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Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund

The University of California, Berkeley, invites local community groups to apply for grants from the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund for 2009-2010.  Non-profit organizations and neighborhood groups based in the city of Berkeley that propose projects in partnership with the campus to improve the quality of life for city residents are eligible to apply for funding.
In its first three years, the fund awarded grants to 43 diverse projects in the areas of educational enrichment, the arts, homeless services, the environment, historic preservation and neighborhood improvement.
Through a competitive process, the fund will distribute $218,000 in 2009 for projects in two categories: neighborhood improvement projects that enhance community facilities or the physical environment of Berkeley neighborhoods, and community support and service projects that further the economic, social or cultural well-being of Berkeley residents.
Grant proposals are due by May 15, 2009, and awards will be announced in August.
The fund will host a workshop for interested applicants in March. Information about the workshop will be posted on the fund's Web site at communityrelations.berkeley.edu/ccpf <http://communityrelations.berkeley.edu/ccpf>. Additional information about the fund and a grant application package are also available online. For questions about the fund, contact UC Berkeley Community Relations Director Irene Hegarty at (510) 643-5296 or <hegarty@berkeley.edu>.
The Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund was established in 2006. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than $617,000 in grants to community-based organizations. Annual allocations to the fund will be made through the year 2020.

Pools Task Force Master Plan Community Meeting
The City of Berkeley and the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) are working with a 10-member Task Force to develop a Citywide Pools Master Plan. The existing pools, the Warm Water Pool, and options for new swim facilities will be key topics of the Master Plan. The Task Force is in the process of completing the Preliminary Draft Master Plan and will be presenting it for review to the City Council and the School Board in April 2009. The Final Plan will be adopted in early 2010, following the CEQA review process. Pending City Council approval, a bond measure to support pool improvements is expected to be included on the June 2010 ballot.
The current proposed Master Plan includes changes to the West Campus Pool facility. These changes will be presented to West Campus area residents at a community meeting on:
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Date:  Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Where:  West Campus Gym, 2100 Browning St. (& Addison St.)

Berkeley Central Library Space Planning Survey
Do you use the Public Library? Would you like to help improve the Central Library? The Berkeley Public Library has begun a space planning project at the City's Central Library, located downtown at 2090 Kittredge near Shattuck. It's been seven years since the renovation and expansion of this City landmark, and Library staff are looking for ways to enhance public spaces so that users' visits are better, collections easier to find, assistance readily available, corridors less crowded, and checkout lines shorter.
This 10-question survey will help the Library know what works, and what doesn't, in the Central Library building, and help staff plan for future improvements:
Councilmember Darryl Moore



"Joshua Redman" is a feature at timeout.com.

"Arguably the most visible of the contemporary jazz masters, saxophonist Joshua Redman has made the most of his mainstream potential since entering New York's jazz scene in the early '90s. At 40, he's far from a young lion, having transcended his early promise in spades. The reedist's ability to reach across the aisle has always made him palatable to a wider audience. The Berkeley, California, native most recently performed in Chicago as a featured guest at Umphrey's McGee's year-end shindig at the Auditorium Theatre (though we're trying not to hold that against him). It was surprising not to see him hobnobbing among the hordes of rock stars at Obama's umpteen inauguration galas."



"Berkery Noyes Represents Ten Speed Press in Its Sale to Random House" is a report at prnewswire.com.

"Berkery Noyes, a leading independent investment bank serving the media and information markets, announces that it represented Ten Speed Press in its sale to Random House, Inc., the book-publishing division of Bertelsmann AG.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

For almost four decades, Berkeley, California-based Ten Speed Press has built a reputation for critically acclaimed and perennially popular books in the business and career, cookbook, and mind, body, and spirit categories. The Company publishes more than 100 new hardcovers and trade paperbacks annually and has a backlist of more than 1,000 active titles. Among the books published by Ten Speed Press are Richard Bolles' What Color Is Your Parachute, the bestselling job-hunting book in the world with more than 10 million copies sold; Mollie Katzen's classic The Moosewood Cookbook (more than 2 million copies sold); and The New Detox Diet by Elson Haas and Daniella Chase (more than 500,000 copies sold.)

Phil Wood commented, 'I am confident Ten Speed Press, the Company I founded and have owned for almost four decades, will thrive under Random House, whose highly professional people are committed to, and fully understand, publishing.' "

Phil Wood also owns the Potter Creek wrecking-yard.



"Hey Mr. Green" writes Fiona Ng, Special to The Chronicle.

"In the tradition of Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker, Berkeley's own Bob Schildgen has an alter ego he regularly assumes to make the world a safer place. His moniker is Mr. Green, brainchild of Schildgen and his colleagues at Sierra magazine - the million-plus circulation monthly magazine published by the Sierra Club - who was created in 2003 to answer readers' questions about sustainable living in a Q & A feature dubbed Hey Mr. Green.

'We wanted to call it Mr. Green to kind of poke fun of this authoritative figure, like [in a dramatic baritone] "Whoa, it's Mr. Green," ' said Schildgen, adding that the column, irreverence aside, takes the gravity of its subject matter as a given. Beyond the page, Schildgen runs a Hey Mr. Green blog, regularly dispenses advice on Sierra Club radio and regularly speaks about environmental issues at conferences and talks."



Swerve's Ziggy has movie star cousins

Ziggy's creator Fanuc, also made the robots in Iron Man




"California Teachers Association, Sen. Hancock introduce legislation to halt testing of second graders" reports Dana at mercurynews.com.


"Struggling States Look to Unorthodox Taxes" reports Jesse McKinley at nytimes.com.

"In their search for revenue, states are considering legalizing marijuana and taxing pornography."

"Polls: Never been a better time to legalize pot" is an opinion at sfgate.com.

"Go ahead and bust out your stoner jokes about Tom Ammiano for introducing a bill that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes in California. But pollster supreme Nate Silver -- yeah, the stats supergeek who made all the right calls in the 2008 election -- says the public has never been more dope-friendly than now. We hope that's a better forecast than his lame Oscar predictions.

(For those of you who are baked while you're reading this, two things: First, who gets baked and reads a political blog? And second,if you cue Peter Tosh's 'Legalize It' as you check out the rest of Nate's analysis, it will make it sssooooooooooooo much better.)

A couple of recent polls show that the public's attitudes are changing towards bud. Last week, a Rasmussen Poll found that 40 percent of Americans supporting legalizing pot and 46 percent opposed. Support is much higher among folks under 40 and men (48 percent.) A CBS/NY Times poll last month put support at 41 percent and Zogby -- done for the hemp clothing lovers at NORML -- found that 44 wanted legal doobage."




"Current shopping: wasteful. The green alternative: repurposing" is a story by Amy Hardin Turosak at csmonitor.com.

"The global energy crisis is overwhelming, but Americans are looking for ways to make small changes that add up. We install solar panels, buy hybrid cars, and turn down the thermostat. Yet when it comes to everyday shopping, we are conditioned to buy more than we need, new things made halfway around the world.

Sometime within the last 100 years, we lost the power to dialogue with shopkeepers to define our own needs. Now, retailers 'inform' us. This exact scenario was foretold by the wise Dr. Seuss in his book 'The Lorax.' He said, 'A Thneed's a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need! I'm figgering on biggering and biggering turning MORE Truffula Trees in to Thneeds which everyone needs!'

Everyone loves the Lorax, but as we read it to our children we sometimes fail to realize that we've been buying those Thneeds; hoodwinked by retailers mixing a Thneed with a need.

Our passive attitude toward consumer goods is becoming a major obstacle in conserving energy and those precious Truffula trees. It's not doing much for a healthy economy either. But exactly what are we to do when we're told that shopping is a patriotic activity?
There is an alternative to this wasteful paradigm, and its infrastructure is in place: thrift shopping."












"The Other Toxic Paradox" is a report by Rebecca Gasior Altman at environmentalhealthnews.org.

"A profusion of green products allows us to excuse ourselves from acting beyond our own households. But we can't shop our way to safety. We must turn to politics, not just products, to solve our toxic problems.

One thing we know: bubbles burst. For writer Peggy Orenstein and residents of 'eco-conscious' Berkeley, California, news of poor airquality near schools pierced the 'green' bubble.

Orenstein's recent commentary,'The Toxic Paradox,' published in the New York Times Magazine, portrays the plight of parents who have 'gone green' at home, only to realize they are having only modest effects on their
kids' overall exposures. Parents feverishly scan the Internet for green products to avoid headline-grabbing chemicals, only to learn that research implicates another chemical, another product.

Orenstein's commentary does little to help parents move through this frustrating reality. For Orenstein, community action is too fractious and individual action either irrelevant or futile. Parents' efforts at home are partial solutions, yes, but they're part of the problem, too. When products stymie political action, this creates another 'toxic paradox' that Orenstein overlooks."

(underlining mine)



"Babies born during pollen seasons more likely to wheeze" is a report at hindu.com.

"Newborns born during the high pollen and mould seasons, linked with the presence of allergens, are more likely to develop early symptoms of asthma, suggests a new study.

University of California, Berkeley (UC-B) researchers found that such children born in the high mould season, coinciding with the last quarter of the year, have three times the odds of developing wheezing, often an early sign of asthma, compared with those born at other times of the year."




"Stimulated Energy" is a story by William Tucker at spectator.org.

"I must admit I was surprised at the beauty of the Berkeley campus. I've always imagined it as a huge pavilion of protesting students shouting slogans as sixteen types of studs and rings dangle from their cheeks and ears.

Instead it is a forest of junipers, redwoods and other Western conifers that give it the air of a mountain resort. Even though buildings are chockablock, the winding pathways nestle so gracefully around the mountain stream that you always feel you're lost somewhere in the woods.

Berkeley, after all, has many identities. Besides being the epicenter of the student protests it is also home to the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and eleven Physics Nobel Prize Winners in Physics, including the current Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Four of the transuranic elements -- Californium, Berkelium, Lawrencium, and Seaborgium -- are named after accomplishments at Berkeley.

So it wasn't at all surprising that, in the midst of the hullabaloo about windmills, solar power and the Coming Age of Alternate Energy, the Berkeley Energy and Resource Collective at the Haas School of Business invited me and a few others to sit on a panel, 'Advancing Nuclear Energy,' at its annual Energy Symposium last week."



"Berkeley police say they've solved the three-year-old murder of an El Cerrito student who was fatally knifed at a North Berkeley party" is a report at berkeleydailyplanet.com.

"Police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss reported that Justin Michael Johnson, 19, has been arrested in South Carolina, where he is awaiting extradition to face one murder charge and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon."




"Study: High-skilled Indian and Chinese immigrants returning home are young, well-educated" is at seattletimes.com.

"New research sheds light on the reasons high-skilled Chinese and Indian workers are returning to their homecountries. The researchers cite anecdotal evidence that suggests immigrants are returning home in greater numbers.

Researcher Vivek Wadhwa, of the Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and an executive in residence at Duke University, wrote about the research today in BusinessWeek. He partnered with AnnaLee Saxenian of the University of California at Berkeley and Richard Freeman at Harvard on the effort."


"Japanese stocks skirt record low" is a report at bbcnews.com.

"Japanese share prices are mirroring international trendsJapanese stocks fell in early trading before recovering somewhat, after markets around the world dropped sharply on Monday."






"Spring forward!" Set clocks ahead this Saturday night/Sunday morning.




from my log

2/8/09--starting mid-day--off-and-on, SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, dry eyes, dry mouth, cough, slight "chlorine" like odor, guest for afternoon has headache, goes outside for a walk for "air".

2/9/09--off-and-on all day beginning at 6:00AM, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, burning eyes, burning mouth, hacking cough, short breath, slight "chlorine" like odor, over-rides four HEPA filters, eventually leave.

2/12/09-6:00 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, "dry" air, unburned "gas" odor, eyes and throat dry, cough, air out.

2/17/09--8:59 PM, SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, leave.

2/18/09--6:59 PM, SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, cough, burning throat plus strong "chlorine bleach" and "burning natural gas" odor.

2/19/09--1:07 PM, irritant in front room, eyes water, mouth dry. 1:36 PM VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, nausea, light head, leave.


****3/1/09-- ~6:00 AM and following all AM, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning eyes, mouth, throat, cough. light head. ~10:30 AM-=VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning eyes, mouth, throat, cough. light head, and "chlorine bleach" odor, leave. Similar throughout the afternoon. Similar symptoms previous PM.

***3/3/09==4:50 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, SERIOUS hacking cough, burning eyes, mouth, short breath, "chlorine bleach" odor.





Eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com


Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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

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


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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


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

useful link

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



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


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



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.

Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!


All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

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

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


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



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