the Dwight and Spaulding
Yesterday morning about 1:00
AM Berkeley FD responded to a call of a fire at a Dwight Way duplex--the
fire apparently starting in front of the house.
First on the scene, BPD noticed
a downed power line in the midst of the flames. At this time the
four residents had been safely evacuated.
As the firefighters put down
the blaze, heat caused the gas meters to explode with flames shooting
from them--shut off valves were found and closed extinquishing
the gas flames.
BFD put down the fire in
about 30 minutes. PG&E
later secured the scene.
None of the occupants were
injured though there was extensive damage to the duplex front.
Tak Nakamoto emails
The house that burned is
owned by Paul Endres who's architectural practice, Endres Ware,
is located in West Berkeley on 7th and Carlton. He lived in the
front unit when Janet and I used to live across Spaulding from
him. I hope that the fire won't be too devastating for him or
his tenants . . . . It sounds like nobody was injured.
Tak believes Paul still owns
Bob's neighbors, Mike and
visit our urban farm on 10th
Kubik's commentary on the Energy News Fukushima Forecast
link sent by Marvin.
This is a strange
site whose purpose seems to be to scare people.
Context is lacking.
It has a paranoid slant - they aren't
telling us everything!
The videos seem
to be computer simulations of
atmospheric movements with levels based on a few measurements
Japan. They portray Xenon
This movement of
radioactive particles or
gases in the atmosphere has little to do with what is seen on
ground. Unless it comes down, as with rain, it just passes by.
One statement claims
"the radiation monitor went off scale!" but fails
to state what the scale was - some of these instruments are so
sensitive that an old watch with a radium dial would send them
In short, don't
If I were raising
an infant or small
child, out of abundance of caution, I would only use aged dairy
products for a while - such as cheese or canned milk.
As I did when the US was doing above ground bomb testing.
Understand Bob worked in
the industry and keeps current on nuclear power through his world-wide
"New site maps state's severe traffic collisions" is a story release by Sarah Yang, UC Media
"Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are
launching a powerful new tool for sorting through and mapping
all of California's fatal and serious traffic collisions.
Starting today (Wednesday, April 6), anyone with access to the
Internet can register for a free account to access the Transportation
Injury Mapping System, or TIMS, to perform customized searches
of 130,000 serious and fatal crashes in the state. Users can view
the history of crashes from 2000 to 2008, the most recent year
data are available, by county, city, neighborhood or along specific
routes. Additional years of collision data will be incorporated
into TIMS as they become available."
"'Hunger' for Success a Driving Force in
Belva Davis' Storied Journalism Career" is a Judy Woodruff video interview with our
Belva Davis at PBS NEWS.
"Belva Davis, the first African-American woman television
journalist on the West Coast, speaks with Judy Woodruff about
her pioneering -- and sometimes difficult -- career in broadcast
news and her new memoir. This story was done in partnership with
KQED in San Francisco."
POST FROM THE PAST
by Jim Marshall, 1976
"Berkeley school district takes steps to
reduce guns on campus" Doug
Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"Berkeley's school district
has assigned a teacher and a counselor to monitor high-risk students
in response to recent gun incidents at Berkeley High and Berkeley
Robert Campus holds grand opening Saturday" by Kristin
J. Bender of the Oakland Tribune.
"Zona Roberts, of Berkeley,
remembers the early discussions about how to best honor her late
son, Ed Roberts, who has been called the father of the disability
"U.S. Army agrees to land swap deal in
Dublin" by Robert
Jordan, Contra Costa Times.
"After nearly a decade
of discussions, the Army announced a land transfer agreement Thursday
that will turn over about 7.5 percent of Camp Parks to a Southern
California development company in exchange for a face-lift for
the aging reserve base.
The Army agreed to transfer
180 acres off Dublin Boulevard in fives phases. In return, SunCal
will build $80 million in new facilities and upgrade infrastructure
at the base that dates back to the 1940s.
SunCal, one of 150 companies
interested in developing the land, and the Army reached the deal
in March about the same time SunCal submitted its proposal to
land build a second campus that Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
is planning to open by December of 2015."
Fischer Architecture, our Andrew and Kerstin's restoration/remodel
of the McDuffie house 22
from Berkeley Heritage
"Duncan & Jean McDuffie
House, Willis Polk (19211924),
22 Roble Road
This rambling Mediterranean
villa is believed to be the last residence designed by renowned
San Francisco architect Willis Polk ((18671924). The commission
came from Duncan McDuffie (18771951) of Mason-McDuffie fame.
The iconic Berkeley developer (Claremont Park, Claremont Court,
Northbrae) and mastermind of 'residence parks'-elegant subdivisions
in naturalistic settings (including St. Francis Wood in San Francisco)-McDuffie
was also a nature lover and environmental leader par excellence.
He served twice as president of the Sierra Club, was a founder
of Save-the-Redwoods League, first chair of the California State
Parks Council, and a key figure in the establishment of the East
Bay Regional Park District.
The McDuffie house is an
early example of the Mediterranean architectural style. It is
set within grounds incorporating several levels of gardens designed
by landscape architect James Frederick Dawson, partner in the
celebrated Olmsted Brothers company of Brookline, MA. "
An Exhibition and Auction
to benefit Kala Art Institute
Kala Art Institute Board
of Directors and Honorary Co-Chairs Senator Loni Hancock
& Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates invite you to
a ten-day exhibition of works
by a select group of contemporary artists currently working in
California culminating in a dynamic Gala Auction on April 30,
Along with original artworks
there will be unique art-related items and experiences offered
through both live and silent auctions. Fine wine and exquisite
food will be served at the Gala. Proceeds from the auction provide
direct support for Kala Art Institute's programs for artists and
Auction Exhibition: April
20 30, 2011
Preview Party: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 6:00 8:00 pm
Silent Auction opens, Free admission
Auction Gala: Saturday, April 30, 2011, 6:30 9:30 pm
$40/person or $75 for two in advance
$50/person or $90 for two at the door
To purchase tickets:
By Phone: 510-841-7000
By Mail: Send a check to Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Ave.,
Berkeley, CA 94702
In Person: Kala Gallery
the Baltimore Interactive model
is a thought provoking birds
eye view of this city. The model
is designed for the participant to ponder and explore, . .
. in creating a vision for this city by moving objects around
creator James Rojas writes
"The six feet
by six feet large model captures the city's majestic rolling hills,
and it's European urban form of small street blocks, narrow streets,
and intimate squares with monuments. The five hundred small structures
placed on the model add life to the map by adding a third dimension.
Like a painting the model illustrates the city's the beauty and
charm in a creative, and graphic presentation.
The model is a condensed version of Baltimore's center core .
I added bike lanes,
pocket parks, street trees, and median islands. . . . These interventions
establish this model as an art piece for creative, urban thinking
about Baltimore and not a replica of the city. . . .
The five hundred
small, vibrant buildings are made from found objects, wood blocks,
tile, jewelry, plastic game pieces, colorful beads, shinny tape,
and many other materials. . . .
are conceptual representations of Baltimore structures and not
literal. Since the buildings are not glued to the map, participants
are allowed to move them freely wherever they choose. . . .
This sets the stage
for the interactive process that allows the participants to understand
how this city is physical created, experienced, and imaged. They
can personalize the model by moving building around or adding
additional materials located in bins under the model. The model
is and will be constantly changing with all the interventions
by the public. . . .
understand the diorama they begin to interact with it and start
rearranging the pieces on the model. They see the model as a living
sculpture of their city that they can personalize by moving building
around or adding additional materials located in bins under the
Other participants are fascinated by the design and construction
of the small buildings and not the map itself. They scrutinize
the construction of the model and buildings and the sculptural
aspects of the installation. . . .
Many times children
will run up to the model and start to play with it."
"Tesla, other electric vehicles poised to enter
the mainstream" by
Dana Hull at siliconvalley.com is a survey of the electric
car today with some little history.
"After decades of sputtering starts and stalled hopes, the
electric vehicle is poised to enter the mainstream."
On the other hand "
'In the real world, it absolutely doesn't work,' concluded "Top
Gear "host Jeremy Clarkson in a 2008 review of the all-electric
$109,000 Tesla Roadster." See video of Clarkson' review here.
So Tesla is sueing Clarkson
and Top Grear--Aw jeez.
POST FROM THE PAST
the Potter Creek
Some straight scoop on radiation
Human effect measured
in MilliSieverts (mSv);
in the US 1 - 2 mSv per year
Average US exposure
5 mSv per year
crew New York/Tokyo 9 mSv per year more
CT scan 50 mSv
exposed living near Chernobyl 430 mSv over lifetime
Causes acute radiation
sickness 1,000 - 2,000 mSv
Median lethal dose
4,000 - 5,000 mSv
When you see doses reported
in a few milliSieverts per hour remember
that must per multiplied by the hours of exposure.
However, much of the numbers you will see are MicroSieverts per
that is 1/1,000 of a milliSievert.
A reader's informal survey
of the recent sale prices of ten-or-so homes in north-Berkeley
showed some anomalies. Three sold for drastically under their
previous purchase price--well under the expected 20-30% drop.
One in particular stood out at a 150K sale price for a previous
400K, before The Crash purchase price.
I'm told that Apple is suing
a structural engineer Involved in their Fourth Street remodel.
It is for loss of revenue during the delay caused by the collapsed
Also, it seems there is a
movement a foot to rezone property surrounding Aquatic Park--this
would restrict development of the adjacent Goldin/Jones properties.
I NEED AN INTERN.
Work includes reporting,
writing, editing, proofing, still-photographing, audio-video recording
. . . more.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
POSTS FROM THE
Pete and Geralyn
together made this, their art-bed
Pete and Geralyn's
inspiration"by" Marcel Duchamp
"Artists turn books into furniture, purses,
birdhouses and more"
by Mary Carole McCauley of the Baltimore Sun at kansascity.com.
"Jim Rosenau, an artist
based in Berkeley, Calif., has crafted a fully functional and
aesthetically appealing bookshelf from five volumes."
"Great Bike Towns and Bike Shops, Berkeley
CA" by Steve Ready,
a story-release at bicycleretailer.com.
"In its own independent
and disorderly way, Berkeley is a great bike town. "
"Episcopal science whiz racks up awards" Sara Kaufman at pontevedrarecorder.
"Morgan Monroe calls
herself a nerd, and she's not just any nerd. 'I like to consider
myself the trifecta nerd,' Monroe said.
But unlike most high school
seniors, Monroe wears it like a badge of honor. And her 'nerd'
status has served her well. She found out last week that she'll
be heading west to her number one college - The University of
And in another story-release
plants generate magnetic fields, they're not sayin" Robert
Sanders of UC Media Relations writes
"Searching for magnetic
fields produced by plants may sound as wacky as trying to prove
the existence of telekinesis or extrasensory perception, but physicists
at the University of California, Berkeley, are seriously looking
for biomagnetism in plants using some of the most sensitive magnetic
"It's the Economy stupid!"
"Lionel Barber is a
British journalist, educated at Dulwich College, who was appointed
editor of the 'Financial Times' in November 2005. Previously he
was the Financial Times' U.S. managing editor, based in New York,
with responsibility for the FT's US edition, and for all US news
Charlie Rose talks with Lionel
and Jim O'Neill
"Jim O'Neill is presently
the Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management."
Kubik sends a link to
"In Praise of Marx" by Terry Eagleton at chronicle.com.
"Why might Marx be back
on the agenda? The answer, ironically, is because of capitalism.
Whenever you hear capitalists talking about capitalism, you know
the system is in trouble. Usually they prefer a more anodyne term,
like 'free enterprise.' The recent financial crashes have forced
us once again to think of the setup under which we live as a whole,
and it was Marx who first made it possible to do so. It was The
Communist Manifesto which predicted that capitalism would become
global, and that its inequalities would severely sharpen. Has
his work any defects? Hundreds of them. But he is too creative
and original a thinker to be surrendered to the vulgar stereotypes
of his enemies."
Terry Eagleton is a visiting
professor at Lancaster University, in England; the National University
of Ireland; and the University of Notre Dame. His latest book,
Why Marx Was Right, was just published by Yale University
And then on Oprah, there's
"Beliefs About 2012."
POST FROM THE PAST
"Pot Growers Inhale 1% of U.S. Electricity,
Exhale GHGs of 3M Cars"
is a story at nytimes.com.
"Indoor marijuana cultivation
consumes enough electricity to power 2 million average-sized U.S.
homes, which corresponds to about 1 percent of national power
consumption, according to a study by a staff scientist at the
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Researcher Evan Mills' study notes that cannabis production has
largely shifted indoors, especially in California, where medical
marijuana growers use high-intensity lights usually reserved for
operating rooms that are 500 times more powerful that a standard
The resulting price tag is about $5 billion in annual electricity
costs, said Mills, who conducted and published the research independently
from the Berkeley lab. The resulting contribution to greenhouse
gas emissions equals about 3 million cars on the road, he said."
Now in place at Scrambled
Eggs & Lox is the software, hardware and the peripherals to
create an "new kind of" website.
"I move with the swiftness
of a gazing buffalo."
Serendipity owner, Pete Howard
passed last month. I knew him professionally since he traded books
at Moe's when I managed Moe's Records. And, occasionally he would
trade records. If they came with a collection he bought, often
as not he'd call us and we got some good stuff that way. I particularly
remember getting the pick of a really good classical collection.
A few remain in my personal collection to this day.
For a while he had a sports
car in his gevelb. Parked among the books as if it belonged
there, it did seem at home. He also loved trains. I can't really
say I knew him, but I'll miss him.
POSTS FROM THE PAST
yesterday morning with an old friend who served in the U.S. Infantry
in WW II in Northern Europe. When the conversation turned to the
war in Iraq he repeated more than several times "All those
young men dying, they're just boys -- 18 and 19." And you
could see that for those few moments he was not fully here, but
was in long-ago-France, maybe in a foxhole.
just rediscovered the blues singer, Howling' Wolf -- he not so
much sings as he howls and growls. One of my favorite blues LPs
has always been his Chess release, "Evil." Now, songs
from that album and many others can be found on the 50th Anniversary
Chess CD release Howlin'
Wolf, "His Best." I recommend
Saturday afternoon, John Phillips
and Susanne Hering held what I like to think was an Easter Concert.
In fact, it was a concert of Bach and the Couperins given to celebrate
the completion of John and Susanne's new workshop and office building.
(Though my sense is that this is more about beginnings than endings.)
Baroque violinist John Holloway, harpsichordist, Davitt Moroney,
and Baroque cellist, Joanna Blendulf filled John and Susanne's
elegant Bauhaus building to overflowing with beautifully baroque
sound. Their program was made up of Sonatas in e and G for Violin
and Basso Continuo by Bach, Louis Couperin's Pieces in C for Harpsichord,
a Francois Couperin Ordre in e for Harpsichord, and the
Chaconne in d for Solo Violin of Bach. This Baroque music
brought a sometimes almost unbearable beauty to our Potter Creek
neighborhood. Most entertaining were the movements from the Couperin
Ordre with their bouncing rhythms and varying hues. Most
moving was the d Chaconne, a close to religious experience. And,
the warm and dark Passacaille of the Louis Couperin Pieces
brought John's shop-cum-chamber-hall to life. But almost unnoticed
was cellist, Joanna Blendulf's quiet, firm, ground in the Bach
sonatas--an important support for fiery violinist, Holloway. Happily,
but unexpectedly, John's tall shop-space rendered all the music
accurately. John Holloway's violin is a Gagliano, Naples
1780, Joanna Blendulf's cello is a Timothy Johnson, 1999 after
Gagliano, Naples 1785, and Davitt Moroney played on one
of John's strong French instruments. (After the recital there
was a reception. The food was tasteful and excellently prepared
by Susanne and friends. The strawberries were sweet and juicy,
the asparagus spears perfect, and the baklava unbearably sweet.)
You can read more about Baroque
Holloway, harpsichordist, Davitt
Moroney, and Baroque cellist, Joanna
Blendulf through these, their links.
"Like the Flowing River" timesofindia.com.
"At the recently-held
International Sacred Arts Festival in Delhi, Rishikesh based
Ma Amodini Saraswati tells about the Ganga.
From being a PhD student
at the University of California, Berkeley, to becoming a
sanyasini, how has the journey been?
It was a long journey peppered with a lot of joy. For my PhD,
I went to a village on the western coast in the forest, and it
was there that my sadhana or spiritual practice began. I connected
with nature and enjoyed the experience. In due course, I got my
PhD degree, but my motive had changed by then. In fact, in the
middle of my PhD, I was wondering what will I do with it and I
was thinking about quitting. "
"It's an East Bay Earth Day Party: A Roundup
of Local Earth Day Events and Promotions" at eastbayexpress.com.
"A lot of local businesses
are doing their bit for Earth Day - which falls this year on April
22 - with special projects, programs, discounts, and deals. It's
their version of Earthday cakes, Earthday candles, and Earthday
gifts - and we're all invited to the Earth Day party."
"Baseball program will
continue at UC Berkeley" is a story-release at newscenter.berkeley.edu.
"The University of California,
Berkeley, baseball program will continue to represent the campus
as an Intercollegiate Athletics sport, now and into the future,
as the result of a successful and ongoing fundraising effort on
the part of alumni, former players, parents of current players
and other team supporters, campus officials said."
from my log
4/15/11--7:17 AM-- irritant
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 5:18
PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.
7:48 PM---SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
in front of warehouse. 9:14 PM---VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse
front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.
4/16/11--off-and-on all day,
VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911
or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
AND check out BPD feature
are these Crooks."
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
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