an Elder's view of Potter Creek

warehouse on 8th, night-time



"Clearing the Air" from the New York Times.

"Q. What's the best way to clean the air in my home?

A. Air researchers talk about the Rule of 1,000: anything released indoors is about 1,000 times more likely to be breathed in than something released outdoors.

"It doesn't take a lot of something released indoors to cause exposure," said Dr. Kirk Smith, a professor of global environmental health at the University of California, Berkeley. "Even in California, which has among the strictest controls on smoking and among the lowest smoking rates in an industrial country, a significant fraction of total pollution exposure is from smoking."

Indoor pollution is, in a word, potent. And our attempts to combat it often make it worse."

I tol' ya zo!





"Greek Festival returns to Oakland" is a story by Angela Hill, Oakland Tribune.

"With enough trips to the baklava bar, this easily could become your big fat Greek Festival. But after a little folk dancing, all-purpose frolicking and figuring out how to pronounce things such as loukoumades, tzatziki and kefalograviera, those calories will just fall away and you'll be face-first in the baklava all over again."

Our John Victor of V&W Windows will be grilling lamb chops at the Festival--always the optomist, he ordered 600.




posts from the past

Mostly Mary Morris 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


from Scrambled Eggs 2003

V&W Windows

Jerry Victor in his Viper




Last night [5/12/09] 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 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.



new reader Tor Berg emails

Hi Ron:

I just came across Scrambled Eggs and Lox the other day while poking around
the Internets to try and find out what Wareham is up to. My wife and I
bought a house [ here in west-Berkeley ] last October, and have greatly
enjoyed getting to know our new neighbors.

There are certainly some challenges. The dope dealers in the house across
the street attracted gunfire a couple of weeks back, and I'm very troubled
by the same house . . . that has incensed your
correspondent Jarad. But Shauna and I love our neighborhood and look forward
to raising up our babies, currently 6 and 4, here.

I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I enjoyed perusing the
last few months worth of Scrambled Eggs and Lox, and how pleased I am to
find yet another interesting and committed West Berkeley neighbor.

All my best, Tor Berg




Eva Brook emails

Hey Ron:
I called Berkeley Bowl to see if they are opening tomorrow [5/15/09] 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 walking 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 and I've heard other early June dates.


Right now, I'd bet on early June--first two weeks.


These are not corrections but updates. Keep in mind this is an enormous undertaking driven by its own dynamic and not at this time, our convenience. But sure would be nice if the City and Caltrans could manage a light on Heinz and San Pablo.




Gene Agress and I and Marsha were sitting in front of the warehouse tonight [ 5/15/09 ] when Kava rolled by in his car and yelled 
"It's the 4th of June."

One of the Bowl owners, when picking up sandwiches this week at 900 GRAYSON said, "It's June 4th. "




the grocery store and more

a photo essay of the west-Berkeley Bowl with permisssion of the owners



"A Berkeley Treasure" is an appreciation by Dorothy Snodgrass in our Planet.

"Walking home last Friday from the City Commons Club noon program, I thought how blessed I am to live so close to the Berkeley City Club, a California Historical Landmark.

Known as the 'Little Castle,' this lovely building, designed by Julia Morgan-who, of course, also built the famous Hearst Castle at San Simeon-is truly a Berkeley treasure. "




"Berkeley nonprofit pleads guilty to taking money from people it was supposed to be helping" by Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.

"Jubilee Restoration, a faith-based nonprofit organization in Berkeley, pleaded guilty Wednesday to submitting false claims to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, ultimately taking money from people it was supposed to be helping. . . .

Gordon Choyce, Jubilee's former deputy executive director, submitted false claims for reimbursement to HUD based on misrepresentations that certain employees, including Choyce himself, had been paid with Supportive Housing Program funds for counseling homeless youths and for other support services, federal officials said."



"Caltrans deal with Berkeley firm probed" reports Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Lawmakers questioned state transportation officials Wednesday about their decision to direct millions of dollars worth of business to a Berkeley company whose vice president is a former Caltrans administrator.".


"Berkeley Real Estate Developer Named Webby Honoree for Project in Costa Rica" is a story at dbusinessnews.com.

"Encanto, Costa Rica, a planned community of eco-sensitive vacation homes, was recognized as an Official Honoree of The Webby Awards in the website category for Best Use of Photography.

The web site www.EncantoCostaRica.com is a sensual, full screen immersion in nature and architecture that supports the sales efforts of Encanto. The web site was created and designed by LaMagna Neumann Development Inc. of Berkeley, California, a real estate development and marketing company."


an Elder's view of Potter Creek

warehouse on 8th--another view



"Nile Therapeutics Q1 Loss Narrows" is a report at rttnews.com.

"Thursday, biopharmaceutical company Nile Therapeutics Inc. (NLTX: News ), reported a narrower net loss for the first quarter, on the back of significantly lower expenses.

The Berkeley, California-based company's net loss for the first quarter narrowed to $1.78 million or $0.07 per share from $3.06 million or $0.13 per share in the same quarter last year."



"Women Dominate List for Top Court" reports AP's Ben Feller on truthout.org.



"For motorcycle racer, gender's not her tender" by Gary Peterson in the West County Times.

"After a couple of months of racing motorcycles as a professional, Melissa Paris has discovered it's a girl thing. Not the part where she competes against men. The part where she's asked about competing against men.

'I try not to think of my accomplishments in terms of being the first girl to do this, or the best-placing girl to do that,' Paris said."




Economist Robert Reich believes Social Security is not facing major problems, and that Medicare is not the problem, rising health care costs are.

"The Truth Behind the Social Security and Medicare Alarm Bells" is Robert Reich' s opinion at his Blog, here at truthout.org.

"What are we to make of yesterday's report from the trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds that Social Security will run out of assets in 2037, four years sooner than previously forecast, and Medicare's hospital fund will be exhausted by 2017, two years earlier than predicted a year ago?"



"Shift to Thrift: How Will Americans Save?" is Catherine Rampell's opinion at nytimes.com.

"On Sunday I had an article about how many economists expect the days of zero or negative personal savings rates to be over, at least for a while.

While painful in the short run (since consumer spending makes up 70 percent of gross domestic product), a more lasting shift to saving could be good for the economy. . . .

This logic assumes, however, that Americans will be saving through financial institutions, rather than their mattresses. And even within financial institutions, their investment options are likely to evolve.

Historical research has found that people who live through a period of low stock market returns (and presumably declines, in the case of the last year) are less willing to invest in stocks, and instead prefer safer, lower-return investment alternatives like bonds. "




"Mexican Data Say Migration to U.S. Has Plummeted" is a New York Times story.

"Census data from the Mexican government indicate an extraordinary decline in the number of Mexican immigrants going to the United States.

The recently released data show that about 226,000 fewer people emigrated from Mexico to other countries during the year that ended in August 2008 than during the previous year, a decline of 25 percent. All but a very small fraction of emigration, both legal and illegal, from Mexico is to the United States."




"The Democracy Factory" is a story originally at France's Les Echos, here at truthout.org.

" In spite of the sun and the long May 8 weekend, 3,000 people closed themselves in for three days at Grenoble's cultural center. Was it for a rock festival or a big sports tournament? Not at all. It was the club, La République des idées cogitating deeply. Its organizer, historian and professor at the Collège de France, Pierre Rosanvallon, had invited the cream of the intelligentsia to reflect on the future of democracy."













posts from the past


My neighbor Ruth Okimoto writes in her monograph, Sharing a Desert Home: Life on the Colorado Indian Reservation-

"My interest in Poston goes back a long way. My early memories of childhood (age six to nine) are of the Poston camp and the surrounding beige desert. Our family was sent first to the Santa Anita Assembly Center on May 1, 1942, where our youngest brother was born. Two weeks after his birth, we went by train to Poston.

Our family of six arrived in Poston Camp III on August 28,1942. . . . Though the Japanese American detainees and the CRIT people 'shared a desert home' for three years, we lived as strangers during those years . . . While human contact between the two groups was limited, the creation and establishment of Poston brought permanent changes to the CRIR and its people.

The Poston Camp and the [Office of Indian Affairs] projects not only changed the physical environment of the reservation but the human dimensions as well. . . . It was sobering to learn that young CRIT veterans fought in WWII while being denied the right to vote, and returned to their reservation to live in barracks that we vacated. . . .

The Japanese American detainees and CRIT were pawns on the Poston game board with the hands of government officials moving groups of people about with no regard to the human dimensions of their actions. Uprooting and evicting a group of people because of their race and culture had enormous human consequences. For a brief moment in history (1942-1945), the Japanese American detainees experienced what the American Indians have endured for centuries. The 'relocation policy' (or assimilation policy) implemented in Poston was later applied to Indian tribes by the [Bureau of Indian Affairs] . . . with mixed results. For the American Indians, the relocation policy meant assimilation into European American society at the cost of losing their tribal values, beliefs, and traditions. . . . Associated with the relocation policy was the . . . agenda of non-American Indian companies and individuals interested in potential riches of the reservations. [In my research ] I gained respect for Commissioner John Collier, who tried to move the government's relationship with the American Indians onto a different level. . . . His philosophy [was one] of respect for American Indian culture and self-determination . . .

We know today that one's cultural values, traditions, and belief systems need not be erased or "melted" (an impossibility at best) in order to function in the dominant society.

The opportunity to go deeper into the history of Poston changed my perception of those years. The revisit reduced the psychological and emotional pain I have carried for decades, and heightened my awareness of how government officials and their particular philosophies can impact groups of people. " For a detailed account of the Poston experience read Ruth Okimoto's Sharing a Desert Home: Life on the Colorado Indian Reservation.

Drawing and text copyright 2003 Ruth Okimoto


"Suspects in Berkeley slaying crash, killing 2" report Henry K. Lee, John King, Chronicle Staff Writers.

"A car carrying four suspects in a Berkeley homicide slammed into a vehicle in North Oakland while fleeing from police Saturday evening, killing two people - one a motorist, the other a pedestrian - in a horrific chain-reaction crash, police said.

The crash happened at 6:41 p.m. at the corner of Aileen Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland, six minutes after police received reports of a shooting in West Berkeley that left a young man dead, authorities said. . . .

The series of events began at 6:35 p.m. when Berkeley police received reports of a shooting near the corner of 10th and Allston streets in West Berkeley, Kusmiss said. A young man was found dead at the scene from numerous gunshot wounds."

The shooting would be six or so blocks north of Potter Creek. This morning, ABC Channel 7 News reports that the "young man" was shot ten times, possibly with AK-47s.


We in Potter Creek, have these days been spared this kind of violence, in part because of the decades-old efforts of Sarah Klise and the Victor family-- V&W Windows. Their cooperation with Berkeley PD "closed" the "drug house" next to Sarah years ago and began a new era-- with some backsliding. The two, now-closed, grow-houses come to mind.

More later, at a quieter time, about backsliding and drugs in Potter Creek.



Cameron emails


You may have seen your favorite ex-Buttercup-waitress-turned-personal-finance-manager on the cover of today's New York Sunday Times magazine.


So, . . . Suze Orman is featured in today's New York Sunday Times magazine.


At one of the Buttercup Christmas Parties Suze got up and with some flair danced with her Sweetie. I'd come with Bobbie Johnson but Moe was there too. So with some fanfare I asked Moe to dance. We did in what became known as the "Bowling Ball." Yu hada bee der.


from my Foods Berkeley

The Buttercup and The California Breakfast

And just what is The California Breakfast that Richards and Mike Haley invented? Well, it's most likely the eggs-breakfast that you now have when you eat out. (But, as breakfast is the lowly meal, you probably haven't even thought about that.)

Yet, it's important to remember that Richards and Mike Haley not only developed The California Breakfast but they made breakfast a proper and respectable meal out.

Mike, as long as I can remember, loved his morning meal best. When we lived together on Carl Street in San Francisco in the '50s, Mike would sometimes make breakfast for both of us, and I too came to love this meal.

Years later, when Mike and Richards lived together, Richards would make Mike's favorite, adding her own Georgian touch. An excellent cook from the South, Richards was well aware of the hearty country breakfast.

So in the '70s, when they bought the Buttercup Bakery and Coffee Shop on College Avenue and made it into a bakery and restaurant, it was only natural for them to make it into a breakfast-restaurant. (Understand, at that time there were coffee-shops and diners but not proper breakfast restaurants.) Simply, Richards knew about the Southern country breakfast and Mike loved breakfast best. This was the start.

If there was an exact moment when The California Breakfast Out came into being I suppose it was when Richard's started making Michael's favorites for the restaurant: Fresh-eggs, quality meats, home-fries with onions and sour cream, and a good toasted-bread were part of Michael's morning meal at home. (Occasionally I was at their house at breakfast time and it was always a treat.)

Then, I suppose if you own a bakery-restaurant it's natural to offer fresh baked-goods with the meal: And early-on you could substitute a pastry for toast. Bagels and croissants were also offered, but bagels and croissants were still popularly thought of as foreign food and breakfast is a very American meal. Also, it is important to remember that at this time breakfast out was pretty much a meal you had--often rushed--before your day's work. It was not so much a special meal--and social event--as it was just a way to get food before working. Kruse Plumbing was then down the street, and I remember some of the original customers were plumbers having breakfast before going to a job. There were also truck drivers who stopped before their run as well as milkmen taking their break.

(Perhaps the fruit garnish was added when it became apparent to all that breakfast was now social, even special.)

So there you have it; The California Breakfast Out. Was this just a variation of the country breakfast that, through good-timing, people found pleasure in eating in a restaurant? Is California Cuisine just fish and under-cooked vegetables?

Of course not.

Many people, other than Mike and Richards, were involved in making the Buttercup. Moe Moskowitz lent money and support, Mary Guenther provided heart and soul, Karl Mullis provided color and was a hard worker, Suze Orman found-herself and brought loyal customers, and Nancy Lawrence at Wells Fargo Elmwood was simply indispensable. She was always there. (Oh, Nick Victor, with failing health and eyesight, and preoccupied with his business and building two large warehouses, took time to give sound, solid business advice. ) Me? It was a place to hang out.




"Final Edition of Tucson Citizen Hits the Streets" reports the AP at truthout.org.


"Journalism dean: Hope for 'Net newspapers" is a report at upi.com. "The dean of the University of California, Berkeley journalism school says he believes a revamping of newspaper coverage on fee-based Internet sites might work."





"Plaintiffs Win Pesticide Fight; Feds Withdraw LBAM Sprays" is a report by Richard Brenneman of our Planet.

"Fund for Local Reporting! The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered a ban on two controversial sprays used to battle the light brown apple moth (LBAM), ending a lawsuit filed by attorney Stephan Volker on behalf of environmental activists and the mayors of Albany and Richmond."












"Police search for fugitives; Oakland neighborhood endures long, chaotic night" is a report by Matt O'Brien, Contra Costa Times.

"Two fugitives wanted in connection with a Berkeley homicide remained at large Sunday after leading police on a six-minute, high-speed pursuit, ending with a horrific crash on an Oakland street that killed a driver and a pedestrian.

A day after the events, Oakland residents recalled a chaotic 12 hours after the crash, with the suspects jumping backyard fences, heavily armed SWAT team members combing the area, a helicopter circling, and residents forced to hunker down inside their homes.

'The police started coming around with a bullhorn,' said Julie Stevens, a six-year resident of the neighborhood, who was walking her dog Saturday evening when she heard the crash. 'It was like martial law.'

As Berkeley and Oakland police swarmed the neighborhood, Stevens was unable to return to her home. She took refuge in a neighbor's house on Dover Street. With pork chops baking in her oven, police eventually allowed her to return, searching the house before they escorted her and her partner back in."


posts from the past


Wednesday evening

crime-watch meeting

After the San Pablo Park meeting Wednesday evening, I emailed those on my list that at the meeting [that] Officer Andrew Frankel reported Oakland PD has a person of interest in custody in relation to the take-over robberies on San Pablo Avenue . . . .


Tak emails


A Times news article reports what was revealed to us at the Wednesday
night meeting at San Pablo Park in case you hadn't seen it yet.

I'm really happy to hear that this robber got caught. We were afraid
that this particular string of crimes in our area was going to end
badly with someone, the criminal, robbery victims or bystanders,
getting seriously injured or killed. And though this article doesn't
say so, it appears that the suspect is from Oakland where he was

I'm concerned though that this reinforces a tendency amongst some
leaders in Berkeley to attribute most of our crime problems to
"outsiders." It is factually true that much of the crime here is
committed by people from Oakland or Richmond. I've seen it myself in
my own little area just north of Dwight Way where over the years some
of the drug dealers who've been picked up here were from as far away
as Vallejo. But much of the crime is attributable to Berkeley
residents. My observation is that most of the current drug dealing in
West Berkeley is being conducted by local youngsters. It is easier for
those of us in Berkeley to place our focus on other cities because it
avoids very difficult questions about our own city.

This most recent set of meetings about the current crime wave isn't
the only occasion where I've noticed this. I recall a few years ago in
a meeting organized to oppose the half-assed prostitution
"decriminalization" initiative, Mayor Bates talked about prostitution
along San Pablo Avenue as if the both the prostitutes and the johns
were all from outside the city. I knew this wasn't true because I
recognized some of the women on the street as being residents of West
Berkeley. And I'm sure that many of the johns were also locals.

During the last local elections for school board, there was a
candidate running on a platform to limit students from outside
Berkeley from transferring into the Berkeley schools. The suggestion
was that these students aggravated the achievement gap and increased
the rowdiness and criminality around the schools. But of course much
of the gap and rowdiness is attributable to students from within

I don't have any great answers on what to do in Berkeley to fix our
problems. Our problems like those of other cities are embedded in
American history and mired in our current economic, social and
political realities. And here especially in Berkeley, any direct
discussion of the problems would likely soon become truly bogged down
in the minefields of hyper ideological and dogmatic debate.

But I do ask that while we understand that some of our local crime is
caused by non-Berkeley people, that much of it is home grown. We in
Berkeley can't effect much change in other cities, and it isn't clear
at all what can be done within Berkeley. But lets not let ourselves
off the hook and place a disproportionate amount of focus on people
from other cities.

Tak Nakamoto


(Tak is from the Berkeley neighborhood of this Saturday night's shooting)



"Startup sells solar panels online" by Deborah Gage, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"People think nothing of ordering shoes or books or songs over the Web. If Danny Kennedy has his way, one day they will all order solar panels for the roofs of their homes."




"Green-thumb a ride" is a story at mothernaturenetwork.com.

"Forget what Mom said about refusing rides from strangers. With gas prices skyrocketing, hopping into a random car might be one of your cheaper and greener commuting options. It's how thousands of people in cities like Washington, DC; Berkeley, California; and Houston, Texas, get to and from work every day. Drivers pull up to a pickup point, and ride-seekers hop in the first car heading near their destination. The system, called 'slugging' in DC (after the name bus drivers give passengers who use fake, or slug, coins to steal rides), started in the '70s when the government introduced high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. Drivers cruise the fast lane, 'slugs' get a free ride and everyone spends less time in traffic."




"You, Nero Begins Berkeley, CA, Run With McCarthy, McShane and Scheie May 15" is a play notice by Kenneth Jones at playbill.com.

"Berkeley Repertory Theatre's production of Amy Freed's Roman Empire comedy, You, Nero, begins May 15 in California, with Mike McShane, Jeff McCarthy and Danny Scheie fiddling around with ancient history."




"Death to the DJ?" is from Australia's watoday.com. "If video killed the radio star, will the iPod take out the DJ?"



"U.S. Supreme Court rejects Prop. 215 challenge" is a report by Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"California's medical marijuana law survived its most serious legal challenge today as the U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals by two counties that argued they were being forced to condone violations of federal drug laws."



"US scholars planning Islamic college' reports Rachel Zoll of the AP.

"A group of American Muslims, led by two prominent scholars, is moving closer to fulfilling a vision of founding the first four-year accredited Islamic college in the United States, what some are calling a "Muslim Georgetown.'

Advisers to the project have scheduled a June vote to decide whether the proposed Zaytuna College can open in the fall of next year, a major step toward developing the faith in America."













Posts from the past


MSNBC.com offers Politicians Lie, New Study Shows; report asserts that lying is key part of democracy.



Taj Johns forwards an email about the Saturday shooting in west-Berkeley

I wish that there was some communication to the community about this weekend events.  There are so many rumors running around and our anxiety is high.  It happened on a Saturday and something else [happened] on Friday.  Because of the long weekend we are left to media for an understanding of what happened.  Can something be built in so an mail goes out to us even if it is a weekend?  We should not have to live like this!
Dr Taj Johns


Angela emails a reply

Hello Taj and 10th street neighbors...please find attached the BPD press release from Saturday's events. Not sure you already have these. . . .

Berkeley, California (Sunday, May 17, 2009) ­ Two homicide suspects were arrested
Saturday evening after leading City of Berkeley Police (BPD) officers on a pursuit through
West and South Berkeley, then onto the streets of North Oakland. The pursuit began
when a BPD officer spotted a Cadillac occupied by four male suspects fleeing the scene
of a shooting. The pursuit ended when the Cadillac collided with a Mazda and a
pedestrian at Aileen Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in the City of Oakland. Both
the occupant of the Mazda and the pedestrian were killed in the collision. The driver of
the Mazda has been identified as Todd Perea 27, of Brentwood. Two of the four suspects
were arrested at the crash scene, while two suspects managed to flee on foot. Arrested
were Anthony Price 24, of Oakland and Stephon Anthony 22, of San Leandro.

Members of the BPD Barricaded Subject Hostage Negotiation (BSHNT) spent the better
part of the night and morning hours, systematically searching an approximate four square
block area for the outstanding suspects. A compliment of officers from the City of
Oakland Police (OPD) Department that included the OPD helicopter and canine units
were instrumental in their support of BPD throughout the search. The suspects are still at

At approximately 6:34 p.m. on Saturday, May 16th, a patrol officer heard the sounds of
gunfire in the area of Allston Way and Tenth Street in West Berkeley. Officers found a
25-year-old Berkeley man who had been shot multiple times on Allston Way, west of San
Pablo Avenue. Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) paramedics pronounced him dead at the

BPD is asking for the community's help with this investigation. Anyone who may have any
information regarding this crime is urged to call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-
5741 (office) or (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency dispatch line). If callers wish to remain
anonymous they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line (BACS) at 1-800-
222-TIPS (8477). BACS calls are completely confidential.



Thanks for this information.  Most of us have received some information from media but a police press release has not been available to my knowledge.  The point is 1: why didn't this information get out to us immediately.  An e-mail (although people were off) would have been reassuring. 2: because we have not received an "official" report we were left to fill in the blanks. (unknown is a major cause of fear)  3: when we  did get media reports, some placed the incident on 8th street.  Knowing that information was incorrect, we were left in a state of mistrust, confusion, anxiety and worry. 4:  there was activity in that area around 4 p.m on Saturday,  we have no idea what that was about and were we in danger then? and 5: one of the rumors is that the 2400 block of 10th street blocked off on Friday looking for people is this true?
I think a quick e-mail from someone on Sunday would have been great.  There are just too many unanswered questions and we try to support Berkeley by using our neighborhood businesses, taking care of our gardens, walking our dogs, just basically being visible. (Rule number one for crime pervention, BE VISIBLE) It would have been nice to know sooner than ASAP what was happening.  Why did it take my e-mail to get this information and there are still many more questions to be answered?  
Is there a border war?  How can w e protect ourselves?  What is the City doing to resolve this situation? 
Dr.Taj Johns



"3 murder counts in East Bay shooting, chase" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Todd Anthony Perea had just left his film-editing job and was looking forward to spending Saturday night relaxing at his Brentwood home. At 6:41 p.m., he was driving his Mazda south on Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Aileen Street in North Oakland just as a 41-year-old Berkeley man was crossing the street at the corner."



Nancy Newman emails

Friday afternoon I saw several police officers at both corners on the 2400 block of Tenth, and officers standing at each driveway on the west side of the street looking towards 9th Street.  It certainly looked obvious that they were looking for someone.  I was apprehensive about leaving the house or going outside.  What was going on?  Was it connected to what did happen? 

Nancy Newman


Jarad forwards Ofc Buckheit's email

Hi Jarad,
At approximately 2:30 pm, a victim was robbed of his cell phone and gold chain, via strong arm (no weapons) in the area of Sacramento and Ward St.  The victim chased the suspects to the area of 10th and Channing, where he lost them when they ran behind some houses. Officers conducted a search in the 2400 block of 10th St. but did not located the suspects.  That was the reason for the BPD presence in the area on Friday afternoon.  Detectives do not believe the robbery is related to the shooting/murder at 10th/ Allston on Saturday night.
Ofc. Buckheit #135


"Pair charged with murder in Oakland crash" reports Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Stephon Anthony, 22, of San Leandro and Anthony Price, 26, of Oakland also were charged with weapons and gang enhancements, as well as a special circumstance accusing them of committing multiple murders. That allegation could make them eligible for lethal injection if convicted, although Alameda County prosecutors said they had not decided whether to seek the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole."



"Couples look back on when interracial love defied laws" is a story by Matt O'Brien, Contra Costa Times. "It was the kind of kiss that could change the world."



"How Berkeley's 'Naked Guy' met a tragic end" is by Chip Johnson at sfgate.com.

"As an education reporter working from a basement office in Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus in the fall of 1992, I remember when "Naked Guy" began showing up for class wearing nothing but a G-string covering his private parts."










posts from the past


This is a review of the Loosen Bros German Reisling from the San Francisco Chronicle. "Very good. Hint of petrol and rubber over shy citrus nose; ripe lime, tangerine, peach, red apple and pear with light petrol on the palate, mouth watering and succulent; rich finish." And what have THESE folks been smokin'? Petrol and rubber over shy citrus nose?







Will Wright and his Stupid Fun Club will be Swerve's new tenents--they will occupy part of Swerve's Potter Creek 7th Street facility. Very much sooner-than-later, Michael and Steven Goldin will be leasing space to these video game pioneers--good for Will Wright, good for Potter Creek, good for Berkeley, and good for the Goldins!


good for Ziggy, too

the Swerve family robot-- robots can get lonely


Merryll emails

Wil Wright was the best ice cream in Hollywood/LA growing up ­ real, rich, vanilla beans.  It was a special treat when my dad took us.
But this doesn't sound like that place.

Wil Wright Ice Cream




our Ryan Lau emails

At last night's [Council] meeting, the certification of the ZAB decision on the Berkeley Bowl's use-permit modification was put onto the consent calendar, which essentially means that it received a unanimous vote.  The modification would allow the Berkeley Bowl to open on-schedule with interim traffic mitigations.  Also, another development yesterday before last night's meeting is that the Berkeley Bowl and the union came to an agreement.  The Berkeley Bowl has agreed to allow the workers to use a card check system to decide on union representation.

Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore 




"Matías Tarnopolsky new director of Cal Performances" is a press release at berkeley.edu.

"Matías Tarnopolsky was named the new director of Cal Performances today (Wednesday, May 20) by Robert Birgeneau, chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, at a campus press conference in Zellerbach Hall."


"An Islamic College in Berkeley?" is a report at insidehighered.com. "The proposed Zaytuna College would be a first: a four-year, accredited, Islamic college in the United States.

'Part of the process of indigenizing Islam in America is for the community to begin to develop its own leadership from inside the country, develop its own scholars,' said Hatem Bazian, chair of the management board for Zaytuna College and a senior lecturer of Near Eastern studies at the University of California at Berkeley."




"Two finalists chosen for UC Berkeley police chief" writes Matt Krupnick, Contra Costa Times. "UC Berkeley will choose its next police chief from a pair of East Bay law-enforcement veterans.

The university's assistant chief, Mitch Celaya, and Oakland Deputy Chief David Kozicki are the finalists to replace retiring Chief Victoria Harrison, who will step down by July 31, said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof."



"Double your protection" is a story by Cheah Ui-Hoon at Straits Times TV.

"When there's a flu virus going around, one's first thought is to get a flu jab to get some kind of protection against the disease. But what could be equally important is to get inoculated against bacterial infection, now that a recent study has shown that the majority of deaths during the Spanish flu pandemic (1918-1919) resulted from secondary bacterial pneumonia."

















"That's very ' interesting' he said." "Interesting, . . . it's amazing" replied a Potter Creek Elder, quietly adding "PPSS." " PPSS" I asked. "Post Protestant Stress Syndrome" he said. "He can't feel anything."

Quotes of the Week.



"Rewards offered in Berkeley, Oakland slayings" is a report by Doug Oakley at berkeleyvoice.com.

"The city of Berkeley and Bay Area Crime Stoppers are offering a pair of rewards totaling $64,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of several people accused in four murders in Berkeley and Oakland this month."



Architect Frank Gehry and architect/builder Renzo Piano's most recent appearences n Charlie Rose are worth watching. Check out their links.













posts from the past


Potter Creek's songbirds are enjoying their favorite this morning, Stravinky's The Firebird. They prefer the Bernstein, New York Philharmonic performance to the Boulez.


My Gold Wing buddy, Clifford emailed "If raising children was going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor" and "Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference."





"Supergirl epidemic: Teenage girls sinking under pressure to be perfect" is West County Times story at kansascitystar.com.

"By any measure, high school senior Jordan Wight is a Supergirl. The University of California Berkeley-bound teen is student body president at Alhambra High School in Alhambra, Calif.; captain of the cross country and track teams; and homecoming queen. Her schedule is so crammed there's little time, she says, for 'scheduling errors' and track practice is the only thing that comes close to her 'down time.' "



"Green Day returns to the top slot with "21st Century Breakdown," selling 215,000 units" is a report at theinsider.com. "What's significant about this is that the amount sold only reflects sales over a three-day period - the band wanted to have the U.S. release closer to its international release."



"Northern California's top swimable lakes" is a story at examiner.com.

"If you grew up in the midwest (or the foggy California coast), when summer comes, you are probably itching to swim in lakes. Here is a collection of my favorite Northern California lakes to practice your breast stroke."



"Hotel Mac Restaurant and Bar" is a review by Lynne Char Bennett at sfgate.com.

"Hidden in Point Richmond to all but those in the know, the Hotel Mac Restaurant and Bar has steadfastly offered prime rib and salmon for more than three decades."




"Global hunt for ET enters its second decade" reports Pete Spotts at csmonitor.com.

"ET hasn't phoned home yet, but Earthlings are still wishin', and hopin', and thinkin', and listenin'.

The University of California at Berkeley's SETI@home project (that is, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence ­ at home) entered its second decade this week. It's the granddaddy among projects that tap the unused capacity of Internet-connected home computers for science."














"Berkeley Juneteenth festival on -- for now" reports Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.

"For now, the Juneteenth festival - which was scrapped last year because of organizers' problems meeting deadlines - is on.

But the celebration could be called off again if violence from the long-term North Oakland-South Berkeley border war continues between now and festival day on June 13, a City Council member said Thursday. The troubles seem to be heating up again, with an early May killing and last week's slaying of Charles Davis, 25, both in South Berkeley.


a thoughtful, thought provoking email from Jarad Carleton

For those that don't know, I'm a consultant at a global market research firm. It's my job and my nature to define problems, examine the history of the problem, examine processes, understand the reason behind those processes, set out solutions, and measure the efficacy of those solutions with quantifiable metrics.
Rule #1 in my line of work is to work smarter not harder. That means if there is a logical reason for a process and it has created the positive change that the organization wanted it to, you don't tear down that process and try to reinvent the wheel. You look at the process and see if it can be adjusted to perform even better.
What is being advocated in West Berkeley is to discard the law regarding street memorials and to reinvent the wheel. That's not working smarter, that's working harder.
I've spent significant time and effort examining processes that were put into place and I've had the opportunity to have people that have been active in neighborhood watch in South Berkeley explain to me the background for things (such as removing street memorials).
I've added to that knowledge base with what I do best -- market research. I've scoured online databases from the Berkeley Public Library to read articles published by Police Chief Magazine as well as the FBI so that I could start to build a basic foundation of understanding for best practices in combating neighborhood crime.
Understanding that I am a market research consultant and my breadth & depth of knowledge isn't equivalent to someone with years of experience in law enforcement, I sought out the perspectives of officers to understand some of the "WHYS" behind their actions. In doing that I've spoken frequently with a friend I've known for 16 years that is a Sergeant on the Marin County Sheriff's Dept who used to be a key officer on the Santa Rosa PD Gang Task Force when he was with that department. He was someone that worked closely with the FBI and frequently went to Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City to interview gang members and glean intelligence from them during investigations.
I supplemented that knowledge with my personal experience from a previous career in trucking operations management where I had to manage known gang members working on trucking terminal docks in Sacramento, Hayward, and San Leandro. These were people who referred to Oakland as "the Motherland," who made it clear they had gang affiliations and that they wouldn't hesitate to kill someone that got in their way. And I had to fire some of those people despite being afraid I'd be shot.
I was a 24 year old kid just trying to make a living and having to look everywhere in the parking lot before almost running to my car and speeding out of there because I had a job to do that put me in the sights of gang members. These gang members were hiding drugs in the freight to move them from Los Angeles to the SF Bay Area and Sacramento. These were gang members who were directly responsible for participating in the hijack of trailers full of consumer electronics because they knew when and where the valuable good were and had access to them.
I've taken all of that experience and research and have gone further. I've sat down many times with members of BPD and talked to several on the street, none of whom I knew before moving to Berkeley. I haven't always seen eye to eye with them, but the communication and the time I've spent trying to understand what they have to deal with in a city like Berkeley where they get blamed for nearly everything, has made me perceive that the problem in Berkeley as well as this neighborhood is not the police.
The problem is the people that live here in this neighborhood that refuse to believe that the Latin kids wearing red and white are members of the Norteño gang (also known as the WSB or West Side Boys) that vandalize, commit grand theft auto, beat people in the street, rob & mug.
The problem is the people in this neighborhood that walk by H20 Waterfront gang members that are selling crack and refusing to SEE what is happening right in front of them.
The problem is the people in this neighborhood that refuse to open their eyes and see gang members that you drive by or walk by every day while rationalizing to yourself why they look the way they do and act the way they do by caulking it up to something that someone from a different cultural background does & since it's not harming you, you should live and let live.
The problem is the people in this neighborhood that say they pass by these people and they don't see any guns, knives, or clubs, even though it doesn't take a genius to understand that this isn't Somalia. We won't see people casually standing around with AK-47's hanging over their shoulders and a munitions dump in their front yard. The rule of criminals in the United States is to conceal those weapons until they are ready to use them, but why should that be news to any of you? Why should I or the BPD have to explain something so elementary and basic to a group of grown adults that are literate, can use a computer, and who should have the capacity for higher reasoning and analytical thought?
And why for that matter would anyone that is so permissive and forgiving of criminals & gang members in our neighborhood spend so much time defending these people and giving them the benefit of the doubt, yet not spend any time whatsoever trying to understand the point of view of the officers at BPD that literally put their lives on the line every single day to protect us so that we can have the LUXURY of this kind of dialog.
I ask every one of you on this list to take a hard look in the mirror and ask yourself what you've done to try and make things better here. Not just after someone gets shot, but in the long-term. There's an awful lot of bickering and bitching and moaning about the state of things, but I see no concerted effort by the majority of the people in this neighborhood to really stand up and take some responsibility for making this a better place to live and it sickens me.
Most people in this neighborhood are too busy with their own lives to be bothered. Well, I've cared despite the overwhelming apathy in this neighborhood. I've made the effort to be connected to this neighborhood when I've been in Florida, Massachusetts, Mexico, Germany, and Austria.
Ask yourselves about your own commitment to making things better here and what you could do, not just today and tomorrow. I'm talking about working to improve things over the next 5 years. If you own a house like I do, you are in this neighborhood for the long-haul. Putting your heads in the sand, not wanting to understand the history of why certain measures are effective in fighting crime and most of all, taking an attitude that the police aren't friendly enough isn't going to improve this neighborhood.
Talk with the BPD, get to know some officers. Talk with people in the South Berkeley neighborhood watch groups, get to know the struggles they've gone through. Open your mind to the possibility that your apathy, your silence for months on end, your unwillingness to speak out for the neighborhood in a single loud voice to the city, and your unwillingness to work with the people in South Berkeley, the people that SHARE the same problems we do, is making this neighborhood worse, NOT BETTER.
I expect this level of frankness is going to turn a lot of people off, but I'm tired of not speaking directly with everyone about the truth of situation. My frankness may also get some of you to leave the group, or prompt others to defend their silence, their apathy, their inaction.
Please, save your excuses for someone else because they will fall on deaf ears with me. I don't make excuses because I have been active in trying to make this a better place to live no matter where I am in the world because I care for and love this neighborhood and I want a better future for it. I don't understand why so many of you can't be bothered to love it and see the same potential that I see in it.
I always thought Berkeley was a place of people that were engaged and active in causes. Apparently that is true, but those causes are frequently across the globe in far away places when what is really needed is your attention here at home. What ever happened to the concept "Think globally, act locally?"
I'm very tired of the bickering about making exceptions to the law to permit street memorials and the lack of understanding that you can't have it both ways. Either you want law and order to prevail or you don't. BPD isn't a fascist organization, these are real people with families & yet their put their lives on the line every day to protect an increasingly unthankful public in this city & that's shameful.
I'm tired of trying to motivate people to open their eyes and stand up and be heard. A handful of people can't change West and South Berkeley, it takes more than that. So I ask you all that are in the silent majority here, what are YOU going to do to make this a better place to live?
I've done what I can do and I can't move a mountain. I'm exhausted from treading water and never getting anywhere.
Jarad Carleton



Cameron mentioned we have a new, improved Potter Creek asset, the Kala Gallery.

"The Kala Gallery opens in a new location at 2990 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley on May 1, 2009" is a mention at sfgate.com. "The new expansive street level gallery is part of the Kala Art Institute, an artists residency center located around the corner at 1060 Heinz. The Kala Gallery features new work in video, installation, photography."

Kala Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702, (510) 841-7000














"Berkeley Police Identify Homicide Suspects" Bay City News, Special to the Planet

"Two gang members who remain at large following a triple homicide in the East Bay last weekend have been identified, the Berkeley Police Department announced today.

Arrest warrants were issued for 27-year-old Rafael Campbell and Samuel Flowers, 21, on Friday. Police say they are wanted for three counts of murder and are considered armed and dangerous. "

Rafael Campbell

Samuel Flowers



Henry K Lee of the Chronicle elaborates with

"Stephon Anthony, 22, of San Leandro and Anthony Price, 26, of Oakland were each charged Tuesday with murder, weapons and gang enhancements and a special circumstance accusing them of committing multiple murders. That allegation could make them eligible for lethal injection if convicted, although Alameda County prosecutors say they have not decided whether to seek the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole.

Police said the four men used assault rifles to kill Charles Davis, 25, near the corner of 10th Street and Allston Way in west Berkeley at about 6:35 p.m. May 16. Prosecutors said Davis' slaying was a retaliatory strike by members of a North Oakland gang.

Frankel would not say which role each suspect allegedly played. But authorities said a Berkeley officer who heard the gunfire began chasing a Cadillac that fled the scene and was driven by Anthony." The full story here.



Jarad emails

excerpt from SF Chronicle this weekend
Police said the four men used assault rifles to kill Charles Davis, 25, near the corner of 10th Street and Allston Way in west Berkeley at about 6:35 p.m. May 16. Prosecutors said Davis' slaying was a retaliatory strike by members of a North Oakland gang.*

*This is information that has been privately discussed between active members of the City of Berkeley neighborhood watch network, but has not been posted here because it wasn't officially released by BPD. As we've implied previously, someone isn't randomly shot in the street with AK-47's if they aren't involved with a gang...in this case the H20 Waterfront gang.
I respect the opinions of people in my neighborhood, but I have to say that all of the talk over the past week about the victim being an innocent person doesn't hold water.
Jarad Carleton




"Berkeley needle exchange program comes out of the shadows" reports Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"After nearly 20 years of quietly handing out free, clean needles to drug users on Berkeley's streets, the city's needle exchange is coming out of the shadows.

In April, a year ahead of its 20th birthday, the Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution became a registered charity, a certified nonprofit group and last year was able to get a state grant that increased its yearly budget to more than $100,000."



"Longer carpool lane hours suggested for I-80" by Denis Cuff, at sjmercurynews.com

"Traffic congestion on Interstate 80 from Oakland to Hercules is so bad so often that the Bay Area's transportation commission is going to study whether to expand the hours for carpool-only lanes on weekdays and begin weekend hours, as well.

Ranked for years as the region's most congested freeway section, the major commute route between the central Bay Area and the North Bay and Sacramento Valley currently has a carpool restriction on one lane in each direction from 5 to 10 a.m. and from 3 to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is going to investigate whether adding more hours would help the flow.

'We're going to look into it along with our partner, Caltrans,' said Randy Rentschler, a spokesman for the nine-county transportation commission.

Two commissioners - Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd - called last week for the look into expanded hours. Dodd suggested carpool lanes might be appropriate seven days a week because of traffic congestion on Saturdays and Sundays."









posts from the past

5/8/03 "Virtually every encyclopedia or textbook etymology of the word 'robot' mentions the play R.U.R [Rossum's Universal Robots. Prague, 1920.]   Although the immediate worldwide success of the play immediately popularized the word (supplanting the earlier 'automaton'), it was actually not Karel Capek but his brother Josef, also a respected Czech writer, who coined the word. The Czech word robota means 'drudgery' or 'servitude'; a robotnik is a peasant or serf.  Although the term today conjures up images of clanking metal contraptions, Capek's Robots (always capitalized) are more accurately the product of what we would now call genetic engineering.  The play describes of 'kneading troughs' and 'vats' for processing a chemical substitute for protoplasm, and a 'stamping mill' for forming Robot bodies."



" 'Turn off your computer': Google CEO speaks to Penn grads"reports Kathy Matheson, Associated Press Writer in the Salisbury Post.com

"The head of the world's most popular search engine urged college graduates on Monday to step away from the virtual world and make human connections".



"Fogerty rocks ACC crowd" is a concert review by Jane Stevenson at torontosun.com.

"John Fogerty may have been born in Berkeley, California, but on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre Theatre, he was definitely Born On The Bayou.

Over the course of two-hours, the 63-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist and his six-piece band effectively shook up a small crowd with some of the best known songs from his legendary late '60s, early '70s rock band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, plus his own solo work."

Creedence recorded for Potter Creek's Fanasy Records. In fact, the word was that "They made Fantasy."



"Californians face up to grim future as deficit spirals" by Rob Woollard, AFP.

As a Hollywood action hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger forged a career playing tough guys used to prevailing against impossible odds.

But the Austrian-born former Mr. Universe, who was elected California governor in 2003 on a platform of fiscal reform, has failed to impose his will on the state's seemingly eternal budget problems.

The Republican governor suffered a crushing special election defeat this week over a package of measures he argued were essential to help plug a projected 21-billion-dollar budget deficit.

Schwarzenegger said the result had left California facing 'fiscal disaster' and the state -- which would have the world's eighth largest economy if it were a country -- is now preparing for severe spending cuts.

Former governor Gray Davis -- ousted by Schwarzenegger in 2003's historic recall election -- said his successor is discovering that Californians held unrealistic expectations of lower taxes and higher spending.



"California budget crisis could bring lasting economic harm:The short-term pain of budget cuts could pale next to a long-term loss of companies and academic talent" is a story by Martin Zimmerman, Marc Lifsher and Andrea Chang at latimes.com.

"As bad as California's budget crisis is for the state's $1.8-trillion economy, just wait. It could get worse.

The spectacle that played out in the national media this week of a state unable to get its fiscal act together is reinforcing the notion that the Golden State is a rotten place to do business, experts say."




from my log

5/15/09--3:35 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filter, wear mask.

5/16/09--5:54 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filter, wear mask, leave. All AM SERIOUS irritant IMMEDITATELY in front of warehouse and in warehouse front.

5/17/09--6:49 PM--irritant IMMEDITAELY in front of warehouse plus "chlorine" odor.

5/20/09--5:55 AM--irritant in warehouse plus "chlorine" odor, air out.

5/21/09--4:48 PM--irritant in front room.


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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