3/12/09

About 8:30 Tuesday night Bertha, a four month old female Pitbull wandered from her home across from BFD Station One--8th and Dwight. She's brown and white with a bit of an overbite and answers to Berthie. If found take to the firefighters at Station One. They know her owner and will return her home.

 

 

Sunday afternoon, one of the last members of NEXUS stopped by for a visit. After NEXUS lost their building, Paul went to work for a shop in Marin, a woodworking shop that specializes in "green" woods. He's now employeed at a cabinet maker in Oakland that does a lot of handwork. They have a $750,000 contract for cabinets for a house in Marin. These days, Paul gets real regular checks.

Also, Paul recently bought a natural-gas burning Honda car--gets 200 miles a tank at a cost of $8.00 a fillup.

Well Ok then!

 

 

Jerry Victor emails 

"Jack Macy, Korean War vet, dies"  about an old time Potter Creeker --owner of Macys' Movers, for years at 7th and Heinz in the now chocolate-factory--and friend to Jerry and the Victor family. Jerry and John went to school with Jack's boys. 

 

our Carol Whitman forwards an email from her son, daughter and grandchild

Hi Family and Friends!  
We just wanted to share the good news:  Max's artisan brittle company, Morning Glory Confections, was featured today on Daily Candy in their "Everywhere" edition!  For those who are not familiar with Daily Candy, it's a daily email newsletter that fills their 2.5 million subscribers in on the latest and must have fashion, food, etc.  It's a tremendous honor to be featured and we're just thrilled.  Today has been crazy with new orders from all over the US and inquiries from magazines, hotels, and others interested in Morning Glory.  
As many of you know, Max has been working tirelessly over the past year to build Morning Glory, from perfecting the recipes to working with a graphic designer on the packaging and his website to pounding the pavement to get it into stores we love.  So far, his brittle is in twelve fine food shops around LA and can be purchased online from his website.  
Anyhow, just wanted to fill you in on the latest news.
Love,
Susan, Max, and Nathan

 

"College newspapers face weak ad revenue" is a report by Drew FitzGerald,usatoday.com.

"Students working on college newspapers across the USA are learning an all-too-real-world lesson: Their papers face the same advertising revenue declines and expense cutbacks as their professional counterparts.

Since the start of the current school year, daily newspapers at schools including Syracuse University, New York University, the University of California-Berkeley, Ball State and Boston University have cut one edition a week - usually Friday's - because of weak advertising.

'We have to break even this year. Otherwise, we're not going to make it,' says Bryan Thomas, 22, editor of Berkeley's Daily Californian, which stopped printing Wednesdays starting last August." 

 

 

"Push For West Berkeley Zone Changes Linked To University, Lab Startup Firms" is a story by our Planet's Richard Brenneman.

"UC Berkeley, already the instigator of a new plan for downtown Berkeley, is leading the effort to reshape West Berkeley as well.

Mayor Tom Bates is pushing Berkeley's role in the East Bay Green Corridor, a developing alliance of mayors that is pressing for the region to take a leading role in development and manufacturing of so-called 'green' technology. . . .
A procession of developers and landowner representatives summoned by the city staff spoke to the commission, urging changes in the way the development game is played in what Caplan called 'the economic development frontier for the city.'

Steve Goldin, a major property owner and the second speaker in Caplan's lineup, identified himself as a majority West Berkeley property owner with first-hand experience of zoning issues. 'You can tinker around with these problems only so much,' he said, urging commissioners to tweak the rules and definitions to ease the way for tech startups to evolve into full-scale manufacturing facilities that would stay in Berkeley. 'One source of leverage we have is that the more you can intervene to help a business grow before they make any money, they will be very beholden and grateful' . . .

Michael Ziegler, an industrial developer (who is also a rabbi who leads monthly musical services at Berkeley's Jewish Community Center), said he had helped develop more than five million square feet of development space-including the Temescal Business Center at 7th and Heinz streets, which city staff has held up as a model of the MUP process. . . .

George Chittenden runs an existing manufacturing business in West Berkeley, Adams & Chittenden Scientific Glass.

He said the exuberance about green tech reminded him of the since-deflated dot-com euphoria, and he urged commissioners not to 'throw the baby out with the bath water. Leave space to make things in West Berkeley,' he urged, warning that too many zoning changes could keep similar firms out of the city. 'We were a start-up in the 90s and relocated to West Berkeley. A lot of the companies presented here tonight are our clients,' he said. . . .

West Berkeley's biggest developer wasn't part of the staff's list of speakers, but he conveyed the same message. Chris Barlow of Wareham Properties said his company owns 22 buildings in West Berkeley. 'This is not the dot-com story,' he said, urging rules that would ease mixed-use site development to accommodate changes in the tech world. . . . 

Other speakers who called for restraint in zoning changes included some of the leading figures in West Berkeley Artisans and Industrial Companies (WEBAIC), a stakeholder group representing existing businesses and the area's sizable arts community.

WEBAIC doesn't oppose zoning changes to allow for more flexibility in assigning use on parcels, but members have urged restricting major changes to the largest development sites, with five acres often mentioned as the minimum."

read the full story here 

 

my photos of some of the players

George Chittenden & Tom Adam's

George Chittenden has an article on the WEBAIC site on how to become a green business-check it out

 

Steven Goldin's

 

 

 

 

WEBAIC lobbyist, Rick Auerbach and builder Rich Robins to follow

 

 

 

"Want to Save Your Local Newspaper? Read This First" is a story about our Planet at exceptionmag.com.
   
"If you think life would be sweet if the profit-oriented corporations running newspapers were replaced by wealthy, civic-minded people operating them in the public interest, consider the case of the Berkeley Daily Planet. Then, think again.

Three weeks ago, the Daily Planet, which distributes some 23,000 free papers each week in Berkeley, California, ran an arresting front page to kick off a PBS-style pledge drive to help offset the three million dollars in losses suffered by the local couple who bought the paper six years ago to save a major source of news about their community.

I'll tell you how the pledge drive worked out in a moment. . . .  

In the last three weeks, the couple said, the Daily Planet has raised $12,000, including some individual donations as high as $500. "The response is a lot better than I would have predicted," said Michael. Still, it is only 0.4% of the couple's loss."

 


"Save the Planet and Win Teams up With the Berkeley Daily Planet to Fight Global Warming" is a press release at marketwire.com.

"Sustainable, Social Site Dedicated to Raising Carbon Awareness Is Inserting Free 'Gallon of Gas' Carbon Offset Cards in Every Berkeley Daily Planet Paper
 
Save the Planet and Win, a sustainable social network dedicated to raising carbon awareness worldwide, is helping neutralize the carbon footprints of readers of the Berkeley Daily Planet, a free independent newspaper published weekly in Berkeley, California. Starting on February 26, Save the Planet and Win's 'Gallon of Gas' Carbon Offset cards are being inserted in 20,000 newspapers every week for two months -- reaching a total of 160,000 Bay Area residents." 

 

 

"Right wing has its day at Berkeley" is a story by Matt Krupnick at montereyherald.com.

"Conservative politics are coming to University of California-Berkeley - at least in an academic sense.
An anonymous donor has given $777,000 to the university to establish a Center for the Comparative Study of Right-wing Movements. Researchers will study the right wing in other countries and its relationship to U.S. movements.

Conservative movements have been largely ignored in academia, said Larry Rosenthal, a sociologist who will oversee the center. The donation allows UC-Berkeley to examine the right wing at the time when others are least likely to do so, he said." 

 

"UC announces plans for tuition hike" reports Jim Doyle, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Facing a significant budget shortfall, the University of California plans to increase tuition at its 10 campuses by nearly 10 percent by July, in time for the summer session."

 

"University of California, Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology Publishes Global Technology Leaders Roadmap" is a press release at prweb.com.

"The University of California, Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology today [Tuesday] unveiled the Global Technology Leaders Roadmap, which offers research-based solutions to some of the world's most significant challenges. Presented at the inaugural A. Richard Newton Global Technology Leaders Conference at UC Berkeley in November 2008 by luminaries from a range of disciplines, the initiatives identify pathways to solutions in the health sciences, energy and technology fields.

The Global Technology Leaders Roadmap addresses the expected social impact, industry size and time required to mainstream adoption of solutions to each challenge. Posted today on the website of the UC Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (http://cet.berkeley.edu), the roadmap features a set of short videos introducing each roadmap initiative by the academic and industry experts." 

 

 

"Depression Dynamic Ensues as Markets Revisit 1930s (Update2)" by Rich Miller is at bloomberg.com.

"The U.S. economy's vital signs may not confirm a diagnosis of depression. The symptoms increasingly point to one.

As in the Great Depression, world trade is collapsing, wealth is evaporating and the banking system is broken. Deflation is a growing threat as companies slash production, pay and prices. And leaders worldwide are having difficulty making headway in halting the self-perpetuating decline.

'We are tracking 1929-1930,' says Barry Eichengreen, a professor of economics and political science at the University of California, Berkeley." 

 

"Berkeley students use drugs and alcohol at twice state average" reports Doug Oakley, CCTimes Staff writer.

"Marijuana and alcohol use among Berkeley school children is off the charts, according to a survey reviewed by the Berkeley school board [last] Wednesday night.

Ninth and 11th graders reported being drunk or stoned on school property at twice the state and national numbers (30 percent for Berkeley ninth graders and 55 percent for 11th graders) and twice as many students reported smoking marijuana in the last 30 days compared to state and national students who took the same survey."
      

 

"'Scavengers' Manifesto' authors share 'frugal' wisdom for hard times" is a book review and more at seattlepi.nwsource.com
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"Whoever said you can't get something for nothing never met a diehard scavenger.

We're talking about the frugal hunter-gatherers who swoop in at the end of a garage sale, when leftovers often are free for the taking.

We're talking about folks who sort through 'free' boxes at the curb and adopt orphaned appliances because, hey, they'd be in great shape if they only had a cord.

Anneli Rufus and her husband, Kristan Lawson, authors of 'The Scavengers' Manifesto' (Penguin, $14.95), have made it to their late 40s on this kind of happy-go-lucky frugality. Times being what they are, they say others might do well to emulate their penny-pinching approach."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/13/09

Dave Kruse on his roof

with just part of their solar array

Our Kruse plumbing has been "Voted Contractor of the Year" by Contractor Magazine.

Check it out!

 

"Bay Area's outlook on state is sunniest" writes Matthew Yi, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau.

"The majority of Bay Area residents think California is one of the best places to live despite tough economic times."

 

 

"City's High Number of Solar Panels Recognized" is a report by Crystalkay Fairrington at dailycal.org.

"The Northern California Solar Energy Association presented its annual City Solar Award to Berkeley at a City Council meeting Tuesday for having the most solar panels installed per 1,000 residents in 2007 among large Bay Area cities.

'Berkeley has proven its leadership in solar energy,' said the association's Board Director Bruce Lymburn, who presented the award. 

 

 

 

our Pete Hurney emails

Radio Friends,
    It's yet time for another episode of Midnight Ukulele Express on KALX 90.7 FM, this Thursday night at Midnight. 
    The new artist added to the play list this month will be Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele. He's new, he's magnificent and of course you'll be hearing all the usual suspects as well.
    If you're out of the area you can stream Kalx live on the internet at http:kalx.berkeley.edu.
    Enjoy!
Peterhurney
www.pohakuukulele.com
remember; chocolate's not just for breakfast anymore

 

 

"Foreclosure Filings in U.S. Jump 30%, Thwart Prevention Effort" is a report by Dan Levy at bloomberg.com.

"Foreclosure filings in the U.S. climbed 30 percent in February from a year earlier as the worsening economy thwarted efforts by the government and lenders to prevent homeowners from losing property, RealtyTrac Inc. said." 

   

 

"Berkeley Humane Society Closes Veterinary Hospital to Public, Focuses on Rescuing Abandoned Animals" writes Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.

 

"Affordable Housing Construction Drops" by Jessica Bachman is a story in Russia's The St. Petersburg Times.

"A presidential envoy said that his district aims to boost construction by building more low-rise apartment buildings.

The government will build at least 54 million square meters of living space this year as part of a state-run affordable housing program, a drop-off of 10 million square meters from last year."

 

"XOMA Swings to Q4 Profit On Higher Revenues" is a report at rttnews.com.
    
" XOMA Ltd. (XOMA: News ), a therapeutic antibody producer, reported a swing to profit in the fourth-quarter helped by an increase in quarterly revenues. The company also said it would not be providing guidance for 2009.

For the fourth-quarter, the company reported net income of $9.98 million or $0.07 per share, compared to a loss of $9.88 million or $0.07 per share in the same quarter last year."

 

"Global warming to carry big costs for California" is a story at iht.com.

"From agricultural losses to devastation wrought by wildfires, California's economy is expected to see significant costs resulting from global warming in the decades ahead, according to a series of studies released Wednesday.

The reports presented to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's climate advisers illustrate the potential effects of climate change on America's most populous state, which is also the eighth-largest economy in the world.

Global warming could translate into annual costs and revenue losses throughout California's economy of between $2.5 billion and $15 billion by 2050. Property damage caused by sea level rise and more devastating wildfires could push the costs far higher."

 

 

"Ozone levels raise respiratory death rate" is a Reuters report.

"People who live in areas with the most ozone pollution are 25 percent to 30 percent more likely to die from lung disease than those living in areas with the cleanest air, researchers reported on Wednesday.

Michael Jerrett of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues studied nearly 500,000 people across the United States for 18 years and found that ozone played no role in heart disease deaths once air pollution consisting of very tiny particles was taken into account.

But ozone, at ground level a corrosive form of oxygen that is the primary constituent of smog, was the key player in respiratory fatalities."

Want your ozone fix? Check out the Tesla Coil party this Sunday at 10th and Pardee.


 

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.

3/6/09--5:40 PM--irritant in frontroom, eyes burn.

3/7/09--7:15 AM, irritant in front room, cough, iritant off-and-on all day.

3/11/09--6:12 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, throat, cough.

 

 

 

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.

http://gethuman.com/

 

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

and

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

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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