"Mural adorns wall in west Berkeley" is a story by Doug Oakley at berkeleyvoice.com.

"Sixteen-year-old Alejandra Avalos is learning to paint a mural.

It's something she never thought she could do, but she gave it a try anyway.

Now she's proud to tell friends and family that she's part of a team that's making a Berkeley street corner come alive with a painting that tells a story of the city's Latino culture.

The 60-foot long mural in vivid colors at the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Addison Street is called Living without Borders, and is overseen by internationally known muralist Juana Alicia, also a resident of west Berkeley.

The project was started to inspire young people in the neighborhood and offer them an alternative to criminal temptation."




"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."



It's been suggested that Berkeley city services are minimal on weekends. However my own experience is that our Angela Gallegos-Castillo has been, more-than-not, responsive over weekends.

Well, Ok then.




"Raiders' star finds strength in Berkeley High coach" reports Scott Ostler, Chronicle Staff Writer.


"Hinder chooses California:Local football player verbally commits to west coast university" by Luke Graham atsteamboatpilot.com.

"Steamboat Springs High School junior quarterback Austin Hinder verbally committed to the University of California-Berkeley on Monday."










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".



"Nanotech Memory Could Hold Data For 1 Billion Years" is a story at slashdot.org.




"Shotgun Players pull no punches with 'Faust, Part I" is a review by Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times.

"There is plenty of good ol' Teutonic Sturm und Drang here for everyone.

It is Goethe's 'Faust, Part I,' after all. That is, Goethe's tale filtered poetically through an adaptation by Mark Jackson, who also plays the title role in the Shotgun Players production that opened Friday in Berkeley."

"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."



"Recession suddenly humbles high-tech sector" is a report by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer.




"World Economy Stabilizing, Says Krugman" is a Reuters story at truthout.org.

" The world economy has avoided 'utter catastrophe' and industrialised countries could register growth this year, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said on Monday."





"Suspect in Berkeley's Third Homicide Arrested in Florida" reports  Zach A. Williams of the Daily Cal.

"An Oakland man suspected to have been involved with Berkeley's third homicide of the year and a car collision that killed two people on May 16 was arrested in Florida, Berkeley police announced Tuesday. "




"Cuban Tango" is a story at sfgate.com.

"Dancers from the Edmundo Tango dance company apply makeup as they stand by a painting of Argentina's Carlos Gardel in preparation for the inauguration of the second tango festival in Havana, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Gardel is considered world's most famous tango singer and composer."










posts from the past


One of Potter Creek's Elders, and business men, is John Phillips, harpsichord builder. John not only builds harpsichords but seems also to love them. Though, perhaps not as much as he loves trains. John is a quiet, reserved fellow though has recently displayed cahones of iron. So, here for him is something I wrote once-upon-a-time about trains and claviers. (It's ostensibly a review of Ralph Kirkpatrick's clavichord performance of J.S. Bach's Well Tempered Clavier recorded in 1963, Archiv 198311/12.)

In the great American folk art model railroading, the locomotive that runs the most slowly and quietly is the one that is the most sought after. The severe test of locomotive performance is just how slowly and quietly it can move, for slow and quiet running are thought of as qualities of excellence. Running a noisy engine around the track at breakneck speed is thought of as child's play. The mature model railroader spends much time and effort making his favorite locomotive creep along silently. The mechanically minded may even disassemble and fine tune the locomotive, and upon successful re-assembly and test running, boast that their engine runs so slowly that its movement cannot be seen. The like test for stereo equipment is to play quiet music, and value the hardware that renders it most accurately. These records of the Well-Tempered Clavier are of music, a performance, and a recording that lend themselves to such a test: a test of quiet excellence. This set of records sold well in the Berkeley of the 1960s, a time and place of some sensitivity. When I worked at Campus Records, I would often hear of their otherworldly beauty from those who apparently had spent all night listening to them. However, on casual listening in the shop they seemed boring; its playing there did not convince. But time has revealed these records to be music of subtle color and soft richness, and of a performance and recording of quiet excellence. The recording, above all, beautifully captures the clavichord's quiet rainbow hue and bell-like tone. The performance too is beautiful, and deeply felt.


Kruse' yard is no longer regularly vandalized. Perhaps, because as part of their last-year's redo they moved everything inside. The yard is now used only for parking. My memory is that just before the redo someone broke in and stole a fork-lift.

Perhaps we have crime and vandalism in Potter Creek because, almost unconsciously, it is WE who tolerate it--not the city or the police. Recently, I've heard from a few longer-time residents "I really like it just the way it is down here."







"Neighborhood girds for Berkeley Bowl West" is by Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

" Finally, after seven years of planning, there might be enough heirloom tomatoes in Berkeley for everyone.

Berkeley Bowl, the landmark grocery famed for its fresh produce and gourmet fare, is slated to open its sprawling sister store next week. Berkeley Bowl West will be a larger, more spacious version of the original, offering everything from organic soybeans to 24-ounce cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

The $30 million store is located at Ninth and Anthony streets, a block off Ashby Avenue and just west of San Pablo Avenue on the site of a former roofing company. 'In a way it's really gratifying to see it finally open, but it's sad, too,' said architect Kava Massih. 'We've all been working on this for so long; it's like seeing your kid go off to college. You just can't believe it's over.' "



the Potter Creek

Berkeley Bowl

"the grocery store and more"

a photo essay of the beginning with permission of the owners




"Oakland's Fentons Creamery in Pixar film 'Up' " Peter Hartlaub, Chronicle Pop Culture Critic.

"The latest 'Night at the Museum' movie has an advertisement for the Smithsonian Institution in the film's title. 'Angels and Demons' places Tom Hanks behind the wheel of a new Fiat. Capt. Kirk from 'Star Trek' uses his Nokia phone while speeding down a 23rd century road, and drinks Jack Daniels at the local bar.

The product placement included within 'Up' has a more local flavor.

Oakland residents will do a double take when they see that Fentons Creamery - the 114-year-old ice cream parlor and restaurant - not only gets name-dropped by the Pixar movie's over-eager Wilderness Explorer character Russell, but later figures into the plot."




"Mindfuse Opens Beta Registration for Gatheryn: Interested participants can sign up at the newly redesigned community website" is a story at pc.ign.com.

"Mindfuse, a leading independent developer of online virtual worlds, today unveiled the completely redesigned community website for Gatheryn, a casual virtual world set to launch later this year. With the unveiling of the new community website, Mindfuse also officially opened registration for Gatheryn's beta phase."




"State lawmakers seek to rein in UC system" Jim Doyle, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"State lawmakers expect to introduce legislation today for a constitutional amendment that would strip the University of California of its immunity from regulation by the state Legislature."
















posts from the past


"A group of parade participants-who said they were out publicizing bicycling and oil-dependency reduction accused a Berkeley couple in their 70s of trying to run them over" writes Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet. The full story is here.








"A Berkeley, California, burglar engineered his own arrest, and that of his girlfriend, when he stole a laptop and used it as his personal computer" is a post at slashdot.org.



"Pudgy Eunuchs, Big Cleavage Get Laughs in 'You, Nero' is a review by Stephen West at bloomberg.com.

"Who says a pathological murderer can't be funny? At Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California, Amy Freed's 'You, Nero' takes the bloody goings-on of Rome's imperial family after 'I, Claudius' and turns them into a series of clever one-liners that aim for a Mel Brooksian level of silliness."



"First evidence of entanglement in photosynthesis" is a story at technologyreview.com. "Room temperature entanglement seems to be a by-product of the process of harvesting light.






posts from the past


David Snipper, a long time Potter Creek resident, observes of "Scrambled Eggs and Lox." "We frequently take our own surrounding for granted. We often go to work outside the neighborhood and only see it at night or on weekends. This morning for the first time, I took the time to go through and review your site. What an amazing collection of neighborhood history and information. Your long local residency plus your curiosity about what's going on in the Potter Creek area are very unique. What you've collected so far is not only valuable to those of us living here but is also a permanent record for future residents and a model for others living in their own distinct and unique neighborhoods. "

My friend Nick Despotopoulos stopped by yesterday afternoon. He brought some sandwiches from Fanny's and a bottle of French wine from Kermit Lynch. We ate, drank, and talked politics and business. I've known Nikos for over fifteen years and regularly buy stereo equipment from him -- he's provided me the best at reasonable prices. Just how good a salesman is Nick? I thank him for taking my money.


Sarah emails


I am writing a paper for my environmental studies class on Alternative Fuels. I did some research and found some great sites including your page: http://ronpenndorf.com/srmbema.html which has a link on it http://www.afdc.doe.gov/ that is not working. I have found a very resourceful site about Alternative Fuels: http://www.truckchamp.com/alternative-fuels.html you might want to consider this as a replacement. it looks like a great site, and I'm sure it will help me with my paper.

I hope you have a wonderful day!




"Biofuels Oasis Opens in South Berkeley" reports Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.

"It's not a gas station, yet more than 2,000 people swear by it when it comes to refueling their cars in the East Bay.

Some do it because they are against the Iraq War. Others because they despise Dick Cheney. But the overwhelming majority of customers filling up their tanks with leftover recycled cooking oil at Berkeley's BioFuels Oasis do it because of their love for the environment. Even if it means paying a buck or two extra.

BioFuels Oasis, an all-women cooperative, moved from their old location at Fourth Street and Dwight Way to 1441 Ashby Ave. on May 1, taking over what was once Kandy's Carwash, an African-American-owned business that had been a fixture in the South Berkeley neighborhood for years.




our Ryan Lau forwards an email from our Traffic Department


Based on the data collected for a total duration of 48-hours on April 7, 8, 29, & 30, 2009, and a collision analysis for the period of July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2008, a 4-Way Stop is not warranted at the intersection of 8th and Pardee. Currently 2-Way Stop signs are installed at the eastbound/westbound approaches of Pardee. However, to further enhance the traffic condition at this intersection our Department will do the following:
· 1. Replace old sub-standard " Cross Traffic Does Not Stop" sign panels with two new standard signs on EB/WB approaches of Pardee.
· 2. Install new cross walks on all approaches.
· 3. Refresh all the existing red curbs at the intersection.
· No further actions will be taken in this matter.

and a ps

  I'll ask the Transportation Dept to take another look at this intersection after the [Bowl] opening.



"Plan to Double West Berkeley Rail Lines Fades With Economy" is a story by Richard Brenneman of our Planet.

"A plan to double the number of rail lines through West Berkeley has joined banks and car makers as a casualty of the economic crash.

Carolyn Clevenger, planner for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), said that 'with the current economy, the volume of rail traffic is down significantly, both nationally and in the East Bay. There is less urgency in expansion.' "




"Nokia Research Center's Newest Lab Opens in Berkeley, California" is a report at prnewswire.com.

" Nokia (NYSE: NOK) announced an expansion of its global research laboratories with the opening of Nokia Research Center, Berkeley. Located in close proximity to the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) campus, the new Lab is under the direction of Dr. John Shen who also heads Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto, California."




"Sales-tax scheme bill sent to governor's desk" is a report by Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.

"Inspired in part by Livermore's hardship, the Assembly voted unanimously Thursday for a bill aimed at keeping California's cities from getting soaked for millions of dollars in a kind of sales-tax relocation scheme.

The Assembly voted 71-0 for Senate Bill 27 by state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley; the state Senate passed it March 12 on a 33-0 vote, and so now it's headed for the desk of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger - who vetoed a similar bill without explanation last year during the legislation freeze he imposed during the budget deadlock."




"Wisconsin's woes are part of grand scheme of fiscal irresponsibility:From bad to worse to worser still" Rick Berg on isthmus.com.

"Madison has often been called the 'Berkeley of the Midwest.' But these days, our state capital has more in common with Sacramento.

California politicians in Sacramento have run up a $21.3 billion hole in their state's budget, while their counterparts in Madison have managed to dig a $6.6 billion grave for Wisconsin.

It's tempting to think that when it comes to profligate spending, Wisconsin can'

t hold a candle to California. Think again. "





Check out Charlie Rose with Kate Kelly and Willaim Cohan for insights into the Wall Street debacle.


And read the New Yorker's "The Death of Kings:Stories from the end of a financial era" by Nick Paumgarten, even if you have to subscribe.






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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