"Goat Power:The Ups and Downs of Using Goats to Control Fires" by Dawn Starin is at emagazine.com.

"The Oakland and Berkeley hills in California are particularly ripe for fires. The combined effects of droughts and a bark beetle infestation have killed off thousands of acres of trees. Add steep slopes, high winds and thousands of homes, and an unchecked fire can wreak havoc. Many residents remember the sweeping fires of 1991, when in one afternoon 3,500 homes burned and 25 people died. Thus, residents and public agencies-and even the San Francisco International Airport and University of California, Berkeley-have called in the local forest fire prevention squad: a team of sure-footed goats."


goats trimming the to-be Berkeley Bowl lot in 2003

from the Potter Creek Billy Goat page

a Sarah Klise photo

In April goatsrus.com came to Potter Creek to trim the field at 8th and Heinz





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



Jeff Grey emails

Ron my friend, you're loco.

Jeff is part time maintenance at Consolidated, works 4/10 at a plant in Hayward and is taking refrigeration courses at Laney.




Pete Hurney emails

   This months Midnight Ukulele Express will be aired on 90.7 FM KALX this Thursday night, May the 7th at midnight. Featured artists this month are Mme. Pamita and Hot Time Harv makes his encore appearance.
    KALX can be heard be heard live online at http://kalx.berkeley.edu for those of you not fortunate enough to live in the San Francisco bay area.

remember; chocolate's not just for breakfast anymore





the mural

just painting on Mia Tierra Foods' south wall

Mia Tierra Foods, 2082 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley CA, 510-540-8946




"A.I.G. Bonuses Four Times Higher" by Eamon Javers originally in The Politico is at truthout.org.


Kubik emails

Red Sox legend Ted Williams was the last person to hit .400 and probably the greatest hitter of all time.
He disliked the press. In one rare interview, a reporter brought up the subject of William's vision, which was 20/10.
Yes, he said, his eyes were better than normal, and he had a lot of walks because he really understood where the strike zone was.
The reporter said that Williams could get more hits if he swung at some balls just outside of the strike zone.
Yes, Williams replied, he could get more hits; however he never swung at pitches outside the strike zone.
Well, the reporter asked, why if you could get more hits, don't you do that?
Williams said, "Because then there is no place to draw the line."
And that was the end of the interview.

Perhaps, we would be better off if our bankers, brokers and regulators knew where to draw the line!



"Economic Casualties Pile Into Tent Cities" by Emily Bazar originally in USA Today at truthout.org.

"The temperature was about 70 degrees on Nov. 19, the sky was 'totally blue,' and the laughter from a martini bar drifted into the St. Petersburg park where Marshall, 39, sat contemplating his first day of homelessness.

'I was thinking, "That was me at one point," ' he says of the revelers. 'Now I'm thinking, 'Where am I going to sleep tonight? Where do I eat? Where do I shower?' "




our Heddy Riss emails




"Driving into the future with biofuels" is by Suzanne Bohan, Contra Costa Times.

"When the first Model T left the assembly line in 1908, by design it could run on ethanol or gas. Henry Ford, the car's manufacturer, added that flexibility because he envisioned a day when ethanol - made from crops grown on American soil - would provide the bulk of fuel for motor vehicles.

'He talked about ethanol being the fuel of the future,' said Bob Casey, curator of transportation for The Henry Ford, a Ford Motor Co. history complex in Dearborn, Mich."












both David Snipper and Marsha Wacko email




builder, Patrick Kennedy and staff

lunch, 900 GRAYSON Wednesday




Groove Yard's Rick Ballard emails {excerpts)

The next batch of LPs from the new consignment of approximately 1,600 jazz LPs will go out this Saturday. Lots of great hard bop and free jazz titles.


14TH Annual Jazz on Fourth Street Festival: Benefit for the Berkeley High School Jazz Programs

Sunday, May 17, Noon ­ 5:00pm
On 4th Street in Berkeley, between Hearst & Virginia, FREE!

Presented by the Fourth Street merchants
and KCSM/Jazz 91, the 14th Annual Jazz on Fourth street festival will take place
Sunday, May 17, from Noon ­ 5:00pm in Berkeley, CA on Fourth Street between
Hearst and Virginia. For more information, visit www.fourthstreet.com or call
the hot line at 510.526.6294. This free outdoor music festival, benefiting the jazz
programs at Berkeley High School, features the long-time Director of the
Berkeley High Jazz program, Charles Hamilton with an Alumni Band featuring
many Berkeley High School grads. Also performing will be Johnny Nitro & The
Doorslammers, as well as Tito Y Su Son de Cuba, plus two Berkeley High School
Combos and the grand finale with the award-winning Berkeley High Jazz

During the Festival, a raffle will be held to benefit the Berkeley High School jazz
programs. Raffle prizes are donated by Fourth Street merchants including the
Grand Prize of a $1,000 gift certificate at Pave Fine Jewelry on Fourth Street.
The Berkeley High Jazz Program, once home to Joshua Redman, Dave Ellis,
Ambrose Akinmusire, Peter Apfelbaum, Michael Wolff, Benny Green and many
others, is a national model of instrumental education. The proceeds from this
event will help the school continue the jazz programs and send the ensemble to
the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland this summer. Jazz on
Fourth has collected over $117,000 for the music program since the Festival's

Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave. @ Forest           
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 655-8400
email: groove2@earthlink.net

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-5



"Young People's Orchestra Performs Spring Concert" by Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet.

Young People's Symphony Orchestra, founded 74 years ago in Berkeley, will perform its spring concert this Saturday at First Congregational Church. The orchestra, celebrating conductor David Ramadanoff's 20th season at the helm, will perform Ernest Bloch's Schelomo, Indiana composer Jim Beckel's Musica Mobilis for Brass Choir, and selections from Prokofiev's Rome and Juliet Suites I and II.

The 8 p.m. performance will be preceded by a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. to benefit the YPSO scholarship fund for new members, who will audition by appointment May 19 and 21 at Crowden School. "


" 'Food for Thought' Performance Benefits County Food Bank" is also by Ken Bullock Special to the Planet.

" 'Food For Thought: Laughing All the Way to the (Food) Bank,' a benefit for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, will be held at 8 p. m. this Saturday at the Julia Morgan Center."




"Berkeley Declares Swine Flu Emergency" is by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"The Berkeley City Council Tuesday night approved a state of emergency related to the city's swine flu cases.

'If the state or the feds decide to make funds available to cover the costs, enacting an emergency would enable us to do that,' said Deputy City Manager Christine Daniel."



"Berkeley unanimously approves climate plan" reports Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

" They were feasting on organic endive and popping open the herb tea Wednesday at Berkeley City Hall, as staff celebrated the City Council's unanimous approval of an ambitious, painstakingly researched plan to fight global warming."




"The Kindle's assault on academia: Amazon wants to corner the textbook market. But don't think it's gonna be easy" is a story at csmonitor.com.




"The Politics of Big Money" from Bill Moyers Journal on truthout.org.

"Alleged Ponzi Scheme Swindled Immigrants in Los Angeles" is a PBS Lerher News report by Special correspondent Jeffrey Kaye.

"Amid growing complaints about Ponzi-type schemes in the wake of the Bernard Madoff scandal, a company in Los Angeles is alleged to have swindled investors out of millions."















from Scrambled Eggs 5/22/05

I've just received some site-stats from my server. From May 1 to May 20 this year, visits have increased 55%, hits increased 50% and browsing time 35% over May 1 to May 20 last year. In this same period, this site has received visits from over 50 countries, including (Japan) (Canada) (United Kingdom) (United States) (Netherlands) (Germany) (Australia) (Italy) (China) (France) (Belgium) (Singapore) (Denmark) (Sweden) (Poland) (New Zealand) (Austria) (Mexico) (Switzerland) (Brazil) (Taiwan) (Argentina) (Russian Federation) (Czech Republic) (Finland) (Greece) (Spain) (Portugal) (Croatia) (Hungary) (Hong Kong) (Malaysia) (Israel) (Slovak Republic) (Ireland) (Norway) (Seychelles) (Turkey) (Iran) (Malta) (Cyprus) (Luxembourg) (Indonesia) (Bulgaria) (Latvia) (Vietnam) (Tonga) (Colombia) (Honduras) (Moldavia) (Ukraine) (Costa Rica) (South Korea) and many visits from (USA Military).

Matthew Artz of the Berkeley Daily Planet filed a detailed report on the shooting of our Officer Darren Kacalek that you can read here.

"Greenspan expresses concern over 'froth' in housing market" reports Edmund L. Andrews of the New York Times "Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve, suggested on Friday that the red-hot housing market is becoming a little too exuberant for its own good" the report continues in the West County Times. Read more here


Hits to this website are up just under 25%, 1/09-4/09 over 1/08-4/08.

Well Ok, then.



"160,000 accounts breached at UC Berkeley: Student, alumni Social Security numbers, health insurance information compromised" is a report by Jaikumar Vijayan at computerworld.com.



"UC regents vote to raise tuition by 9.3%" reports Jim Doyle, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Despite student worries about the cost of a higher education, the University of California's governing Board of Regents decided Thursday to raise tuition by 9.3 percent - the sixth increase in seven years."


"Looking for Meaning in the Golden State" is a book review by Gregory Rodriguez at washingtonpost,com of "West of the West: Dreamers, Believers, Builders, and Killers in the Golden State" by Mark Arax.

"Mark Arax is a great reporter. He has an ear for a good story. He knows where the action is, and the remarkable level of detail he captures tells us he's as tenacious and unrelenting as the most hard-boiled noir detective. He's also clearly an obsessive character, particularly enthralled by dashed dreams and hopeless causes, and in "West of the West" -- 10 loosely knit essays and an epilogue -- it's sometimes not clear where his story ends and California's begins. . . . .

What Arax's essays ultimately do is take us on a series of extended field trips. There's the idealistic organic dairy farmer whose milk may have poisoned children, the cancer-stricken immigrant Armenian restaurant owner who murdered his sister and mother, the retired FBI agent who thinks the government is railroading a Pakistani American terror suspect, a kid named Redwood who lived for months high up in an oak grove on the Berkeley campus so the university couldn't cut the trees down. Arax successfully evades the usual tropes about California being the land of either dreams or nightmares. Instead, his essays paint an impressionistic landscape of a land of frustration."



"Ten Banks Fail 'Stress Tests' " by Craig Torres is on truthout.org with the original in bloombergnews.com. "Fed determines ten banks need capital of $74.6 billion."

Marsha emails

Remember 'STRESSED'
spelled backwards is



"Maryland Becomes First State in Nation to Protect Homeless People Under Hate-Crimes Law" reports the AP.



"A Marijuana Tax as the Next New Revenue Stream?' asks Michael B. Farrell of The Christian Science Monitor.

"San Francisco - Are Americans really ready to consider legalizing marijuana? This week, California's governor said it was time to debate the issue, and a new nationwide poll suggests a majority of voters favor decriminalizing the drug."



"Berkeley man shot to death in North Oakland" reports Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"A Berkeley man was shot and killed early today in North Oakland, police said."













from Scrambled Eggs 5/3/04

"The house, by Bay Area architect Regan Bice, is done in what Moreno calls 'contemporary Mexican' style, rectangular and modern, with high ceilings and rooms that open on to each other" reports Carolyne Zinko in her wonderful "A Day in the Life of . . . Rita Moreno." Regan has also designed and built in Potter Creek. See his elegant design for Susanne Hering and John Phillips building in People and Their Places. And check out the side elevation of his current project on 8th and Pardee. The elegant Bauhaus building across the street is also his. Contact Regan Bice at info@reganbice.com




"'Up Against the Wall': Berkeley posters from the 1960s and '70s on display" is a story by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.

"If you didn't live through the 1960s and '70s, but want a glimpse into free love, psychedelic rock 'n' roll and the civil rights movement, there are more than three dozen political, music and culture posters on display at the Berkeley Historical Society ready to take you back in time."




"Art Lofts opening celebration continues" is a story at news.wisc.edu.

"The tower of bright red steel girders signals that the former university warehouse at the edge of campus has been transformed. Facing the Kohl Center across Frances Street, the tower marks the main entrance to the Art Lofts, the new state-of-the-art facility for the Art Department.

The Art Lofts houses the department's glass lab, metal sculpture foundry, ceramics, graduate darkroom and digital facilities, and papermaking areas, along with studio spaces for more than 60 faculty and graduate students, and spaces for the display of student and faculty artwork.

The Art Department, the School of Education and university will celebrate the opening of the Art Lofts, 111 N. Frances St., with a series of events through May 9, all free and open to the public. These will include tours, demonstrations and student art sales from 1:30­5 p.m. today (May 6), and from 10 a.m.­3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.

Guest artists during the week will include distinguished art alumni Marvin Lipofsky and David Dahlquist. Emeritus professor Don Reitz, the family of Harvey Littleton (who started the art glass program) and renowned artist Dale Chihuly (by video) will reflect on 'The Early Days of Ceramics and Glass on the UW Campus' in a special program at 3 p.m. today (May 6). The formal grand-opening program will be held at 5 p.m. today.."




"S.F. is fed up, and loitering law passes easily" opines C.W. Nevius at sfgate.com. "When the Board of Supervisors passed a strict anti-loitering ordinance Tuesday, some expected a firestorm of protest."

Zo, . . . Mr Darryl, perhaps time for a similar loitering-in-front-of-liqour-store law here?



"UC Berkeley names fulltime journalism school dean" is an AP report at sfgate.com.


"Yale's Robert Shiller on the Outlook for Home Prices" is a report by Barbara Kiviat at time.com.

"If you want to know what's going on in the U.S. housing market, chances are you follow the Case-Shiller index. Robert Shiller, the Yale University economist who helped create the home-price gauge, was something of a pop economist even before the real estate meltdown-a book published in 2000 warning about the coming crash in stocks made him a rock star of the last bubble, too. His latest book, Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters For Global Capitalism , was written with University of California, Berkeley economist George Akerlof. "



"Live - Spanish Grand Prix" at BBC NEWS.












From Scrambled Eggs 5/3/07

A reliable source reports owner, Doug Herst is negotiating with wine.com for the lease of his 90,000 sq ft former-manufacturing building on Fourth Street.


There's a review of 900 GRAYSON in today's East Bay Express. It's on page 35. Here's a quote. "Sadly, one of the four partners (co-chef Sophina Uong) has moved on, but a recent brunch sparkled just as hard as earlier ones."


Regan Bice is the architect currently renovating a 300 year-old stone farm-house on Menorga. Menorga is an island in the Mediterranean off the Spanish coast.




"Berkeley City Council meetings too long?" asks Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"As a council aide, Susan Wengraf had tracked Berkeley City Council meetings for 16 years. But nothing prepared her for actually sitting through one.

'It was a physical endurance test,' said Wengraf, who was elected to the council in November after serving as aide to former Councilwoman Betty Olds. 'My opinion is, nothing good happens after 11 p.m. My children wouldn't agree with me, but certainly no good government happens at that hour.' "



Had dinner at Kubik's last night. Bob made the ultimate meat loaf. Here's his recipe.

Meat Loaf with Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze
serves 6 to 8

If you like, you can omit the bacon topping from the loaf. In this case, brush on half of the glaze before baking and the other half during the last 15 minutes of baking. If you choose not to special-order the mix of meat below, we recommend the standard meat loaf mix of equal parts beef, pork, and veal, available at most grocery stores.

Brown Sugar-Ketchup Glaze
1/2 cup ketchup or chili sauce
4 Tablespoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons cider or white vinegar

Meat Loaf
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
1/2 cup whole milk or plain yogurt
2 pounds meat loaf mix (50% ground chuck, 25% ground pork, 25% ground
2/3 cup crushed saltine crackers (about 16) or quick oatmeal or 1 1/3 cups
fresh bread crumbs
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley leaves
6-8 ounces thin-sliced bacon (8 to 12 slices, depending on loaf shape)

1. For the glaze: Mix all ingredients in small saucepan; set aside.
2. For the meat loaf: Heat oven to 350F. Heat oil in medium skillet. Add
onion and garlic; saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside to
cool while preparing remaining ingredients.
3. Mix eggs with thyme, salt, pepper, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper
sauce, and milk or yogurt. Add egg mixture to meat in large bowl along
with crackers, parsley, and cooked onion and garlic; mix with fork until
evenly blended and meat mixture does not stick to bowl. (If mixture
sticks, add additional milk or yogurt, a couple tablespoons at a time, until
mix no longer sticks.)
4. Turn meat mixture onto work surface. With wet hands, pat mixture into
approximately 9 x 5-inch loaf shape. Place on foil-lined (for easy
cleanup) shallow baking pan. Brush with half the glaze, then arrange
bacon slices, crosswise, over loaf, overlapping slightly and tucking only
bacon tip ends under loaf.
5. Bake loaf until bacon is crisp and internal temperature of loaf registers
160 degrees, about 1 hour. Cool at least 20 minutes. Simmer remaining
glaze over medium heat until thickened slightly. Slice meat loaf and serve
with extra glaze passed separately.



"What's not working, update: A week ago, Chronicle Watch reported on Berkeley crosswalk lights that were out of order." reports Jonathan Curiel at sfgate.com.

Tipster Ethan Cheng says the lights - embedded in the pavement of the crosswalk at Bancroft Way and Dana Street - have been out since December, when he first e-mailed Berkeley's Department of Public Works."



"Fresh and delicious veggie sandwiches" is a review with recipes by Amanda Berne at sfgate.com.

"Whenever I travel, I seek out sandwiches. Not only are they portable, but they're generally what locals are eating and indicative of place."


Check out Deutsche Welle on youtube for a fresh perspective on our world.












from Scrambled Eggs 5/03

We had a community meeting Tuesday night at the Ecole Bilingue. Claudia talked, then Antoine talked, Rick talked, then Jan talked, Suzanne talked, Rick talked, then Kava talked, Barbara talked, Rick talked again, then Marvin talked, Rick talked, I talked, and Kava talked. We pretty much agreed that a cafe at Scharffen Berger would be good and affirmed by show-of-hands that we wanted the Berkeley Bowl. Kava was relieved, Rick [is] still concerned about traffic congestion. (Rick is reeeeally concerned.)

To learn new words, subscribe to the free edition of A Word A Day. You will receive a word a day in your email inbox.

If the bicycling "hotdogs" rode motorcycles the way they ride bicycles they'd be dead.


The Book of Green Tea is a beautiful and informed presentation of the green tea culture. Green tea is good for you and so is this book.

click on cover scan for more information



Da Boz emails

(an excerpt)

See Me Car Free ­ Tune in to the TODAY Show Tuesday Morning

I'lI be featured on NBC's TODAY Show (Bay Area Channel 3), tomorrow, May 12th at 8:09am.  The two-minute piece chronicles my success in selling my car and using alternate forms of transit in an attempt to lower my carbon footprint.


Well, Ok then

I watch the Today Show on NBC Bay Area Channel 11



Ryan Lau emails

We just wanted to remind everyone that we are going to be having a community meeting [today] May 12th on a variety of important topics, including:
· An update on the recent shooting incident last week
· 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
I hope you all can make it.
What: Community Meeting re: Update on recent shooting incident, San Pablo Park sign, Climate Action Plan, Refuse Fee increase and the City's Budget
When: 7:00 pm on May 12th, 2009
Where: Frances Albrier Center, San Pablo Park, 2800 Park Street between Russell and Ward Streets
Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2



Bob Bowman emails

(an excerpt)

We had our neighborhood meeting on the 30th of April and approved our bylaws and elected our first set of officers and committee chairs. Please have a look at PotterCreek.org for notes from the meeting. Our next regular meeting will be early in July and there will be email announcements - please plan to come and join us.



Among the officers are David Snipper and Andrew Fischer, co-chairs, and Susanne Hering, treasurer. One bylaw that was modified is the changing of the quorum for some votes from 25 to 15 members as not enough attended--17 to 19 depending on the source.

There is talk of forming a less formal, more inclusive, new Potter Creek association.



"Informal WEBIAC meetings" are held Tuesdays during lunch at the cafe behind V & W Windows. Often presnt are John Curl, George Chittenden, the Ink Work's Bernard and Rick Auerbach.

The cafe has free, freshly-roasted Uncommon Grounds coffee on Tuesdays.


I know of no regular WBBA meetings, though members keep in touch through an extensive email network.




"Venice film fest to honor Pixar directors" reports the Associated Press at sfgate.com.


900 GRAYSON owners, Chris and Anthony Saulnier and their families were guests of Pixar at a pre-screening of the new Pixar production, Up.




"Bank bailouts don't apply here" is a story by George Avalos in the West County Times.

"Fremont Bank and Mechanics Bank, two prominent regional banks based in the East Bay, are providing a welcome counterpoint to the steady drumbeat of grim financial results being released by banks."



"Krugman: US Risks 'Lost Decade' Due to Half-Steps" by Alan Wheatley, Reuters at truthout.org.

"The United States risks a Japan-style lost decade of growth if it does not take aggressive action to stimulate its economy and clean up its banking system, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said on Monday."




"Child Beauty Pageants: A Scene From the 'Other America' " a little wordy opinion by Henry A. Giroux, t r u t h o u t.org. " . . . The entertainment value of shows such as 'Toddlers & Tiaras' seems to be measured in how high their freak quotient can go. Dressing young children in hideous fashions barely suitable for 30-year-olds is both disturbing and fodder for reality-TV voyeurism. . . . "

I've always found child beauty pageants creepy.













from Scrambled Eggs 5/04

While hanging out at the Canned Food Store Saturday, I read the weekend edition of the Berkeley Daily P. The front page story is about the projected ten-million dollar Berkeley City budget deficit and on page thirteen there is a story about the City Planning Commision's Arts and Cultural proposal. Man, what are these folks are smokin'?

My favorite story about planning is the Soviet Union. They had a rigorously planned economy that went seriously out of business in 1991.

And, Helen Yoon, a young friend of mine, once said "The natural state of the Universe is entropy." She also said about music writing "It must be hard to put into words something you can appreciate only in complete silence."


Then, I wonder about this name the Berkeley Daily Planet. Though it does seem to be largley about Berkeley, it isn't daily and often is not of this planet. Probably something they teach you at business school "First of all, get a catchy name."





Kubik emails a link to US unemployment statistics in percentages

I've reproduced "U-6 . . ." the REAL figure

underlining mine


Not seasonally adjusted Seasonally adjusted

Apr. Mar. Apr. Apr. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.
2008 2009 2009 2008 2008 2009 2009 2009 2009

8.9 16.2 15.4 9.2 13.5 13.9 14.8 15.6 15.8


U-6 Total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.

NOTE: Marginally attached workers are persons who currently are neither working nor looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for a job and have looked for work sometime in the recent past. Discouraged workers, a subset of the marginally attached, have given a job-market related reason for not looking currently for a job. Persons employed part time for economic reasons are those who want and are available for full-time work but have had to settle for a part-time schedule. For more information, see "BLS introduces new range of alternative unemployment measures," in the October 1995 issue of the Monthly Labor Review. Updated population controls are introduced annually with the release of January data.









from Scrambled Eggs 5/08

Regan found a"new" kitten in his yard this morning. A home has been found for the kitten, thanks to the Scrambled Eggs lost kitten service.

(a series of email between Potter Creekers.)



Eva Brook emails

Hey Ron:
I called Berkeley Bowl to see if they are opening tomorrow and the operator told me no. Do you know more about this?

If the ZAB decision is approved by the Council next week, some time after 5/19--probably 5/28.


Thanks Ron ­ I figured you would know. I can't wait to go despite the increase in traffic. Since I come off the Ashby exit and turn onto 7th, it will certainly affect me but I am soooooo looking forward to walk to Berkeley Bowl rather than driving uptown.


Claudia emails a Bowl opening update of on or about 6/5. My date of 5/28 is from late last week.


Last night as I was enjoying the early evening sitting in front of the warehouse, a young woman bicycled passed, got as far a Kruse' driveway and then made a u-turn and came back and stopped right in front of me. "I just wanted to say how much I like seeing you and your friends often sitting , enjoying each other." The young woman was Mega Barton, a director of development at the California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) down at the end of Heinz. She was biking home. We talked awhile mostly about her Cal Shakes. She is excited about the coming season. Perhaps you will be too after going to and checking out www.calshakes.org.




"Michael Pollan dishes out advice on healthful eating" reports Rob Kasper of the Baltimore Sun. "The author, making an appearance at the Pratt on Saturday, says it all comes down to eating 'real food.'"




" Hyena giggles no laughing matter" is by Jason Palmer, Science and technology reporter, BBC News.

"Researchers have begun to unravel the information and social content present in the hyena's famed laugh, which they say is only used in times of conflict."




"Legalize pot? Advocates thrilled with change in polls, governor's call for debate" is a story by John Simerman, Contra Costa Times.




"3.0 quake hits Berkeley" reports Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"A small earthquake rattled through Berkeley this [Wednesday] afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake measured 3.0 and struck on the Hayward Fault near the Oakland border at 3:34 p.m., the Geological Survey said. It was followed by three almost imperceptible aftershocks, the largest of which measured 2.4. It struck just before 5 p.m."




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




5/14, here




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.

5/7/09--7:19 SERIOUS irritant in front room and "chlorine-like" odor. Same off-and-on all day.

5/8/09--8:42 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 9:30 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, light head, headache, leave. Off-and-on all dfay, irritant in front room with "chlorine"odor.

5/9/09--10:07 AM--VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, occasional "chlorine" odor.

5/11/09--9:07 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, head ache, leave.

5/12/09--10:15 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, light head, over rides HEPA filters, leave.




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.



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


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



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