditorium. Edible Education is sponsored by the Edible Schoolyard Project and the Berkeley Food Institute.

This course is open to undergraduates and graduate students, as well as members of the public! For more information and to register, visit the Edible Education page. "







"Campus starts plans for Campanile's centennial celebration next year" by Mitchell Handler, dailycal.org.

"One hundred years ago, in honor of the near-completion of the Campanile's steel frame, baskets of turkey, instead of tons of steel, were hoisted on the derricks to the top of the tower for a celebration banquet 200 feet in the sky.

Just as UC Berkeley marked the centennial of that celebration Friday, campus officials are preparing for a celebration of their own in honor of the tower's 100th birthday next year."





"Open house showcases new Downtown Berkeley BART plaza designs" Jeff Landa, dailycal.org.

"The team leading the project to overhaul the Downtown Berkeley BART plaza held an open house Monday night, encouraging the public to review plans and provide feedback on conceptual designs that could affect nearly 30,000 commuters.

Held on the third floor of the Berkeley Public Library's Downtown Berkeley branch, the public event showcased the overall design principles, aimed at improving conditions for the daily congregation of BART and AC Transit commuters, cyclists and pedestrians at the plaza. Several persons of interest, including city officials, designers and architects, were present to engage directly with members of the Berkeley community."


From now on I will only use one email-list. Previously I've used several, ranging from about 85 names to well over 700 names. I now will only use the large list.  And, it's important to understand that page-views have become completely independent of the emails, ranging daily from 3500 to 4500.



















Groucho Marx


a video





"Winemaker dinner with Berkeley's Broc Cellars at Comal" comalberkeley.com.

"Chris Brockway's inaugural release, a 2002 Zinfandel, totaled about 25 cases.  Fast-forward to 2014: Broc Cellars produces 3,500 cases of wine yearly at their new location at 5th and Gilman in Berkeley.  Production volume may have increased, but his "minimal-intervention" approach and interest in underappreciated varietals is alive and well.

Broc offers 'classic' Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc, among others, but also makes unsung, esoteric wines like Valdiguié and Counoise.  Brockway sources his fruit from sustainable, organic or biodynamic vineyards throughout Northern California.  He prefers grapes that grow in marginal climates, believing that the challenging growing conditions produce grapes of singular character.

Once harvested, grapes are pitchforked whole-cluster into the fermenters and fermentation is allowed to happen spontaneously with naturally-occurring airborne yeasts. All wines are basket pressed, with little to no sulphur used until bottling. Brockway calls it "true asphalt winemaking, in an urban winery".

On Tuesday, February 25th, Comal will welcome Brockway for a special dinner showcasing a broad selection of Broc wines paired with dishes by Comal's executive chef Matt Gandin."





"California's Thirsty Almonds--How the water-intensive crop is helping drive the governor's $25 billion plan to ship water to the desert" eastbayexpress.com.

Dan Errotabere's family has been farming the dry soils of the western San Joaquin Valley for nearly a century. His grandfather primarily grew wheat and other grains. His father grew vegetables and other annual crops almost exclusively. But in 1999, Errotabere decided to plant his first almond tree. Today, almonds account for more than a quarter of his 3,600-acre farm.

'Out here it's nothing but topsoil,' he told me during a tour of his property late last year. He added that his land is especially good for growing nuts.

If there's enough water."

















In April 2013, close to the time of the Boston Marathon bombing, news sources reported, almost in passing, about some vandalsim at a "San Jose power station."

At the time I was skeptical and mentioned I thought it was "home grown terroism." Today the Mercury News published an article that the current chairman of FERC has called the attack 'the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred' in the US.'



"Sniper attack on PG&E site points to power grid's vulnerability to terrorism" Steve Johnson, mercurynews.com.

PG&E's Metcalf power facility on Monterey Hwy. in south Santa Clara County Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The plant made news in April 2013 when someone fired multiple shots at the plant, severely damaging transformers and triggering a shut down of the plant for repairs. The shooting was preceded by someone slipping into an underground vault and cutting telephone cables. In all, some 17 giant transformers were damaged. PG&E called it 'vandalism,' but the current chairman of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission called the attack "the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has ever occurred" in the US.

PG&E's Metcalf power facility on Monterey Highway in south Santa Clara County.

A sophisticated sniper attack in April that riddled PG&E's Metcalf power substation in South San Jose with bullets may have been an act of domestic terrorism, two experts say, underlining concern that the nation's electricity grid is vulnerable to sabotage.

While the FBI says there is no evidence that terrorists were involved, Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said the attack was 'very well planned and well executed by very highly trained individuals,' a conclusion shared by a former top PG&E official. Wellinghoff added that 'a coordinated attack could put this country in a world of hurt for a long time.'

Based on his review of the evidence and a tour of the Metcalf plant with some military experts, he said the assault was 'the most significant incident of domestic terrorism involving the grid that has occurred' in North America.' "




















"The Olympic Trade Effect: Berkeley Economist Explains" newswise.com .






"West Berkeley home decor, furniture stores" Sophia Markoulakis, sfgate.com.

"While San Francisco's exclusive Design District is home to some of the nation's premier decor showrooms catering to the interior design trade, West Berkeley has become a shopping corridor for homeowners seeking a more do-it-yourself approach to renovations and decorating.

We'll introduce you to dozens of retailers and home-improvement specialists in the corridor. Check out the map and browse the merchants on the pages that follow, then plan your visit. Business hours vary, so call or check websites.

Within the area between San Pablo Avenue and Interstate 80, from Ashby Avenue to just a few blocks past Gilman Street, are dozens of independent merchants that can help a homeowner either build, remodel or decorate a house from the ground up."







"Berkeley Festival Announces Early Music Program" broadwayworld.com.

" The San Francisco Early Music Society, in association with Early Music America, has announced the program for its biennial Berkeley Festival & Exhibition, June 1 - 8, 2014. Since its inauguration in 1990, the Festival has been recognized worldwide as one of the foremost events of its kind, bringing together early music performers, scholars, instrument makers, publishers and enthusiasts for a week of concerts, lectures, conferences and master classes centered in and around First Congregational Church and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley. "
















"Local playwright's work enchants at Berkeley Rep" dailycal.org.

"There is a steaming pot of New Orleans gumbo being served up on the Berkeley Repertory Theatre stage, vivifying an already enchanting production of 'The House that will not Stand' by Oakland playwright Marcus Gardley."






"Berkeley celebrates black history" Judith Scherr, insidebayarea.com.

Black culture from Ghana to Berkeley was showcased Feb. 8 at the city's first Black History Month celebration, 'Harambee! A Community Coming Together: African, then American.'

'It's important to know what our culture is and to share it with others,' said Ken Tramiel, co-president of the event held at the Berkeley Community Theatre and sponsored by the Berkeley Juneteenth Association with partner organizations, including the city.

Interviewed in the theater lobby, which had been transformed into a marketplace of book, jewelry, food, clothing and information stalls -- rain kept the event inside -- Tramiel underscored how important it is for people to understand that black history isn't just about enslavement, but about the history of people in Africa and achievements since Africans were brought to the U.S. 'It's about human will and human dignity,' he said."






















In addition to the plants stolen from Merryll earlier this week, two were taken from an office front on the 2600 block of 8th. Stolen in broad daylight in the afternoon, passerbys thought the thief a gardener--a white male driving a dark colored pickup . His friend/accomplice is a white male with "dreds" on a bicycle with an attached cart.


Earlier this week, Sophia Markoulakis posted "West Berkeley home decor, furniture stores" at sfgate.com.

One of Potter Creek's "home improvement" businesses is also the oldest family owned business here, that is V&W Door and Window. Check them out!


And, . . . looking for a place for a special Valentine Day lunch or dinner. Check out the Greek Pathos on Shattuck Ave next to Giovanni Italian Restaurant--just opened by old friends of the Victors, owners of V & W.







"Berkeley City Council drops controversial city charter amendment" Melissa Wen, dailycal.com.

"Berkeley City Council swiftly shot down a proposed charter change regarding council vacancies at its meeting Tuesday night after controversy arising around allegations that the amendment was undemocratic.

Proposed by the city manager as a cost-saving measure, the amendment would have loosened the requirement that the city must hold an election, likely an expensive special election, to fill a vacant council seat. The change would have made it easier for the council to appoint a replacement for a council member or mayor, sparking worry that the measure would take power from voters.

'It's Orwellian to call this good government when the effect of it was to cut people out of electing their own representatives,' said Councilmember Jesse Arreguin.
Although the item was set for discussion at Tuesday's meeting, Mayor Tom Bates instead proposed that the council say no to the measure without discussion. The item was put on the consent calendar of the council agenda and was rejected unanimously.

'What the city clerk brought forth was for the council to consider to put (the amendment) on the ballot,' said city spokesperson Matthai Chakko. 'The council considered it, and they didn't put it on the ballot.'

At the meeting, Bates also dismissed a rumor that he proposed the change himself as part of a plan to resign early and give his ally Councilmember Laurie Capitelli a chance to be appointed for the remainder of his term, presumably so Capitelli would have an incumbent's advantage if he chose to run for mayor in 2016.

Bates said at the meeting that while he was 'attributed by some (council members) as being the author of this amendment,' he 'of course (was) not.'

Capitelli said in an interview that he considers running for mayor a 'possibility,' although he has not yet made such plans. Despite saying no to the amendment along with the rest of the council, he considers the change a good-government item.

'We'll probably come back to it in the future when it's not so easy to read in kind of nefarious intents,' Capitelli said."





















"The results are in: UC Berkeley students are having sex, but how much?" Sujin Shin, dailycal.org.

"In a recent hilarious - and mostly accurate and troll-free study - we asked UC Berkeley students what their major was and how much sex they were having to see if any humorous correlations appeared.  While the majority of the respondents had at least one sexual partner, engineering and business majors won the award for most virgins in their departments.

It feels like the minute you arrive at college, you're supposed to begin a hunt for sexual partners. Coupled with Facebook pages like UC Berkeley Confessions (where the majority of posts describe 'getting at' someone or getting laid) and 'college culture' making it cool if you wake up from a party on someone else's bed, it can be hard to believe that not everyone is getting it on. And even while studies continue to tell you our perception of college sexual activity is skewed, assumptions still run rampant. But what does the data actually show?

Of the 732 people that responded to our poll - although we're sure at least a few students fudged their number - 35 percent have never had sex."




















air quality report

2/15/14 --1:17 AM,VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front with VERY HEAVY " ' burning' metal'ceramic" odor, hacking cough, Marsha similar. SERIOUS. 3:10 AM--similar. 10:40 AM--similar, VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front with VERY HEAVY " ' burning' metal'ceramic" odor, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough. Off-and-on all late PM/AM similar. 3:36 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front with VERY, VERY STRONG, HEAVY " burning metal" odor, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, swelling eyes, swelling throat,"Spare the Air," air, continous hacking cough.




BPD Ofc Rashawn D Cummings emails

Lieutenant Dave Frankel Area 4 Commander of the Berkeley Police Department invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him at Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, 920 Heinz Ave on Thursday, March 13, 2014, from 2 to 3pm.
I have resumed my duties as the Area 4 coordinator and will be in attendance as well.





"Banks to be Allowed to do Business With Marijuana Dispensaries. Federal Regulator Issues Guidance to Address Contradictory LawS"
Andrew Grossman, wsj.com.

"Federal regulators will allow banks to provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses operating legally under state laws as long as lenders make regular reports to the Treasury Department and watch for suspicious activity.

The guidance issued Friday by the Treasury and Justice Department is meant to help address concerns among banks about contradictory state and federal laws regarding marijuana. The drug is illegal under federal law, but 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized it for certain uses, including Colorado and Washington state, where it is legal for recreational use."






"Berkeley Referendum Coalition celebrates success, plans to meet Sunday" Jeff Landa, dailycal.org.

"Members of the Berkeley Referendum Coalition gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the successful collection of enough community signatures to suspend a controversial redistricting plan passed by the City Council late last year.

Berkeley City Council's 6-3 approval of a new student-majority district in December triggered a successful referendum campaign from those who opposed the map. The campaign accrued more than the requisite number of signatures in a month's time. Supporters and volunteers from Cal Berkeley Democrats, Berkeley Tenants Union and The Council of Neighborhood Associations, among several others, joined the three council members who were in the minority in celebration at PIQ Bakery and Cafe.

Councilmember Kriss Worthington expressed the difficulty of rallying a referendum during the holiday season, when the UC Berkeley's student community is normally away with family. Still, more than 150 coalition volunteers targeted farmers markets and BART stations and conducted community outreach during the 30-day window to gather the required number of signatures."







 "Black History Month films and programs at Berkeley City College" insidebayarea.com.







"A brief history of Berkeley's trolley system" dailycal.org.

"In 1891, Berkeley ran its first electric streetcar down Grove Street (now Martin Luther King Jr. Way).  By 1912, you were never more than three blocks from a trolley line. In 1958, Berkeley's last trolley ran its final run."






















Aw jeez . . . "Your veggie burger was probably made with a neurotoxin" Judy Marcus, chicagonow.com.

"According to numerous sources, including Mother Jones,  CBS News, and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, most non-organic veggie burgers currently on the market are made with the chemical hexane, an air pollutant and neurotoxin, according to the EPA."






"UC Berkeley student and sister launch crowdfunding campaign to develop interactive robot kit"

"Using the glamour of gadgets as a vehicle to excite students into entering scientific fields, a UC Berkeley student and her sister have designed the Pi-Bot: an affordable robotics kit that enables a hands-on glimpse into the world of engineering.

Designed by UC Berkeley sophomore Lavanya Jawaharlal and her sister Melissa Jawaharlal, who graduated from USC in 2013, Pi-Bot aims to increase students' interest in the fields of STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The sisters see robotics as a way to integrate all STEM fields together in one 'fun, interactive manner.'

'In this current technologically-driven world, it is important to educate students in a way that excites, engages, and excels students to be the next generation of STEM leaders,' said Lavanya in an email.

Through a Kickstarter campaign, the team of engineers hopes to raise $70,000 by April 10, though they currently have less than $18,000. To incentivize donors, the team is offering those who pledge $75 or more their own Pi-Bot kit when the kits are distributed in June."





"UA Press publishes works of poet-truck driver" by Carol Biliczky, ohio.com.

"A Poet Drives a Truck by Lowell A. Levant. Levant, a student at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960s, studied under notable poet and UC professor

When University of Akron psychology professor Ron Levant found his brother's moldy, mildewed poems stuffed in grocery bags in a shed, he did what anyone would do: Assembled them as best he could into a book, he did what anyone would do: Assembled them as best he could into a book.

That became A Poet Drives a Truck, which UA Press is distributing, with a heady 50 copies already printed.

Press director Tom Bacher does not expect Lowell A. Levant's book to make any best-seller lists. But then Bacher has never handled a book of poetry by a truck driver.





"University of Bolton working on hydrogen fuel cell-powered car of the future" Saiqa Chaudhari, theboltonnews.co.uk.

"The University of Bolton has teamed up with a world leading research centre in America to launch what they hope will be one of the most environmentally friendly cars of the future.

Researchers at Bolton are working with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, USA - where scientific expertise has been recognised with 13 Nobel prizes - on developing nano-composite materials to store hydrogen more efficiently and produce hydrogen powered vehicles. "




"Carroll Shelby Cal Baseball Day at University of California, Berkeley Proves a Success, to Become Annual Tradition" wsj.com.

"Carroll Shelby International, the parent company of Carroll Shelby Licensing and Shelby American, announced today that the first annual Carroll Shelby Cal Baseball, which was held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Evans Diamond located on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, was a success. It will become an annual event beginning in 2015.

'The Carroll Shelby Cal Baseball Day was a testament of the excitement that surrounds the Shelby brand,"'said Ari Kopmar, executive vice president of consumer initiatives. 'We successfully bridged America's favorite performance car with America's favorite past time in a way that's never been done before. Not only was our reception strong among Shelby and Ford enthusiasts, but the support from the baseball fans and university students was tremendous. We're excited about making the Carroll Shelby Cal Baseball Day an annual tradition. ' 








"Squirrels, gophers unleash toxins at former Berkeley landfill into bay" Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"It's curtains for you gofer. Same for you ground squirrel.

Having run out of options, the city is planning to trap and terminate hundreds, if not thousands, of ground squirrels and western pocket gofers who have turned the shoreline of the 90-acre Cesar Chavez Park on the bay into what looks like a slice of Swiss cheese."





"Dynavax Announces Withdrawal of European Marketing Application for HEPLISAV" marketwatch.com.

"Dynavax Technologies Corporation DVAX +1.70% announced today that it has withdrawn the European Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for HEPLISAV, its investigational hepatitis B vaccine. The Day 180 List of Outstanding Issues provided by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) indicated that the current HEPLISAV safety database is considered to be too small to rule out a risk of less common serious adverse events. Dynavax has chosen to withdraw the application because the required timeframe for response under the MAA procedure is not long enough to permit the collection of the necessary clinical data. Dynavax expects to begin shortly an additional HEPLISAV clinical trial, HBV-23, that is intended to provide a safety database sufficient to support licensure. "                                       



















air quality report

2/19/14--9:49 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, watery swollen eyes, swollen lips and throat, hacking cough, over-rides 4 HEPA filters and 3m respirator. The swelling of the eyes, lips and throat are an allergic reaction and a serious medical condition which in extreme cases is life threatening.





"Berkeley startup MobileWorks revolutionizes outsourcing" abclocal.go.com.

"A Berkeley-based startup is trying to change the way the world works. Its clients can be anywhere and its employees are everywhere. It's a new company that's on a job-sourcing mission and it's called MobileWorks.

'To create jobs for people who don't have access to traditional job market,' said MobilWorks Co-Founder Prayag Narula.
It began as a graduate school project at the University of California, Berkeley.

After winning a class contest, the MobileWorks group got into Y-Combinator, a startup accelerator that got them investors like Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian.
We've raised $2.1 million to date, said Kulkarni.

All for a startup that's a fresh take on outsourcing.

'They can choose to outsource in a way that makes the world better,' said Kulkarni.
MobileWorks hires mostly college graduates with skills like research, writing and editing photos. Companies come to them with a task and they find the right workers to do it. They can work from anywhere. It's all online. " 





















Recently I had breakfast with Patrick Kennedy who expressed interest in again building in Berkeley. In fact he has a project in the works around Cal and he continues to have an interest in building in the west.


The commercial property in the 2800 block of 8th has sold and is now in escrow.




"UC Berkeley Azaad Wins Bollywood Berkeley 2014" indiawest.com.

"The mania surrounding Bollywood Berkeley 2014 started two weeks before the actual show.

Tickets for the show were in high demand once they were released, and three days before the show, Zellerbach Hall, the location of the show, was at full capacity. There was even a rush to buy tickets to Nachle, the official after party as people desperately tried to do ticket transfers in a last ditch attempt to gain entry to Horizon, a club in San Francisco.

Teams started arriving into Berkeley Thursday night, and slowly trickled in until Friday evening. On Friday, there was a mixer held at Anna Head Hall, where all the teams interacted with their soon to be competitors. One of the games that was played involved randomly assigning people to a table and having each table group come up with a short dance routine.

The performances were entertaining and well executed considering the fact that each group was not assigned a song to dance to until it was their turn to perform. After that, a highly amusing game of musical chairs was played to determine the show order. Each of the original competing teams sent up two members. Participants had to do bhangra, crawl or even 'dougie' while playing the game.

After a long and tiring tech run on Saturday morning, it was time for the actual show that same evening. "





"The Clog goes undercover to investigate the 7 Peet's Coffee & Tea locations around campus" Daniela Grinblatt, dailycal.org.

"It was a gloomy, quiet morning. Tired UC Berkeley students stumbled out of their apartments after the long weekend, desperately searching for the nearest form of caffeinated sustenance. Espresso machines hummed, latte frothers rattled, and no one had the slightest idea that the Clog was clandestinely watching, scheming and plotting an investigation.

It recently came to our attention here at the Daily Clog that there is an unholy number of cafes in and around campus, with seven Peet's Coffee & Teas dominating the scene. We'd all like to be fair and optimistic about our coffee options, but even the most egalitarian economist will tell you these different locations are not created equal. They must differ, to some degree, in pricing, product quality and overall customer accommodation."




"New plaque honors Berkeley's beloved Moe's Books" Carolyn Jones, sfgate.com.

"It's not the booming economy that keeps Moe's Books alive. It's not a sudden surge of book readers. It's certainly not the shopping climate on Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue, where Moe's has been a fixture for five decades.

What keeps Moe's afloat is dog-eared, ink-stained love. Love, that is, for Moe Moskowitz, a rumpled, cranky, cigar-smoking New Yorker who believed that everyone, no matter how rich or poor, should be able to own a good book.

'He was a wonderful guy and I really loved him. ... I think it's loyalty, really. That's why we're still here,' said Moskowitz's daughter, Doris Moskowitz, who has run the store since Moe died in 1997. 'I love the books, but I think it's the spirit of the place, the spirit of my dad, that keeps us all coming back.'

Berkeley returned some of that love last week when the historical society installed a plaque outside the store honoring Moe and his contributions to the city's intellectual life. Moe probably would have rolled his eyes, irked that Berkeley took so long to acknowledge him and bemused at those who care in the first place, Doris said.

'He definitely would have made fun of me and how happy it made me,' Doris said. 'But after all the complaining, he would have felt grateful and had fun.' "


Moe left you alone . . . sometimes are my memories of working at Moe's at sellng records at journalofrecordrdmusicno6.

Moe's Books in Berkeley is what you would call an institution. Moe prided himself in the '60s on being one of the few Telegraph Avenue merchants that didn't have his window broken by The Demonstrators. In the '70s, however, I think some drunk fell through it. Anyway, in the '60s, not to have your windows broken by the demonstrators was an achievement. At the very least it meant that Moe was skillfully and politically in tune with the times, and at the most it meant that he was a mensch. Most certainly it meant that he had been put to, and survived, a test of character.

If Moe's was an institution, Moe was its leading inmate. I worked for him in the '70s and like to think that I built a few tables of old records into a serious used record department. Then the store was still called Moe's Books and Records. Though Moe was a bookman, he wisely saw used records as a natural addition to his store. He also loved music, claiming to have been the world's most committed and worst violin student. He probably was.

Moe has always said that he had only one good idea. That was to pay a customer a decent price or give him a decent amount of trade for used books. In a business that was characterized by dealers who paid almost nothing, that was revolutionary. In fairness, he also paid his people extremely well. And he left you alone . . . sometimes.

I applied his one good idea to used records and it worked. Moe's basement,The Pit, filled with old records. New bins were built, filled up with used records, and more were built. Used book tables were taken down or pushed aside. We even displaced Moe's friend who sold used comics there on Saturday morning. More and more records came in, and went out.

It seemed that at least one copy of every record ever made showed up at that store. With the volume we did, this must have been true. Sometimes on a Saturday, and with two or three people working, we would still fall behind in buying and would literally become surrounded by old records. They would be stacked on the floor, on the counter, next to the counter and under the counter, and still people would stand in line five or six deep offering us arms full of old records.

more at above link




 "Berkeley artist designs high-tech milltowns to replace tech bigs' campuses" at bizjournals.com.

"Berkeley artist Alfred Twu has a solution to the sprawl and high housing costs of the San Francisco Bay area. He proposes building high-rises for tech workers in place of massive parking lots at campuses like Facebook and Apple. Of course, given zoning regs, his concept is likely to remain just a bit of California dreamin'."





"Cal baseball back on track after brief elimination" bradenton.com.

"While in the midst of taking classes at California and simultaneously pondering his collegiate baseball future after his sport got cut, pitcher Kyle Porter considered leaving Berkeley for Oregon in early 2011 to play for the Ducks that season.

He even made a visit to rival Stanford and dined with Cardinal coach Mark Marquess. Porter checked out UC Irvine and Long Beach State, too.
It was supposed to be the final season of Cal's storied program in spring 2011. Some players did bolt.

'I had to go shopping a little bit,' Porter said. 'Then we were back and it was all good. It was stressful because they dragged it on for so long. I didn't even know how I felt. I was almost mad at the administration. I was like, "If you're going to cut it, you might as well leave it.'"But they did bring it back and it was a great thing. My commitment to Cal, I was going to honor.'

It's been nearly three years since Cal baseball - established in 1892 - was saved when supporters came through with $9 million from tireless fundraising to keep alive a program set for elimination by the administration in a cost-cutting move."







"UC Davis to offer sustainable environmental design major--Program indicates growing demand for sustainable education" Pio Valenzuela at theaggie.org.

"UC Davis administration approved a new sustainable environmental design (SED) major within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Science under the Department of Human Ecology on Jan. 30.

The SED major will allow students to learn about sustainable and green designs and will allow them to pursue various careers within city and regional planning, architecture, real estate, education and several other fields."








"Wealth gap is widest in some affluent US cities" AP at sfgate.com.

"The gap between the wealthy and the poor is most extreme in several of the United States' most prosperous and largest cities.

The economic divides in Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are significantly greater than the national average, according to a study released Thursday by the Brookings Institution, the Washington-based think tank. It suggests that many sources of both economic growth and income inequality have co-existed near each other for the past 35 years.

These cities may struggle in the future to provide adequate public schooling, basic municipal services because of a narrow tax base and "may fail to produce housing and neighborhoods accessible to middle-class workers and families," the study said.

'There's something of a relationship between economic success and inequality,' said Alan Berube, a senior fellow at Brookings. 'These cities are home to some of the highest paying industries and jobs in the country.'

At the same time, Berube noted, many of these cities may inadvertently widen the gap between rich and poor because they have public housing and basic services that make them attractive to low-wage workers.

The findings come at a delicate moment for the country, still slogging through a weak recovery from the Great Recession. "

















"What Does It Mean to Be Anti-Establishment at Berkeley Today?" by Patrick Redford, ·psmag.com.

"For some, the opposite of what it meant 50 years ago.

They are the largest student organization at the University of California-Berkeley. Their website bills them as "the preeminent anti-establishment force at UC Berkeley and proud of it." No small claim at Berkeley, a place with a history of activism and where this club has grown into its role as chief antagonist. National news covered one of their biggest stunts a few years ago. The club grows by the year and takes advantage of the ever-changing demographics of the student body. The organization?

The Berkeley College Republicans.

Despite student skepticism and the common caricatures of Republicans, Brendan Pinder, president of BCR, says the club is thriving because of ideological diversity. There are plenty of politically liberal organizations on campus, but, according to Pinder, students view all of those clubs as extremely progressive, and so BCR membership actually encompasses a wide swath of the political spectrum." 





"Women outnumber men in Berkeley computer science course for first time" siliconrepublic.com.

"In an encouraging sign for the narrowing of the gender gap in technology, for the first time ever there are more women than men taking their introductory course to computer science. "    







"Where to buy coffee in Berkeley for less than $1.50" dailycal.org.

"Every student at UC Berkeley needs one thing to survive the daily high-stress schedules to which we submit ourselves: liquid energy. Worm dirt. A cup of joe. We're talking about coffee. We know you don't want to spend any more than necessary on your daily dose of caffeine, so here are a few spots around Berkeley where you can find a small cup of coffee for less than $1.50, before tax."



















LifeLong West Berkeley at lifelongmedical.org.

Patients of LifeLong West Berkeley have access to a wide variety of a broad scope of care under one roof.  We are continually evolving to meet the needs of our patients and the surrounding community. 







"Lost & Out of Print Film Night" funcheap.com.

Lost & Out of Print Film Night, Berkeley

LOOP (Lost and Out of Print) is an all ages movie night of obscure films in 16mm and other film formats of all genres. The film series is in connection with the Berkeley Underground Film Society at The Tannery in Berkeley, CA.
They also host monthly VHS swaps where you bring your old cartoons, obscure television shows with taped commercials, OOP horror, Sci-Fi, and other novelty items for trade or sale.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 7:30 pm, FREE, The Tannery, 708 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94710, Berkeley"








"University of California Berkeley garden started in 1971:Urban farm acts as a tool for growth" cityfarmer.info.

"My involvement in the garden last semester was transformative. I realized I have the ability to grow things on my own and become more self-sufficient, even in an urban area. I was inspired right away and acquired a few planters and seedlings for my small Berkeley balcony. Eating salad greens and herbs I personally cultivate (after battling some squirrels) is incredibly rewarding - and delicious! It is empowering to reduce my reliance on grocery stores and vegetables that have traveled hundreds of miles before reaching my dinner plate. "























Coffee with the Councilmember

Conversation with Councilmember Laurie Capitelli; Wednesday, February 26. 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; Café Roma. 1549 Hopkins St.

Please meet me back at the Roma this Wednesday. Buy coffee or ­ whatever ­ and join me for a morning conversation about local issues. Rain (if we should be so lucky) will cancel.

Regards, Laurie Capitelli







"Man killed in tractor accident was longtime Berkeley firefighter" mercurynews.com.

"A man killed Sunday evening after his tractor overturned and rolled down a steep hill in an unincorporated part of Contra Costa County has been identified as a Berkeley firefighter, accorded to ABC7 TV.

The man was on the tractor at Via Domingos and Bear Creek Road near Briones Regional Park when it overturned and went down about 200 feet into a canyon at about 6:40 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said.

That station identified him as Tony Nunes, who was a 28-year veteran of the department." 








"Berkeley Starts Renovation on Public Housing Units" multihousingnews.com.

"Multifamily specialist Related California has acquired 75 units in 15 public housing sites from the Berkeley Housing Authority. Through a partnership with the authority,

Renovations will include complete interior renovations with new finishes, appliances and fixtures, plus heating and water systems and upgrades to building exteriors and landscaping. Construction will begin during the last week of February with a target completion by the end of 2014.

Originally consisting of three- and four-bedrooms units, the rehab includes conversion of some units to two-bedroom. The project will also result in an increase of handicap-accessible units to seven, to allow more existing residents to remain on site.

The total cost for the work will be just under $36 million."





"Berkeley medical marijuana dispensary certified by nonprofit advocacy group" dailycal.org.

"Berkeley City Council to consider increasing number of medical cannabis dispensaries Local marijuana advocates optimistic after White House announcement Federal announcement may impact local medical marijuana dispensaries

Americans for Safe Access, a nonprofit cannabis-advocacy group, certified two Bay Area medical marijuana dispensaries Feb. 20 in an effort to encourage standardized cannabis quality.

The two dispensaries - Berkeley Patients Group, the largest and oldest medical marijuana dispensary in the city, and San Francisco Patient and Resource Center, a nonprofit cannabis collective - are the first in the country to be certified by ASA on standards that focus on the quality of the product as outlined by American Herbal Products Association and American Herbal Pharmacopoeia."






"Fund teaches MBA students about socially responsible investment" Jo Mackness, greenbiz.com.

"The Haas Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Fund - the first and largest student-led investment fund of its scale - offers students at U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business real-world experience in bringing not just a financial lens, but a social and environmental lens, to professional asset management.

Since 2008, the student principals have grown the initial investment of $1.1 million to more than $2 million. That's more than a 50 percent return on investment over five years. Launched by the Center for Responsible Business (CRB), the fund is part of CRB's mission to ensure that Berkeley-Haas students bring a sustainability lens to business decisions."






"Panel to tackle Filipino image in US media" globalnation.inquirer.net.

" A panel on misrepresentation and under-representation of Filipino Americans in the mainstream media will be held on Saturday, March 1, from  3:30 to 6 p.m. at 56 Barrows on campus."




















"Renaissance Gala honors African American excellence, activism" newscenter.berkeley.edu.

"The spirit of revival and rebirth was evoked at Saturday's Renaissance Gala, a fundraiser benefiting the Department of African American Studies and scholarships for African American students at UC Berkeley."


Our Councilman, Darryl Moore just returned from Central/South America

where he monitored a national election. Well Ok then!







air quality report

2/24/14--6:46 AM--burning eyea, swelling of mouth and throat. 5:29 PM--similar. 6:43 PM--similar. Almost always right now, Marsha and I have mucus membrane irritation--specially blocked nasal passages, regular coughing.





"California Measles Cases on Rise After Infected BART Passenger" guardianlv.com.

"During the first week of "February", a college student was a passenger on Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains while infected with measles; now California measles cases are on the rise. There are a reported 15 cases statewide, while last year at this time there were only two reported cases.

In addition to the infected UC Berkeley student, three of the 15 cases are confirmed in the Bay Area counties, according to California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) Deputy Director and Epidemiologist Gil Chavez. Chavez said that officials could not confirm if any of the 15 measles cases can be attributed to the infected BART passenger directly."





"Tcho bids San Francisco bittersweet farewell, moves to Berkeley" bizjournals.com.

"Tcho, San Francisco's premium chocolate purveyor, is packing up its waterfront factory and shipping out to Berkeley.

Joining the East Bay's ever expanding foodie scene, Tcho signed a 12-year lease for 49,000 square feet in the Marchant Building on 3100 San Pablo Ave, where it will consolidate all of its production, office and storage space, as well as eventually open up a bigger retail shop.

According to Tcho's new CEO Andrew Burke, Tcho simply outgrew its 29,000-sqaure-foot facility on the Embarcadero's Pier 17 and couldn't find a suitable place in the city to meet its needs for an all-in-one office, warehouse and factory."




Our Acme Bead yesterday put up a beautiful new fence around their 8th and Pardee lot. Check out the "polished hardwood" slats.







"Banks Take Interest in College Lending:Lenders Are Lured by Declining Default Rates" AnnaMaria Andriotis, online.wsj.com.

"Lenders are reacquainting themselves with college students, lured by the prospect of building ties with young customers and encouraged by declining loan-default rates among these borrowers.

The increase in lending means some students and their families get a shot at lower interest rates than the much-larger federal loan system offers. For others, it is a source of cash needed to meet rising tuition costs that some government loans."    











"Melt your brain with a 12-rotor Wankel engine:Powerboat racer builds insane 12-rotor...rotary" autoweek.com.

"There's a rumor that Mazda is bringing back the venerable rotary engine. Chances are, it won't be this rotary engine"

"Did you know that the FD RX-7, one of the most legendary Mazdas ever, made do with just two rotors? Please. Even the Eunos Cosmo, a car at which we can only gaze from afar, had just one more rotor than that. To match the creation that Tyson Garvin has created, you would have to multiply the Eunos Cosmo's rotors by three, then add three more rotors. Then divide that by four, then add five more rotors. Then take away two, because you've gone too far. And then you'll have a twelve-rotor Wankel engine, and quite possibly a nosebleed."













our air quality log

2/1/14--3:06 AM---VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, STRONG BURNING dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, BURNING eyes, throat, itchy skin, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough, over-rides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator. 5:18 AM--Marsha, similar. 2:28 PM--similar. 2:57 PM--similar. Off-and-on all afternoon often at regular intervals. 5:45 PM--similar.

2/3/14--1:13 AM-- VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, BURNING dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, BURNING eyes, throat, itchy skin, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough, over-rides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator. Off and on all 2/2/14 evening, similar often at regular intervals with 15 minutes the most common. 4:31 AM--similar with "hot ceramic" odor. 10:34 PM--similar.

2/4/14--3:05 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, BURNING dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, BURNING eyes, throat, itchy skin, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough, over-rides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator. 3:35 AM--Marsah similar. 5:10 AM--similar. All AM--off-and of usually at 15 minute intervals SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, BURNING dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, BURNING eyes, throat, itchy skin, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough, over-rides 4 HEPA filters. 3:19 PM--dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, leave. ~6:15--similar. 6:35 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, BURNING dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, BURNING eyes, throat, itchy skin, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough, over-rides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator. ~8:45 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, throat, itchy skin, hacking cough, over-rides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator.

2/5/14--12:30 AM--similar about every 15 minutes all PM and AM so far. 3:04 AM--similar. 3:46 AM--similar, SERIOUS hacking cough.

2/6/14-- 3:48 AM----similar, SERIOUS hacking cough.

2/7/14--9:32 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, BURNING dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, BURNING eyes, throat, itchy skin, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough, over-rides 4 HEPA filters.

2/9/14---3:34 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, BURNING dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, BURNING eyes, throat, itchy skin, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough. 1:47 PM--similar. 4:47 PM--similar.

2/10/11--3:07--similar. 5:02 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, BURNING dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, BURNING eyes, throat, itchy skin, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough, overides 4 HEPA filters. 9:13 PM--similar.

2/11/14--12:02 AM--similar, SERIOUS.

2/14/14--3:31 PM--similar, VERY SERIOUS with VERY HEAVY " ' burning' metal'ceramic" odor, hacking cough, Marsha similar. 5:47 PM--similar, SERIOUS.

2/15/14 --1:17 AM, similar, SERIOUS. 3:10 AM--, SIMILAR. 10:40 AM--similar, VERY, VERY SERIOUS with VERY HEAVY " ' burning' metal'ceramic" odor, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough. 3:36 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front with VERY, VERY STRONG, HEAVY " ' burning' metal'ceramic" odor, BURNING dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, swelling eyes, swelling throat, itchy skin, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough.

2/16/14--5:17 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front with ' burning' metal'ceramic" odor, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, itchy skin, "Spare the Air, air," hacking cough. Off-and-on all morning and afternoon often at 15 minute intervals.

2/17/14--2:00AM-- irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation. 8:25 AM--similar. 1:09 PM-- irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse with ' burning' metal'ceramic" odor, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, "Spare the Air, air." This sort of experience ended with the the passing of the foundry on Pardee. It now returns on 8th. 1:51 PM--similar.

2/18/14--7:21 AM--similar 2:46 PM--similar. 9:16 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, watery swollen eyes, swallen lips and throat, hacking cough, over-rides 4 HEPA filters and 3m respirator.

2/19/14--9:49 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, watery swollen eyes, swollen lips and throat, hacking cough, over-rides 4 HEPA filters and 3m respirator. The swelling of the eyes, lips and throat are an allergic reaction and is a most serious medical condition which in extreme cases is life threatening. 11:17 AM--similar with " ' burning' metal'ceramic" odor.

2/20/14--6:22 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, over-rides 4 HEPA filters.Marsha has hacking cough.7:03--similar with "gas" odor, headache. 12:33 PM--similar.

2/21/14--7:29 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation. with "Spare the Air, air." 7:55 AM--regular hacking cough. Marsha mucus membrane irritation, light head,dizzy with "Spare the Air, air" IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 3:19 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

2/22/14--2:00 AM---irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation hacking cough with "Spare the Air, air. 2:20 AM--similar. Off-and-on all AM dry dirty air IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. ~ 6:30 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, burning watery eyes, burning mouth hacking cough with "Spare the Air, air." Marsha light headed dizzy with regular hacking cough. Almost always now for me and Marsha, mucus membrane irritation--blocked nasal passages, regular sneezing, hacking coughing. 4:19 PM==VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dirty BURNING dry air, "hot plastic odor", HEAVY "Spare the Air, air." Both me and Marsha wear respirators in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation.

2/23/14--2:00 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, burning watery eyes, burning mouth hacking cough with "Spare the Ai r, air." 3:21 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, burning watery eyes, burning mouth, hacking cough with "Spare the Air, air."7:46 AM--similar. 10:20 AM--similar.

2/24/14--6:24 AM--similar. 6:46 AM--burning eyea, swelling of mouth and throat. 5:29 PM--similar. 6:43 PM--similar. Almost always now for me and Marsha, mucus membrane irritation--blocked nasal passages, regular sneezing, coughing. 8:35 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, burning watery eyes, hacking cough with "Spare the Air, air."9:06 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, swollen watery eyes,, swollen mouth and throat, hacking cough with "Spare the Air, air. 11:55 PM--similar.

2/25/14--3:03 AM--similar and this AM appears constant. 10:52 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air with mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, hacking cough with "Spare the Air, air. 11:39 AM--similar, unable to work, LEAVE.
















eternally useful links

You can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.



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.




Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here




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



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.

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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






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