May 2009

after 5/6, here after 5/14, here after 5/25, here

 

Tameka Lim

is now teaching in Spain

 

 

 

5/1/09

From Phil Kamlarz, City Manager

Berkeley Public Health Division's Swine Flu Response

As has been reported widely in the media, the State of California and the nation are
responding to an influenza virus known as "swine flu." At this initial stage, cases of
swine flu appear to be concentrated in Mexico City, however, cases have been reported
in other countries throughout the world. Thankfully, at this stage, no cases have yet
been reported in Berkeley. The number of identified cases is likely to rise dramatically in
the next several weeks as the virus spreads and previously undiagnosed cases are
recognized as resulting from this unique strain of flu.

The Public Health Division has been working with federal, state and other local
jurisdictions to coordinate the response to this outbreak since first reports last Friday.
Although most of the cases in the United States have been mild, this is a new strain of
flu that contains elements of swine flu, avian flu and human flu and existing flu vaccines
cannot provide protection against the new strain.

The federal government has declared a public health emergency, but the state has not
made a similar declaration, nor have any local jurisdictions. Information is being shared
with medical providers in Berkeley and the Public Health Division is coordinating with
Alameda County Health Department on testing procedures. Medical providers are being
notified regarding testing procedures that are critical to properly diagnosing patients
who present with flu symptoms.

We have also been in contact with the Berkeley Unified School District, and they are
working hard to remind students, staff and parents of the necessary prevention
activities, and are disseminating information in many languages to ensure everyone is
equally informed. The Superintendent's message to the BUSD community is attached.
Swine flu is like any other flu when it comes to preventing infection. Health agencies are
recommending people take traditional preventive measures. The City's annual flu-
season campaign- Whack the Flu- is still the best prevention advice.

W: Wash your hands often;
H: Home is where you stay when you are sick;

A: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
C: Cover your coughs and sneezes;
K: Keep your distance from people who are coughing or sneezing.

Because of the apparent nature of transmission of the virus, it is likely that there will be
a case in the Bay Area. The Public Health Division is working closely with other
divisions and departments in the City, including Environmental Health, Senior Services,
Office of Emergency Services and our EMS teams, as well as my office, on the City's
response. We will keep you informed as local events develop; this is an extremely
dynamic situation. The federal CDC and the California Department of Public Health
websites are updated frequently. You can access those, as well as local updates, by
going to the City's Public Health Division website: www.cityofberkeley.info/publichealth.

 

 

 

Da Boz et al, 11 o'clock Tuesday morning

touring our

Potter Creek Acme Bread

you know, I think Da Boz and the lady facing him are dancing together

 

"Dellums should take some cues from Mayor Bates" writes Chip Johnson at sfgate.com.

 

"Counting Crows Map North American Summer Tour Dates" writes Nidhi Sharma, Celebrity News Service Reporter.

"Counting Crows have unveiled a series of summer road dates for the month of June to August. Last month, the band from Berkeley, California announced its split from their long time record label Geffen."

 

 

"UC Berkeley Fellowships for African Journalists" is a report at African Press Organization.

"The Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for two yearlong fellowships for accomplished African journalists, beginning in August 2009.

The fellowships will each total $36,000, including roundtrip airfare, professional stipends, and rent while in Berkeley. The initiative will also offer dedicated funding for both domestic U.S. and Africa travel for research and reporting work."

 

"Two Cal professors to get $30M from DOE for carbon capture work" is a report at the San Francisco Business Times.

 


"Obama's Bay Area brain trust draws from Google, Stanford, UC-Berkeley, elsewhere" by Mary Anne Ostrom, Mercury News.

"Christina Romer UC-Berkeley.

Christina Romer isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, but instead of the chalk dust of academia to which she's accustomed, it's now the ashes of the worst economic downturn in generations."

 

 

 

"Bay Area is rich in biotech companies" is a story at sfgate.com.

"If you live in the Bay Area, chances are good that you're close to a company with biotechnology ties."

 

 

"Newspaper group files for bankruptcy protection" is an AP report.

 

 

"Treasury has new mortgage incentives: official" is a Reuters report.

"The U.S. Treasury Department will on Tuesday tap a $50 billion housing rescue fund to pay off mortgage investors and reduce monthly payments for millions of borrowers, said a senior administration official."

 

 

"House Passes Credit Card Bill That Helps Consumers" by Marcy Gordon of The Associated Press on truthout.org.

 

 

 

"Justice Department Urges Equalizing Drug Sentences" is a report by Carrie Johnson at truthout.org, originally in The Washington Post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/2/09

the quote of the week from Kubik

"If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?"

T.H. Huxley

 

 

 

an Elder's view of

our Potter Creek

Merryll's at sunset

 

 

 

The first quarter of 2009, this site has received visits from these one-hundred-fourteen countries--in order of frequency.

(Italy) (China) (Germany) (United Kingdom) (Canada) (France) (Netherlands) (Japan) (Australia) (Russian Federation) (Mexico) (Iran) (Brazil) (Czech Republic) (Finland) (Belgium) (Poland) (Vietnam) (Argentina) (Spain) (Greece) (Switzerland) (South Korea) (Singapore) (Denmark) (Hungary) (Portugal) (Sweden) (India) (Austria) (Ireland) (Indonesia) (Norway) (Romania) (Slovak Republic) (Colombia) (Bulgaria) (Turkey) (New Zealand) (Thailand) (Croatia) (Chile) (Israel) (Latvia) (Estonia) (Malaysia) (South Africa) (Hong Kong) (Lithuania) (Tuvalu) (Peru) (Taiwan) (Ukraine) (Yugoslavia) (Philippines) (United Arab Emirates) (Iceland) (Saudi Arabia) (Pakistan) (Morocco) (Kazakhstan) (Sri Lanka) (Uruguay) (Venezuela) (Luxembourg) (Costa Rica) (Cyprus) (Afghanistan, Islamic State of) (Bosnia-Herzegovina) (Moldavia) (Dominican Republic) (Seychelles) (Paraguay) (Belarus) (Slovenia) (Aruba) (Tonga) (El Salvador) (Guatemala) (Egypt) (Bahrain) (Georgia) (Netherlands Antilles) (Lebanon) (Qatar) (Monaco) (Ecuador) (Tunisia) (Bermuda) (Macedonia) (Andorra, Principality of) (Albania) (Honduras) (Brunei Darussalam) (Bolivia) (Mongolia) (Malta) (Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)) (Cocos (Keeling) Islands) (Mozambique) (Dominica) (Syria) (Azerbaidjan) (Ghana) (Nicaragua) (Tanzania) (Cayman Islands) (Polynesia (French) (Jordan) (Armenia) (Uzbekistan) (Bahamas) (Gabon)

 

 

"Zoning Board Allows West Berkeley Bowl to Skip Traffic Fixes" reports Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet with a not-quite accurate headline.

It should read "originally promised" traffic fixes.

 

There is only one for-sure fact about our neighborhood traffic after the Bowl opening. There will be more.

All else is conjecture, informed or fear-mongered.

And there is something to be said for letting traffic playout for some months after the Bowl opening. But I am haunted by the specter of east-bound traffic seriously backing up on Heinz during peak hours without a stop light at the San Pablo intersection and I am a little miffed.

 

Steve Smith emails

Ron,
 
The biofuel oasis at Sacramento and Ashby will officially open this Friday. 
It's a huge achievement given what they've been through with red tape. 
They had plenty of good reason to turn around but they didn't.  
The community is lucky to have them. 

Sincerely, 
Steve Smith

Might also apply to the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl?

 

 

 

Vicki Liviakis KRON-TV NEWS, was Berkeley Mills Gene Agress' luncheon guest at 900 GRAYSON yesterday.

 

 

West Berkelely's Café Rouge is featured on KQED's Check Please, Bay Area.

 

 

 

"Marvin Lipofsky - Living Legend" a story about our longest-here, but not oldest, resident is at examiner.com.

"Fine art glass sculptors, such as the Dale Chihuly, and his proteges at the Pilchuk Glass School, line the Pacific Northwest from Washington, all the way down to Jamex and Einar de la Torre's studios, traversing California's southernmost border town and a sliver of Mexico. In between lies the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the richest repositories of award-winning glass sculpture in the world. Local glass artists such as Julie Alland, Elin Christopherson, Jaime Guerrero, Clifford Rainey, David Ruth, Randy Strong, Pamina Traylor, Chuck Vannatta, and Dana Zed, are but a few. The most exciting of these artists is Berkeley resident, Marvin Lipofsky, an internationally recognized, and understated, pioneer of the contemporary glass movement, whose sculpture and educational efforts over the past 40+ years are fundamental to establishing glass as a fine art medium.

Originally from Chicago, Marvin Lipofsky lives in his beautifully modern Berkeley home studio, where he continues to sculpt."

Living legend, . . . aw jeeesh

 

 

I'm told that the new head of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce will turn the organization toward active involvment in city issues--not just a luncheon club anymore.

 

 

One of my neighbors is ukulele maker, Peter Hurney

his work is available for purchase--check out his website

 

 

 

"Five Berkeley Authors Win Northern California Book Awards", Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet.

 

 

"Robert Reich on Power" by David Leonhardt in the New York Times.

"I received a thought-provoking e-mail message from Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary under President Bill Clinton, advised the Obama campaign and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. Referring to my interview with President Obama in this Sunday's issue of The New York Times Magazine, Mr. Reich writes . . . "

 

 

"Scientists share vision of invisibility" reports Deborah Smith in Australia's Brisbane Times.

"It gives a new meaning to sweeping something under the carpet.

Two teams of competing scientists have developed high-tech "carpet" cloaks that can conceal objects by making a bump look flat under near infra-red light.

While Harry Potter's wizard cloak that makes people disappear remains a distant prospect, the research brings the first Muggle invisibility cloak closer to reality."

 

 

 

Joshua Cooper Ramo is the author of "The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It." Check out his interview with Charlie Rose.

A line from the interview that sticks with me is "This isn't a financial crisis, it's an existential one."

 

 

"'Skirt lifter' may still be on prowl, police say" is a report by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.

"For nearly six months, a wiry sexual predator in dark clothing terrorized women on the south side of the UC Berkeley campus, sneaking up behind them, lifting their skirts and touching them."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/3/09

the first-ever Scrambled Eggs post

OCTOBER 2002

We find in The City of Berkeley's West Berkeley Plan, of which Potter Creek is part "Yet while all parts of Berkeley felt they benefited (between 1906-1941) from growth, political issues remained between West and East Berkeley. West Berkeley made a serious, though unsuccessful attempt to secede from Berkeley in 1908. One major reason for the effort was the incorporation in the 'reform' City Charter of 1909 of a complete prohibition on bars and alcohol sales in Berkeley, more than a decade before national prohibition." When I came to Cal in 1963 I found there were still no bars within a mile of Campus - I'd come from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where beer was served in the Student Union. 10/22/02

 

 

a Scrambled Eggs post from May 2003

5/6/03

Just how industrial did Potter Creek get?

This beautiful and chilling photo was taken some twenty years ago by Margret Elliott. It is of a factory off Grayson just west of 7th, upwind of most of Potter Creek's homes. For more see Margret Elliott's photos.

 

 

 

"Swine flu closes classes at Berkeley elementary school" by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.

"Classes at a Berkeley public school have been cancelled for at least a week because a Berkeley parent and the parent's children are suspected of having swine flu, now referred to as H1N1 influenza.

Berkeley health officials have not yet released the gender of the parent or how many children the parent has. However, all had or continue to have flu-like symptoms. None were hospitalized, city of Berkeley officials said Sunday.

Malcolm X Elementary School in South Berkeley will be closed for seven days under state and federal mandates. Health and school officials say the closure could last as long as two weeks."

 

"A panel of health experts at the University of California at Berkeley will hold a forum Monday to discuss the swine flu outbreak" is a report from CBS5

KPIX-TV.

 

 

 

"Vandals go on window smashing spree in Union Square" reports Bay City News.

"About a dozen windows of businesses in San Francisco's Union Square neighborhood were broken Friday night, a police sergeant said.

Sgt. Wilfred Williams said a group of suspects in the Union Square area quickly smashed 12 to 15 windows of businesses at about 8:50 p.m."

 

Saturday morning, Channel 7 ABC covered this story in more detail with interviews of witnesses, including clerks in the businesses. Among the observations were "They were Activists screaming 'Down with Capitalism.' " "They were well prepared with hammers and wore red bandanas over their faces." The story did not mention, however, that this occured on the celebration of May Day.

 

" 'May Day' marches call for immigration reform" reports Matt O'Brien at mercurynews.com.

 

 

 

 

Potter Creek's Quasimodo Metal Works is a neighborhood business and neighborhood asset. Some of Eric's work can be seen at 900 GRAYSON, including there new prep-table top. Eric's Grandfather owned a nursery in west-Berkeley in the 1930s, by-the-way.

 

Wareham has filled in and cemented over the holes in their San Pablo/10th Street (parking?) lot.

 

 

 

"Berkeley to get a little more green" reports Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"Berkeley will plant 1,200 trees along city streets over the next two years, mostly on the west side of town, to help offset pollution from Interstate 80.

The tree planting is part of a $200,000 grant from Caltrans to offset effects of adding a commuter lane on I-80 built in 1995. The city will kick in another $70,000 to complete the job."

 

 

 

"From garden to plate: Restaurants with gardens" by Michael Bauer at sfgate.com.

" This time of year, many Bay Area chefs have a split personality: They are behind the stove at night and nursing young plants in their garden during the day. The California style of cooking is ingredient-driven, which means that cooking starts in the garden. Take that a step further, and it's only natural chefs would want to cultivate their own."

 

"A must-see spot - if you're a Berkeley bee" is a story in the Berkeleyan.

"Gordon Frankie's Oxford Street garden is a popular stop for dozens of native bee species - and a laboratory for learning what plants they prefer."

 

 

"'Who Is Mark Twain?' " is answered at npr.org.

"The new anthology Who Is Mark Twain? features a collection of never-before-published writings by the famous humorist. Lynn Neary talks to Robert Hirst, the editor of the collection and head of the University of California Berkeley's Mark Twain Project."

 


 

"Batteries Not Included" is a letter at nytimes.com.

"In focusing entirely on Shai Agassi's clever battery-exchange program as a way to mainstream electric cars, we might be exchanging one environmental problem for another by ignoring what's inside batteries."

 

 

"Contra Costa, Alameda counties get low marks for smog and particles in air" by Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times.

"Residents of most California counties breathe unhealthy air, the American Lung Association said in its annual national report card that gave 'F' grades to Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara and Solano counties because of smog concentrations."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/4/09

from Scrambled Eggs and Lox, May 2003

5/13/03 Yesterday, I spent an hour or so talking to John Philips at his old shop. (I really look forward to him moving next-door. I joked that then I could visit more often -- he was not amused.) Though John and I more efficiently solved most of Potter Creek's problems than Marvin and I have, the minute or so of the Well Tempered Prelude in C that John played on one of his German instruments was most memorable.

With musical examples, he also patiently and carefully illustrated the beautiful, delicate action of his instrument. In this short time, I learned much about the beauty and simplicity of harpsichords. I also enjoyed his "factory" SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES sign

 

 

 

 

"Paper-plane maker qualifies for world championship" is a story at woai.com.

"A budding aviator out of Berkeley, California is trying to become a top gun with his unbelievably aerodynamic airplane...made of paper.

Alex Cheng is one of 300 students from all over the world competing in this weekend's Red Bull Paper Wings contest in Salzburg, Austria."

 

 

 

"Good Neighbors: Al Jolson affected by Oakland" writes Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune columnist.

"Two Sundays ago, my wife and I walked to a farmers market in the Oakland hills. She stopped in front of a consignment store after spotting boxes of old record albums and CDs.

She picked out two CDs she knew I'd like - Luciano Pavarotti's 'Greatest Hits' and pre-1950 radio show duet bits featuring Al Jolson.

Al Jolson was 'the world's greatest entertainer' of the first half of the 20th century. To those who don't recognize the name, he was the Elvis of his time. But he's now regarded contemptuously by African-Americans for his blackfaced singing-comedy act from the popular minstrel shows of his day.

I understood why he got away with, and thrived, doing those perceived racist impersonations. He wasn't alone doing blackface, but he became the face of blackface. Even the lead actors on the popular radio show 'Amos 'n' Andy,' depicting so-called black culture, were two white guys."

 

My Old Man wouldn't listen to Amos 'n Andy. "They're not real Negros" he said "just two whites acting."

 

 

 

"The New Homeless" by Elizabeth Leland apprears at truthout.org, originally in The Charlotte Observer.

"Kenneth and Stacy Dowdy can't afford a place to live in Charlotte. Neither can Charles DuPree. But if you passed them on the street, you might not recognize them for what they are: Homeless.

They are among a growing number of newly homeless who don't fit old stereotypes. Many of them work regular jobs, or did until recently, nursing the sick, caring for other people's children, vacuuming offices, driving cabs."

 

 


"Building a Culture of Trust in Politics" by Joe Brewer is on truthout.org, originally from Cognitive Policy Works.

 

 

 

 

In lieu of Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge, Regan's Potter Creek rain bowl--with flared sides--has about an inch for last couple of days. It came up to Regan's index-finger, first-joint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/5/09

Today is Cinco De Mayo. Cinco De Mayo commemorates the defeat of the French army by the Mexicans
at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. For more information see
Cinco de Mayo History.

 

 

 

KCSM-FM is now holding its Spring pledge drive. Check IT out here.

 

 

 

The First and Last Chance Scooter Club 

met at our Bakery Cafe before their week-ago Sunday morning ride--couple dozen scooters, I'd say.

Check them out here.

 

Our Dave Kruse now, now-and-then commutes to work on his Vespa.

 

 

"Trustees phase out peace center at University of California, Berkeley" is a press release at Rotary International News.

"At its April meeting, The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees decided to dissolve the Rotary Center for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution at the University of California, Berkeley, after the incoming class for 2009-11.

After careful analysis of the most recent biennial evaluation of the Rotary Centers partner universities, the Trustees determined that the University of California, Berkeley, is unable to offer a graduate-level curriculum in peace studies and conflict resolution. "

 

 

"An Invention That Could Change the Internet Forever" is a story at truthout.org originally in The Independent Uk.

"The latest project by Stephen Wolfram is defined as the first 'computational knowledge engine.'

Revolutionary new web software could put giants such as Google in the shade when it comes out later this month. Andrew Johnson reports.

The biggest internet revolution for a generation will be unveiled this month with the launch of software that will understand questions and give specific, tailored answers in a way that the web has never managed before.

The new system, Wolfram Alpha, showcased at Harvard University in the US last week, takes the first step towards what many consider to be the internet's Holy Grail - a global store of information that understands and responds to ordinary language in the same way a person does."

 

 

"Buffett and Munger share lessons of turmoil" by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer.

"Billionaires Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger said Sunday the most important lessons of the recent financial turmoil are that companies should borrow less and build a system that imposes severe disincentives for failure."

 

 

 

 

"A man was shot and killed in south Berkeley, police said today reports Henry K Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle.

"The 18-year-old man was found shot on the 1300 block of 67th Street at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, said Officer Andrew Frankel, Berkeley police spokesman.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

Police have not made any arrests or established a possible motive for the killing, Frankel said."

 

 

the "ZAB appeal" a short history without naming names

 

I was told by a usually impeccable source mid-Tuesday morning and posted

"An appeal of the ZAB Berkeley Bowl traffic decision has been filed. The appeal will be taken up at the city council meeting of the [sic] 20th. If the council denies the appeal, the Bowl will open Thursday, May 28th.

earlier I sent an email to my short-list of about two dozen naming those, Potter Creek residents, I was told had filed the appeal.

 

The fact of an appeal was confirmed later in the day but . . . but, an even later inquire to the City Public Information Officer came back . . .

 

Raquel Molina City of Berkeley PIO emails

Mr. Penndorf,
As of this moment, no one has filed an appeal for 920 Heinz Ave. (West Berkeley Bowl). It is on the agenda for tonight's meeting as an item submitted by the Planning Department requesting the Council to certify the ZAB decision and place the item on the May 19 council agenda. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Thank you,
Raquel Molina

 

Councilman Kriss Worthington emails

West Berkeley Bowl is on the Council agenda tonight. The City Manager proposal is for the decision to be certified and scheduled to be heard on the May 19 Council meeting agenda. Kriss W

 

 

ignorance I can accept, I fucking resent being played

 

Carolyn Jones, Chronicle reporter on "ignorance I can accept: I fucking resent being played:the 'ZAB appeal' a short history without naming names"

I know exactly how you feel! Trust me, it's a frequent event in Berkeley....Go get yourself a glass of wine and forget about it.
Carolyn Jones
Reporter, East Bay bureau
San Francisco Chronicle  

 

 

I just want my vegetables! Gene Agress
 





 

 

 

 

5/6/09

 

"Berkeley school officials brace for other possible school closures" by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.

" With Malcolm X Elementary School closed for at least a week because two students and a parent are suspected of having swine flu, district officials are preparing for other possible campus closures and urging parents to update their emergency contact information.

School district and public health officials were notified late Saturday by the California Department of Public Health of a probable case of a Berkeley woman having swine flu, also referred to as H1N1 influenza. The CDC reports that 99 percent of probable cases turn out to be confirmed."

 

 

from Scrambled Eggs and Lox 5/12/05

Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge for April 2004 showed .25 inch. Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge for April 2005 showed 1.6 inches--six times more rain this year than last. Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge for all of May 2004 showed .15 inch--this year so far 1.1 inches. In the first week or so of this month we've had over seven times as much rain as the whole of last May.

Either several Potter Creek females are dressing real flashy and sitting on the bus benches around dinner time OR the prostitutes are back on San Pablo Avenue.

"So, it's not terribly surprising that they now poised to branch out into barbecue. This summer, the Krikorians will open T-Rex Bar B Q at 1000 10th Street (at Gilman). The design is by Kava Massih Architects and will encompass 150 seats on two floors. On a tip from chef Paul Bertolli, the Krikorians purchased two Enviro-Pak brand smokers, each of which can handle 650 pounds of meat. One can be cooled down to also cold-smoke salmon. Both use natural hardwood in a configuration that is done through a log burner and a wood chip dispenser" reports the Chronicle's GraceAnn Walden at sfgate.com

 

Geralyn's Potter Creek rain gauge shows .95 inch for 5/3/09.

 

 

Ryan Lau emails

We wanted to let everyone know that we are going to be having a community meeting on May 12th to discuss a variety of topics. 
· Deborah Chernin from the Parks and Recreation Dept. will be coming to discuss the plans and options for the new sign that will be installed at San Pablo Park
· Timothy Burroughs will be coming to talk about the City's Climate Action Plan
· Tracy Vesely will be covering the proposal for the increase to the City's refuse fees as well as the City Budget

These are all important upcoming issues, so I hope you all can make it.
What: Community Meeting re: San Pablo Park sign, Climate Action Plan, Refuse Fee increase and the City's Budget
When: 7:00 pm on May 12th
Where: Frances Albrier Center, San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street between Russell and Ward Streets
Sincerely,
Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore

 

 

 

"New Menlo Park idea to cut foreclosures" by Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Menlo Park's City Council tonight will consider an innovative approach to preventing foreclosure for struggling homeowners - but one that comes with a big up-front price tag for the city."

 

 

 

"NY Times Files to Shut Down Boston Globe" by Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post is at truthout.org.

"The New York Times Co. said last night that it is notifying federal authorities of its plans to shut down the Boston Globe, raising the possibility that New England's most storied newspaper could cease to exist within weeks."

 

 

Andrew Fischer is a fine Potter Creek architect. His website is fischerarchitecture.com.

And, Andrew and Kerstin just had a boy, James Vernon.

 

 

and just right around the corner from Andrew and Kerstin

Patti and Steve recently had Jackson

 

 

from my log

3/3/09--10:49 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, light head, wear mask. ~2:15 PM--"chlorine bleach like" oder in warehouse.

4/8/09--10:51 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry eyes, mouth.

4/9/09--8:58 AM--irritant in front room, dry eyes, dry mouth, light head, leave.

4/11/09--6:58 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehousr front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, cough, eyes, mouth burn, "chlorine-bleach-like" odor.

4/12/09--8:52 AM--SERIOUS iiritant in front room, light head, dry eyes, dry mouth, wear mask.

4/13/09--5:51 AM--irritant in warehouse.

Off-and-on all weekend, irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, watery eyes, stuffed nose, neighbor "under-the-weather" on weekend.

4/14/09--off-and-on all day irritant in warehouse.

4/17/09--8:35 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, light head.

4/18/09--4:14 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, headache, light-head.

4/22/09--10:51 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, leave.

4/25/09--8:30 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, cough, light head, leave.

4/27/09--7:04 AM--SERIOUS irritnat in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 8:50 Am--SERIOUS irritant in front room, leave.

5/1/09--2:33 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, cough, eyes water, light head.

5/5/09--8:37 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, headache, light head, dry eyes, dry throat, leave. 9:57 AM--irritant in front room. 10:32 AM--SERIOUS irritant over rides 2 HEPA filters, leave.

5/6/09--6:50 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, air out


 

 

Eternally useful links

 

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

 

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

 

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

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

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

 

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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

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

useful link

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

http://gethuman.com/

 

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

 

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

 

 

Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.

 

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


Crime Log for 94710 is here

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

 

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

The contacts are below:

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

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

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

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

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

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

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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