Berkeley PD Ofc Andrew Frankel is also a Major in the USAF Reserve

now stationed in Afghanistan, he is Provost Marshall * of Bagram Air Base.

Here, after a recent dinner at Bagram with House Speaker, John Boehner.

*Chief of Police




In a story that features our Steven Goldin, among others, Bianca Torres of the San Francisco Business Times writes

"Berkeley hopes to retain homegrown startups by remaking policies that have forced companies to leave.

Berkeley has an advantage no other East Bay city has in churning out companies in emerging industries: the combination of the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

As Michael Caplan, the city's economic developer director explains it, Berkeley already has the makings of a startup hub that other cities could only dream of replicating. Berkeley has the research institutions, educated workforce, progressive community and attractive location.

In fact, numerous companies and technologies are continuously sprouting. The one caveat: Once startups are born, they tend to leave quickly after, and the main culprit is a lack of suitable real estate.

'We have a cluster here, so the question is how do we build on that cluster?' Caplan said.

In the past few years, local leaders have embarked on various efforts to retain startups and the jobs and tax revenue that go with them. The efforts include overhauling zoning rules in West Berkeley that are keeping young companies out of the market and forming support networks such as the Berkeley Startup Cluster, which helps startups find space, and the QB3 Innovation Center, a West Berkeley facility that offers individual offices for startups with communal lab space.

The zoning update for West Berkeley aims to change policies that protect certain uses in commercial space such as manufacturing. The problem is that those rules were set in place in the 1980s when local residents wanted to encourage blue-collar jobs to stay in Berkeley, but the definition of manufacturing has changed and many startups want to house more than one use - office, research and development and manufacturing - under one roof, which is not allowed.
The rules have stymied West Berkeley's evolution for far too long, said Steve Goldin, co-founder of furniture company Swerve and property owner in West Berkeley.

Goldin and his brother, Michael Goldin, design and produce high-end commercial furniture in West Berkeley and have done well, but as landlords, they have a hard time navigating the archaic zoning rules and have had several promising tenants leave to Silicon Valley or other parts of the East Bay. Issues typically arise when a startup applies for a permit to use an industrial space only to be turned down because they want to do R&D or a record from many years ago shows up that says the site was once used for manufacturing and therefore can only be occupied by a manufacturer.

And the zoning rules haven't done much to keep the inevitable from happening, Caplan said. West Berkeley has lost about 40 percent of its manufacturing jobs during the last 30 years.

'The zoning is so rigid, it's not allowing for newer sectors to take over for aging companies,' Caplan said.

Still, Berkeley and Emeryville have a thriving community of biotechnology, clean technology and bioscience companies. According to a recent report from Cornish & Carey Newmark Knight Frank Commercial, the 1.45 million square feet of bioscience and lab space in the Berkeley-Emeryville market had a vacancy rate of 0.6 percent at the end of 2010. Surrounding markets have more space available including all the cities in Contra Costa County with a total of 2.58 million square feet and a 20.3 percent vacancy and the rest of Alameda County with 4.02 million square feet and 37 percent vacancy.

'It's a location issue,' said Bill Nork, a broker with Cornish & Carey. 'The demand is very concentrated close to the university and the Lawrence Berkeley lab.' Wareham Development, the top life science landlord and a developer in the East Bay, currently has a few projects moving through its pipeline, including a 94,000-square-foot building at 5800 Hollis St. in Emeryville, the 205,000-square-foot EmeryStation West Transit Center in Emeryville, and a 92,000-square-foot building at 740 Heinz Ave. in Berkeley.

Cheryl Fragiadakis, head of the Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management department for Lawrence Berkeley, said the high demand for Emeryville and Berkeley often results from the researchers who have day jobs at the university or lab and have startups on the side and therefore need to be within close distance. Another factor is workforce, since many startups target students and postdoctoral researchers.

Even going an extra 20 minutes to Alameda to the south or Richmond to the north, where there are hundreds of thousands of square feet available, becomes a challenge and less attractive, Nork said.

West Berkeley is on the verge of becoming a major employment and technology center as long as the rest of the city recognizes the potential, Goldin said. As is common for Berkeley, there is strong support for as well as opposition to changing the rules in West Berkeley. Opponents are concerned that tech companies will force rents to go up for industrial tenants such as artists and light manufacturers.

'We have to tackle things like how do we protect the workforce? How do we do job training? How do we align the community benefit aspect with zoning?' Goldin said. 'We can retain the jobs of the future just by having a little more flexibility.' "



California Closets'

penndorf photo

29,500 square foot facility, 1716 4th Street

construction photos








Swerve's Ziggy has movie star cousins

penndorf photo

Ziggy's creator Fanuc, also made the robots in Iron Man








"Builders of New Homes Seeing No Sign of Recovery" by David Streitfeld at

"Kim Meier's spring promotion, which includes a $17,000 credit at a nearby General Motors dealer, has produced seven sales since the beginning of March, a veritable windfall of business for a builder who sold only 20 houses last year. 'We needed to do something dramatic,' said Mr. Meier. 'The market's been soft.'

That is one way of putting it. The recession hurt a lot of industries, but it knocked the residential construction market to the mat and has kept it there, even as the broader economy has started to fitfully recover.

Sales of new single-family homes in February were down more than 80 percent from the 2005 peak, far exceeding the 28 percent drop in existing home sales. New single-family sales are now lower than at any point since the data was first collected in 1963, when the nation had 120 million fewer residents.

Builders and analysts say a long-term shift in behavior seems to be under way."




"ASU's Kramer Champlin pitches shutout, beats California" is a story at

"Kramer Champlin gave Arizona State's bullpen needed relief after a 17-inning game Thursday, pitching a shutout Friday as ASU beat California 5-0 at Berkeley, Calif."



"Apartment Bldg. Residents Evacuated After Dumpster Fire" a report at

"About 60 residents in a Berkeley apartment building were evacuated Saturday morning after a Dumpster caught fire underneath the four-story structure, a Berkeley fire assistant chief said."









Jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald

was born April 25, 1917



beta records community TV gives some little insight into today's acoustic Indie recording scene, if at times a little amateurish one--curiously refreshing in this day of super-slick productions.

"BETA TV is a nationally syndicated (146 U.S. cities) weekly music centric TV series filmed and produced in the heart of Hollywood, showcasing at least 3 acoustic artist videos from newly signed and Indie bands in episode format."


Sadly Peter Hurney's KALX Scratchy Vinyl Show notable for Pete's quirky programing of "good ole records" is off-the-air right now.




Our Councilman Darryl Moore emails

Discuss Zoning Changes to Improve Berkeley's Economy and Attract New Businesses
The public is invited to the next Planning Commission meeting to discuss changing zoning regulations to help local businesses open and thrive in Berkeley.
With the rest of the region, Berkeley has experienced declining economic activity since 2008. Some of that downturn can be ascribed to the overall economic climate that is affecting most U.S. cities. However, existing city regulations also make it difficult for local businesses to open and evolve to meet the changing needs of their customers and their neighborhood. 
In response, the City Council has recommended that changes be made to the city's zoning regulations. The public is invited to learn more about the proposed changes and to discuss them with city staff and the Planning Commission, who will use that feedback to make recommendations to the City Council.
WHAT: City of Berkeley Planning Commission meeting to discuss proposed streamlining of zoning regulations for the purpose of improving the availability of local goods and services 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 7 p.m, North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.



Of our Wareham, SF Business Times writes "QB3 houses mavericks both old and new.

East Bay incubator's first phase opens May 15

An incubator aimed at capturing a new wave of East Bay 'mavericks' is coming to life with the help of some old hands.

The QB3 East Bay Innovation Center - the product of an alliance linking the University of California's QB3 institute and veteran developer Wareham Development - already has two signed tenants and three leases in negotiation for the 9,300-square-foot wet lab space at Seventh and Potter streets in West Berkeley, said Wareham President Rich Robbins.

The first phase of the center is set to open May 15 while construction continues on a second phase that will be unveiled by June 15, Robbins said.

In all, the center could house 10-15 life sciences, physical sciences and cleantech companies. It's all about creating a jumping off point for innovative startups to grow and collaborate with new 'nd established players, Robbins said.

'We're looking for the mavericks,' Robbins said.
'We're not worried about filling this space,' he said. 'We don't want people staying who should be moving on. It's not meant (for companies) to just show up here with a rent check and do your research in a vacuum.'

The East Bay center isn't the largest space under QB3's growing incubator umbrella - now four sites housing 37 active ventures - but backers hope it highlights and congeals a cluster of international and startup life sciences companies, for example, in West Berkeley and Emeryville.

'It will be a collaboration of micro-companies working together,' said Chris Barlow, a partner at Wareham.

Among the center's neighbors are Bayer HealthCare, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics, Amyris Inc. and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as well as long-term but smaller biotech industry players like Xoma Ltd. and Dynavax Inc.

The center will feature three large laboratory spaces, including large equipment like fume hoods and minus-80-degree freezers that startups often can't afford, as well as conference rooms and a Wareham management office.

Without low-cost sites where innovations can be translated into companies - or fail trying - academic research institutions like the UC system lose out on royalty and other income, Robbins said.

Leases and services at the new Berkeley center - renovated at a seven-figure price tag to Wareham, according to Robbins - will start at a flat rate of about $750 per month for 150 square feet, but companies can take up to 500 square feet. That compares favorably to QB3's 2,500-square-foot Garage incubator on the campus of UC San Francisco and its nearly 1,000-square-foot Garage at UC Berkeley, which charge $5.50 per month per square foot for up to 120 square feet.

Wareham traditionally has offered small chunks of incubator-like space in most of its buildings, Robbins said, but those can start at 2,500 square feet and cost roughly $7,500 per month.

'These private-public micro-partnerships can get more results than government in focused sectors,' Robbins said.

QB3 - a research-centric arm of UC campuses at San Francisco, Berkeley and Santa Cruz, formally known as the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences - also helped start what has been rechristened as the QB3 Mission Bay Innovation Center. The average space for that site, in the FibroGen Inc. building near UCSF's Mission Bay campus, is about 800 square feet, said QB3 associate director Douglas Crawford.
The Garages are designed to spin out research from the three UC campuses served by QB3, but the two innovation centers are a mix of UC-related tenants and others.

The FibroGen site of close to 20,000 square feet is home to 26 companies, but is near capacity, Crawford said.
'I get one to four inquiries per week from companies,' Crawford said. 'Our problem has been an absence of space.' "


Several "peeping incidents" have been reported at Cal dorms. A man has been looking over partitions in dorm showers. Police believe they have a suspect in custody.



Charlie Rose conversation with James B. Stewart is here.

"James B. Stewart on his book 'Tangled Webs: How American Society Is Drowning In Lies.' "

Stewart is an American author. "A former Page-One editor at 'The Wall Street Journal', Stewart won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading. He wrote 'Heart of a Soldier', the best-selling 'Blind Eye' and 'Blood Sport', and the blockbuster 'Den of Thieves'. He is a regular contributor to 'SmartMoney' and 'The New Yorker' ".






A favorite Ellington record

Piano in the Background. Duke Ellington, piano and leader. Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, and Russell Procope, saxophones. Willie Cook, Andres Meringuito, Eddie Mullins, Ray Nance, and Gerald Wilson, trumpets. Lawrence Brown, Juan Tizol, "Booty" Wood, and Britt Woodman, trombones. Aaron Bell, bass. Sam Woodyard, drums. Columbia CS 8364 (c1961). Codes: XSM50957-1B 111 H / XSM50958-1B 11 H. 1st Label. Disq Playing Grade 96/96. Disq Visual Grade 95/95. Inner Sleeve 95. Cover 95/94. In this, one of the Ellington band's most growling stereo romps, the piano is really in the foreground. (This one of my favorite Ellington records.)


Want to feel good? Check out Ellington at Newport 1958.

Our Rick Ballard has a copy at The Groove Yard. Email him,, and order a copy.





"California may add gay history to textbooks" at "Bill passed to require social studies lessons to cover LGBT community."


"Secretary of Homeland Security to host forum on cyberspace at UC Berkeley" is a report at

"Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is scheduled to be at the University of California at Berkeley on Monday to host a roundtable discussion with students. "









our Councilman, Darryl Moore emails

New Libraries for
South and West Berkeley

2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Tuesday, April 26TH AT 6PM

The City of Berkeley ha plans to improve the South and West Branches of the Berkeley Public Library. These plans are the result of a long and a public process. Dozens of meetings hundreds of citizens.

A lawsuit has been filed that threatens these improvements and undermines our public process.

We urge the plaintiff to withdraw the suit!

We urge the city council to move the plans forward!

New Libraries Now
2020 Kittredge St
Berkeley, CA 94704

Frequently Asked Questions about the West Branch Library and the South Branch/Tool Lending Library are helpful in understanding our librarys' "remodel" issues.

And our Ryan Lau, Darryl's aid, comments "The issue at hand for the lawsuit over the libraries is that it is maintained that the bond language for Measure FF did not explicitly say 'demolition,' so that the Berkeley Public Library's current plans do not comply with the what the bond language says that the money will be used for. 

The bond language says 'Shall the City of Berkeley issue general obligation bonds not exceeding $26,000,000 to renovate, expand, and make seismic and access improvements at four neighborhood branch libraries, but not the Central Library, with annual reporting by the Library Board to the City Council?'

  Whether this prohibits a technical demolition is what is being debated.  The library administration had always made it quite clear that they were leaving the option of completely rebuilding the structures on the table.  They explored the options and it turned out that preserving the existing buildings while trying to accommodate ADA access and seismic upgrades would not only shrink the usable programming space, but would also cost significantly more than rebuilding the structure, which would be less expensive and provide much more operational space. "




"Woman celebrates 60 years without a sick day" is a Don Sanchez story with video at

"Elena Griffing, 85, is a remarkable woman and is celebrating 65 years on the job. She hasn't had a sick day since Dwight Eisenhower was inaugurated president.

The energetic woman has been working for Alta Bates Summit for 65 years." 






"Butcher Dave Budworth of Fatted Calf in S.F." is a story by Meredith May at

"I've always wondered about bacon. The most delicious part of the pig is which part, exactly?
The mystery drew me to Pork Happy Hour at Fatted Calf Charcuterie in San Francisco's Hayes Valley, a new offshoot of the Napa Valley purveyor of local, organic meats and handcrafted sausages."



"Pot wars: Private land new frontier in California" Robert Townsend at

"A little-spoken-of war is taking place behind California's fences and property lines: Trespassing marijuana growers are setting booby traps, resorting to violence and vandalism, and spoiling the land by stealing water and spraying dangerous chemicals that leach into streams."











Yesterday morning at San Francisco's Epstein, Becker and Green law firm's party, Potter Creek's Travlin' Joe and our Bill catered espresso, yogurt, smoothies, and other drinks. (Bill has had some sort of catering business here for about twenty years.) A great success at the company celebration, Bill, and Marsha--part of the EBG support staff--also spent a good deal of time talking about our Potter Creek.


And yesterday, a Pixar crew filled 900's ten-top for breakfast and Noon saw David and Margret, Marvin and guest, Suzanne, and some Leap Frog people there for lunch. Our Joe Slusky and friend were also there.



The repaint of Margret's house is almost finished. More than happy with her painter's work, she recommends them highly. In fact, this is the third time she's used them. They are Roemer Painting, Tim Roemer, owner, 510-710-1145 or License No. 566892.




As Provost Marshall of Bagram Air Base, our Major Andrew Frankel has about eighty air police under his command--a force just under one half the size of Berkeley PD.




In the last few years Berkeley PD, through the acquisition and judicious use of grant money, has secured close to half million dollars of state-of-the-art equipment including a sophisticated robot--the robot also for possible for remote hazardous material investigation and for fire fighting.


"Three cheers for robots at high school competition" writes Lance Knobel at




"SETI suspends search for aliens" is at New Delhi India's

"In a big blow to man's quest to search for life outside earth, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI) has suspended the hunt for extraterrestrial signals owing to lack of funds.

SETI operates the Allen Telescope Array, the field of telescopes 300 miles north of San Francisco. It was jointly set up by SETI and University of California-Berkeley's Radio Astronomy Lab."

It's clear from Men in Black as well as some of Our Town's citizenry that this program has long been obsolete. Not?







"Off the cutting room floor" writes Mike Collett-White in Russia's St. Petersburg Times.

"A Danish choreographer has dug up a forgotten film score by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev and turned it into a ballet danced by Cuban star Carlos Acosta.

Kim Brandstrup, whose 'Rushes - Fragments of a Lost Story' premiered at Covent Garden in London on Wednesday, stumbled across an incomplete score Prokofiev wrote for a film version of Pushkin's classic short story 'The Queen of Spades.'

But the movie never made it to the screen, and the music, by one of the 20th century's greatest composers who worked both in ballet and film, had been left to languish in a Russian archive."






"Napolitano Outlines DHS Response to RSA Breach" at

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, in a speech Monday to engineering students at the University of California at Berkeley, outlined efforts DHS has taken in cooperation with the private sector after last month's breach of security maker RSA to safeguard the nation's critical infrastructure."



"State's water resource data find home at Cal State San Bernardino" is a report at the San Bernardino County Press Enterprise.

"Cal State San Bernardino will be the new home to a portion of the nationally acclaimed Water Resources Center archives, which were previously housed at UC Berkeley.

Founded in 1958 by the California Legislature, the Water Resources Center archives contain historical and contemporary materials of great value to water agencies, governmental bodies, environmental groups, engineering firms, attorneys, historians and researchers, including faculty and students. It consists of about 200 archival collections, 200,000 technical reports, 1,500 specialized newsletters, 5,000 maps and videos, 2,200 serials, 25,000 land photographs, 45,000 aerial photographs of coastlines, and digital resources in the form of CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and websites.

The WRCA closed last year at Berkeley because of state budget cuts and new guardians were sought. Cal State San Bernardino and UC Riverside developed an innovative and collaborative plan for joint management of the collection.

The archives will be at Cal State San Bernardino beginning June 1."










Duke Ellington

born April 29, 1899

biography here



Get your tickets for the Kala Auction Gala on Saturday, April 30, 6:30 -9:30 pm.
Great party with music, special food & drinks by César, and LIVE AUCTION! 
 Kala Gallery will be open this week from Tuesday through Friday: 12-5:30 pm for a preview of the exhibition and bidding on silent auction items. Don't miss this opportunity to get great artwork and support Kala!

Annie Frantzesos photo


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


an exhibition of works by a select group of contemporary artists currently working in California culminating in a dynamic Gala Auction on April 30, 2011.

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 the public.

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




Kubik has some etchings up at 900 GRAYSON.

Definitely check them out!





Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, Public Information Officer
City of Berkeley, City Manager's Office

emails (excerpts)

I wanted to invite you to visit and subscribe to the City of Berkeley news page at
This page has information about City events, public meetings, web content and City services.
Subscribers to the page get notified when new information is posted, so you can visit the page at your convenience. To protect your privacy, web page subscriptions are handled by an independent third party.
Mary Kay





"Jess Jackson, billionaire founder of Kendall-Jackson winery, dies at 81" by T. Rees Shapiro,

Jess Jackson, 81, a self-made billionaire who built his fortune promoting California chardonnays from his Kendall-Jackson winery, died April 21 at his home in Geyserville, Calif. He had complications from cancer.

Mr. Jackson transformed what began in 1974 as an 80-acre pear and walnut farm in Lake County, Calif., into a vine-covered empire with properties in Chile, Australia, Italy and France.

In California alone, he owned 14,000 grape-growing acres, including vineyards in Napa, Mendocino and Sonoma counties. His company produces more than 5 million cases of wine a year, and the Kendall-Jackson label is one of the most popular brands in the United States.

For Mr. Jackson, who spent 35 years as a real estate lawyer in San Francisco - and before that was a lumberjack, candymaker, grocery-bagger and police officer - grapes served as the bedrock of his success.

According to Forbes magazine, Mr. Jackson's wine business made him one of the 400 richest Americans, with a net worth exceeding $1.8 billion last year.

Armed with his fortune, Mr. Jackson became a prominent thoroughbred owner and breeder. He was the majority owner of Horse of the Year winners Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, both of which won the Triple Crown series Preakness Stakes."


our Sgt Mary Kusmiss, BPD Information Officer emails

Retired BPD Sgt. Mike Holland who is the curator of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Historical Unit did some research in response to a . . . rumor regarding Jess Jackson and confirmed that Jess Stonestreet Jackson was indeed a Berkeley Police Officer, hired on May 25, 1952 and issued Badge #35.  He resigned a few months later on September 29, 1952, citing his desire to return to UC Berkeley Law School to finish his degree.  Officer Jackson's separation letter from BPD was filled with positive comments with respect to his experience at the Department especially the people he worked with and for.  A notation on his letter by staff indicated that "should he desire to return to the BPD within the afforded time of 2 years, . . . he should be rehired."
Sgt. Mary C. Kusmiss




"Campus diversity efforts explore stigma, prejudice and 'white guilt' " is a story-release by Yasmin Anwar, UC Media Relations.

"Diversity initiatives in the workplace and on college campuses are frequently perceived to benefit minorities over whites, according to a new study. But at the University of California, Berkeley, some faculty members are creating forums that encourage students to share their most uncomfortable experiences of stigma and prejudice, including how it feels to be privileged and/or white.

More than 200 UC Berkeley undergraduate students ­ as well as two dozen campus staff members ­ are enrolled in 'Psychology 167: Stigma and Prejudice,' which is among 30 new or revised American Cultures courses with an emphasis on community engagement. The classes are part of UC Berkeley's Initiative for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, launched last year thanks in part to a five-year, $16 million grant from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund."


"A Criminal Past Makes a Job Search Even Harder" Erica Goode at

"The eight months she spent in prison, she said, were 'the best thing that ever happened to me,' persuading her to pursue training in medical administration and complete coursework for a degree in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. At 38, she is a far different person from the confused young woman who strayed into crime, she says."



"UC Students Tap Food Pantry" Joe Millman,

"University of California senior Aura Zamora expounds eloquently on what she has learned from James Joyce and Plato as a comparative literature major. The 25-year-old is equally fluent when listing the challenges she faces as one of hundreds of student-parents at Berkeley.

Ms. Zamora is raising a 4-year-old daughter, with another child on the way, while attending classes and applying to graduate schools to further her goal of becoming a university instructor. All the while she is contending with the hurdles of living on a shoestring budget."



"Campus Police Arrest Teen Suspected Of Spying On Showering Female Students" reports

"Campus police arrested a 17-year-old suspect who allegedly spied on at least two women in showers at University of California at Berkeley residence halls last week, a police spokesman said.

The male teenager was arrested after a woman reported the fifth Peeping Tom case since February to campus police on April 18, Lt. Alex Yao said."


"Hunger strikers continue protest for a second day" by Victoria Pardin and Aaida Samad, Daily Cal Staff Writers.

"A group of about 12 hunger strikers with their supporters gathered for a second day outside of California Hall to protest the consolidation of three UC Berkeley social science departments. "




"UC Berkeley to test outreach science center in South Vallejo" by Jessica A. York, Times-Herald.

"A new center focused on science education, outreach and resources will take up residence in South Vallejo, with an opening scheduled for next week.

University of California, Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science has chosen Vallejo as the beneficiary of a two-year study on expanding the museum's youth and family science programming to small satellite sites."


"Berkeley Rep's 'Onstage' gala raises record $587,000" at

"Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown was on hand and egged the crowd on when the auctioneer announced bidders could win an exclusive dinner with him and eight guests. . . . more than 360 people gathered to celebrate the neighborhood playhouse with the national reputation: theatre lovers, gourmands, and philanthropists stepped into the spotlight at Onstage, a theatrically delicious feast held on the 43rd birthday of the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre."



"UC Berkeley team wins Deloitte case study competition" by Danielle Lee at

"A team of accounting students from the University of California, Berkeley captured first prize last week at the Deloitte Foundation-sponsored 16th annual National Student Case Study Seminar in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The team of undergraduates bested five other national finalist schools in tackling a real-world business case study to take home $2,000 scholarships for every team member and $10,000 for the school's accounting program.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison team placed second and received a $1,000 scholarship for each student and $5,000 toward the school's accounting department. Students from the University of Houston, Michigan State University, Morehouse College and the University of Southern California also competed in the finals, garnering $500 scholarships for team members and $2,500 for each school."



"Napolitano on Stuxnet: Private Sector Needs Rapid Response" written by Jack Moore Defense & National Security,

"Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a group of University of California, Berkeley engineering students the Stuxnet computer worm that targeted Iranian nuclear facilities highlighted the importance of a quick response from the private sector.

'The key thing we learned from Stuxnet was the need for rapid response across the private sector,' Napolitano said, according to Computerworld. 'There, we need to increase the rapidity of response, because in that area - as in several other recent attacks - we've seen very, very sophisticated, very, very novel ways of attacking. When you're getting at control systems, now you're really talking [about] taking things over, so this is an area of deep concern for us.' "





"India, China experience entrepreneurship boom" Press Trust of India at

"More and more skilled people from countries like India and China are increasingly returning home from the US, which has led to an 'entrepreneurship boom' in the two Asian countries, a new report said today.

The report 'The Grass is Indeed Greener in India and China for Returnee Entrepreneurs' of the Kauffman Foundation in association with the Duke University, University of California-Berkeley and the Harvard University said the current trend has come as a 'major loss' to the US.

What was once a 'brain drain' that advantaged the US economy now is reversed, to the long-term benefit of India and China, the report, which is based on a survey of skilled 153 Indian and 111 Chinese workers in the US who returned home, said."



"Indonesian tycoon donates $1m to U.C. Berkeley" The Jakarta Post, Jakarta.

"The owner of Mayapada group and one of Indonesia's most renowned tycoons, Tahir, has recently donated US$ 1 million to the University of California, Berkeley.

Receiving the donation was the university chancellor, Robert J Birgeneau.

Tahir said the donation was expected to be used to assist Indonesian students currently studying at Berkeley who were facing financial problems."



"Oakland Marriott City Center Offers UC Berkeley Graduation Package" is a press release at

"The Oakland Marriott City Center is offering a UC Berkeley-BART Weekend Package for those attending the UC Berkeley Graduation on May14, 2011.
The University of California, Berkeley has become one of the most renowned universities in the world with fourteen different colleges and schools on the campus. This university has also been recognized for being a catalyst of economic growth and social innovation.

By staying at the Marriott City Center hotel, guests will be able to avoid the forewarned parking challenges of graduation day by receiving two round-trip BART (subway) tickets to the UC Berkeley Graduation ceremony."



"Xinet Releases WebNative Suite XTensions to Support QuarkXPress 9" is a press release at

"Xinet is a leading developer of high-performance server software applications for graphics and media professionals. With North American headquarters in Berkeley, California and a European office in Munich, Xinet has built a loyal customer base of the top advertising agencies, retailers, printers, publishers, and corporations worldwide. "








New in Potter Creek is the Hydroponic Connection. Selling hydroponics and garden supplies, they are at 2816 San Pablo Ave.


A video of our city council's Tuesday night meeting is here.


Our Berkeley News Page is here with "current events" and stuff .


from Berkeley PD

"Help Needed To Find Bike Owners

The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes Detectives need the community's help in returning some bicycles to their owners.

On Friday, March 18, 2011, Detectives conducted a parole search of a suspect in the City of Richmond. During the search, they seized stolen and suspected stolen property including eight (8) bicycles."

more information and bike photos here





"New Berkeley library fought by shadowy group"  writes Chip Johnson at

"The Concerned Library Users is using the language in a 2008 voter-approved bond measure as the basis for a lawsuit filed last fall to halt the city from tearing down the south branch library on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Because Measure FF, a $26 million library bond measure, makes no mention of demolition, the group contends that none of those funds can be used to tear down the library. Specifically, the bond was approved to renovate, expand and make city library branches seismically safe and accessible to people with disabilities. . . .

City officials argue that the intent of the bond measure included replacing structures, if necessary."



5/1/2011, here




4/26/11--3:01 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dirty dry air, watery eyes, dry throat.

4/27/11--4:29 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, burning eyes, throat.

4/28/11--7:51 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dirty dry air, watery eyes, dry throat. 11:38 AM--similar.

4/29/113:28 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dirty dry air, watery eyes.



eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from


Bay Area foreclosures from

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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

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


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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


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

useful link

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


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


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



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay are here.


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

Crime Log for 94710 is here

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


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

The contacts are below:

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

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Crooks."

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120

Darryl Moore, City Councilman


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

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

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