Mae Questel ca. 1930s

the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, Minnie Mouse, Felix the Cat, Little Lulu, Little Audrey, and Casper the Friendly Ghost





"Berkeley's Albatross Pub celebrates 50 years" Laura Casey, Oakland Tribune.

"The Albatross, Berkeley's oldest pub, is turning 50 this month and it sure is looking good for its age.

Step into the rustic, art-filled bar and you won't see people falling down drunk and you won't have to shout over the music blasting from the speakers. Instead, you can grab a draft of Belgian beer, borrow a game of Apples to Apples and play it at one of the many, many tables in the pub.

And pub owners Wendy Halambeck and Linda Zsilavetz are celebrating the milestone anniversary starting April 20 with 50 days of drink specia retro cocktails, a 1960s band on June 6 and special giveaways."




"First U.S. bishop appointed by Francis removes priests from liberal parish" by Colin Kerr,

"Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, Pope Francis' first U.S. episcopal appointment, has drawn ire from Catholic progressives after replacing the priests serving the University of California at Berkeley campus, one of whom is 'openly homosexual.' "



"UC Berkeley clinic opens after possible measles outbreak"

"A UC Berkeley clinic opened Saturday to provide vaccinations after a second student was diagnosed with measles. The student, who attended classes the week of March 31, was diagnosed on Friday."





"Proposed calendar change may extend Thanksgiving break for UC Berkeley" Heyun Jeong ,

"A proposed change to the academic calendar could extend Thanksgiving break by a day in return for starting the fall semester one day earlier.

The adjustment, announced in a campuswide email sent April 3, would create a noninstructional day on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and start the fall semester on a Wednesday instead of the usual Thursday. The proposal would officially take effect in fall 2015 for the 2015-16 school year and last until at least the 2020-21 year. Currently, no UC campus has implemented a noninstructional Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Administered by Vice Provost of Teaching, Learning, Academic Planning and Facilities Cathy Koshland and her office, this possible change is a response to faculty requests regarding historically low attendance rates in classes the day before Thanksgiving break."






"15 things you might not know about Gov. Jerry Brown"

"Gov. Jerry Brown has many things to celebrate on his 76th birthday -- including his unprecedented campaign for a fourth term. Tap here for 15 things you might not know about the governor. "



"9 things you learn outside the classroom" Sujin Shin,

College is all about you having a learning experience, and many of those experiences don't come from the classroom. Whether it's learning to live in a messy room or being able to stay up all night, college will teach you things you didn't think you would learn. Here are nine valuable skill sets you gain as a student at UC Berkeley:




"Cal interviews UC-Irvine coach Russell Turner for basketball position" by Jeff Faraudo,

"A source confirmed that UC Irvine coach Russell Turner interviewed with Sandy Barbour this weekend at the Final Four in Dallas. But there is no word yet on when the nearly week-long coaching search will end."






"Unique Home Made From Used Car Parts" Christine Walsh,

"Architects Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger of Leger Wanaselja Architecture studio built for themselves a one-of-a-kind home in Berkeley, California. The McGee House, as they are calling it is constructed mainly from salvaged car parts and the repurposed waste product called poplar bark. The 2-bedroom house measures 1140 square feet and is the home of the architect couple and their teenage daughter. From the outside, the house is only 14 feet wide, which belies its actual size."








"Berkeley Public Library wants to hear from you! Complete our community survey between April 4 and May 2"

"The Berkeley Public Library has launched its strategic planning process and would like your input on a variety of issues in order to better serve the needs of the Berkeley community over the next three years. Your feedback will inform the Library's strategic planning efforts to help guide the Library's future services and programs.

Please take a few minutes to complete the Library's community survey from Friday, April 4 through Friday, May 2. Visit the Library's website at to access the survey.

The Library also will be hosting interactive "town hall" community meetings as part of its planning process later this spring."









"BASF inaugurates California Research Alliance"

"Corporation has established a multidisciplinary research institute with an emphasis on new inorganic materials and their applications, biosciences, and related technologies. The California Research Alliance by BASF (CARA) will bring together BASF experts and researchers from widely varied science and engineering disciplines at University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), Stanford University, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)."
















Claudia emailed 4/8/14, 3:40 PM

Our car was broken into while we were having lunch at home, just minutes ago. The car was parked in the driveway, about half way up, windows though were down. Dogs were in the yard and started to bark, but we didn't heed their warning thinking they were barking at a neighbor dog! Luckily they got only coins, although they rifled through everything, dog bags, pens, paperwork etc. So be extra careful, you never know who might be walking by your home!

Claudia Kawczynska, Editor in Chief, The Bark, 732 Addison St. Suite D, Berkeley, CA, 94710 , 510-704-0827




Aw jeez "The Socialist Internationalism Workshop will take place April 11-12, 2014 at the University of California, Berkeley"

"The workshop explores the social and cultural legacies of Cold War Socialist internationalism. Recent scholarship has focused on the ties between so-?called Second and Third World countries since the 1950s and their prominence in international organizations, but little attention has been paid to its effects on the everyday life of people(s) around the globe. What intimate connections evolved out of development projects, cultural exchanges, political or labor migrations, international co-operations and economic aid programs during the Cold War? How did internationalism influence the social history of State Socialism and vice versa: What has been the impact of the ideology and practice of Socialist global solidarity in Africa, Latin America or Asia?"




Kubik emails

"The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country, the New York Times is read by the people who think they run the country, the Washington Post is read by people who think they should run the country, the Boston Globe is read by people whose grandparents used to do a damned fine job of running the country, the San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure whether there is a country or if anybody's running it, and the Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country."

















"Passwords Vulnerable:Security Flaw Found"

"Passwords, credit cards and other sensitive data are at risk after security researchers discovered a problem with an encryption technology used to securely transmit email, e-commerce transactions, social networking posts and other Web traffic.

Security researchers say the threat, known as Heartbleed, is serious, partly because it remained undiscovered for more two years. Attackers can exploit the vulnerability without leaving any trace, so anything sent during that time has potentially been compromised. It's not known, though, whether anyone has actually used it to conduct an attack."






San Francisco Earthquake




" 'Silent River' documentary screening and discussion"

"Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years ago, U.S. companies have used the Santiago River as their own 'waste canal.' This documentary follows a young woman and her family as they defy death threats to try and save one of the most polluted rivers in Mexico.

Directed by Steve Fisher and Jason Jaacks it will be shown Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, North Gate Hall Library, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA"










"Charge and Shop: Berkeley Gains Two New EV Chargers at Whole Foods"

"Two new charging stations for electric vehicles will open today in Berkeley, where the number of electric vehicles is surging.
The new charging stations at the Whole Foods in South Berkeley include a DC Fast Charging station that can add 40 miles of range to an electric vehicle in about 10 minutes. About 350 electric vehicles are registered to Berkeley residents and businesses, an increase of over 70 percent in the last six months.
Whole Foods, on Telegraph at Ashby Avenues, is the first business to participate in a City of Berkeley pilot program to ease the permitting and installation of EV charging stations."









"Cal Day 2014"

"The campus will fling its doors open wide from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, for Cal Day, a once-a-year opportunity for one and all to experience the stimulating, energetic and multifaceted life of UC Berkeley.

Cal Day visitors and members of the extended campus community are invited to share their Berkeley stories ­ videos, photos and testimonials ­ to inspire the campus's next generation of students.

Prospective students and their families - along with current students, staff, faculty, parents, alumni, friends and the just-plain curious - are invited to choose among some 300 happenings: lectures by distinguished faculty, campus tours, music and dance performances, free admission to campus museums (some open to the public just this one day a year), science and art activities for kids and much more."





"Bayer USA Foundation Awards $600,000 to California State University East Bay"

"The Bayer USA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bayer Corporation, announced is awarding a new, three-year $600,000 grant to California State

University's groundbreaking Institute for STEM Education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) on the Hayward, Calif., campus. "













"Man arrested after knocking Berkeley police officer unconscious and trying to take gun"

"Police say a man is being held on suspicion of attempted murder after trying to grab a Berkeley police officer's loaded gun after knocking the officer out.

The Oakland Tribune reports that 43-year-old Carlos Delagarza attacked the officer Monday at Berkeley's Aquatic Park before being subdued.

Berkeley Police Union president Chris Stines says the unidentified officer is recovering from his injuries and will be on leave until at least the end of the week.

Police say the officer regained consciousness just in time to stop Delagarza from trying to remove the gun from its holster.
Stines says the incident underscores the need for officers to be issued stun guns. Berkeley and San Francisco remain the only departments in the area without them."


















"Massimo Tamburini, Sculptor of Shapely Motorcycles, Dies at 70" Margalit Fox,

"They were objects of unalloyed lust.

The Ducati 916 and the MV Agusta F4, sport bikes, which are considered two of the most desirable motorcycles ever made, remain coveted on and off the racecourse for their fleet handling and sensuous streamlining.

Both were featured in 'The Art of the Motorcycle,' a 1998 Guggenheim Museum exhibition. Both were designed by Massimo Tamburini, a largely self-taught artisan who died on Sunday at 70.

For decades Mr. Tamburini reigned as 'the Michelangelo of motorcycling,; as The Sunday Express, the British newspaper, called him in 2010, and his work exerted a pervasive influence on the look of motorcycles in the late 20th century.

'He always gave great élan to the shapes,' Bruno dePrato, the European editor of Cycle World magazine, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. "This élan is not aggressiveness, with very edgy shapes and other excesses in styling. His bikes were just shaped by the wind."

Mr. Tamburini died of lung cancer at a hospital in San Marino, Italy, where he made his home, according to a spokeswoman for MV Agusta, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. Until his retirement in 2008, he was the longtime chief of the company's engineering and design center.

The Ducati 916 had a top speed approaching 160 miles per hour.

Mr. Tamburini began his professional life as a maker of air-conditioning ducts. But he had adored motorcycles since boyhood, when he fell under the sway of their passing music in Rimini, where he was born to a farming family on Nov. 28, 1943.

As a youth, he longed to study engineering. But there was no money for a university education, so he trained instead at a local technical school.
In the early 1970s, Mr. Tamburini and two partners, Valerio Bianchi and Giuseppe Morri, formed Bimota - the name was an amalgam of the first two letters of the three men's surnames - a maker of industrial air-conditioning components. But in Mr. Tamburini's hands the company metamorphosed, almost inevitably, into a maker of motorbikes.

At the time, Japanese motorcycles were beginning to dominate the market. But while those bikes were fast and ferocious, they handled poorly, a point brought painfully home to Mr. Tamburini when he crashed his Honda, breaking three ribs.

What if, he wondered while convalescing, the powerful Japanese motors could be combined with nimble chassis? He began custom-fitting Japanese bikes with light frames, an enterprise that soon became Bimota's stock in trade. Before long, Bimota bikes were winning events on the international racing circuit.

In 1985, after leaving Bimota, Mr. Tamburini was recruited by Claudio Castiglioni, an Italian businessman and motorbike enthusiast, who was about to take over Ducati, a foundering motorcycle maker.

Mr. Tamburini's work for Ducati came to full flower in 1994 with the release of the 916, considered by enthusiasts to embody an exquisite marriage of form and function.
Sporting a V-twin engine designed by Massimo Bordi - a two-cylinder engine, it delivered more manageable power than the in-line four-cylinder engines of Japanese bikes - the Ducati 916 was manufactured until 1998.

As designed by Mr. Tamburini, its lines were both sleek and curvaceous, suggesting winged Mercury crossed with a Gibson Girl. Its frame was enclosed by fairings, the panels that decrease wind resistance and provide a dash of color in the bargain. (In its early years, the 916 came, seductively, only in red.)

The bike's exhaust pipes emerged from under its seat, offering clean lines. The rear wheel had a swingarm - the part of the suspension that holds the rear axle - on one side only, leaving the other side dramatically exposed and making for quick wheel changes at the racetrack. The 916, which had a top speed approaching 160 miles per hour, could go from zero to 60 in less than three seconds. On its release, it sold for $14,500 - about $23,000 today.

Mr. Tamburini's work is credited with helping to turn around Ducati's fortunes. He did much the same for MV Agusta, which Mr. Castiglioni acquired in 1991. That company, part of an aviation concern, had once made motorcycles but no longer did.

For MV Agusta, Mr. Tamburini designed the F4. Released in 1998 and still made, the bike incorporated many of his characteristic design elements, including a single-sided swingarm and exhaust pipes - four of them, this time - under the seat.

Reviewing "The Art of the Motorcycle" at the Guggenheim in The New York Times, Carol Vogel described the F4 as looking 'like something Batman would ride in the 21st century.'

Renowned for their speed, lightness and power as well as their loo's, both the 916 and the F4 have won many international races.

Other bikes designed by Mr. Tamburini include the MV Agusta Brutale, a 'naked bike" - that is, one without fairings - introduced in 2006. In his honor, the company released a new model of the F4, known as the Tamburini 1000, in 2005.

Mr. Tamburini's survivors include his wife, Pasquina; a son, Andrea; two daughters, Morena and Simona; and five grandchildren.

By all accounts Mr. Tamburini brought to his work the sensibilities of an artist, and among those sensibilities was a healthy dose of perfectionism.

As The Canberra Times newspaper reported in a 2000 profile, members of Mr. Tamburini's staff at MV Agusta were accustomed to arriving at work to discover that their clay or wooden motorcycle models - on which they may have worked for months - had been chopped to bits by the boss, an unmistakable admonition to go back to the drawing board."



"The Art of the Motorcycle (Guggenheim Museum Publications) Hardcover" by Guggenheim Museum.

"Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in the summer of 1998, this work aims to capture the spirit of the motorcycle and the passion and excitement it has aroused in film, literature, television, and on the road. It depicts 100 models from the first - the 1885 Daimler Einspur - to recent concept bikes. Among those selected on both technical and aesthetic grounds are the 1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmuller 1500cc, the pivotal BMW R32, the late-1920s four-passenger Boehmerland/Czechie, the popular 1950s Honda 50 Super Cub, the quintessentially American 1977 Harley Davidson XLCR, and the Ducati 916. Each bike is described in detail, and the book also contains essays which discuss motorcycle-related films, fashion, life-style and history."




















"Rita Moreno's California House Hunt"

"After a weekend of wine tasting, singer-actress Rita Moreno and her husband decided to build a house in Berkeley with views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge-and one insane peacock.

Several glasses of white wine are partly responsible for where I live now-in a contemporary house overlooking San Francisco Bay in the Berkeley Hills. In the 1990s, my husband, Leonard Gordon, and I lived in a lovely house in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. My late husband was an internist and liked the city, but I didn't care much for it. Too much show business.

One day my daughter Fernanda and her husband, David, invited us to spend the weekend at their home in Berkeley. When Leonard and I arrived, they took us wine tasting in the Napa Valley. I didn't have breakfast that day, and I thought spitting wine into a cup was disgusting. By the afternoon, I was sloshed. My daughter tells me I said, slurring, 'You know, this is a very nice life. Let's move up here.'

When Fernanda quoted me the next day, I realized it wasn't just the wine talking."






"The Super Rich Are Richer Than We Thought, Hiding Huge Sums, New Reports Find"

"A new pair of reports suggests that the super rich are richer than we thought.

The first report by Professors Emmanuel Saez (UC Berkeley) and Gabriel Zucman (LSE and UC Berkeley) addresses the question of how to measure total wealth, finding that there is an increasing concentration in the top one-thousandth.

So where is all this wealth going? The second report, by Zucman, demonstrates that a lot of the money is held in offshore tax havens. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman summed up the numbers Friday, arguing that they tell us 'something important about how the world really works.' "




"BA Speaks: Revolution - Nothing Less"

" 'Why Things Are The Way They Are...They Have Not Always Been This Way...They Can Be Radically Changed', April 17, Thursday, 7 p.m. '
The next in our bi-monthly series of viewing and discussions taking off from the film of a talk by Bob Avakian, given in the fall of 2012.

In this section, Bob Avakian gets into the division of labor between men and women in early society before private property and classes developed.  How did the division between exploiters and the oppressed come into being?  Is there a natural order of things and some kind of inherent, unchanging human nature that has led to the development of the capitalist/imperialist system?"  This is the system that is dominant in the world today, with its tentacles stretching throughout the world, and which causes tremendous misery for the masses of humanity.  Were things bound to develop in this way?  A short clip will be shown followed by discussion. (disc 1, chapter 3 of the film)"




 "Hindus welcome Hindu studies launch at Berkeley's Graduate Theological" written by Tapa Menon,

"Hindus have welcomed plans to establish a program of Hindu studies at prestigious Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at Berkeley in California (USA).

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, welcoming Hindu studies program at GTU, said that religion was the most powerful, complex and far-reaching force in our society, so we must take it seriously. And we all knew that religion comprised much more than our own particular tradition/experience.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that in our shared pursuit for the truth, we could learn from one another and thus could arrive nearer to the truth. As dialogue brought us reciprocal enrichment, we would be spiritually richer than before the contact.

The first two courses in Hinduism at GTU will be offered in the fall semester, which will include sacred texts of Hinduism, and there is a goal to establish a Center for Dharma Studies within GTU."



"Beer Advocate rates our west Berkeley Trumer Brauerei " at



" 'The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden' Opened April 11 at the Landmark Theater" Gar Smith, The Berkeley Daily Planet.

"This is the kind of story that cries out for a movie treatment. Mystery! Time travel! Ghosts!

Long ago, in the 1930s, three eccentric tribes were thrown together on an isolated island in the Galapagos. In a mix of Swiss Family Robinson meets Manson Family, The Galapagos Affair recounts how a clash of egos and eros turned a search for Utopia into a bizarre murder mystery. (Or, as the distributor's press kit put it: a case of 'Darwin meets Hitchcock.') "







"How America's tax system could be revised to help small businesses"

"The nation's tax codes can be hard on small businesses, and Donald Marron writes that tax reform could help shift the tax burden from smaller organizations over to larger ones.

America's tax system is needlessly complex, economically harmful, and often unfair. Despite recent revenue gains, it likely will not raise enough money to pay the government's future bills. The time is thus ripe for wholesale tax reform. Such reform could have far-reaching effects, including on small business. To help you evaluate those effects, I'd like to make seven points about the tax issues facing small business.




"Rental comparison results for Berkeley, CA" at

"Your rent may be way too high. Unless your apartment is in top condition or has more amenities than most."


"Berkeley to consider extending parking meter hours" Kathleen Tierney,

"The high demand for parking spaces in Berkeley has prompted city officials to consider extending parking meter hours to increase space availability during the evening, a change that could go into effect later this year.

Parking in metered spaces in Downtown Berkeley, in Elmwood and on Southside is free after 6 p.m. But the staff members at goBerkeley, a transportation pilot program aimed at improving city traffic flow, are exploring a proposal that would keep parking meters running until 8 p.m."












Steven Goldin emails Saturday 4/12/14 8:31 PM

The Wooden Duck, a wood furniture outlet at 1823 Eastshore Hwy Berkeley

a Steven Goldin photo

is now ablaze.


"5-alarm fire destroys multiple businesses in Berkeley" by Nick Smith,

"A massive fire in Berkeley Saturday night destroyed several businesses, caused power outages, and both train service and traffic delays. "


















The Panoramic future site, Mission and Ninth, S.F.

160 micro-apartments with 3200 sq ft cafe/market

The crane was up on Thursday, April 10th which was nine days ahead of schedule. Patrick Kennedy estimates a completion date of June 30, 2015.

Patrick is also planning a set of micro-apartments in Berkeley on Telegraph south of Dwight. These will be student housing.






"Fire officials investigate 5-alarm blaze in Berkeley"

"Following a five-alarm fire that gutted three businesses in the 1800 block of Second Street in Berkeley, Calif. Saturday night, investigators from the Berkeley Fire Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms combed through the wreckage for clues to the origins of the blaze, Sunday, April 13, 2014. No one was injured in the fire, but the 3000-square-foot structure sustained an estimated one million dollars in damage."




"UC administrator salaries lag behind competition"

"When Claude Steele, UC Berkeley's new executive vice chancellor and provost, transitioned into his position at the beginning of April, he accepted a base annual salary of $450,000 - tens of thousands of dollars higher than the salary of his predecessor.

But Steele will take home about $165,000 less per year than he did in his former position as dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education and hundreds of thousands of dollars less than other university administrators in similar roles nationwide."

















Our Pumpkin man, Bruce Hermann, has again been roughed up.



"UC Berkeley Denies Concealed Carry License To Hero Cop On Medical Retirement"

"Former UC Berkeley police officer Allison Jacobs is being denied a concealed carry permit by the university because she is on medical retirement. When Jacobs asked for her CCW in 2010, she was told she was not eligible, and UC Berkeley 'moved to revoke the permit from other police officers who had retired due to medical disability.' "     





"Prince of posters David Lance Goines keeps his hand in"

"During its peak popularity in the 1970s and '80s, the work of David Lance Goines was everywhere. His posters decorated countless Bay Area homes, and the images he created for Chez Panisse gave the landmark Berkeley restaurant an indelible visual brand.

Distinctive for their rich colors and superb craftsmanship, Goines' posters gave him a celebrity that ascended in concert with that of Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters. In the late 1960s Goines and Waters were a couple, and remain close friends today. Last year he created his 42nd annual Chez Panisse birthday poster.

At 68, Goines still lives in Berkeley and designs, illustrates and prints posters on the American Type Foundry offset press that he's used since 1966."



















"Images of total lunar eclipse"

"The moon is seen as it heads into a total lunar eclipse on April 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. People in most of north and south America will be able to witness this year's first total lunar eclipse, which will cause a 'blood moon' and is the first of four in a rare Tetrad of eclipses over the next two years." 













'Blood moon' fades back to its gray glow" at

"As part of the 'blood moon"'eclipse during the early morning hours Tuesday, the moon slowly turns from its red-orange hue back to normal gray, as seen from Mount Tamalpais State Park in Mill Valley. The eclipse heralds the beginning of a tetrad, an uncommon series of four total lunar eclipses. The next will be Oct. 8."







"The Cider Summit Berkeley will take place on April 26"

"SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the expansion of their successful Cider Summit festival to Berkeley.

The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 12 p.m. ­ 6 p.m. at Civic Center Park on Martin Luther King Way in Downtown Berkeley.

Cider Summit Berkeley is presented by Whole Foods Market and will benefit Berkeley Ecology Center and the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research. The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4?ounce portions.

Cider Summit will feature approximately 90 ciders from throughout t'e U.S., England, Scotland, France, Spain, and perhaps others. The event will also feature specially selected food pairings from Whole Foods Market, a 'Dog Lounge" hosted by the Berkeley Humane and an event store featuring Cider Summit t?shirts and other merchandise."





"Filipino Sweets and Info Served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest"

"One of the many events during Cal Day at the University of California in Berkeley is 'Spring Fest: The Edith Coliver Festival of Cultures (International Spring Festival),' this year on April 12 at the International House.

Once again the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco participated with a booth, disseminating information on the Philippines including its famous tourist destinations.

Filipino American students were also kept up to date on programs and upcoming events sponsored by the Consulate and its Filipino community partners. Visitors also had a chance to sample native sweets well loved by every Filipino.

The International Spring Festival is an annual event organized by the International House (I-House), an independent nonprofit organization that also serves as a residential and cultural center for foreign students attending UC Berkeley.

Spring Fest is one of the popular programs of I-House.  It aims to bring together the world's different cultures in one extravaganza that is enjoyed by people of all ages and ethnicities.  Among the festival participants are the Consular Corps of San Francisco, foreign student organizations at Berkeley and businesses."






"A Taste of Berkeley" berkeleychamber.

"ACCI Gallery is participating in A Taste of North Berkeley - Fifth Annual Sample of the Best of the Gourmet GhettoBrought to you by the Berkeley Lions Club and the North Shattuck AssociationTickets $25 for a sample of more than 20 fine restaurants and shopsAll net proceeds benefit the Berkeley Lions Community Fund for charitable activities."







"Berkeley Goes Bollywood"

" Forget everything you learned about Bollywood from 'Slumdog Millionaire.' This is the real deal, and UC Berkeley's Hindi film dance team is ready to be the next big hit.
As one of the fastest growing dance genres in the world, this 'filmi-fusion dance' infuses hip-hop, jazz and contemporary dance influences into South Asian and Bollywood styles. This combination of contemporary Western dance with traditional dance from Bollywood-genre musicals forms what pop culture thinks of as 'Bollywood dance style.'

For college-level competitions, which occur across the country far more frequently than you might be aware of, an eight minute dance and music routine is choreographe."








"Friday night racing is back in action"

"Friday night racing has started up for the season at BYC, and almost magically, summer winds have kicked in for the first couple of races. Known traditionally as Beercan Races, these are a great way to get familiar with racing sailboats on San Francisco Bay, and to put the work-week behind you. The barbecue after the race is a time to compare experiences on the water, or off. "









air quality report

4/2/14--3:47 PM--Dry dirty air in warehouse front,mucus membrane irritation with watery eyes, hacking cough. 6:05 PM--similar. 6:17 PM--similar

4/4/14--5:47 PM--Dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation with watery eyes, dry mouth, cough. Only apparent activity worker at closeby manufacture. Similar off-and-on AM and PM.

4/5/14--5:00 AM--Dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation with burning eyes, cough. 5:35 AM--similar. 7:57 AM--similar.

4/6/14--5:07 PM--Dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation with watery eyes, hacking cough. 6:09 PM--similar. 6:19 PM--similar. 9:00 PM--similar, SERIOUS. 9:45 PM--same.

4/7/14--~6:45AM to 7:45 AM--dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation with VERY SERIOUS hacking cough at intervals.

4/8/14 4:31 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation with hacking cough. 5:20 PM---dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation with hacking cough, nausea. 6:20 PM--similar.

4/9/14 4:11 AM--dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation with hacking cough. 3:47 PM--similar. 5:08 PM--similar, SERIOUS.

4/10/14--9:30 AM--dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, hacking cough, unable to work, leave. 11:31 AM--similar with "raw gas"odor. Off-and-on all AM and PM usually off quarter hours dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, hacking cough. 4:12 PM--"Glass manufacturing" odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

4/11/14--2:37 AM--dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, hacking cough. 2:51 AM--similar. 4:34 AM--similar.

4/12/14--12:15 AM--burning dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, cough. 9:00 AM--all AM "constant" burning dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, cough.5:15 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation.

4/15/14--1:11 PM--"Glass manufacturing" odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 1:31 PM--burning dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, cough. 3:26 PM--"Glass manufacturing" odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

4/16/14--5:30 AM--VERY SERIOUS dry dirty air in warehouse front,VERY SEIOUS hacking cough. 5:45 AM--SERIOUS hacking cough from 5:30 AM overrides 5 HEAPA filters.

4/1714--9:30 PM--SERIOUS dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, overrides 5 HEPA filters.

4/18/14--8:30 PM--similar. All evening at regular intervals often 15 minutes, SERIOUS dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation serious hacking cough attacks, overrides 5 HEPA filters.

4/19/14--All morning until about 1:00 PM at regular intervals often 15 minutes, SERIOUS dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation serious hacking cough attacks, overrides 5 HEPA filters.









eternally useful links

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.



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

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Our Planning Commision update is here




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



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, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120

Darryl Moore, City Councilman

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


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