March 2010

after 3/6 here after 3/15 here after 3/24 here

Moroccan man

Zander Bice drawing



kubik emails

Impress your neighbors with  Amazing Garage Door Covers


A German firm called "Style Your  Garage" - creates posters for garage doors that make it look as if it's  actually showing the interior of your garage, and what's in  it.

Prices range from $199 to $399 for  the double-door! All but guaranteed to make passersby take a second  look.

I actually don't need these. I mean, I . . . but our John Philips perhaps could use a Sov steam engine canvas.RP



Word is that a Norwegian deli/restaurant is moving on to San Pablo Ave. RP


Kubik reports that the old Bowl has become much more civilized with adequate parking and open aisles.




I really like this new almost completed project between Milo's home and the Victors' warehouse. I'm told, they do too.




our Claudine Asbagh emails

Public comment on the West Berkeley Project Draft EIR will be taken at the March 10, 2010 Planning Commission meeting.  This will provide more time for speakers to hear each others' ideas before finalizing their writing comments, the due date for which will remain Thursday, March 25th.  New public comment will also be taken at the March 24th Planning Commission meeting as was originally planned.
To see the original Notice of Availability or for further information, please check the West Berkeley Project website:

Claudine Asbagh
Assistant Planner
Land Use Planning Division
Planning and Development Department


free expression/harassment

At community meetings with our city representatives is it necessary for some of the citizens present to be so confrontational that they reduce some of those city people present to tears?

And what is the city worker union's position on such confrontations? RP



our Ryan Lau emails


"Southside Riot Leaves Impact Days Before Upcoming Activism" by Emma Anderson and Javier Panzar at

"Though individuals touting the cause of public education rioted Friday morning, organizers of the upcoming day of statewide action said the March 4 demonstrations will not be defined by further violence."





"Nap 'boosts' brain learning power" is a BBC report.

"A nap during the day doesn't just beat tiredness, but actually improves the brain's ability to absorb new information, claim US scientists.

Volunteers who slept for 90 minutes during the day did better at cognitive tests than those who were kept awake.

The results were presented at a conference in California. "



I love nappies. How' bout you Boz?



"Junk DNA could provide vital clues to heart disease" is a report at

"Scientists have linked a region of junk DNA, the 98% or so of the genome that does not code for proteins, to the risk of developing at least one form of heart disease.

The research, published online in Nature, drew on previous genome-wide association studies that linked a non-coding stretch of chromosome 9p21 with coronary artery disease (CAD) and showed that people who carry certain single nucleotide mutations in this stretch of DNA have an increased chance of developing the disease.

Principal investigator and geneticist Len Pennacchio of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, based the study on the equivalent chromosome in mice and found a potential mechanism for how the region of non-coding DNA might increase the risk of heart disease."


Ex Buttercup night manager Dr. Kary B Mullis had alot to do with DNA. Check him out here.

And while there, check out his book on Mendocino and more in The Day, "Dancing Naked in the Mind Field." If you read it carefully you'll find some references to me, . . . really carefully. RP


And Buttercuper, Patrick Treadway remembers The Cup, Suze Orman and more here.

a Dean Davis photo

Patrick worked under Kary












Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge showed just under one inch for Friday's storm, bringing our year-to-date total to 22.65 inches--which is above average.


Merryll emails

Hi Ron,
Did you see 900 is closed for a weekend break-in ­ or late evening I think is what the sign says.
I was dead to the world and heard nothing ­ but Saturday evening both David Rowinsky and I thought we heard a gunshot ­ a single shot and around 10 or so.
What's happening ron?


Saturday night around 11:30 there was a break and entry at 900 GRAYSON. A rock was thrown through one of their windows on 7th. Their alarm immediately went off, still the thrower climbed through the window, took the register and attached electronics. He then apparently ran down 7th to V&W where he broke open and left the register. Since daily deposits are made, the register was empty.

Berkeley PD was there within minutes. Prints were taken as well as report.


Because the register is being repaired along with the broken window and credit card validation is part of the register, 900 is closed today. They will reopen tomorrow.

Tony, from neighbor V&W Widows, replaced the glass early Monday morning.


our Sally emails

I , too, heard the gunshot. It was no car backfire



About 4 AM Saturday morning my friend Gerard was awakened at his place by the sound of heavy rain. An "Old School" good friend, and knowing the back of this warehouse sometimes floods when it rains heavily and that if it is heavy enough the water could get ahead of just one guy, he called me.

After several unanswered calls, he dressed, got in girlfriend Kim's Toyota SUV and came down.

Seeing no lights on, he walked up the drive to the sliding steel door and bent down to look under it. He couldn't see anything because the crack was too narrow, and he heard nothing.

But he did become aware of something behind him.

Turning around he saw two BPD patrol cars, one in front of, the other behind, Kim's SUV. "What's going on here" one of the officers asked. "I'm a friend of Rons" Gerard got out "and came to see if he needed any help. Sometimes his warehouse floods."

The officers were just checking and Gerard left and went home. RP




our Janine emails

Hi everyone, Just a quick reminder about the concerts this Saturday March 6 (Elizabeth Blumenstock and myself playing Mozart violin and fortepiano Sonatas). The concerts are at 10:30 and 2 PM. The afternoon concert is pretty much full, but there is still room in the morning, if you have been thinking of coming but didn't RSVP. $15 suggested donation.

Have a great week! Janine




Merryll forwards this email from friend Marty

What are they trying to say?

Used the McDonald bathroom at University & Shattuck last night and thought this was an interesting comment about their patrons.





"Common weedkiller turns male frogs into females" is a story by Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor at "Male frogs completely feminized. Study helps explain decline of frogs. Levels were below EPA standards."

Aw Jeez!




"Silent Demonstration at Sather Gate Protests UCSD Incidents" a report at

"About 100 Black students clad in black lined up across Sather Gate at UC Berkeley in protest of recent race-related incidents at UC San Diego."


"Berkeley Gets Rolling Before March 4" by Eli Friedman at

"The student-worker movement that's emerged in California over the past five months is gearing up for a strike and day of action. On March 4 students all over the state will strike, march, and occupy buildings to keep education accessible to all-and ensure sustainable jobs for those working in education.

Though Berkeley campus unions have not called a strike, they'll join other actions while many student groups including the Graduate Student Organizing Committee and the General Assembly have called a student strike. There are major actions planned at every state school and UC campus, and many community colleges. The call for action has also been picked up around the country and internationally."





"California Net Metering Bill Signed by Governor Schwarzenegger" is a report at

"Assembly Bill 510, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D­Berkeley), which increased California's net metering cap passed with bipartisan support by votes of 27-5 in the Senate and 61-4 in the Assembly and was signed late last week by Governor Schwarzenegger."




"A Perfectly Framed Assassination" is a report at

"Stepped-up surveillance technology may be tipping the scales in the cat-and-mouse game between spies and their targets. Robert Baer on the current state of spycraft."












John Philips says the steam locomotive on my post

"3/1/10, kubik emails, Impress your neighbors with  

Amazing Garage Door Covers . . . I actually don't need these. I mean, I . . . but our John Philips perhaps could use a Sov steam engine canvas.RP "

is a Chicom 2-8-2 and NOT a Sov locomotive at all.

"But the hammer and sickle "I protested. "You know the Chinese are Communist too" he replied.



Jen of Riva Cucina emails

Thursday nights at Riva: Strade dei Sapori
Come along with us as we travel Emilia Romagna's Strade dei Sapori (streets of flavors) on Thursday nights. We will celebrate our chef's region by offering a three-course menu unique to each province in Emilia Romagna. We will start and end our journey in Massi's hometown, Ferrara. The rest of our itinerary is below, please meet us where you can. Visit our Upcoming Events page to see the special menus as we update them weekly.  We hope you can join us in our culinary adventure throughout Emilia Romagna...buon viaggio!

Strade dei Sapori Itinerary
March 4: Ferrara
March 11: Piacenza
March 18: Parma
March 25: Reggio Emilia
April 1: Modena
April 8: Bologna
April 15: Ravenna
April 22: Rimini
April 29: Pit stop - Dining Out for Life Event (see details to the left)
May 6: Comacchio
May 13: Ferrara

Thursday, March 4th: A Taste of Ferrara
$29 per person

Grilled California asparagus, fried egg, Cypress Grove truffled goat cheese

Spinach pasta sheets with beef, pork, vegetable and tomato ragu', béchamel, porcini mushrooms, Parmigiano

Traditional tart filled with mascarpone, ricotta and toasted almonds, topped with fresh tagliolini pasta and baked

Wine Recommendation
Dry sparkling wine with balanced acidity. Ruby-red color, floral aroma especially violets.

About Ferrara
Ferrara is situated 30 miles north-northeast of Bologna and 60 miles south of Venice, on the Po river. The town has broad streets and numerous palaces dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, when it hosted the court of the House of Este.

Ferrara is one of the capitals of the Renaissance. The town is still surrounded by more than 5 miles of ancient walls. Together with those of Lucca, they are the best preserved Renaissance walls in Italy. The most iconic building in Ferrara is the imposing Castello Estense. Located in the very center of the town, this brick building surrounded by a moat, with four massive bastions was built starting in 1385. The Court of the House of Este left in its wake indelible vestiges such as inestimable gardens, making it one of the greenest cities in Europe.

For its beauty and cultural importance it has been qualified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, defining it as "...a fine example of a town planned in the Renaissance that has managed to retain the integrity of its historic centre." In 2006, due to its important historical significance, Ferrara became the headquarters of the Italian Hermitage Museum. Cinema, literature, modern art exhibitions, biking and the university all keep Ferrara intensely alive today.

RIVA CUCINA The Italian kitchen where land and water meet
CHEF Massimiliano Boldrini
LOCATION 800 Heinz Avenue Berkeley, CA 94710  
HOURS  Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30 - 2:30 / Dinner Tues-Sat 5:30 - 9:00
PHONE 510 841 riva (7482)
FAX 510 649 5075




our Ryan Lau emails

To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: Councilmember Darryl Moore
Councilmember Gordon Wozniak

Subject: City Manager Referral: Google Fiber for Communities

Direct the City Manager to submit an application for Google's Fiber for
Communities project by the March 26, 2010 deadline.
The City Manager should evaluate the application and RFI to determine
whether the proposed fiber optic network would be feasible in Berkeley.
If found to be infeasible or impractical, the City Manager should report
back to the City Council the specific reasons that this type of network
would not be a viable option for Berkeley.
Google is planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband
networks in a small number of trial locations across the country. It
will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most
Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second,
fiber-to-the-home connections. Google will offer service at a
competitive price to at least 50,000, and potentially up to 500,000
As a first step, Google is putting out a Request for Information (RFI)
to help identify interested communities, including local government and
members of the public.
The goal of this project is to deploy the network quickly and
efficiently, and to identify interested communities that will work with
Google to achieve this goal. One of the main considerations for Google
is to work with a community where the network can bring significant
benefits to residents and develop useful proofs-of-concept that can have
a broader impact. For example, they are particularly interested in
developing deployment techniques that can inform and accelerate
broadband deployment elsewhere as well. To that end, the RFI will be
used to identify interested communities and to assess local factors that
will impact the efficiency and speed of our deployment, such as the
level of community support, local resources, weather conditions,
approved construction methods and local regulatory issues. Broadband
availability and speeds that are already offered to users within a
community will also be a consideration.

The target community in which the project will take place will likely be
responsible for some of the costs associated with implementing the
network, although the exact commitments are unknown at this time.

Councilmember Darryl Moore, District Two
Councilmember Gordon Wozniak, District Eight





our Jarad emails

Just a thought, but . . .

how about citing Jay Walkers as well as distracted drivers? I can't count the number of times in Berkeley I've had to brake rapidly because people step in front of my car when I have the right of way according to the traffic signal.

This is a 2 sided problem on major thoroughfares in the city. I walk to the farmers market downtown once a week and I walk all over West Berkeley and out of my love for life, my 185 lbs body will choose to wait a minute for the light to change or another few seconds for a 1 ton piece of machinery approaching me at 30-45 mph to pass when there isn't a traffic signal.

Am I one of the few remaining people in all of Berkeley that remembers my parents telling me as a child to look both ways before crossing so I wouldn't get run over?

The sense of entitlement and invincibility that some of my fellow pedestrians have makes me wonder if some of these car / pedestrian accidents are more a matter of Darwinism than anything else.






"How Berkeley is finding its voice in Sacramento:Budget advocacy, say campus leaders, begins with a focused, unified message" is a press release at

"On Jan. 8, the day Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced his latest budget proposal, he simultaneously declared a fiscal emergency for the state of California. The response from the Legislature is expected to be a short-term fix that will include a combination of complex solutions, including cuts, delayed expenditures, and changes to the tax structure.

UC Berkeley, meanwhile, is responding to its state-induced fiscal emergency with a coordinated budget-advocacy effort, led by the Office of Government and'Community Relations and involving stakeholders across - and beyond - the campus.

"Even if the university avoids mid-year cuts, as seems likely, we may become increasingly vulnerable in the 2010-11 deliberations,' says Kieran Flaherty, Berkeley's director of state-government relations."









"University of Illinois Tuition Hike: Cost Of Education May Go Up 20 Percent" is a report at

"Facing nearly half a billion dollars of unpaid bills from the state, the University of Illinois is likely to raise tuition rates nearly 20 percent over the next four years."



"We understand the protest for California education, but not the violence" is opinion at mercury

"This week's 'Day of Action to Defend Public Education' could be a constructive uniting of students and faculty from local districts, community colleges and the state university systems to raise awareness of the unacceptable erosion of our public school systems.

Or, it could devolve into a deplorable day of violence.

Organizers must ensure that on Thursday we see the former, not the latter. Critical attempts to save California's education system depend on rational discussion, not the sort of destructive vandalism we saw last week on the UC Berkeley campus when a day of teach-ins on state school funding was followed by a nighttime party that served as an excuse for some to spray paint graffiti and break windows on and near the campus.

We understand the frustration, but violence is not the answer. Clearly, protesters have reason to be angry about state funding that has seen a growing portion of the state budget dedicated to prisons, while proportional spending on the state university system has shrunk.

Similarly, the rapid rise in the number of University of California administrators during the past decade is unacceptable. As The Sacramento Bee reported this week, student enrollment has increased 40 percent in the last 10 years, while senior administration has increased 97 percent, but full-time, tenured-track faculty has increased only 23 percent.

Priorities are wrong. We must find a way to free up money to protect a public university system that was once a crown jewel and remains the envy of every other state in the nation, a world-class teaching and research institution that helps drive California's economy. We must redirect more of the available university funds to teaching and research.

Just as state lawmakers must not enable the gutting of our universities, they must stop the undermining of our K-12 public school system.

We cannot continue to cut music classes, shut down funding for school libraries, allow campuses to fall into disrepair, eliminate critical academic electives, wipe out after-school sports and lay off teachers, thereby forcing class sizes to soar.

At the same time, we encourage protesters to be realistic and to recognize that there are not limitless funds available to solve our education crisis. Policy makers in Sacramento face tough decisions.

The days of grade school class-size reduction to 20 students or fewer probably won't return in most districts. Hopes for major new sources of funding are not realistic.

And turning Thursday's demonstrations into anti-war protests or pro-immigration rallies won't help solve the immediate problem. Those are legitimate issues worthy of debate. But it's important that the Day of Action stay focused on the singular cause of education.

Another word of caution: The day brings together a coalition of students and teachers, who have already been forced to make major sacrifices. It will be tempting to turn this into a teacher union call for increased salary and benefits. In some cases, we're sympathetic. But right now, the goal must be to figure out how to make limited state funds go further.

Most importantly, organizers must not let the day turn violent. We must save our schools, not destroy them."



"California's Crisis: Public Education for the Privileged?" at Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

"Faculty, students, and supporters of California public education will be out in force at massive statewide protests for the March 4 Day of Action to Save Public Education. A 21-year-old UC Berkeley student from a working class San Francisco Bay Area family says local communities aren't represented at the university."


"March 4 Live Blog: Student Day Of Action," Leah Finnegan is part of the HuffPost College team.



"Why the Bad Teacher Narrative Does Not Help Our Students, But Fixing our Budget Process Will" by Tracey Iglehart at Our Planet.

"Please help to defend public education Thursday, March 4th by rallying at 2134 MLK Jr. Way beginning at 3:3opm. As educators across the state of California plan events on March 4th to defend public education, President Obama is proudly claiming that the firing of teachers at a Rhode Island High School is sound education reform and a necessary form of accountability. "





"Toyota to Pay California Plant Workers $250 Million" by Alan Ohnsman at

"Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest carmaker said it's providing $250 million for workers who will lose their jobs when a former joint-venture auto- assembly plant in California closes next month."










"The Berkeley Daily Planet: A Personal Obituary :A former longtime reporter details the rise and fall of Berkeley's hometown newspaper" by Richard Brenneman at eastbayexpress,com.

"Unlike most of the other papers for which I have reported, the Berkeley Daily Planet never made one dime."




"Snapshots from Day of Action-March 4" at Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe.

"Reporters from Youth Radio-Youth Media International have been collecting interviews and images from Berkeley, Oakland, and Sacramento, California as the 'Day of Action' supporting public education unfolds across the state."



"Thousands protest California education cuts" by Carla Rivera and Nicole Santa Cruz and Larry Gordon at "Rallies and walkouts are largely peaceful, but 150 are arrested in Oakland as a freeway is blocked. The demonstrations are part of a nationwide 'Day of Action for Public Education.' "



"Our Neighbors: Women of the Year put stamp on West County, beyond" by Chris Treadway at

"Eleanor Loynd is known in some circles as 'the unofficial mayor of El Sobrante' even though she actually lives in Richmond. Her record of 40 years of activism in both areas will be acknowledged Saturday at a Women of the Year luncheon being held by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner.

There will be 14 women honored at the luncheon, one from each of the cities Skinner represents in the 14th Assembly District."







"Young People on Budget Cuts and Their Futures" is at

"On March 4, young people, parents and teachers in more than 30 states marched to protest budget cuts to public education. The demonstrations were particularly widespread in California, where massive budget cuts have crippled elementary schools, high schools, community colleges and universities.

Three young people--in Fresno, San Francisco and San Jose--speak to how the budget cuts are affecting them and why they supported the massive protests. "


"Support for solar: California doubles cap on credits for excess power" by Dana Hull,

"California's solar industry is celebrating a ray of good news: the cap on so-called 'net metering,' which allows homes and businesses to earn credit for any excess solar power they generate, has been doubled."



"Oddball Amoebas Sprout Arms When Stressed" by Richard Harris at

"Step aside, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Here's a story about an organism that dramatically transforms itself when it's under stress. It turns from a lethargic amoeba into a sprightly, two-armed swimmer.

This unlikely single-celled creature is named Naegleria gruberi. It lives in the dirt, under the eucalyptus trees, on the University of California, Berkeley campus."



"YouTube adds video captions for deaf" by Maggie Shiels, Technology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley.

"YouTube is making the tens of millions of videos it hosts more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing by putting automatic captions on them."

the Groove Yard's Rick Ballard emails

Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave. @ Forest           
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 655-8400
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-5
Greetings from Groove Yard.
New in the bins this week - 1,000 jazz LPs, most priced under $10.00. I am always looking to buy quality jazz LPs.











"'Berkeley Mafia' Now Has $514 Billion at Stake" opines William Pesek of Bloomberg at

"It's quite troubling that Sri Mulyani Indrawati has been roped into a corruption scandal."



"Brother describes Pentagon gunman's mental struggles" by Ian Shapira of the Washington Post at

"No one knows why Patrick Bedell, 36, traveled across the country from his parents' home in Hollister and opened fire Thursday at the entrance to the Pentagon, injuring two police officers. But these accumulating moments of paranoia in the early 2000s appear to signal the time when he started on the course that would end with him shot and killed by Pentagon police.

'There were symptoms of a mental disorder, approaching paranoid schizophrenia,' said Jeffrey Bedell, a former California deputy attorney general who is a financial adviser. 'I can only imagine the terror in his own mind. He believed there were people who meant to do him harm.'

Patrick Bedell was perpetually in and out of school, enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs and sometimes auditing courses. In 1999, the brothers lived together in Berkeley, when Jeffrey Bedell was a senior on his way to law school and Patrick Bedell was auditing a physics course. 'It was fantastic. ... We would go to the café, and I'd be studying, he'd be studying. ... It was wonderful,' Jeffrey Bedell said.

The brothers parted ways when Patrick Bedell moved to Austin to live with a woman he met at a bookstore at the University of California at Davis."




"Steam locomotives, and their fans, to gather in Sunol" by Sam Richards, Contra Costa Times

"The Pacific Locomotive Association's Niles Canyon Railway plans to fire up and operate four steam locomotives at the same time on its rail line between Sunol and the Niles neighborhood of Fremont.

On March 21, passenger trains will depart both the Sunol and Niles station hourly starting at 10:20 a.m. (Niles) and 10:30 a.m. (Sunol) as part of "Steamfest II." The last trains of the day running through Niles Canyon alongside Highway 84 leave each station at 3:30 p.m.

This unusual gathering features four restored iron horses, besting by one the first Steamfest in 2007. Mason County Logging No. 7, part of a Willits-based private collection, will this year join three other similar-sized small steamers featured at the inaugural event.

Two of the other locomotives, Quincy Railroad No. 2 and Robert Dollar Co. No. 3, are kept at Niles Canyon Railway; the fourth, California State Railroad Museum's Granite Rock No. 10, will be trucked from Sacramento to the event."





Eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from


Bay Area foreclosures from

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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

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


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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


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

useful link

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


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


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



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay are here.


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

Crime Log for 94710 is here

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


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

The contacts are below:

Our new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774

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

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120

Darryl Moore, City Councilman


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

The original owner of all posted material retains copyright. The material is used only to illustrate.