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.
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
George Chittenden & Tom
George Chittenden has an
article on the WEBAIC site on how to become a green business-check
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."
the Planet and Win Teams up With the Berkeley Daily Planet to
Fight Global Warming" is a press release at marketwire.com.
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
"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."
Dave Kruse on his roof
with just part of their solar
Our Kruse plumbing has been
Contractor of the Year" by Contractor Magazine.
Check it out!
"Bay Area's outlook on state is sunniest"
writes Matthew Yi, Chronicle
"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
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.
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.
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
"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
SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, dry
eyes, dry mouth, cough, slight "chlorine" like odor,
guest for afternoon has headache, goes outside for a walk for
2/9/09--off-and-on all day
beginning at 6:00AM, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front,
burning eyes, burning mouth, hacking cough, short breath, slight
"chlorine" like odor, over-rides four HEPA filters,
2/12/09-6:00 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse, "dry" air, unburned "gas"
odor, eyes and throat dry, cough, air out.
2/17/09--8:59 PM, SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, leave.
2/18/09--6:59 PM, SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, cough, burning throat
plus strong "chlorine bleach" and "burning natural
2/19/09--1:07 PM, irritant
in front room, eyes water, mouth dry. 1:36 PM VERY, VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, nausea, light head,
****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
SERIOUS irritant in front room, SERIOUS hacking cough, burning
eyes, mouth, short breath, "chlorine bleach" odor.
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.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Our new Area
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 firstname.lastname@example.org
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
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