Inkworks mural, 3/16/10

apologies to Anthy, Jerry and John, owners of our V & W Windows for blonking them out of upper left corner

 

 

3/16/10

My "new" imac with OSXv10.5.6 is fired up, AT&T replaced my copper wires with fiber optics at the junction box and website design freeway5pro is "on the way."

Sooner than later, my new and improved Scrambled Eggs and Lox.

 

 

" Berkeley Police Want Help in Finding Andronico's Robber" is a report in our Planet.

"Berkeley police are asking for the community's help in identifying a suspect who robbed an Andronico's Market Sunday.
Berkeley police are asking for the community's help in identifying a suspect who robbed an Andronico's Market in the city Sunday night. The robbery was reported at about 10 p.m. at the grocery store, located at 2655 Telegraph Ave., according to police."

 

"Man arrested in Berkeley bank robbery" by Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.

"Police arrested a man in North Berkeley on Friday afternoon after he robbed a Bank of the West at 1480 Shattuck Ave., police said."

 

 

"Berkeley zoning board member admits flouting city building rules" by Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.

"A Berkeley planning official who also is an aide to a City Council member has admitted to sidestepping the city's strict building and zoning rules while doing work on his home.

Ryan Lau, an aide to Berkeley City Councilman Darryl Moore and who was appointed to the city's influential Zoning Adjustments Board in January, said he stopped construction on his Carleton Street home and is seeking permits for it.

Lau's boss said he should have known better."

 


"Education symposium takes pragmatic look at state schools crisis"
by Katy Murphy, Oakland Tribune.

"As of Friday morning, more than 21,000 pink slips had been issued to teachers throughout California, by the state Education Department's count - just one more symptom of the state's ever-mounting, multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

But researchers who spoke at an all-day symposium Friday at UC Berkeley went beyond the startling figures as they assessed the state of California's public schools. They discussed whether taxpayers are willing to pay more for public education. They reviewed state laws that allow Californians to shape complex, far-reaching laws in the ballot box and explored the diminishing authority of government institutions after decades of public cynicism and scarce resources.

Graduate students from the Berkeley Review of Education organized the event in response to the funding cuts and political activism on campus. While some of the speakers bemoaned the crisis facing public schools, community colleges and universities, the tone of the event was more pragmatic than rhetorical."

"How the Campuses Helped Ruin California's Economy" opines John Ellis, President of the California Association of Scholars, and a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz at frontpagemag.com.

"All across the country there were demonstrations on March 4 by students (and some faculty) against cuts in higher education funding, but inevitably attention focused on California, where the modern genre originated in 1964. I joined the University of California faculty in 1966 and so have watched a good many of them, but have never seen one less impressive that this year's. In 1964 there was focus and clarity. This one was brain-dead. The former idealism and sense of purpose had degenerated into a self-serving demand for more money at a time when both state and university are broke, and one in eight California workers is unemployed. The elite intellectuals of the university community might have been expected to offer us insight into how this problem arose, and realistic measures for dealing with it. But all that was on offer was this: get more money and give it to us. Californians witnessing this must have wondered whether the money they were already providing was well spent where there was so little evidence of productive thought."

 

 

"Smith hired to work with offense" is an AP report at espn.com.

"California has hired former NFL players Akili Smith and Ronnie Bradford as administrative assistants on the coaching staff.

Coach Jeff Tedford said Saturday that Smith will work with the offensive coaches and Bradford will work with the defense."

 

"Berkeley High advances in NorCal girls basketball playoffs" by Damin Esper, insidebayarea.com.

"The clock ran out and Berkeley High's Elisha Davis smiled as wide as you can smile, clutching the ball as she headed off the court. The Yellowjackets had just beat visiting McClatchy-Sacramento 69-56 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the California Interscholastic Federation Division I Northern regional girls basketball playoffs. And it was time to celebrate."

 

 

"Squawking about Yelp" by David Morrill, Oakland Tribune.

"About once every six months, a salesperson for the San Francisco-based online review site Yelp.com makes a call to Berc Mener, owner of Zorba's Deli-Cafe and Catering in Hayward. And each time it's the same pitch, Mener says. If he pays a monthly fee, the salesperson tells him, Yelp would move good reviews to the top of his cafe's review page and move bad reviews down. "All they want is money, and I think it's wrong," said Mener, who has so far declined Yelp's offer."

 

 

"Head South By Southwest, young rockers" by Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune.

"The dream lives on at South by Southwest.

That's what will draw hundreds of bands from around the world to the festival, which runs Wednesday through March 21 at dozens of clubs in Austin, Texas. Despite the upheaval in the music business, the annual confab, which also brings in record company execs and journalists and bloggers, is still seen as a place where an act can make a name and a future for itself.

Of course, the reality is that most bands will struggle for recognition amid the clutter of showcasing acts, with the only consolation being that they get a chance to hear some great music, enjoy some tremendous barbecue and knock back a few Shiner Bocks.

The Bay Area will be well represented at this year's SXSW, with more than two dozen acts spending the week in Austin. We've decided to profile three of these local acts - Bird by Bird, Judgement Day and Sleepy Sun - in part because we like their chances of turning the fabled SXSW dream into reality. We also picked them because they're important local bands that hometown readers should know about - before the rest of the world catches on."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/17/10

CEID E-News
Center for Early Intervention on Deafness 

Dear Friends of CEID,
 
2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness. As we plan for our October gala celebration, we look back at the road that led us here today. Through tireless work and devotion to our mission of providing exemplary early intervention services for infants and toddlers who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families, CEID has grown from a staff of two working out of a church basement, to a staff of nearly 30 working from our own custom built facility. In many ways, we've arrived-- in more ways, the work is just beginning. We hope you will celebrate with us this Fall at our gala event. Please stay tuned for event

 

details and read on...
Celebrating 30 Years!
CEID began in 1980 as a federally funded three-year model demonstration program in San Francisco. In 1983, CEID moved to Berkeley and became the first East Bay non-profit organization providing  early educational services for babies and young children who are deaf and hard of hearing in the East Bay, expanding the program in 1986 to include a preschool for children between the ages of three and five years old.  Today CEID serves approximately 70 children (and their families) per year with intensive, specialized early intervention education.
 
In 1997, we established the Medical Outreach Program in response to the lack of university training programs for pediatric residents and medical providers regarding their role as coordinators of early identification of hearing loss and overall care.  We offer a monthly on-site rotation that covers the etiology of deafness, associated syndromes, Deaf culture, hearing aids and cochlear implant options, and strategies for working with children individually and in small groups.
 
CEID took a leadership role in working with our local and state policymakers in implementing the Newborn Hearing Screening legislation of 1998 and 2008. 
 
Over the years, our services have expanded to encompass comprehensive early education in a 'one-stop-shop' setting. In 2004, CEID moved into our custom built 'dream' home, designed by the parent of a former student. Our new facility allowed us the ability to expand our services to include an onsite audiology clinic and Sunshine Preschool and Childcare.
 
The CEID staff has grown over 30 years to include credentialed teachers of the deaf, speech and language pathologists, home visiting specialists, an occupational therapist, and consultants from the fields of audiology, pediatrics, and mental health.
 
Today our comprehensive and intensive program of early intervention services includes: home visits, parent education and sign language classes, morning special education nursery school classes, medical outreach and training, and all day childcare at our inclusive Sunshine Preschool and Childcare.  We offer a holistic, early intervention approach that supports children learning how to communicate effectively and also empowers families with the training, education, and advocacy skills necessary to overcome the emotional, social, and cognitive effects of childhood hearing loss.
Success Along The Way
CEID has been chosen as a model Best Practice "Visitation Site" for the State of California since 1981, and has provided consultation and training to more than 3,500 childhood intervention specialists in both public and private settings.
 
In 1984 CEID was certified by the State of California as a Non-Public School (NPS) and now receives referrals of students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing from 12-15 different Bay Area school districts each year.  We also contract with three Regional Centers that depend on our expertise providing individualized intervention services for babies and young children identified with special medical and developmental needs.
 
In August 2005, a team of state representatives awarded CEID the highest commendations for our work as a visitation site for Supporting Early Education Delivery Systems (SEEDS).  CEID was praised for our "exemplary program delivery, community outreach and training, and inclusive learning environment."
 
CEID co-founder and Executive Director, Jill Ellis M.Ed., was awarded the Jefferson Award in 2008 in honor of her service to the community. The Berkeley Community Fund presented Jill with an award in 2005 recognizing her work with deaf and hard of hearing infants.  In 2003, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the City and County of San Francisco through the Mayor's Committee for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities. 
 
Each year, CEID has successfully raised nearly 50% of our operating budget in order to maintain the highest quality of care and services for our students and their families.
 
Since our inception, we have provided home visits and on-site programs to well over 2,000 young children and their families.  In addition, we have provided consultation and training to thousands of pediatric and early care providers from local hospitals, private and public schools, and partner agencies throughout California.  But numbers alone don't accurately describe our successes.  It is the personal stories of how children's lives have been changed that truly illustrate the long lasting results of our services.  Andrew, one of our first students, born premature, was diagnosed with a severe-to-profound hearing loss and came to CEID at 15 months of age.  Today, he is in his third year of law school yet still finds time to visit CEID to talk with the parents of our students and share his experiences.  Anna was diagnosed as profoundly deaf when she was 9 months of age and dozens of her family members (parents, grandparents, and neighbors) immersed themselves in learning skills to help her develop early meaningful communication, including sign language.  An accomplished athlete and student, Anna is in her final year at UC Berkeley, and plans on attending graduate school in the Fall.  Anna makes time in her busy schedule to volunteer at CEID and also shares her story, challenges, and accomplishments with parents and funders.
 
From all of us at CEID, thank you for being part of our first 30 years!
Please contact us:
(510) 848-4800
www.ceid.org

 

 

our Joe H Lee emails

 

 

 

friend Nick Despotopoulos emails

Just picked this up today

very cool!

 

Check out Record Store Days RP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/18/10

"Notre Dame lacrosse: Irish women need OT" is a story at southbendtribune.com.
"The 11th-ranked Notre Dame women's lacrosse team need

ed overtime to knock off California, 14-12, at Berkeley, Calif."

 

One of 900 GRAYSON'S neighbors died in an auto accident last week. Only in his twenties, he was thrown from his car on the Ashby on-ramp to Highway 80. A memorial was held for him last week at his home.

 

 

"Immediate mutual aid needed for our Greek visitors!" at infoshop.org.

Anarchists in Trouble

Our Greek friends from The Void Network have had a horrible incident happen in Berkeley California. Their vehicle has been broken into and their livelihood has been taken. This threatens the rest of their tour and the great success of their tour up till now. The tour has been possible up till now by people passing the hat. This has been (barely) enough to cover gas but this situation requires explicit help.
Immediate mutual aid needed for our Greek visitors!

Our Greek friends from The Void Network have had a horrible incident happen in Berkeley California. Their vehicle has been broken into and their livelihood has been taken. This threatens the rest of their tour and the great success of their tour up till now. The tour has been possible up till now by people passing the hat. This has been (barely) enough

to cover gas but this situation requires explicit help.
Please donate generously!

Do you have access to a video projector we can have?

What was taken

1. One window of their vehicle (which must be replaced for their tour to continue)
2. One high end (2200+ lumens) projector: THIS IS THE LARGEST LOSS
3. One pair of professional DJ headphones
4. 3 External Hard Drives
5. 3 boxes of books !!!!
* 1 box of the new book We are an Image from the Future
* 1 box of Peter's book Anarchy Works
* 1 box of Anarchy Works, How Non-violence protects the state, and others
6. Pamphlets (for distribution)
7. Paperwork, and ephemera

How to help

 

 

 

our Inkworks mural

in the morning on 3/16/10

 

 


"South By Southwest Profile: The Pack" is a press release at hiphopdx.com.

"In their sixth year as a group, Berkeley, California's The Pack remain instrumental in connecting the youth culture of Northern California to catchy, radio-ready Rap. The quartet consisting of Young L, Stunnaman, Lil B and Lil Uno is made up of two friendships from neighboring high schools: Berkeley and Albany."

 

 

"East Bay and Beyond" Contra Costa Times."Berkeley Wine Festival - Through May 7. Receptions, dinners and seminars hosted by local wine makers and proprietors. $85-$185. Claremont Resort & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road; 510-898-0400; www.berkeleywinefestival.com."

 

 

"Marist playing Georgetown in NCAAs; watch Red Foxes' celebration" Sean T. McMann. Poughkeepsie Journal.

"One of the few Marist College students left around campus this week, Erica Allenspach isn't complaining about where she's going to spend her spring break.

'We're going back to Cali!' the junior guard said moments after her Marist College women's basketball team learned Monday evening it will open the 2010 NCAA championship tournament in Berkeley, Calif."

 

 

"Hampton Taps 'Star Wars' Sculptor To Mark Event" is an AP report. "The city of Hampton is commissioning an artist best known for sculptures of 'Star Wars' characters to make a statue to mark its 400th anniversary.

Lawrence Noble of Berkeley, Calif., is best known for his sculptures of Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda at the Lucasfilm campus in California.

Noble is now tasked with creating the statue to mark Hampton's 400th anniversary, an event with the marketing slogan 'From the Sea to the Stars.' "

 

 

"Judge orders change in Prop. 15 ballot arguments" by Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.

"Ballot arguments against Proposition 15, which would create a pilot project for public financing of campaigns, must be changed so they don't imply the measure will raise voters' taxes, a Sacramento judge ruled Monday.

Prop. 15 - placed on June's primary election ballot by a bill authored by then-Assemblywoman and now state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley - would let candidates for California secretary of state in 2014 and 2018, who demonstrate broad support by gathering a certain number of $5 contributions from registered voters, receive equal amounts of public funds for their campaigns. The candidates, however, would be barred from raising any more money from private donors."

 

 

"Decoys Used In NorCal Underage Drinking Crackdown" CBS 5 CrimeWatch.

"State and local authorities issued more than 100 citations in an operation over the weekend aiming to crack down on youth access to alcohol in the days leading to St. Patrick's Day in Northern California, the state Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control announced Monday.

Law enforcement officials from multiple Northern California counties participated in the Shoulder Tap Decoy Operation, which targeted adults who purchased alcohol for people under 21 years old. Participating Bay Area law enforcement agencies included the San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, University of California at Berkeley and Vacaville police departments."

 

 

"Chicks raising chicks" is a story at mnn.com.

"Feminists can be farmers, too. Just ask four California women who are embracing what it means to be a femivore."

 

 

 

"Workers Crushed by Toyota" opines Bob Herbert at nytimes.com.

"California has been very, very good to Toyota. It is one of the largest markets in the world for the popular Prius hybrid. Nearly 18 percent of all Toyotas sold in the U.S. are sold in California. The state has showered the company with benefits, including large-scale infrastructure improvements for its operations and millions of dollars for worker training. California is one of the key reasons that Toyota is the wealthiest carmaker on the planet."

 

 

 

"State Department Launches New Discussion Site" by Juliana Gruenwald at nationaljournal.com.

"The State Department Monday launched a new Web site aimed at fostering global conversations about foreign policy issues.

The new 'Opinion Space' site uses 'new data visualization models' and analysis to map out where participants' points of view fall on a visual opinion map. The map is based on the similarity of users' opinions and not on where they live. "Those who agree on basic issues are neighbors, and those who are far apart have agreed to disagree," according to the site.

The site is a joint project of the State Department and the University of California at Berkeley's Center for New Media and is open to anyone around the world."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/19/10

"Berkeley to Ignore Part of Climate Action Plan? City officials are pushing forward with an effort to turn West Berkeley into a green-tech corridor, but they appear to have given up on dense housing in the area" by Robert Gammon, eastbayexpress.com.

"The climate plan recognized that Berkeley will not be able to adequately address greenhouse gas emissions unless it builds more dense housing near new businesses and major transit corridors. . . .

Environmentalists and smart-growth advocates have increasingly realized over the years that one of the most effective ways to combat climate change is to get people out of their cars. And the best way to do that is to build more housing near job centers. The problem is particularly acute in Berkeley, because it has nowhere near enough housing for people who work in the city. . . .

Yet despite these facts, city officials have decided to prohibit dense housing in wide swaths of West Berkeley, even though they want to transform the area into a major green-tech job hub. In a draft plan reviewed at a city planning commission last week, city officials revealed that they intend to limit dense housing in West Berkeley to just along San Pablo and University avenues and not allow it elsewhere in the area. . . .

However, some local developers and property owners argue that the city's decision to attract business but limit condos, apartments, and lofts could backfire. . . .

The plan to attract green-tech - but not provide enough housing - also could force more commuters to drive to Berkeley, directly contravening one of the Climate Action Plan's main goals. . . .

As for West Berkeley's NIMBYs, they not only oppose dense housing, but most of the green-tech businesses as well. . . .

Homeowners who oppose change have turned to Rick Auerbach of the West Berkeley Artisans and Industrial Companies as their de facto spokesman. Even though his priorities are different, the results he seeks would be the same. Auerbach wants to limit green-tech research and development companies to a handful of larger sites in West Berkeley and prohibit them everywhere else because he believes they will displace traditional blue-collar industrial and warehouse jobs. . . .

Auerbach also apparently intends to use any means necessary to achieve his goals, including turning the Climate Action Plan on its head. . . .

But what he didn't acknowledge is that those businesses have been leaving Berkeley anyway for years - well before the new green-tech wave has arrived. In addition, there is no evidence that a significant number of industrial and warehouse workers live in Berkeley now, and so if those companies leave, there's no telling how it will affect greenhouse gas emissions. . . .

In fact, Berkeley, a city in which most residents consider themselves to be environmentalists, should be doing all it can to address global warming, including accommodating condos, apartments, and lofts within its green-tech corridor. After all, no one is talking about building skyscrapers in West Berkeley. And it makes no sense to force workers who are trying to save the planet to get in their cars and drive just to get to their jobs."

 

I'm a big fan of Organic Growth and believe it to be like/as Mother Nature.

So, believe in both cases, . . . don't fuck with Them! RP

 

 

Merryll emails

Good story!

Ran into Tak at the Cesar Chavez dog park this morning ­ lots of locals make it a regular outing.

M

 

 

 

our Jarad emails

You've been here for a few decades, I'm curious what your personal thoughts are on this thing with Ryan. . . .

By the way, do you think you could make things interesting for all of us and run for Mayor? I promise not to be a caustic pain in your ass if you do.

 

Haven't thought it through.

As for running for mayor, "Hold that thought."

But not having you as a "caustic pain in my ass" would be so out of character for you, and "sorely" missed. RP

 

 

 

"Alameda land-use ruling could reshape state" John King, Chronicle Urban Design Writer.

"When an Alameda County judge this month ruled that Pleasanton must loosen its development rules to allow large amounts of new housing for all income levels, he sent a message that could ricochet around the state.

The ruling by Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch found the prosperous city of 68,000 at fault for a voter-approved cap on the number of housing units allowed within its borders. Roesch based his decision on a California law that requires cities to make land available to accommodate their share of regional housing needs - and that is a standard that most municipalities don't meet.

If the Alameda decision stands, and if other cities face legal challenges, the result could reshape the landscape of California suburbs and small cities - conceivably forcing them to reconsider height limits or increasing the density in their downtowns.

'The next few weeks, everyone is going to take a look at this and see what it might mean,' said Cathy Cresswell, the deputy director for housing policy development at the state's Department of Housing and Community Development. 'Some might wan' to take another look at how they've addressed this very important state requirement."

Cresswell was referring to the Regional Housing Needs Allocation, a formula used since 1980 but, like many state edicts, often ignored.
The idea is simple: Likely growth is determined regionally, with housing needs tied to job creation. Regional planners then break up this amount among cities and unincorporated county areas so housing is located near jobs.

Local governments then must demonstrate that they can allow such growth to occur.

The decision by Roesch faults Pleasanton for capping its number of housing units at 29,000. There are currently more than 27,000, yet the city's general plan clears the way for an additional 45,000 jobs by 2025.

To meet the state requirement, Pleasanton was supposed to make room for 5,059 units between 1999 and 2006. Instead, the city issued 2,156 housing permits - 43 percent of the desired amount.

But if the cap on units is unusually blunt, Pleasanton's resistance to housing is typical of the region.

Falling short of goal.

According to a study of housing production between 1999 and 2006 conducted by the Association of Bay Area Governments, just 24 of 102 cities in the region produced more housing than requested by the state.

In terms of housing for lower-income residents - a need also addressed in the formula - the results were even more lopsided: Of the 61,000 moderate-income units that ABAG hoped for in this period, 17,697 were built in the Bay Area.

While Pleasanton attorneys have yet to comment on the ruling, plaintiffs are open about the larger message they seek to send.

'The bottom line is, it's the law' that local government must respond to state edicts, said Wynn Hausser of Public Advocates, which argued the Pleasanton suit on behalf of Urban Habitat Program, a social equity advocacy group. The suit was joined last year by state Attorney General Jerry Brown.
'Everybody has to share in the region's growth, the positives and negatives,' Hausser said. 'The law doesn't say everything has to be urban, but we're going beyond a point where communities can be enclaves.'

Concentrate the growth

One way to accommodate growth in suburbia is to allow slightly taller apartment buildings and condominiums in the center of town, to concentrate it near BART or bus stops, and loosen zoning so that single-family neighborhoods can sprout cottages and 'in-law' units.

This sort of strategy has been touted for the past decade by advocates of what is called "smart growth." And, more recently, the message has been taken up by environmentalists who see compact development as a way to get people out of their cars and to preserve open space.

There certainly has been a demand for those sorts of ideas,' said Paul Fassinger, the research director for ABAG. The trouble has been getting (local governments) to understand that this might be a good idea for them, not just for somebody else.'

If Roesch's ruling is upheld - and is applied elsewhere - those governments might have less wiggle room in the years to come."

 

 

 

 

"West Berkeley Redevelopment Hits Opposition" writes Yuari Iwatani Kane at wsj.com.

"Push to Cultivate 'Green' Businesses Sparks Complaints From Established Manufacturers, Artisans Who Fear Higher Costs.

Doug Herst wants to create a 'green' community in West Berkeley. But despite being in a city that takes its environmental commitment seriously, the developer faces opposition from some of the very people that he says his plan intends to benefit: artists and small business owners."

Pretty good photo of Doug, too. RP

 

 

Having finished reading these three stories, I'm trying to form a balanced, mature view of it all. But all I come up with over and over again is "the Right and Left got theirs and everybody else got screwed. "

(I'd better "go to my-room" before I'm sent there.)RP

 

 

 

 

our Ryan Lau emails

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, March 17, 2010) ­ City of Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) Property Crimes detectives are asking for the community's help to identify a
suspect who may be responsible for a series of seven residential burglaries. Detectives
believe this series began in late February and is still ongoing.



The above suspect was described as:

Black male adult
25-30 years old
5-10, thin build
Hair in dreadlocks

The suspect was last seen prowling residences in the 1600 block of Lincoln Street and
1700 block of Eola Street on March 3, 2010. A community member took the suspect's
photo after he knocked on her door and inquired about someone who did not live there.

As a reminder, with warmer weather approaching, we would like to encourage you to
remember to lock your doors and windows.

BPD needs the community's help in catching this suspect. If you know the identity of this
individual, or were a victim of or witness to a similar crime, please contact the Berkeley
Property Crimes Detail at (510) 981-5742. If the event has just occurred or is in progress,
please immediately report it to the BPD Dispatch at (510) 981-5900 or, from your cell
phone, at (510) 981-5911. If callers wish to remain anonymous they are asked to call the
Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Jamie Perkins
Public Information
Officer
(510) 981-5778

Michael K. Meehan
Chief of Police

City of Berkeley
Main Line
(510) 981-CITY

 

I've seen this guy walking around Potter Creek. RP

 

 

"Berkeley Expert Onek Produces New Criminal Justice Podcast" is a report at thecrimereport.org.

"Criminal Justice expert David Onek of the University of California at Berkeley Law School has attracted prominent guests on his new weekly Criminal Justice Conversations Podcast, which can be found at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/cjconversations.htm."

 

 

 

"Additional MSU debate team in tournament" is at news-leader.com.

"The Missouri State University debate team will send an additional team to the National Debate Tournament from Saturday through Tuesday at the University of California, Berkeley."

 

 

"Author not afraid to laugh at her own work" is a story at smccollegian.com.

"Every semester, Saint Mary's College invites a handful of writers to campus to share their craft and experiences with graduate students and other budding authors. Last week's edition of the Creative Writing Reading Series featured Jane Vandenburgh, who read from an upcoming book that takes readers from Berkeley, California to the avenues of power in Washington, D.C."

 

 

 

 

"Judge approves $9.5-million settlement of lawsuit over Facebook's Beacon program" Jessica Guynn at latimes.com. "The social networking site denied wrongdoing but agreed to end the program, which published what users were buying, last November.

After reviewing objections, a San Jose federal judge has approved a $9.5-million settlement of a class-action lawsuit over social networking site Facebook's Beacon program that published what users were buying.

Facebook denied any wrongdoing but agreed to end the Beacon program last November.

As part of the settlement, Facebook will finance a "digital trust fund" that will issue more than $6 million in grants to organizations that study online privacy. Over the objections of privacy advocates, Facebook will have a seat on the fund's three-member board. It consists of Chris Jay Hoofnagle, who heads the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology; Tim Sparapani, Facebook's public policy director; and writer Larry Magid."

 

 

"JONES v. THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA" is a report at leagle.com.

"LESLEY EMMINGTON JONES et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants,
v.
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Defendant and Appellant.

A123948.

Court of Appeals of California, First Appellate District, Division Four.

March 12, 2010.
Not to be Published in Official Reports

SEPULVEDA, J.

A group of concerned citizens (plaintiffs) filed a petition for writ of mandate under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA or Act; Pub. Resources Code, § 21000 et seq.), challenging the certification of an environmental impact report (EIR) by the Board of Regents of the University of California (the Regents) regarding projected development of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (the Lab or LBNL). The trial court ruled partly in favor of plaintiffs and partly in favor of the Regents. Each party has appealed. Based on our de novo review, we reverse in favor of the Regents."

 

 

 

 

"Life is Great But Only If You Are Already Mega-Wealthy" at beforeitsnews.com.

"A report by University of California, Berkeley economics professor Emmanuel Saez concludes that income inequality in the United States is at an all-time high, surpassing even levels seen during the Great Depression.

The report shows that:

Income inequality is worse than it has been since at least 1917

The top 1 percent incomes captured half of the overall economic growth over the period 1993-2007

In the economic expansion of 2002-2007, the top 1 percent captured two thirds of income growth."

 

 

"Economic Experts Weigh in on How to help the Middle Class. 'World News' Asked a Group of Economic Experts What Needs to be Done" is report at abcnews.com.

"Most experts would agree that no one has been hit harder by this difficult economy than the middle class. So as part of our series 'The Comeback: Saving America's Middle Class,' we have reached out to economic experts to get their opinions on what needs to be done to make the middle class as robust as it once was. "

 

 

"Grim' Cuts Proposed for Berkeley Unified" by Soumya Karlamangla at dailycal.org.

"The Berkeley Unified School District's proposed budget for the upcoming school year will cut an expected $2.6 million to cover its part of the $1.5 billion reduction in education funding planned in the governor's 2010-11 state budget."

 

 

"Preliminary January Unemployment Rate Highest In At Least 10 Years" by Tomer Ovadia at dailycal.org.

"Marking what could be the city's highest unemployment rate since at least 2000, preliminary figures released today placed Berkeley's joblessness at 11.3 percent."

 

 

"Community college students miss out on grants" Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"California community college students are leaving up to $500 million in federal financial aid on the table, money that could help cover books, transportation, fees, food and housing at a time when the cost of education is going up dramatically, according to a report released Wednesday.

The students just haven't applied for it."

 

 

 

"UC Berkeley professor to speak on public university funding crisis" is a press åreleaseat medianewswire.com.

"Ananya Roy, a University of California at Berkeley professor who has worked to fight higher education budget cuts in her state, will speak at 4 p.m. Friday, March 26, at the University of Iowa Main Library's Shambaugh Auditorium."

 

 

 

"Calif. considers smoking ban at all state parks" Samantha Young. the AP at google.com.

"California lawmakers on Thursday will consider what is believed to be the nation's most far-reaching smoking ban in state parks as a way to get unsightly cigarette butts off the beach, eliminate second-hand smoke and reduce the threat of wildfires."

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/20/10

Inkworks mural uptop

3/19/10 afternoon

 

 

Agress, Kubik and I were schoomzing Thursday afternoon at 900 GRAYSON and Gene came up with more-than- a-name for a Potter Creek audio/visual interview series "Little Place, Great People".

 

 

"Climate Change and Native Plants, a talk by David Ackerly Friday, Mar 19 7:30PM to 9:30PM at San Carlos Public Library, San Carlos, CA" is a notice at sfgate.com.

"With climate change, up to 66% of California's native plants are projected to experience substantial reductions in range size within a century. Protecting
potential future refugia and facilitating species dispersal will be essential to maintaining biodiversity in the face of climate change. David Ackerly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley.
Price: Free
Phone: (408) 715-7020
Age Suitability: 18 and up

With climate change, up to 66% of California's native plants are projected to experience substantial reductions in range size within a century. Protecting
potential future refugia and facilitating species dispersal will be essential to maintaining biodiversity in the face of climate change. David Ackerly is an Associate Professor in the Department
of Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley."

 

 

Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program opines at huffingtonpost.com.

"This may seem like a trivial question with an obvious answer. But what really is the proper role for individuals and institutions in addressing climate change? An immediate and natural response may be that everyone should do their part.

Let's see what that really means."

 

 

 

our Angela emails

Happy Friday to all!  The City Council and School Board have their second joint session to discuss the set of recommendations put forth by the Planning Team.  The report that outlines four pilot project areas and system change recommendations can be accessed on the Berkeley Alliance website @

www.berkeleyalliance.org

Please come out and support this important work to close the academic and health gaps in our city.  Your voice and presence is appreciated. 
 
City Council & School Board
Joint Session for 2020 Vision
Wednesday, March 24
6-8 pm
Council Chambers
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, 2nd Floor

 

 

our Ryan Lau emails

A lot of exciting opportunities and important news


Are You Between 14 and 25 Yrs Old?  Do You Need A Job For The Summer? YouthWorks Might Be Able to Help
YouthWorks provides invaluable experiences and introduces Berkeley youth to the world of work.  We operate the Summer Youth Employment Program, assess skills to match youth with appropriate jobs, broker employment opportunities and recruit for special projects, conduct job-readiness workshops and training, and collaborate with groups that provide youth services.  If you'd like to apply, please come by the YouthWorks offices in the basement of 1947 Center Street (between Milvia and MLK) and fill out an application.  For more information about YouthWorks, please visit http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/employmentprograms/youthworks/youth.html

 

 

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Application
The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its 2010 Scholarship Awards.  Scholarships are open to children of Berkeley Chamber of Commerce members. Berkeley Chamber Scholarship Awards are designated for high school seniors who plan to attend college.

Chamber members are defined as business, nonprofit, educational or government organizations and individuals. All individuals and organizations must be members in good standing of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.
For example, organizations such as Berkeley YMCA, Berkeley Youth Alternatives, the City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development (and members of its Youth Works Program) and other such organizations are current Berkeley Chamber of Commerce members. Therefore, high school seniors who are members of those organizations' programs are eligible to apply.
Applicants for Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Awards must:

Demonstrate financial need.
·Respond to all five essay questions listed on the attached scholarship application.
·Submit an updated resume (access www.writinghelp-central.com/resume-sample1.html for a resume sample).
·Submit a complete and up to date high school transcript.
·Must thoroughly and completely answer all questions on this scholarship application.
For more information about the Berkeley chamber of Commerce Scholarship or to get a copy of the applications, please visit http://berkeleychamber.com/cms2/view.htm/3/40/952/1708/596/Members+Programs+Scholarship+Program

 

 

The UC Berkeley Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund is Now Accepting Grant Applications
Do you have an idea for a better Berkeley?  U.C. Berkeley has opened the 2010 round of applications for grants from the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund.  Since 2006, this fund (established in partial settlement of a lawsuit) has pumped more than $800,000 into partnerships between community groups and U.C. faculty, staff, and students.  The grants have enhanced Berkeley with projects ranging from murals, native plantings, and solar path lighting to tutoring, homeless services, and emergency preparedness.

Proposals for the 2010 round are due May 14.  There will be $225,000 in grants of $5,000 to $50,000.  Projects must be completed in one or at most two years.  Although you need not have all permits and approvals before applying, funds won't be given out until the permits and approvals have been obtained.

Besides being classified as "neighborhood improvement" (physical improvement) or "community service" (service), projects should fall into one of the following four categories:
· 1. Community safety and livability -- this year's priority, set to receive at least 60 percent of funds;
2. Environmental stewardship, including habitat, sustainability, and recycling;
3. Education; and
4. Arts and culture.
Proposals must come from a nonprofit organization, but if you have a good idea and a few supporters, you can find a nonprofit fiscal agent.  For example, Berkeley Partners for Parks (www.bpfp.org) acts as fiscal agent for large groups like Berkeley Path Wanderers Association as well as small groups of a few neighbors.  If your idea deals with outdoors, parks, open space, community gardens, paths, habitat, or recreation, they can offer good advice based on their record of success with these grants.  Berkeley Partners for Parks also can give you tips on how to find a U.C. partner and how to join with others if your idea doesn't need $5,000, the minimum grant.

U.C. will schedule an early April workshop on the grants.  In the meantime, the press release, with links to information and application forms, is at: www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2010/03/08_partnershipfund.shtml.

 

 

Service Changes for AC Transit Bus Service
On Sunday, March 28, AC Transit will implement major service changes in every community from Richmond to Fremont. These changes--resulting in an 8.4 percent reduction in service--were driven by the realities of reduced state funding and declining sales-tax revenue, among other economic factors that make for these difficult times.

The Service Adjustments Plan was drafted, revised, and refined over a nine-month period in 2009. Two unprecedented series of community workshops, as well as online outreach, brought comments and suggestions from thousands of bus riders and other members of the public. AC Transit listened--then made significant use of the input to shape the final plan.
Despite the mandate to reduce overall service hours, AC Transit was determined to make the remaining service run better and meet more community needs wherever possible.  Improvements the plan will introduce include:  
Schedules and route lengths adjusted to significantly improve reliability
Extended hours of operation and/or increased frequency on lines with demonstrated potential for increased usage
New "circulator" lines that operate bi-directional loops and offer quick trips from neighborhoods to major centers of activity and regional transit connections
An extra 30 minutes allowed on transfers, making them good for two hours

The changes are extensive, and getting familiar with them will take some time and effort. Riders are encouraged to review the following resources:
Detailed list of changes 
Lista de cambios en español

Quick reference to major changes by community
Maps & Schedules (for line-by-line "preview schedules" and system map)

Printed materials, including brochures and maps, will be on buses the second week of March. AC Transit staff will also set up information tables at specific locations, dates, and times to distribute materials in person. Approximately one week before March 28, new timetables will be stocked on board buses. 

Sincerely,
Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2

 

 

Doug Herst emails

You are on it, Ron.  
Thanks for all that you do to keep us informed.
Lot's of us appreciate it.

Cheers . . . Doug

 

 


"The annual Bio-Link summer fellows forum is coming" by Sandra Porter scienceblogs.com.

"Every June, an incredible event takes place.

Biotechnology educators gather in Berkeley, California, from across the US, to discuss new trends in biotechnology education, learn from each other and share information about educating students for the biotechnology workforce."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/21/10

"Berkeley zoning official resigns" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"A Berkeley official who sits on the Zoning Adjustments Board resigned his position Wednesday evening after he was caught making an addition to his home without permits.

Ryan Lau, who also is an aide to Berkeley City Councilman Darryl Moore and was appointed by Moore to the zoning board in January, sent Moore an e-mail explaining his decision which was effective immediately."

 

 

Jarad emails

Ron

I keep getting emails from people and reading articles about Ryan and though I'm not fond of him myself, it does strike me as odd that everyone is focused on Ryan's ethics but nobody is talking about the real issue which is zoning laws in Berkeley being so horribly f#%ked up that even someone that was sitting on the board chose to flout the law instead of follow it.

I'm just saying . . .

Jarad

 

 

Inkworks mural



3/20/10 afternoon

 

 

 

"What the new median home price will buy you in Alameda County" at sfgate.com.

"The median prices paid for a homes in the various Bay Area counties rose year-over-year in February for the fifth consecutive month, according to new figures from DataQuick. The research attributes the hikes to the fact that there have been fewer sales of low-cost foreclosures and more higher-end homes have turned over this year compared with last.

The median price now in Alameda County is $333,500 compared to $299,000 in February 2009. So what will that sum buy you today in Alameda?

In Berkeley it will get you a live/work unit in an architect-designed garden/courtyard building at 2120 6th St, near the Fourth Street shopping district and freeway access. It features high ceilings, a loft area, gated entry and parking. Price: $329,000."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/22/10

"Medical marijuana a frequent target for criminals" by Lisa Leff, Associated Press Writer at contracostatimes.com.

"Patients, growers and clinics in some of the 14 states that allow medical marijuana are falling victim to robberies, home invasions, shootings and even murders at the hands of pot thieves.

There have been dozens of cases in recent months alone. The issue received more attention this week after a prominent medical marijuana activist in a Seattle suburb nearly killed a robber in a shootout-the eighth time thieves had targeted his pot-growing operation.

Critics say the heists and holdups prove that marijuana and crime are inseparable, though marijuana advocates contend that further legalization is the answer."

 

 

"A New Berkeley Plan, but Still Old Concerns" at nytimes.com.

"Downtown Berkeley could be getting a major makeover. But first the city's leaders and residents will have to come to terms on how they want that facelift to proceed.
Bay Area Report

A proposal by Mayor Tom Bates has won the tentative blessing of the City Council and is under review by the planning commission. It will probably be tweaked some more and then sent to the November ballot to seek the voters' blessing.

Obtaining that consent will be no easy task."

 

 

"State universities slow to address seismic hazards" a report by Erica Perez, California Watch at bakersfield.com.

"Nearly 180 public university buildings in California used by tens of thousands of people have been judged dangerous to occupy during a major earthquake - including libraries, classroom buildings, student apartments, gyms, a hospital and even a child care center, a California Watch investigation has found. . . .

No public university in California has more seismically unsafe structures than UC Berkeley.

The campus, part of which sits on the active Hayward fault, has 71 occupied buildings that engineers say would sustain significant structural damage and endanger people's lives in a major quake.

Despite an aggressive effort to repair some buildings, UC Berkeley officials sent construction crews to remodel other unsafe buildings without making needed seismic repairs. And they moved offices for retired professors and research labs from a building that was considered low-risk to a structure deemed a higher risk."

 

 

"A legacy of excellence: Nicole Parmenter" is a story at signonsandiego.com.

" 'It's definitely been really awesome to watch the team and program progress,' said Parmenter, who will attend the University of California Berkeley. 'I hope that I can take some credit for helping the program grow. It's pretty neat to be able to help out and have other swimmers ask for my input.'

Even with her success in the fly, Parmenter has considered the backstroke her signature event since the early days when she said it felt most natural to her. That aspect only adds to the appeal of UC Berkeley, where she will be able to train with alum Natalie Coughlin, who became the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the 100 back at the 2008 Olympics."

 

"Walnut Creek chips in for Lafayette open space" Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Seven hundred eighty-one feet never seemed so tall.

That's the elevation of the highest peak along Acalanes Ridge in central Contra Costa County, a windy, wildflower-strewn promontory locals call Sunshine Hill.

It's shorter than the Transamerica Pyramid, but from the summit spectators can see from the Carquinez Strait to Livermore, from the Oakland hills to Mount Diablo."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/23/10

our Ryan Lau emails
Councilmember Moore has introduced an item that will be on [ the March 23rd] Council agenda that will evaluate potential impacts on the City due to the implementation of Oakland's gang injunction.  It will allow the Council to better understand whether the injunction may push some of Oakland's activity into Berkeley and whether it may be beneficial to adopt a similar injunction in order to mitigate some of those effects. 
Sincerely,
Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2


 

 

"Vik's Chaat Corner gets bigger" Michael Bauer at sfgate.com.

"A friend and self-proclaimed Vik's Chaat Corner addict was anxious about the restaurant's move to a new location. He'd been going to the warehouse/restaurant practically since it opened in 1989, and feared the new spot would destroy the cult-like gestalt of the place.

One bite of the chicken kathi kebab and his fears were put to rest. All that had changed, in his opinion, was the space itself.

A little more than a month ago, the Chopra family moved into a larger warehouse about two blocks south of the former store on Fourth Street in Berkeley. Even before I got there it was evident I was on the right trail - the aroma of coriander, cumin and cardamom pulled me down Fourth to a bright, rust-colored building with glass bricks around the exterior."

 

 


"Green Day's 'American Idiot' May Become Tom Hanks-Produced Movie. The 'Mamma Mia!' producer is reportedly in talks to bring this musical to the big screen" by Eric Ditzian at mtv.com.

After a theatrical run in Berkeley, California, last fall and a preview at the Grammys in January, Tom Hanks has seen enough of Green Day's 'American Idiot' musical. According to reports, Hanks doesn't want to wait until its April 20 Broadway premiere to make a deal to turn 'Idiot' into a movie."

 

 

 

"What we talk about when we talk about Berkeley" at berkeleyside.com.

"With no apologies for having special access to Gina Welch, we asked the author of the newly published In the Land of Believers to write for us about outsiders' perceptions of Berkeley."

 

 

"The Top Fifty Green Start-ups" at cbsnews.com.

"Amyris: Spun out of UC Berkeley, Amyris has genetically modified microbes that eat sugar and secrete medicine that could be used to fight malaria. Tweak the genes a bit and it secretes fuel. It has a deal to start making ethanol in Brazil. LS9: The company's scientists have engineered a strain of e coli with a genome that can convert sugars into a fatty acid methyl ester which is chemically equivalent to California Clean diesel. It's a completely unnatural act but could lead to $45 a barrel biodiesel. It is working with Procter and Gamble on green chemicals and Chevron on fuel. Another highlight: one of the founders is noted UC Berkeley scientist Chris Somerville. . . .

NuScale: has a nuclear reactor that could fit in your game room but produce several megawatts of power. Put several together and you have a power plant. The key is that it could be cheaper than regular power plants. From Oregon state. Nordic Windpower: In Berkeley, California by way of Sweden. Nordic has a two-bladed wind turbine. It may not produce as much power as a three-blader but it costs less."

 

 

 

"Nursing home worker accused of bilking patients" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

"A former administrator at a Berkeley nursing home has been charged with kidnapping an 85-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease and keeping her in the administrator's home for a year so she could steal her pension and Social Security checks, one of six elderly patients she allegedly victimized.

Concepcion 'Connie' Pinco Giron, 51, of San Pablo stole more than $50,000 from Carnell Williams and five other elderly patients, authorities said Monday.

The investigation began in August when agents from the state attorney general's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse received a complaint about Giron, who at the time was the assistant administrator of the Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 2829 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley."

 

 

 

"America's Real Dream Team" by Tom Freidman ay nytimes.com.

Went to a big Washington dinner last week. You know the kind: Large hall; black ties; long dresses. But this was no ordinary dinner. There were 40 guests of honor. So here's my Sunday news quiz: I'll give you the names of most of the honorees, and you tell me what dinner I was at. Ready?

Linda Zhou, Alice Wei Zhao, Lori Ying, Angela Yu-Yun Yeung, Lynnelle Lin Ye, Kevin Young Xu, Benjamin Chang Sun, Jane Yoonhae Suh, Katheryn Cheng Shi, Sunanda Sharma, Sarine Gayaneh Shahmirian, Arjun Ranganath Puranik, Raman Venkat Nelakant, Akhil Mathew, Paul Masih Das, David Chienyun Liu, Elisa Bisi Lin, Yifan Li, Lanair Amaad Lett, Ruoyi Jiang, Otana Agape Jakpor, Peter Danming Hu, Yale Wang Fan, Yuval Yaacov Calev, Levent Alpoge, John Vincenzo Capodilupo and Namrata Anand.

No, sorry, it was not a dinner of the China-India Friendship League. Give up?

O.K. All these kids are American high school students. They were the majority of the 40 finalists in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search, which, through a national contest, identifies and honors the top math and science high school students in America, based on their solutions to scientific problems. The awards dinner was Tuesday, and, as you can see from the above list, most finalists hailed from immigrant families, largely from Asia."

 

 

 

"Google to release global browser based plug-in for Analytics" at moneytimes.com.

"Google Inc. announced on its official blog posting that soon it will be releasing a "global browser based plug-in" for its Google Analytics service in order to provide users with an option to avoid being counted when they log-in on a Web site."



 

 

 

from my log

3/7/10--6:32 AM--lights dim. 6:37 AM--irritant in front room, light head, dry skin. 8:02 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, Marsha, light head, dry skin. 8:11 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, light head, head ache, disoriented, dry skin, cough, wear respirator, Marsha same. Off-and-on all day heavy, dry air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

3/9/105:40 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse and warehouse front, light head, head ache, dry eyes, nasal congestion, ringing ears. Marsha similar. 8:47 AM--irritant in front room. 10:33 AM--irritant in front room. 10:54 AM--irritant in front room, dry, heavy air, leave. 5:45 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, leave. 6:34 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, nasal congestion, watery eyes, Marsha similar.

3/10/10--11:16 AM--lights dim. 11:24 AM dry, heavy air in front room, eyes itch, odor similar to bad catalytic converter. 11:40 AM--sinus congestion, head ache, wear respirator. 4:52 PM--heavy air in front room, odor similar to bad catalytic converter.

3/12/10--9:01--SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, dry mouth, watery eyes, leave. 11:28 AM--same, leave. 1:54 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of wearhouse, wear respirator. 2:12 PM--irritant overrides two HEPA filters, leave. 4:04 PM--irritant in front room, dry heavy air, burning eyes, itchy skin, over rides two HEPA filters.

3/13/10--6:58 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, "bad catalytic converter" odor. ~9:20 AM--VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, sinus, nasal congestion, light head, disoriented. Marsha similar. 10:49 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, heavy dry air, watery eyes, dry mouth, headache. Marsha similar.

3/15/10--6:55 AM--irritant in front room, "burning natural gas" odor. 7:21 AM--irritant in front room, odor similar to bad catalytic converter. 8:51 AM--irritant in front room, dry heavy air, dry skin, burning eyes, sinus congestion, ears ring, light head, odor similar to bad catalytic converter, over rides HEPA filter, leave. 6:55 PM-- odor similar to bad catalytic converter, over rides HEPA filter. 6:59 PM--burning eyes, dry skin, odor similar to bad catalytic converter. 7:21 PM--VERY STRONG odor similar to bad catalytic converter, overrides five HEPA filters.

3/16/10--6:58 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, wear respirator, 7:13 PM, leave.

3/18/10--6:21 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry heavy air, itchy skin, nasal congestion. 7:37 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room with "bad catalytic converter" odor, light head, nausea, wear respirator, leave. 8:45 AM--irritant in front room with "bad catalytic converter" odor. Pretty much all late AM and early PM--STRONG "bad catalytic converter" odor in front room, wear respirator. 3:16 PM--irritannt in front room with "bad catalytic converter" odor, over rodes two HEPA filter, wear respirator, leave.

 

 

The irritants sometimes experienced cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional short breath; occasional nausea.

Though the irritants we experience sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all" the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.

I am left to conclude that possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience, those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter, are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.

Though the respirator-filters largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through the skin.

"I feel like ants are crawling on me" said Marsha.

 

I've noticed recently some neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.

 

 

 

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

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