2309 San Pablo 510-649-1824












Potter Creek's Uncommon Café

is hidden behind V&W Windows, 2813 Seventh Street 510-845-5264

Cold and hot sandwiches are served with freshly roasted coffee

(A truly superior coffee, it is also served in the deli-section of The Bowl RP)

A favorite is Italianova-two eggs, black forest ham, gruyere cheese and basil pesto on a sweet french panini

Open Mon-Thurs 10AM-5:30 PM, Friday 10AM-3PM, closed weekends

(FREE coffee on Tuesdays!)




Potter Creek's Mario Assadi is featured in"SGP is Poised for Growth" by Peter Nowack at

"The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is celebrating the certification of its 20th company. It's certainly a milestone for the SGP, which, at 20 months of age, appears to have found its legs and a path forward.

Up until now, printers have been buying-in to SGP certification because it can save them money (through process improvements), for market differentiation and, simply, because it is the 'right thing to do.'

For example, Mario Assadi, CEO of Berkeley, California based Greenerprinter, reports that his shop opted for SGP because it provided the only industry-specific green credentials, not because any customer had asked for SGP certification."




"Berkeley Art Museum/PFA seeks proposals" by John King at

"Here's a surprise: SFMOMA isn't the only local cultural institution seeking an out-of-town architect to design its new home.

There's also a 'help wanted' sign at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which is planning a move to the old University of California printing plant at Center and Oxford streets in downtown Berkeley. Letters went to 10 architectural firms early this month and all 10 have responded with initial proposals. The institution hopes to narrow the list to three and name its designer in June.

The surprise is that BAM/PFA already traveled this path - in 2006, when it selected Toyo Ito to design a new home. The Japanese architect's response was seductive - an abstract egg crate with thin steel walls - but also prohibitively expensive. Ito and Cal parted ways last fall, and the institution decided to revive the printing plant, making the most of such features as the enormous redwood-floored shop beneath saw-toothed skylights.

'We decided the best approach is to repurpose what's there and build an additional 50,000 square feet,' said Larry Rinder, the museum director. 'This requires a combination of two design skill sets, integrating old and new to create a functional and exciting whole.' "




"Intimate memoir revealed as fans honour Mark Twain centenary" is a story at

"Handwritten 'Family Sketch', written soon after the death of his daughter, goes on display as part of celebrations marking 100 years since the author's death.

Mark Twain fans across the world are ignoring the American writer's 1896 dictum that 'What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries? Mere killing would be too light' and are marking the 100th anniversary of his death.

One of the highlights is an exhibition by Sotheby's auction house in New York of an unpublished family sketch by Mark Twain that has gone on display as part of a collection of 200 personal letters, manuscripts and photographs going under the hammer on June 17. The 64-page, handwritten personal account, A Family Sketch, written shortly after Twain's eldest daughter died of meningitis in 1896, is expected to sell for $120,000 to $180,000 (£78,000 to £116,000)'

'A Family Sketch is certainly one of the gems of the Sotheby's sale," David Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain Papers & Projects at the University of California at Berkeley, which has the largest repository of Twain material, told Associated Press. 'Any Mark Twain archive or collector would be willing to go hungry for two or three years just in order to be able to buy it.' "




"We knew how to invest in education 50 years ago" by Doug Henton, Special to the Mercury News.

"The front-page stories in the April 18 Mercury News on record profits for Silicon Valley companies and the crisis in California higher education suggest that it is time to explore the historic relationship between investment in higher education and our region's leadership in innovation - and what is now at risk.

As a graduate student at UC Berkeley, I had the opportunity to meet Clark Kerr, the former president of the University of California and architect of the Master Plan for Higher Education. Later, I conducted an in-depth interview with Kerr for a chapter on the California economy for a book on the states' role in economic development.

I learned that Kerr was a noted economist who understood the importance of preparing the next generation of knowledge workers and promoting world-class research to generate long-term economic benefits for the California economy.

In fact, that is how he sold the Master Plan to the California Legislature in 1960: California needed to invest in a public university system that delivered both research excellence and access to all."




"California leads in borrowing for jobless benefits" is a report ar


"Berkeley Jobless Rate Hits 11.3 Percent" is a story at




"Bill to prohibit carrying guns in public moves through Legislature" by Samantha Young, Associated Press.

"Siding with law enforcement authorities, California lawmakers today advanced legislation that would make it illegal to openly carry a gun in public, even if it's unloaded.

The bill cleared its first committee after an emotional debate that pitted public safety concerns against Second Amendment rights cited by gun owners.

'I think it puts all of us at such great risk,' said Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, one of four Democrats who voted for the ban."













I just found-out that our Laurie Bright passed this January.

"Laurie was raised in Sacramento, graduated El Camino High School in 1960, and attended Chapman University and CSUS. Laurie married Judy Selby of Sacramento in 1965 and was blessed with two daughters Kathryn and Karolyn. As a young adult in Sacramento, he was active in Church youth, serving as president of Northern California Christian Youth Counsel. He was a founding member of the Arden Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Laurie was Past President of Southeast Sacramento Kiwanis. Laurie moved to Berkeley in 1974, married Tamlyn in 1981 and blended his daughters, a son Forest and new daughter Jennifer into a strong loving family. He started his own auto and engine repair business on Heinz Avenue in Berkeley, later becoming a 25 year fixture on San Pablo Avenue. During his last 30 years, he became passionate about and participated in community zoning and planning issues. He served many years on Berkeley's Landmarks Preservation Commission, was a board member of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, and at the time of his death was President of the Council of Neighborhood Associations, contributing thousands of hours addressing basic quality of life issues in Berkeley. His hobbies included collecting and restoring clocks and watches, motorized bicycles, and making wooden furniture firm recycled materials".




"California Weekend Getaways:Rooms with a view" by Cary Ordway at

"Sometimes a modern, big-city hotel just isn't enough - you want that spectacular old-world hotel on a hill drenched in charm, promising something way out of the ordinary for your escape from everyday life. The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa in San Francisco is one of those places.

The Claremont has held its commanding view of the San Francisco Bay since 1915 and in fact caught the attention of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who referred to it as 'one of the few hotels in the world with warmth, character and charm.' The hotel, in fact, looks almost like a castle on a hill, a stately manor that seems more European in flavor and completely dominating the surrounding real estate. For those who visit a luxury hotel simply to be pampered, the Claremont offers Spa Claremont, named by Elle Magazine as one of the top 20 spas in the country. This is not your run-of-the-mill spa - you'll find a 20,000-square-foot facility with 32 treatment rooms including separate facilities for men and women."



"Food Activist Alice Waters Takes to Web, Mulls TV" is an AP report.

" The California-based food activist says she's exploring new ways of spreading her message about the importance of fresh, local food and supporting the farmers who grow it, including a possible TV show, though talks for that still are in the early stages.

Alice Waters is unlikely to become the next Food Network Iron Chef. But with sustainable eating hot fodder for celebrity chefs, the woman many credit with planting the seeds of the movement may make the jump to her own television program."




"University of California at Berkeley gets high marks in latest US News graduate school report" at





"Little Green Men and Flying Saucers Are So Passé: New Ideas About Aliens" is a book review at

"The scientific project known as SETI - the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - began in earnest 50 years ago, when an astronomer named Frank Drake pointed a radio telescope toward a few nearby stars and began to sift through the aural static. A half-century later SETI has matured and remains a bustling enterprise, even though it no longer receives government financing and even though E. T., if he's out there, does not appear to have Earth on his speed dial. "





a frustrated Jarad emails

Berkeley voters approved a bond measure 8 years ago to improve the animal shelter (I'm for that). And in 2010, the shelter still isn't built and as a result the costs have increased by $5.4MM (that's the WTF part).

What is the hell has the city been doing for the past 8 years? It doesn't take that long to build a shelter and how has the city been using that money (or interest earned from that money) over the past 8 years? Where is the fiduciary responsibility to the tax payers of Berkeley that have to repay this bond money and the additional $5.4MM that the shelter will cost because the city sat on it's ass for 8 years? Seriously, WTF?

Is there no shame on the part of the city and sense of responsibility to the tax payers in Berkeley? I thought Washington DC was hopelessly gridlocked, but I can see that Berkeley is doing its best to compete for the Blue Ribbon of inaction, budget busting, tax dollar wasting, dysfunction.

With examples like this piling up, what person in his right mind would vote for any future bond measures? I ask the question, but the answer is obvious -- students who are transients can vote to burden all of us with tax liabilities and then they graduate and move away, leaving us with their s@#t-poor voter mandates.

If the city wants to sit on things so that it negatively impacts the city budget then they need to do what corporate America did throughout 2009 -- institute pay cuts for everyone in the city across the board. Many people I know that remained employed have suffered through pay cuts -- It's time for Berkeley to step up to the plate of fiscal responsibility and do the right thing.



Ryan Lau emails

Come and take part in Painting a Participatory Mural for the  South Berkeley Santa Fe Right of Way
You are warmly invited to help paint a vision for the revitalization of the South Berkley Santa Fe Right of Way (ROW) as a multi-purpose greenway and linear commons.   For Earth Day, for a greener community, and for yourself --  come to our third Mural Workshop, for as little or as long as you like -- on April 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  You will have the chance to collaboratively create one of two murals that will be hung on the Santa Fe ROW fences when done.  Choose between: 1) painting in the outlines of a vision of the past and future for one mural; or 2) creating a mixed media mural with collage and painted dimensions you can contribute to!
BRING:   Your enthusiasm and open mind;  and if you can, photographs (or photocopies of photos), drawings, and other mementos of the people, places, or objects that conjure up feelings and memories of your neighborhood and contribute to your sense of community.  These can be incorporated into the mural directly, or can be used as inspiration for on-the-spot drawings to be incorporated in the mural.
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
Please R.S.V.P. to  Beebo Turman at or 527-3773, as we need to know how many are coming to plan for paints and food.
This will be a Creative Day for all, please come!

Ryan Lau
Council Aide












"Three Richmond men arrested in Berkeley robbery spree" Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune.

"Berkeley Police have arrested three men suspected in a rash of armed robberies that began in early April and ended Monday night.

Rashad Bailey, 18, Adam Doty, 18, and Harvey Coulter Jr. 20, all of Richmond, were arrested Monday night. They were taken into custody just minutes after police said they carried out three holdups beginning about 9:15 p.m. on the south side of the UC Berkeley campus. In each of the robberies, the suspects confronted their victims with a handgun, searched their pockets and demanded they turn over all their belongings, according to police.

Working together, the men started Monday night in the 2700 block of Haste Street, Officer Jamie Perkins said. The second robbery at Parker and Warring streets was reported at 9:45 p.m. Police said the suspects struck again at Benvenue Avenue and Derby Street. That robbery was reported at 9:48 p.m., Perkins said.

Minutes later, a University of California Police Department officer spotted a vehicle traveling in the area of Ellsworth Street and Dwight Way, near to where the robberies happened.

The vehicle matched the description broadcast by the Berkeley Police Department.

Officers stopped the car and took the three men into custody at 9:56 p.m., Perkins said.

The men were booked in the Berkeley Police Department jail on three counts of robbery and three counts of possession of stolen property, Perkins said. Police said they believe the three men also are
responsible for five other robberies that happened in early April in North Berkeley. The charges are being reviewed by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

The Berkeley Police Department is asking any victims of robberies in Berkeley to come forward if they have not done so before by calling 510-981-5742 or 510-981-5900; dial 510-981-5911 from cell phones. If callers wish to remain anonymous they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 800-222-8477 (TIPS)."




"Berkeley's Casa Vino wine bar favorite of novices and experts" by Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune.

"Anyone who grew up in Wine Country in the '70s would appreciate the movie "Bottle Shock," which captures the early days before the swirl, sniff and spit crowd began the great migration to Sonoma and Napa Valley.

The same can be said of Casa Vino. The wine bar and restaurant in South Berkeley embodies the pre-Wine Rush days when pickup trucks were more common than BMWs.

The owners, brothers Jim and Chris O'Meally, like to boast that they have more wines by the glass than any other wine bar in the Bay Area. But they pour them without pretentiousness. 'Wine doesn't need to be that way,' Chris O'Meally said while standing behind Casa Vino's handmade redwood bar Wednesday evening.

'I think there's enough good wine out there that you can afford to drink it every day,' Jim O'Meally said.




"Berkeley scholar in dock over HIV-Aids article" by Zoë Corbyn at

"Anonymous complainants accuse Peter Duesberg of 'ethical breach' and making 'false claims'. Zoë Corbyn reports

A scholar who has questioned the link between HIV and Aids is being investigated by his university following allegations of 'unacceptable conduct'.

It has emerged that the University of California, Berkeley launched an investigation last November into whether Peter Duesberg, a professor of molecular and cell biology who is well known for denying the link between HIV and Aids, had violated its policies when submitting an article on the theme to the journal Medical Hypotheses."




Ah, Mercury the planet of communication is retrograde.* Time for another Potter Creek home owners et al meeting.

*At 04:06 UT (Universal Time) Sunday, April 18th, 2010, Mercury the wise communicator-and universal trickster-turns retrograde at 12°37' Taurus, in the sign of the Bull, sending communications, travel, appointments, mail and the www into a general snarlup! The retro period begins some days before the actual turning point (as Mercury slows) and lasts for three weeks or so, until May 11, 2010, when the Winged Messenger reaches his direct station.



Another reason to aggressively develop our mixed use is found in "Region begins new drive to curb greenhouse gases" by Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times.

"Four regional agencies have launched a major drive to rein in greenhouse gas pollution by reducing vehicle use, increasing public transit use and promoting compact development in the Bay Area's nine counties.

Cities and counties will be asked to designate areas for developing compact housing and businesses in established areas with good access to rail lines, buses and ferries."


And while we bicker about, Emeryville kicks our tushie in "Artfful living - and working" by Jennifer Modenessi, bayareanewsgroup.

"Artist Ann Weber's studio is full of creative surprises. The large cardboard-and-bronze sculptures that she exhibits in museums and galleries around the country fill the downstairs area. Those made during a February residency at San Francisco's de Young Museum dangle from the ceiling. And the antique wooden bed ... a work-in-progress, perhaps?

'It's my guest room,' Weber says with a laugh about the dreamy, romantic alcove that houses her heirloom bed. 'My daughter sleeps here when she visits.'

Weber's studio, you see, is also her home, one of 56 live/work spaces inside two buildings of the Emeryville Artists' Co-op. Once labs and repair shops owned by Shell Oil, the spaces were transformed by artists into studios and established by the city of Emeryville as nonprofit, affordable housing in the 1980s. Similar artist communities exist in San Jose, at the Art Ark; at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga; and at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz."




our Tak emails


Just how many cafe's and coffee shops have opened along San Pablo Avenue and to the west in the past couple of years?

I moved to 10th Street about 12 years ago. As I was sweating out making the basic repairs to make our house habitable, I often wished that there was a place to get coffee after 3pm when the Westside Bakery closed. I hadn't yet built a kitchen back then. There was nothing open around here after 3pm. I drank a lot of instant coffee late in the afternoon. Now we're surrounded by cafes that I can walk to.

I hope it isn't too much of a good thing.


Proally not. RP











Sunday morning finds

the scooter club at the Westside Bakery Cafe




Monday April 26 from 6:30 PM 'till 8:30 PM at the 9th Street campus of the French School, there will be a meeting of the PCNA.

On the agenda is the election of officers and a presentation by Alex Amoroso about the possible effects of the West Berkeley Project on our neighborhood.

Last year, when those of us on the PCNA mailing list were asked for agenda suggestions I volunteered "Get someone from Planning to explain the proposed changes for our district."

So they did, and I'll take credit for it.

I'd now suggest continuing the policy in other areas, rather than depending for information solely on The Rickster, The Dorf, Etc, Etc, Etc.



And so, about change. I'm a big fan of organic change.

But, is organic change always gradual? Not necessarily. Birth, a defining event in Nature is sudden, traumatic, and like revolution, often violent.

And what now might be the natural pace of change in west-Berkeley?

Well, it's been said the West-Berkeley Plan was made in 1992 to preserve 1972. If that's even a little true, change here has been artificially arrested for decades and so, consider the possibility that sudden, even dramatic change, might be most natural.




And, consider the "Re-imagined Oakland Museum" by Jennifer Modenessi, Contra Costa Times.

"From the outside, the newly remodeled Oakland Museum of California feels strikingly familiar. Its exterior remains intact, as do the lush gardens. But step inside the revamped galleries of California art and history, and it's clear things have changed dramatically. "







Resist change?

I'm reminded of the '60s "What we resist, persists."


"California company markets enviromentally friendly underwear" is a story at News2WCBD-TV Charleston.

"Going green is a popular trend these days and with more and more companies focusing on creating products for sustainability, it's getting easier to join the movement.

Now there's a company in Berkeley, Calif. taking the green movement under ... literally, and proving you don't have to wear your environmental principles on your sleeve to make a statement about being Earth-friendly. There are plenty people who believe that a green lifestyle begins in the heart and mind but at PACT, they have an artsy, fashionable approach and they're helping to cause by starting with the most brief item of clothing.

'Our motto is: Change starts with your underwear.' Explains Jason Kibbey, cofounder of PACT Underwear."



" 'Parenthood' Renewed -- Let's Rate The Parents!" by Amy Keyishian at

"The one-hour drama Parenthood (Tuesdays, NBC) has already been invited back for a second season -- so we can continue to follow the adventures of the Braverman family, four grown kids negotiating family life in Berkeley, California. Since last week was the best episode so far, next season should really be gangbusters."



"Green Day's 'American Idiot' Tops Broadway Box Office" is a report at "Show brought in nearly $800,000 in its opening week."


"Alan Rich, classical music critic and champion, dies at 85" is an obituary at

"Over a long career, he wrote for many newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Newsweek. He helped promote several young composers and championed conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen."




"UC Berkeley shutting down 136-year-old printing service" by Matt Krupnick, Contra Costa Times.

"The posters are everywhere at UC Berkeley's printing plant: 'Work like the tortoise, not the hare' and 'Go and see for yourself to thoroughly understand the situation.'

Taken from Toyota's 'Lean' concepts for improving productivity, the philosophies were introduced in 2005 to try to turn around the printing operation's declining revenues. They did not work.

Within weeks, the university will shut down its 136-year-old printing service, which printed the original United Nations charter in 1945 but fell on hard times as the Internet started eating away at its business. The printing plant - which for generations has churned out university projects ranging from magazines to human resources pamphlets - is running a $736,000 deficit so far this fiscal year."


"Heyday Books was a welcome sight at the L.A. Times Festival of Books" is a story at by Laura Frazin Steele.

"The Berkeley, California based publisher, Heyday Books, was an especially welcome sight this weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Heyday Books provides income from the sale of their books to the Heyday Institute, a nonprofit organization that deepens awareness of the cultural, natural, literary, and historic resources of California.

It is truly a pleasure to browse through books that approach California's rich heritage with meaning and elegance. Since 1974, Heyday Books has gathered well-deserved awards while developing a sense of community among their authors."




"Farm forces fabricate fun" is at

"Farmers and their friends are frequently fond of flaunting their production of food, fiber, floral products, fish, fodder, fur and even fuel. Now a University of California study suggests adding fun to the formula.

The study by a professor and associate professor from Clemson University in South Carolina, in cooperation with an agriculture and resource economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, concludes that golf courses produce a high-value agricultural crop. That translates to fun for many, frustration for some.

Only high-value agricultural crops such as strawberries, flowers, nursery crops or fresh market tomatoes and truck crops compared favorably in the study's analysis to the revenue per acre produced by golf enterprises. Included were full-length courses, nine-hole layouts, par-three short courses and practice facilities.

Part of the agricultural production surrounding golf enterprises includes landscaping on and near the courses and the buildings and other facilities operated in connection with the golf layouts."




"Japanese American heroes, bereft of bitterness" by George F. Will at

"Hearing about a shortage of farm laborers in California, the couple who would become Susumu Ito's parents moved from Hiroshima to become sharecroppers near Stockton. Thus began a saga that recently brought Ito, 91, to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, where he and 119 former comrades in arms were honored, during the annual Days of Remembrance, as liberators of Nazi concentration camps. While his Japanese American Army unit was succoring survivors of Dachau, near Munich, his parents and two sisters were interned in a camp in Arkansas."














Co-Chair, David Snipper emails of the PCNA Monday meeting

Greetings Ron.
Officers were voted into office for another year.
Alex Amorosa gave a very brief description of the current status of the West Berkeley Project with short descriptions of various parts. Members then fired questions which he (Alex) answered as best he could. His co-worker Claudine was stuck in air traffic on her way home and did not attend. 
Some questions were overtly hostile, Alex tried to provide answers and to clarify misconceptions withourt getting overly technical. He managed to remain calm. He did however threaten to walk out at one point if the personal attacks continued. One member back tracked when Alex said he was close to his limit.
I think most folks fail to realilze that it's the City Council that makes policy which staff is then directed to implement. People doing their jobs however mundane are not appropriate targets for spleen venting unless there is some evidence of incompetance or graft, etc. As chair for the evening, I did fail to jump in on time to stop the attacks but will try to tighten the ship in the future.
The "stake holders" plan to continue to meet and will descend on future Planning Commission meetings with their concerns which makes much more sense than gang-banging staff. 

David Snipper
PCNA CoChair





"Investigative reporting center wins $440K grant for community health coverage" San Francisco Business Times, Chris Rauber.




"Nine UC Berkeley faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences" is a press release at

"Nine University of California, Berkeley, faculty members have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies."


"Cal's non-resident policy rankles educators, alumni" opines Kerry Benefield in the Press Democrat.

"North Coast educators are calling a University of California policy to increase out of state student admission rates while reducing seats for California students a breach of trust with taxpayers."


"More than 12,900 offered admission after competitive application period" is a press release at

"More than 12,900 high school students who applied to the University of California, Berkeley, during a highly competitive application period, have learned the exceptional news that they have been offered admission."




"Why China is right on the yuan" by Barry Eichengreen at

"After a period of tension between the US and China, culminating earlier this month in rumblings of an all-out trade war, it is now evident that a change in Chinese exchange-rate policy is coming. China is finally prepared to let the yuan resume its slow but steady upward march. We can now expect the yuan to begin appreciating again, very gradually, against the US dollar, as it did between 2005 and 2007."



"The mobile phone that breathes" is a report at scitech.cnn.

"Researchers at Intel Labs in Berkeley, California, have designed a prototype mobile phone that slurps up air and spits out pollution measurements.

The researchers eventually hope to make everyone who carries a phone into a mobile air quality monitor, to supplement the 4,000 stationary monitors used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state partners.

It's the idea of 'citizen science' taken to a new extreme."





"Hundreds of parolees targeted in Alameda Co. sweep" is a report at abc7news.

"Hundreds of parolees are being targeted in a sweep that is under way in Alameda County this [4/27/10] morning.

The sweep is focusing on about 200 parolees in cities including Oakland, Berkeley, Hayward and San Leandro, said Fredrick Bridgewater, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Adult Parole Operations.

'Periodically we do multi-agency compliance sweeps and checks to make sure that parolees are abiding by their conditions of parole,' Bridgewater said."










from our Sarah through Ms Merryll

"No Bones About It: Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog" is a report at

"The idea that it's natural for dogs to chew on bones is a popular one. However, it's a dangerous practice and can cause serious injury to your pet."



"Natural wines: Character, not chemicals" by Jessica Yadegaran, Contra Costa Times.

"Under the frescos of a centuries-old villa in Sarego, Italy, Tracey and Jared Brandt of Berkeley's Donkey & Goat Winery were overcome with giddiness.

The Brandts, who have been making natural, Rhone-style wines for a decade, were the first and only Americans invited to pour at VinNatur, an annual European gathering of natural winemakers that took place on April 12 and 13. Most of those who attend have followed the principles of minimal intervention winemaking for generations.

'To be in the club among such amazing winemakers,' Tracey says. 'We were on cloud nine.'

There's no exact definition for natural winemaking."



"Emerson Murray never stopped believing that despite adversity, he would find his silver lining" is a story at the

"On Monday, when the good news finally arrived, he discovered it was golden.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard with Vancouver's St. George's Saints verbally agreed to a full basketball scholarship offer from the Pac 10's California Golden Bears, the happy ending that might have seemed unlikely after suffering a broken ankle in August and having his team miss the B.C. championships in March.

'They kind of showed up out of the blue,' Murray explained Tuesday morning of the Golden Bears.




"California Gears Up for Reform Provisions Taking Effect This Year" by Kate Ackerman, California Healthline Senior Editor,

"It's been more than a month since President Obama signed health care reform legislation into law. The debate over health care overhaul hasn't stopped since the passage of reform, but the conversation has quickly shifted to implementation.

Many of the most-publicized health reform provisions -- such as the creation of health insurance exchanges and the requirement that most U.S. residents purchase health insurance -- won't take effect for several years. However, there are a slew of provisions slated to go into effect this year that likely will have an immediate impact in California. Here's a rundown. . . . "




Bill Moyers discussion with Bill Black"Will Lawmakers Avert The Next Financial Collapse?" is defintely worth watching.


our Darryl Moore emails (excerpts)

You're Invited To A Party

You are invited to a party Sunday May 2, 12-4 PM
At the 10th Street Park
 Between Allston & Addison
Pot luck, & bring musical instruments
 We are going to talk about co-operative Garden Work Parties in Rosa Parks neighborhood & West Berkeley
So that we'll all be able to walk to our neighbors' yards to help grow fresh food.
If you need help in your garden, We can arrange a volunteer
Garden Work Party
Expert advice and perhaps a steady helper
Would YOU like to be the first person this year to host a garden work party in your yard?
As food prices rise,
We can grow our own good food,
 With our skills, land and labor.
Whether or not you have a yard,
We can garden together
Summer Program Kickoff & Bike Rodeo (all ages)
Saturday, May 8 
San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Get a taste of the amazing programs kids and adults can enjoy this summer through the City of Berkeley Recreation Division.  Play, eat, dance, and learn.  The Public Health Division encourages you to bring your bike, skateboard, scooter and helmet to cruise in the 'Mock City' and 'Slow Races'.  Get bicycle maintenance tips too.  Free helmets and event t-shirts for children while supplies last.  Enjoy youth arts and entertainment.  Learn about summer literacy programs.  Enrollment materials and scholarship applications will be available on site, and program representatives will be able to answer individual questions.


Who Are These Crooks?
Berkeley Police Department presents a new web feature to showcase recent crimes where community members can assist our Detectives with information.   During some BPD investigations, we are able to get surveillance or other photographs of crime suspects, but we do not know who they are.  If you're interested in helping out the Berkeley Police Department, click here or visit their new page at

I really appreciate you taking the time to learn about news that affect the District, and the City, and I hope to keep providing you with useful/interesting information.  If you have any information you'd like to share with the community, please forward it on over.  Thanks.
 Darryl Moore
Berkeley City Council, District 2




from my log

4/20/10--3:22 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, wear respirator. 7:10 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, wear respirator. 9:30 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room with "chlorine bleach" odor, wear respirator.

4/22/10--last two days SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, wear respirator.* 7:34--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 11:27 AM---SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry eyes, itchy skin, guest has similar symptoms. 1:03 PM--iritant in warehouse with "chlorine" odor.* 1:44 PM--strong "chlorine" odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

4/24/10--8:10 AM--VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, sinus congestion, light head, headache, nausea. Marsha has similar symptoms, leave. 9:19 AM irritant still present. 9:54 AM--"chlorine" odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

4/25/10--8:43 PM--irritant in front room and "bad catalytic converter" odor.

4/26/10--11:34 AM--irritant in front room, dry eyes, itchy skin, wear respirator.

4/27/10-5:34 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse. 7:38 AM--VERY VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, heavy dry air, SERIOUS sinus irritation, headache, light head, burning eyes, mouth. Marsha similar. 10:36 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse with "bad catalytic converter" odor, wear respirator.


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.



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