"A restaurant that doesn't like to accept solo diners" is from Bauer's Between Meals column.

"Sometimes, frequent diners must eat alone, either planned or by happenstance. If you're one of those people, do you feel the restaurant treats you well? "


The article's photo was taken a year or two ago. I' m really much younger now.

Actually, at the time I was ready to leave the restaurant when the "Older-Babe-Chron-Photographer" asked me if I wanted my picture taken for the then paper's Thursday mention of 900. (My memory is that she came over to me after talking to our Rickster.)

And, . . . I had really been reading our Planet.

And that's our Ricardo on the left in the background. RP


And, my out-of-the-mainstream look inspired this post from my Anarchist past.

"You look like a homeless person" Marsha said that Thursday.



Jimi Hendrix' tune "When Six Was Nine" from Easy Rider is still a favorite

If all the hippies cut off all their hair-I don't care!
Ain't nobody know what I'm talkin' about.
I've got my own life to live.
I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die.
So let me live my life
the way I want to


me in The Day, posing, after unpacking my Sunbeam S-7 just shipped from England


the woman in the background is friend, Mary Francis Fry, Muffin.

Muffin's something-like Great, Great, Grand Father is Muckraker, Frank Norris.


4/7/10 return


"Discovery Bay teen motorcycle racer gathering speed" by Hannah Dreier, Contra Costa Times.

"A 16-year-old girl who races motorcycles at speeds up to 180 mph is looking to make history in the sport.

Elena Myers has been racing for more than half her life to become the first female to place in the top 10 at the Road Racing World Championship, the sport's premier event. "



"Clean air plan targets industries from dairies to developers" by Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times.

"Bay Area oil refineries could be required to cut fumes from tanks and pipes. Dairy farmers might have to provide feed that lessens the gas expelled by cows.

Homebuilders could be required to design housing tracts to minimize residents' car travel.

Even winemakers might have to operate under a rule to limit the sweet-smelling vapors that escape from fermentation tanks.

These are among the 57 possible measures in the blueprint for clean air in the Bay Area released by the region's pollution district in preparation for public workshops this week. The agency's 22-member air board is expected to vote on a plan in the fall."



"Oakland pot lab fills oversight need" by Peter Hecht, Sacramento Bee.

"The mere existence of the Steep Hill Lab presents a pointed question: How safe is the marijuana provided to hundreds of thousands of medical pot users in California?

The Oakland laboratory, started in 2008 by two former growers, has tested 12,000 pot samples to assure marijuana businesses that dangerous molds or pesticides don't taint their products.

Nearly 50 medical marijuana dispensaries and pot-growing networks contract with the lab, California's most renowned cannabis-testing location."




"Anatomy of a housing crash: a high-end Berkeley home heads to auction:From $2.1m to $1.4m: a revamped home down on its luck" is a story at sfgate.com.

"If you needed an illustration of how dramatically the housing bubble burst, this might be it: the totally revamped Sante Fe style home at 28 Vallejo Street in the pleasant, leafy streets of north Berkeley."









street art

at the Bowl on the grate on Heinz Ave



our Jarad emails

I read a newspaper report that said the council had sent a letter to Obama, Boxer, Feinstein, Pelosi, & Lee requesting amnesty for enlisted military personnel that have resisted deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

We have a military that is 100% volunteer. These men and women signed a contract with the US Government to provide service. They weren't forced to join the military & the contract they signed didn't give them the option of duties they had to perform. If we had a draft, the council "might" have a point, but to hear about the City of Berkeley endorsing the concept of amnesty for breaking an enlistment contract that men and women voluntarily entered into is ridiculous & a waste of tax payer dollars.

I've said this before and I'll say it again, we have bigger problems to deal with in Berkeley than letting the country hear the reverberating echoes of the bygone era of the 60's. Berkeley's attitude of permissiveness and rejection of personal responsibility only serves to institutionalize the societal dysfunction and disrespect for the law we suffer from in this city. I hope the council sees this and understands how it is contributing to that very serious problem.

Jarad Carleton

I recommend Chris Hedges War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning.

From Library Journal
This moving book examines the continuing appeal of war to the human psyche. Veteran New York Times correspondent Hedges argues that, to many people, war provides a purpose for living; it seems to allow the individual to rise above regular life and perhaps participate in a noble cause. Having identified this myth, Hedges then explodes it by showing the brutality of modern war, using examples taken from his own experiences as a war correspondent in Latin America, the Middle East, and the Balkans. These examples highlight the devastating effects of war on life, community, and culture and its corruption of business and government. Hedges is not a pacifist, acknowledging that people need to battle evil, but he thoughtfully cautions us against accepting the accompanying myths of war. This should be required reading in this post-9/11 world . . . .
Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Lib., Parkersburg




Berkeley Public Works were right-on-it in the last rain, cleaning debris from Potter Creeks' clogged sewers.




post from the past


Rick Auerbach's study of baby hummingbirds.

Rick took this outside his living room window -- the hummingbird having made a nest in Rick's tree a foot or so away from his window pane. The nest is actually 3/4 the size of this photo.




4/8/10 return

Pete Doctor and family lunched at 900 yesterday--son's just like his Dad and daughter's like Mom.


"Back to the Green Future: A West Berkeley environmentalist and successful businessman wants to build a livable, walk-able community, but he's facing old-school opposition" reports Robert Gammon at eastbayexpress.com.

Doug Herst is trying to reimagine how we live, work, and play - at least in West Berkeley. The environmentalist and successful businessman wants to create an artists colony and green-tech development on land he owns near the city's waterfront. It would be a livable, walkable community, where people live next to their work and to local shops. His vision also promises to lower greenhouse-gas emissions because residents won't need to use their cars as often. But Herst is facing resistance at Berkeley City Hall, a place one would think would be at the forefront of the fight against climate change, yet at times seems firmly wedded to outdated notions.

More than a century ago, Americans typically lived as Herst envisions for his community - close to where they worked. Oftentimes, right upstairs."


"Startup helps office towers find big energy savings" Alexander Haislip at reurters.com.

"Scientific Conservation Inc. (SCI), a provider of energy-efficiency and system-optimization software for the commercial building market, announced last week it raised its first round of funding.

The Berkeley, California-based company, which helps big building operators check their systems for malfunctions, raised $5 million from early stage venture firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson."




"Charles Muscatine, a Champion of Free Speech at Berkeley, Dies" is by Jill Laster at chronicle.com.

"Charles Muscatine, a renowned Chaucer scholar who was fired by the University of California at Berkeley in 1950 for refusing to sign a loyalty oath, has died at age 89."



Berkeley city worker makes it big with drinking fountains.

"The modern drinking fountain was invented and then manufactured in the early 1900s by two men and the respective company each man founded: Halsey Willard Taylor and the Halsey Taylor Company; and Luther Haws and the Haws Sanitary Drinking Faucet Co. These two companies changed how water was served in public places.

Halsey Taylor's father had died of typhoid fever caused by contaminated public drinking water. His father's death motivated him to invent a the water fountain, to provide safer drinking water.

Luther Haws was a part-time plumber, sheet metal contractor and the sanitary inspector for the city of Berkeley, Calif. While inspecting a public school, Haws saw children drinking water out of a common tin cup that was tied to the faucet. Haws also feared that there was a health hazard in the way the the public was sharing their water supply."

Haws invented the first faucet designed for drinking."




"Rural healthcare? There's an app for that" is a story at sfgate.com.

"Earthquakes are teaching us how useful new technology can be. After January's earthquake in Haiti, one reporter used a first aid app to treat his own injuries. He also used his iPhone to take pictures of the quake, and its alarm to keep himself awake.

At the University of California, Berkeley, researchers are figuring out how to use cell phones to diagnose diseases in remote locations. Reporter Casey Miner has more."









"Farewell Jim Marshall, 1936-2010: Legendary photographer and a true car guy" is a rememberence at autoweek.com.

"Jim Marshall--friend, rock photography legend and occasional AutoWeek contributor--died on March 24 in his sleep at the W Hotel in Manhattan. Marshall, 74, was scheduled to speak that night at the John Varvatos store in SoHo in New York, and work from his new book, Match Prints, was to be shown beginning on March 26 at Staley-Wise Gallery, also in SoHo.

Marshall began his career in 1960, a time he used to say was "the beginning of something special." Boy, was he right. He captured the likes of the Beatles, Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding and Johnny Cash at the top of their careers. Today his work is collected globally.

Marshall also was one of us. As a 16-year-old, he shot drag racers such as Don Garlits at Half Moon Bay. He worked in the same car dealership as AW publisher emeritus Leon Mandel, British Motors of Burlingame, sweeping the floors--just to be close to cars. He drove a Mercedes 36 like a teenager on his way to his first date."





"Berkeley Man sentenced to 316 years in prison under CA Three Strikes Law" is a report at sfgate.com.

"Michael Cornelius has been sentenced to 316 years in state prison for burglary and assault. Under California's Three Strikes Law, the 55 year old Berkeley man will have to serve 85% of his sentence or 268 years before he would become eligible for parole.

In 2007, just after midnight, Cornelius reportedly broke into an apartment on Milva Street. While he was rumaging through the home, he woke a resident who confronted him. Cornelius reportedly grabbed a wine bottle that was on a nearby table and hit the resident before leaving with an empty laptop bag. About an hour later, he entered another apartment, and while he was on the patio, woke the resident. When the woman confronted him, Cornelius punched her in the face, stabbed her and then ran from the scene, ending up in front of a nearby fire station, where firefighters were getting ready to respond to the stabbing. Two firefighters confronted Cornelius and he stabbed them. Later, police found Cornelius hiding under a deck. There he, assaulted a resident with a wine bottle and another with a knife, and stole an empty laptop bag. Then, according to reports, he entered a firehouse and assaulted two Berkeley firefighters with confronted him.

This wasn't Cornelius first offense, and under the state's Three Strikes Law, passed in 1994, after a person commits three felonies, the first two of which must be considered serious or 'violent,' they can be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison"


our Ryan Lau emails

Armed Robbery Series
The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Robbery Detectives are currently investigating a series of armed robberies in North Berkeley.  BPD would like the community to be aware and alert to this series.
Thursday, April 1, 2010 just prior to 10:16 p.m.  Attempted robbery in the area of Walnut Street and Cedar Street
Saturday, April 3, 2010, approximately 8:00 p.m.  Armed robbery in the area of Le Conte and Euclid Avenues.  On the same day, thirty minutes later, 8:30 p.m. another armed robbery in the area of Ridge Road and La Loma Avenue.
Sunday, April 4, 2010, approximately 2:45 a.m.  Armed robbery in the 1800 block of Euclid Avenue.
The suspects have been reported to confront their victims with a gun and demand all of their property.  During the commission of these robberies, no one was injured.
The suspects have been described by witnesses/victims as:
Suspect #1:                                             Suspect #2
Black male                                              Black male
20-25 years, 6'0" to 6'2"                               20-25 years, 5'7" to 5'8"
Thin build                                              Medium build
Wearing a black or red baseball cap                     Wearing all dark clothing

BPD would like to remind community members of a few crime prevention precautions, which may help reduce your risks as well as discourage those who commit crimes.
Be alert to your surroundings and people around you
Whenever feasible, walk, job or travel with a friend
Walk confidently and at a steady pace
Don't talk on cell phones or listen to iPods when alone, as they limit awareness
Be aware of locations and situations, which make you more vulnerable to crime, such as alleys, doorways, parking lots and stairwells
Call BPD to report suspicious persons or activity
If you are the victim of a robbery, immediately call the police.  An immediate report, including the suspect description, direction of flight, and any associated vehicles, gives responding officers the best possible chance of locating the suspect, and ultimately making a successful case.
If you have any information regarding these crimes, please contact the Berkeley Robbery Detail at (510) 981-5742 or the BPD non-emergency number 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).




Kubik emails

The nursery at the west end of Hearst St. - Magic Gardens - has been transformed!
And all for the good.  New friendly, knowlidgable staff, new easily understood layout,
tutorials each Saturday at 10:00 am, lots of good stuff.  Check it out and get on their
e-mail list.



our Janine emails

Just for fun I have put together a program of some of my favorite German harpsichord music for a house concert.  I will do two performances Saturday, April 17th at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. Suggested donation $10.  The program is below!  Hope you can come, and please RSVP if you can!


Toccata in e minor ................................................Johann Sebastian Bach

Aria Secunda (1699)........................................................Johann Pachelbel

Fantasia 10 in G major.....................................Georg Friedrich Handel

Suite V (1710) in e minor.........................................................G.F. Handel
     Allegro (fuga)

Canzona in C major BuxWV 166...........................Dietrich Buxtehude

Suite in C major BuxWV 230.............................................D. Buxtehude

French Suite V in G major BWV 816......................................J.S. Bach

email RSVP to Janine


"Beethoven Visits Cleveland:In 1958, the Colossus speaks to an 11-year-old boy" by Harvey Sachs at the americanscholar.org.

"When I was 11 and a half and on the verge of adolescence, my parents gave me a box that would determine my future. It was gray and white, made mainly of laminated wood, and I set it on top of the chest of drawers in my bedroom. From that exalted position, it began to confer understanding and solace on me-dim understanding, at first, and only a glimmer of solace, but a hint, at least, that this dying child, this embryonic grownup, this odd new I, might survive, proceed, and perhaps even learn to assuage from time to time the nameless, incomprehensible ache, or to fill in part of the vast pit of unintelligible sadness that had suddenly and for no apparent reason opened up in the center of life's territory. Maybe, the box said, the ache and the pit would not be adulthood's sole offerings. Maybe something could happen, during the years that stretched forward in an unimaginably long line, to compensate for the ambiguity of existence, something to counterbalance the attractively horrible dreams, strange yearnings, and stranger physical changes that had begun to inhabit me.

The box-a portable, four-speed record player with a single speaker no larger than a grapefruit-seemed to be telling me something important about the world in a language that I felt I had always known, and I sensed that if I gave the box enough of my attention, much that was obscure would be illuminated."



"Interview: New Owners of the Oaks Theater" by Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.

"It might take five men from India to save Berkeley's historic Oaks Theater.

Bhaskar Molakalapalli, Srini Vejalla, Satish Rayapudi, Satya Penmetsa and Rama Sagiraji have more than complicated last names in common-they share a vision for the future of cinema which they hope will turn the Oaks Theater around.

As joint partners of Merriment Media Works, the company which leased the Oaks from Berkeley Realtor John Gordon recently, the five have a lot to do to reinvent the 1920's Art Deco cinema into an attractive destination once again. In a recent email interview with the Planet, they explained a little about how they would go about doing it."




"Panoramic Hill Neighbors Settle Memorial Stadium Lawsuit with UC" by Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.

"A lawsuit filed by a Berkeley neighborhood group over UC Berkeley's controversial Memorial Stadium expansion project has been settled out of court."



A Bayer crew is trimming the trees, schrubs, etc along their 8th Street parking area, including the leased part.




"His palate changed with California wine" Julian Guthrie, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Kermit Lynch, who opened his first wine shop in Albany in 1972, built a business as a specialty importer of French and Italian wines. He built his name - and many say revolutionized the fine wine industry - by traveling the back roads of France and finding undiscovered gems.

For years, Lynch waged a crusade to strike a balance in wine labeling. He argued successfully that if the surgeon general could slap dire warnings on wine labels, winemakers should be able to include quotes by the likes of Thomas Jefferson on the pleasures of drinking wine.

In recent decades, Lynch has rankled many by his refusal to carry California wine in his eponymous Berkeley store. The 68-year-old wine man, who describes his job as 'figuring out ways to make people thirsty,' says he sells only what he loves."










"She has that music thing sewed up" by John Orr at mercurynews.com.

"On Saturday and Sunday, during performances by the combined California Pops and Black Tie Jazz orchestras, a tall, graceful woman will stroll out on stage wearing a beautiful gown.

She will sing such big-band era tunes as 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off,' 'Our Love Is Here To Stay' and 'All of Me,' and she will sing them in the style of the big-band singers of the 1930s and 1940s.

'A band singer's job is different than a jazz singer's job or a Broadway singer's job,' said the tall, graceful Ann Gibson earlier this week during a phone interview. "Your main thing is to be the cherry on top of a great big sundae. You bring words and pictures, a mental, visual element to the music. Working with 19 other guys who have their own things to do. "




"UC Berkeley opens its doors for annual Cal Day extravaganza" is a press release at ucberkeley.edu.

"Student performances, faculty lectures, campus tours, free museums, Pac-10 competitions in baseball and tennis, face painting and other kid-friendly activities - topped off by a 4 p.m. concert by the band Cold War Kids - await visitors to the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday, April 17, for its annual Cal Day open house.

With free admission, Cal Day typically draws between 30,000 and 40,000 people eager to explore the scientific and cultural offerings of the nation's top public research university. Museums normally closed to the public, such as the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and the Essig Museum of Entomology, open their doors to all, as do public museums, including the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Botanical Garden and the Berkeley Art Museum."




"Deal Reached In UC Berkeley-Neighborhood Dispute Over Stadium Expansion" is a report a ktvutv/com.

"The University of California at Berkeley and a neighborhood group announced Friday they have reached a settlement agreement that resolves issues stemming from seismic retrofitting and renovation work at the university's football stadium."

My memory is that our Planet's Riya Bhattacharjee broke this story.




"Berkeley considers expanding pot clubs:New rules would allow dispensaries to bake pot-laced goods in homes" by Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"At a time when many East Bay cities are restricting medical marijuana dispensaries, Berkeley is considering a liberal dose of expansion."



"Medical marijuana expansion to be proposed" by Lance Knobel at berkeleyside.com.

"The Oakland Tribune recently reported that Berkeley's Medical Cannabis Commission is proposing new rules that would allow the three existing marijuana dispensaries to expand non-retail operations and that would allow 'groups of patients to grow marijuana or bake marijuana goods collectively at residences or in commercial spaces and to supply the city's three dispensaries'. The commission hopes to put the proposals before the City Council at its April 27 meeting.

The Tribune's article points out that the proposed expansion would come at a time when other Bay Area communities are increasing restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries.

A Berkeleyside reader comments:

It strikes me as extremely problematic since theft of marijuana plants and violent, armed takeover type robberies are sometimes associated with pot gardens and indoor growing operations. It would appear, under this proposal, that practically anyone could convert their house garden to a pot plantation for commercial purposes or start an indoor grow lab which can pose significant fire hazard risks.

This type of activity multiplying throughout the neighborhoods is an invitation to violent, armed thugs from other neighboring cities to 'raid"'private houses they catch wind of as depositories. We recently witnessed right in front of our home a routine traffic stop which then escalated to a car search which uncovered a large jar stuffed with marijuana buds and also a very large caliber hand gun which was also concealed in the vehicle.

What do other Berkeleyside readers think?"


"Berkeley Looks at New Medical Marijuana Regulations" by Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.

"Berkeley might soon start resembling the fictitious city of Agrestic featured in the hit TV series 'Weeds,' where a widowed young mother bakes pot cookies at home to make ends meet.

Except, there would be nothing illegal about it."




Sounds a little like The Day, when Our Town was the Illicit Sex Capitol of the Bay Area with sex ads making a special point of mentioning "Berkeley location." Maybe, . . . just a little.

And it seems a bit of a "knee jerk" proposal to me. (I believe in legalization of a broader, deeper, more thoughtful nature.


And it is my understanding that the chocolate factory will NOT be used for marijuana growing and sales. RP




"ACLU argues against Oakland gang injunction" is an AP report at mercurynews.com.

"The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California is challenging a plan by the city of Oakland to sue a street gang-saying it could violate constitutional rights.

The ACLU argued Thursday against a proposed injunction that would set a curfew on 19 reputed gang members and ban them from gathering in a 100-block area near the Berkeley and Emeryville borders.

An Alameda County judge must approve the injunction, which is similar to those Southern California police agencies have repeatedly used against local gangs.

In a friend-of-the-court brief, the ACLU argued that the injunction would create a potential for racial profiling and infringe on constitutional rights such as freedom of association. A hearing is scheduled for April 22."



"Court Nixes Challenge to Berkeley Lab Expansion" at courthousenews.com.

"A California appeals court shot down a lawsuit from activists who say the expansion of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory violates state environmental law.
Lesley Emmington Jones and four others claimed that the 660,000 square-foot expansion violated the California Environmental Quality Act by failing to consider all possible alternatives. "




Our BPD Ofc Buckheit emails

 If you have yet to look at our "Who Are These Crooks?" feature on the City of Berkeley Police Department website, please take a moment.

When we get good quality photographs of suspects that we are not able to identify internally, we will post them to this feature or send out a more formal community crime alert and/or Media Release. We have had some great success stories in the past with sharing photographs thanks to calls to BPD by keen community members.
Our continued communication and collaboration, as well as your participation will no doubt bear more great stories of arrests and enhance our efforts to reduce crime.



" Student Arrested in Berkeley High Brawl; North Berkeley Crime Spree Alert" by Riya Bhattacharjee of the Planet.

"A Berkeley Technology High School student was arrested for attacking a Berkeley High School safety officer during an on-campus fight Monday.

According to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Jamie Perkins, about six female students were involved in a fight inside Berkeley High before 12:57 p.m. when some of the school's safety officers tried to break it up."









Sooner-than-later, Potter Creek's longest, oldest renter on change here in west-Berkeley, my thoughts and impressions. RP




"Fourth Street, Berkeley" Stephanie Wright Hession at sfgate.com.

"When some think of the area around Fourth Street in West Berkeley, they recall Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto, Brennan's and Truitt & White in this once-industrial area. Today, it's also a well-established, vibrant shopping district. Originally centered upon home-themed and craft businesses, it has since expanded to include other types of independent shops, fashion boutiques, cafes and casual restaurants."



"Flight Of The Conchords Come to California" is a press release at beatcrave.com.

"New Zealand's comedy duo, Flight of the Conchords has announced upcoming performance dates in California. Members Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie will play at the Berkeley Greek Theater on May 28th and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angles on May 30th. This is the first time the Grammy Award nominated group, is performing in the U.S. since the their last tour in 09Åå and cancellation of their '07 hit show."



"Désirée Pries and Jonathan Haynes were married under perfect blue skies in an intimate ceremony officiated by Reverend Blaine Ellsworth on March 26 in Napa, California" is from the Muncie Indiana Star Press.

"Kandace Kling, sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and David Haynes, brother of the groom, was the best man. Miss Savannah Kling was the flower girl. Désirée, daughter of Richard and Sheila Pries of Portland, Oregon, graduated from Linfield College and has Masters Degrees from U.N.C. Chapel Hill and Indiana University In French Literature and TESOL and Applied Lingsuitics. She earned her doctorate in French Literature at Indiana University. Désirée is a lecturer and coordinator of the second year program in the French department at U.C. Berkeley. Jonathan, son of Michael and Jane Haynes of Muncie, Indiana, is a graduate of Burris School and Indiana University. He has a Masters in Film and Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley where he is teaching and pursuing his doctorate. Désirée and Jonathan live in Berkeley, California."


And signonsandiego.com offers

"To close his high school water polo career, Collin Smith led Carlsbad to a record seventh straight section title last season. On top of that, he accepted an offer to play at the University of California Berkeley."





"H.P. Sees a Revolution in Memory Chip" by John Markof, nytimes.com.

"Hewlett-Packard scientists on Thursday are to report advances in the design of a new class of diminutive switches capable of replacing transistors as computer chips shrink closer to the atomic scale.

The devices, known as memristors, or memory resistors, were conceived in 1971 by Leon O. Chua, an electrical engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, but they were not put into effect until 2008 at the H.P. lab here."




"Bay Area Emerges as Center of Nonprofit Journalism"is a report at nytimes.com.

"In its ten months of existence, California Watch, an offshoot of the Center for Investigative Reporting, which is located in Berkeley, has placed 21 stories with the San Francisco Chronicle. One of those stories, on seismic safety in California's public colleges and universities, was distributed to more than 80 news outlets, Robert Rosenthal, the center's executive editor, said."




"Desert squirrels bury large solar project" San Francisco Business Times by Lindsay Riddell.

"Government concerns over the habitat of an endangered Mojave Desert squirrel threaten to scrap plans for Berkeley-based Solar Millennium's biggest utility scale project in the California desert."





"Innovation, by Order of the Kremlin", James Hill for The New York Times.

"Around the time that Apple Computer was making it big in California, Andrey Shtorkh was getting a first-hand look at the Soviet approach to high tech: he guarded the fence keeping scientists inside Sverdlovsk-45, one of the country's secret scientific cities, deep in the Ural Mountains.

Ostensibly, the cities were closed to guard against spies. Its walls also kept scientists inside, and everybody else in the Soviet Union out. While many people in the country went hungry, the scientific centers were islands of well-being, where store shelves groaned with imported food and other goodies.

Security in these scientific islands was so tight, though, that even children wore badges. Relatives had to apply months in advance for permission to visit. 'It was a prison, a closed city in every sense,' recalls Mr. Shtorkh, then a young soldier.

Today, he is the publicist for an improbable new venture. The Russian government, hoping to diversify its economy away from oil, is building the first new scientific city since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Even more improbably, it is modeled, officials say, on Silicon Valley."




"A Berkeley police officer was injured in a collision with another vehicle full of teenagers early this morning, a sergeant said" is a report at cbs5.com.

The officer was traveling west on Haste Street at about 1:20 a.m. when a white sedan with five teenagers inside allegedly ran a red light at Telegraph Avenue and T-boned the officer's car, Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said.

The white sedan hit a power pole after the collision and the patrol car hit the corner of a building at the northeast corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street, Kusmiss said.

Both cars were totaled, and the officer, a 20-year veteran, experienced neck and back pain. He was taken to an area hospital and released several hours later, according to Kusmiss."




"Fundraiser for Bay Area jazz musicians' health care" by Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune.

"Few jazz musicians today choose to live the rough lives that led to the early deaths of such legends as Charlie Parker. But one thing is still the same: They tend to neglect their health. That, jazz trumpeter Eddie Gale said, is because few are able to afford health care.

The situation is something Gale wants to change by creating a jazz musician health care collective. Which is why he organized the Jazz Fest fundraiser April 23-24 at Velma's in San Francisco."




"The Morning Benders ­ Big Echo" by Allison Franksat consequenceofsound.net.

"Nowadays dubbing new music as 'indie' is as commonplace as serving eggs on a breakfast menu. And with hipsters galore desperately searching for the next Yo La Tengo or Vampire Weekend to appear, the indie-rock scene has grown frantically in numbers. The problem with that is, like anything else, when there is too much of one thing the lines start to blur between what's actually new and innovative and what's just more of what you heard last week. That being said, The Morning Benders are an enjoyable three piece outfit from Berkeley, California that shouldn't be completely overlooked."



"Homeless ex-reporter opted for Berkeley streets" is a story at sfgate.com.

"The Hate Man is probably the most colorfully oddball homeless person on Berkeley's famously oddball Telegraph Avenue. Known as Mark Hawthorne when he was a New York Times news reporter from 1961 to 1970, Hate Man has lived mostly on the streets in Berkeley since opting out of normal society in 1986. For a man whose penchant for wearing cast-off women's clothes and eating garbage seems a tad feral, the 73-year-old Hate Man is a surprisingly gentle, lucid conversationalist about most anything - particularly his philosophy that everyone must acknowledge that they really hate each other. He went over the fine points with reporter Kevin Fagan."

Not orginal with Hawthorne however for Thomas Hobbes pretty much built a philosophy around "Each man is the other man's wolf." RP




Aw jeez!




"Radical Greenlining Institute perfected legal bank heists" by Tori Richards, Special to The Examiner.

"It's been called a bunch of shakedown artists, a growing menace, and a cousin of the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now, the disgraced, disbanding national activist group of community organizers, political operatives, and voter registration evangelists."










Merryll just had a Birthday

here's one of here presents



Kubik emails

I had lunch at "Brown Sugar Kitchen" 2534 Mandela Parkway in Oakland today.
Excellent Gumbo and Sweet Potato Pie.

Definitely check it out!

The owner Tanya Holland writes "The cuisine at Brown Sugar Kitchen reflects my interpretation of soul food. My influences include my African-American heritage, my formal training at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in France, and my general appreciation of a wide variety of cuisines. If you want to dig deeper without actually coming down here, check out my book, New Soul Cooking (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang) or tanyaholland.com."




"Sushi California, Berkeley: Fresh raw fish and live music lures in foodies" by Loni Kao Stark at starksilverscreen.com.

"Before attending the Aurora Theatre's production of John Gabriel Borkman, I slipped into a weathered looking building to discover sushi bliss.

I just finished an interview with Robert Kelley, founding artistic director of TheatreWorks on his latest project, the staging of To Kill a Mockingbird at their headquarters in Menlo Park and found myself arriving early into Berkeley.

Traffic is so hard to predict in the Bay Area. I had scurried out from my interview with Robert to ensure I would arrive at Aurora Theatre on time for John Gabriel Borkman. I had missed their opening night since I was out of the country.

As fate would have it, I arrived over an hour prior to show time. A fortunate situation since I had developed quite an appetite. For what? Often times it is a craving for sushi.

Locating a nearby sushi restaurant, Sushi California, with stellar ratings on Yelp, I proceeded to track it down.

The outside of the restaurant is quite plain. To some, it may even be considered ugly. Upon first glance at the appearance of the exterior, I grew even more excited. The stellar reviews were definitely not for the ambiance. Instead, it must be something else...I hoped it was incredibly fresh sushi.

After crossing a cement paved gas station and traversing through uneven sidewalks, I came across a sight that made me even more excited. The exterior of Sushi California is plain and even a bit run down."




"Tain Lee '12, Golf Superstar, to Pursue Golf Dreams at Berkeley" by Max Mullen at cmcforum.com.

"Tain Lee CM '12, currently the 3rd ranked player in Division III and reigning SCIAC player of the week will transfer to Division I University of California at Berkeley next fall. Lee will continue to compete for the Stags, ranked 7th in Division III by golfstat.com, until the end of the season.

Last year Lee was awarded Division III First Team All-American honors after finishing eighth at the Division III championships. He was the first Stag to accomplish this feat since 2002, and the first Stag ever to be a first-teamer as a freshman. He was also a first team all-SCIAC honoree. Last week, Lee was the medalist at the Kingsmen Invitational for the second year in a row, leading the Stags to a first place finish."



"California Administrators Take Aim At Activists' Wallets" is a report at indybay.org.

"When students at San Francisco State University took over that campus's business school building in December, the university responded with force. Administrators brought police from campuses across the state to the scene, broke a window to gain access, and arrested eleven student activists.

In the weeks after the arrests, administrators and students worked out a deal to resolve the charges. Ten of the eleven students signed on to the agreement - admitting their participation in the occupation, accepting a semester's academic probation, and promising to pay the university restitution for damage.

No exact figure for the restitution was agreed upon, but students were promised that the amount would be minimal. Students say they were told they would be charged for minor physical damage like scratches to walls, and that the total assessment would be no more than $50 per student."

"The Dire State of the University of California Pension Fund" the Berkeley Faculty Association in our Planet.

"A new report from the Berkeley Faculty Association calls attention to the enormous unfunded liabilities facing the University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP) - estimated to reach $18 billion by 2013 if no action is taken. The long term financial viability of UCRP is now in question and the future pensions of current employees are at risk.

The pension deficit is the result of years of neglect, after the state and the university stopped making regular employer contributions in the early 1990s. It was made worse by the financial crisis of 2008-09. In addition, two-thirds of UC salaries are paid by Federal and other non-state funds, and these contributions have been missing as well.

The University is restarting its contributions on April 15th, 2010 and will be gradually ramping up its share over the coming years. But the state so far refuses to contribute its rightful share ­ unlike its role in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS).".




next door neighbor, Adams& Chittenden Scientific Glass

take delivery of their new lathe last week






"Lawrence Berkeley Lab gave Bay Area $690M boost last year" San Francisco Business Times by Steven E.F. Brown

"Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory boosted the Bay Area economy by 5,600 jobs and $690 million last year, according to a study it published this week.
LBL, on the hill above the University of California, Berkeley, campus, also created 12,000 jobs in the United States last year.
CBRE Consulting of San Francisco did the study for the lab. It said over the last two decades, LBL has helped start 30 businesses that pumped $904 million into the local economy.
In the city of Berkeley itself, some 1,700 jobs "were directly tied to Laboratory spending." In 2009 the lab spent almost $200 million in Berkeley.
Other local cities that got significant boosts were Walnut Creek, where the Joint Genome Institute is and Emeryville, where the Joint BioEnergy Institute is.
Berkeley Lab has received a significant amount of Department of Energy stimulus spending."



"Kasey Kahne is poised to join Hendrick Motorsports, . . . in News Brake" at autosport.com.



"Josh Kornbluth's 'Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?'" Robert Hurwitt, Chronicle Theater Critic.

" 'I don't get it,' Josh Kornbluth says as he stares - and we stare past him - at the colorful panels of Andy Warhol's 'Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century."'By the end of Kornbluth's "Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?" not only is he getting it but so are we. And that, in some ways, is the least we get from this smartly assembled monologue.

Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?: Monologue. Written and performed by Josh Kornbluth. Directed by David Dower. Through May 16. The Jewish Theatre San Francisco, 470 Florida St., San Francisco. 90 minutes. $20-$34. (415) 292-1233. www.tjt-sf.org."



"Can the Jewish Deli Be Reformed?" asks Julia Moskin at nytimes.com.

"At Saul's Restaurant and Deli in Berkeley, Calif., the eggs are organic and cage free, and the ground beef in the stuffed cabbage is grass fed. Its owners, Karen Adelman and Peter Levitt, yanked salami from the menu in November, saying that they could no longer in good conscience serve commercial kosher salami.

'It's industrially produced meat that gets blessed by a rabbi,' said Mr. Levitt, who came to Saul's two decades ago from Chez Panisse, just down the street. 'We all know that isn't good enough.'

The two are still trying to find, or make, salami that will align with their vision of the deli of the future: individual, sustainable, affordable and ethical."



from my log

4/7/10--6:33 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry heavy air, watery eyes, nasal congestion, itchy skin, light head, wear respirator.

4/8/10--1:05 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse with "chlorine " odor. 8:23 PM--irritant in front room with strong "bad catalytic converter" odor.

4/9/10--7:04 AM--irritant in front room, nasal congestion, ringing ears, wear respirator. 11:28 AM--irritant in front room, dry eyes, light head with "chlorine " odor, leave. 6:46 PM--SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, "chlorine" odor, "bad catalytic converter" odor, throat irritated, light head, leave.

4/10/10--6:43 AM--lights flicker. 6:50 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry heavy air, watery eyes, dry skin, light head, wear respirator. 7:27--irritant in warehouse front and IMMDEIATELY in front of warehouse with strong "chlorine" odor.

4/11/10--6:14 to 7:47--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse with STRONG "chlorine" odor, wear repirator.

4/12/10--~3:!2 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, wear respirator.

4/13/10--5:44 AM--SERIOUS irritnat in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air, sinus congestion, watery eyes, itchy skin. Off-and-on all day and evening, irritant in front room, etc.

4/15/10--9:17 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air, sinus irritation, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, light head overrides HEAPA filters.


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.



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


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



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


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

Crime Log for 94710 is here

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


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

The contacts are below:

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

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

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

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


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

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



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