west-Berkeley

artist studio

 

 

5/16/10

another part of Ink Works

mural

 

 

our Tak emails

Thanks for letting us know that Nordic House has opened on San Pablo Avenue in the old San Pablo Poultry space.

We're happy to have Nordic House relocate here. We've been going to this store on Telegraph Avenue for many years mainly to buy whole yellow peas. These are unsplit dried peas which have a flavor very different from the common split peas. Nordic House is the only place we know of to get these in all of the Bay area. Of course they have lots of other good stuff: store made pickled herring; sausages; etc. We go to get the peas and always come back with other stuff.

We use the peas to make Swedish pea soup. I'm told that this is a national dish, served once a week to the draftees in the Swedish army. Janet learned to make this while she was a college student spending a year abroad in Sweden. It is very plain and very good. I'll see if I can get Janet to translate the recipe into English off of her tattered hand written page in Swedish.

Tak Nakamoto

 

 

 

Janine emails

The Berkeley Early Music Festival is fast approaching, and I am excited not only because of all the concerts I will be attending, but because I am giving two concerts as well. 

The first, solo harpsichord, is to be held in the wonderful resonant little Chapel of St. Joseph of Arimathea, 2543 Durant Ave. It is at an odd time, 3:40 PM, as there is a service in the chapel at 5:00.  This will be an hour long, music-stuffed concert (as I did two years ago, there will be no applause to take up time).  I will be playing Bach, Handel, Buxtehude and Pachelbel, all on a new Mietke harpsichord built by Owen daly.  This should be really fun for anyone who loves this repertoire.  The concert is Wednesday, June 9th at 3:40 PM, 2543 Durant Ave. $15/$10 (seniors, students, SFEMS, EMA, WEKA members) On time start!

The other concert, which I emailled everbody about quite a while ago, is all Bach, with Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin.  This concert is friday June 11, 12:00 PM at Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana Street. Everyone I believe knows Elizabeth's playing.  This should be dynamite, and not to be missed!  What great music!  $15/$10 (seniors, students, SFEMS, EMA, WEKA members). 

I hope you can come to both!  The programs are below. My very best wishes, Janine

Harpsichord Program:

Toccata in e minor ................................................Johann Sebastian Bach

Aria Secunda (1699)........................................................Johann Pachelbel

Fantasia 10 in G major.....................................Georg Friedrich Handel

Suite V (1720) in e minor.........................................................G.F. Handel
 
    l Allegro (fuga)
     Allemande
     Couante
     Sarabande
     Gigue

Canzona in C major BuxWV 166...........................Dietrich Buxtehude

Suite in C major BuxWV 230.............................................D. Buxtehude
   
     Allemande
     Courante
     Sarabande
     Gigue

French Suite V in G major BWV 816......................................J.S. Bach
   
     Allemande
     Courante
     Sarabande
     Gavotte
     Bourée
     Loure
     Gigue

Violin and Harpsichord Program:

Sonata in f minor for violin and obbligato harpsichord, BWV 1018

(moderato)
Allegro
Adagio
Vivace

Aria and Variations transcribed for solo violin by Elizabeth Blumenstock

 

Sonata in G Major for violin and obbligato harpsichord, BWV 1019
Allegro
Largo
Allegro
Adagio
Allegro

Adagio and Fugue from Sonata BWV 1001 for solo violin transcribed for solo harpsichord by a 20th century master

 

Sonata in A Major for violin and obbligato harpsichord, BWV 1015
Dolce
Allegro
Andante un poco
Presto

 

Read about the Berkeley Early Music Festival here.RP

 

 

Pete and Becky Star's Scratchy Vinyl Show is on KALX next Monday 12 Noon til 3.

Check it out!

 

 

"Farmers' Markets" by Rachel Gross at nytimes.com.

"In the past few years, farmers' markets have had a resurgence in the Bay Area and across the United States as consumers seek both a way to connect with their meals and an alternative to large grocery chains. The generation of "going green" wants to know where its food comes from, how long it is in transit and what techniques are used to grow it - information individuals can get from their grower but not from their local chain store.

Numbers describing food trends and farmers' markets in the Bay Area, from national and nonprofit sources:

12 Number of certified farmers' markets in California in 1979.

540 Number of certified farmers' markets in California today, one-third of which are in the Bay Area. There are 5,270 such markets in the United States. "

 

 

our Darryl Moore emails

Weathering the Storm: Budget Briefing & Best Practices for CBOs

For all of you that run a community-based organization (CBO) or work for a CBO, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson invites you to a free event, offering a unique opportunity to learn about different strategies to keep your CBO afloat in these tough economic times.
 
When: Monday, May 17th, 2010 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm 
Where: Beebe Memorial Cathedral
3900 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609

Please RSVP to Amy De Reyes at
amy.dereyes@acgov.org or (510) 272-6685

City of Berkeley - Darryl Moore

 

 

 

"Poorest UC Berkeley students to lose some child care" is a report by Matt Krupnick at contracostatimes.com.

 

 

"Berkeley Students and Workers Stay Hungry Together" by Jessica Taal at labornotes.org.

"Rufino Romero did not eat for 10 days. He went without even water for nearly 40 hours, yet his spirits are high. Romero is one of 18 UC Berkeley students and workers on hunger strike since May 3. Around noon that day, the group of mainly Latin@ and Chican@ students from campus groups La Raza, MEChA, and others presented their six demands and announced their hunger strike in front of California Hall, where top administrators have their offices.

The first of the six demands, calling on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau to publicly denounce Arizona's racist SB 1070 immigration law, brought Romero into the strike.

But the solidarity he's witnessed throughout the week has kept him hungry: two campus workers, members of AFSCME Local 3299, joined the strike on its third day, and other campus workers have come out to daily rallies. "I couldn't imagine going through the ninth day without the workers," he said.

What Romero witnessed on the morning of the seventh day kept him in a fighting mood. After campus police rousted about 50 strikers and supporters from the lawn in front of California Hall to have the lawn mowed, two AFSCME grounds workers refused to turn on the sprinklers, so that the protesters and their belongings would not get wet. Romero said that one of the workers shook strikers' hands and thanked them for their protest."

 

 

 

 "Firefighters are battling a fire in the Berkeley hills that completely engulfed one house and has burned at least two others" reports Doug Oakley in the Berkeley Voice .

"No one has been hurt in the fire, reported shortly after noon [Thursday May 13] at San Luis Road and Avis Road, about a mile north of the Marin Avenue traffic Circle.

Arlington Avenue is closed for several blocks in each direction, and several nearby homes have been evacuated."

Full story and updates at link.

 

 

 

"Police Seek Four Suspects In Berkeley Robberies" is a report a ktvu.com.

"Police were seeking four suspects believed to be responsible for at least two robberies just south of the University of California at Berkeley campus in the past few weeks.

In both robberies, victims were approached from behind by a group of people who struck them with an unknown object and stole their belongings, according to police.

The first robbery was reported at about midnight April 28 near the intersection of Shattuck Avenue and Center Street. Another was reported at 8:14 p.m. on May 6 in the 2500 block of Benvenue Avenue, police said.

The suspects have been described as a group of two Hispanic or black men and two Hispanic women.

One of the men was described as being in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin build, and was wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans. The other man was described as being in his late teens or early 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium-to-heavy build, and was wearing a white T-shirt and dark jeans.

The women are both in their late teens or early 20s and about 5 feet 3 inches tall. One has a thin build and was wearing a light blue or gray shirt and denim jeans, and the other has a medium build and was wearing a dark jacket and denim jeans, according to police."

 

 

"Man found guilty of killing UC Berkeley senior in 2008" is a report at kgonews.com.

"A jury reached a verdict Thursday in the case of a man charged with stabbing a UC Berkeley senior to death two years ago.

Former Berkeley City College student Andrew Hoeft-Edenfield is guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Christopher Wooton in May 2008.

Wooton was a nuclear engineering student. His friends believe he was killed while trying to break up a fight near an off-campus sorority house."

 

 

5/17/10

"The Walk-Through: 2709 10th St., Berkeley" is of a Potter Creek condo

at sfgate.com.

 

 

 

our Claudine Asbagh emails (excerpts of email and attached files)

 

(Those of us in Little Potter Creek, a Mixed Use Residential zone, take note.

"No modifications of any kind are proposed in the Mixed Use Residential (MUR )".)

underlining mine

 

Alarmism to the contrary

and there never were! RP

 

 

Claudine's email continues

A special meeting of the Planning Commission has been set for Wednesday, May 19, 2010 to discuss the West Berkeley Project.

AGENDA
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION
This meeting is held in a wheelchair accessible location.

May 19, 2010 North Berkeley Senior Center
7:00 PM 1901 Hearst Avenue
All written materials identified on this agenda are available on the Planning Commission
webpage: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=13072

PRELIMINARY MATTERS
1. Roll Call
2. Order of Agenda: The Commission may rearrange the agenda or place additional
agendized items on the Consent Calendar.
3. Public Comment: Comments on subjects not included on the agenda. Speakers may
comment on agenda items when the Commission hears those items.
See "Public Testimony Guidelines" below.
4. Planning Staff Report: In addition to the items below, additional matters may be reported at
the meeting.
5. Chairperson's Report: Report by Planning Commission Chair.
6. Committee Reports: Reports by Commission committees or liaisons. In addition to the
items below, additional matters may be reported at the meeting.
7. Approval of Minutes: None.
8. Future Agenda Items and Other Planning-Related Events.
CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS See "Consent Calendar Guidelines" below.
None.
AGENDA ITEMS: All Matters are for discussion and possible action. Public Hearing items
require hearing prior to Commission action.

 

May 19, 2010
To Planning Commission

From Alex Amoroso, Principal Planner

Subject: West Berkeley Project
A. Definition(s) of Research and Development
B. Discussion of Protected
Material Recovery Enterprise

Recommendation
Planning Staff recommends that the Commission take the following action(s):
A. Definition(s) of Research and Development
Direct staff to draft zoning code language for
changes to corresponding use tables
B. Protected Manufacturing, Warehouse, Wholesale Trade, and Material Recovery
Enterprise Space (M/W/W/MRE)
Direct staff to draft zoning code language based on materials and def
discussed at the 5/19/10 Commission meeting.

Introduction
This meeting will be divided into two parts
A]Development; and B) Protected M/W/W/MRE space.
direction from the Planning Com
Protected M/W/W/MRE space discussion.

No modifications of any kind are proposed in the Mixed Use Residential (MUR
there are no references to MUR included Attachment 1.

Discussion
There are three items that will be addressed as we discuss
The definition of the use
The districts in which the uses are allowed
The levels of discretion under which the uses are evaluated (Zoning Certificate,
(ZC); Administrative Use Permit

Planning Commission
Alex Amoroso, Principal Planner

West Berkeley Project:
A. Definition(s) of Research and Development
B. Discussion of Protected Manufacturing, Warehouse, Wholesale Trade and
Enterprise Space. Provide Direction to staff on next steps.
Planning Staff recommends that the Commission take the following action(s):
Definition(s) of Research and Development (R&D):
Direct staff to draft zoning code language for the proposed definitions and
to corresponding use tables (Attachment 1)
Manufacturing, Warehouse, Wholesale Trade, and Material Recovery
(M/W/W/MRE):
Direct staff to draft zoning code language based on materials and def
discussed at the 5/19/10 Commission meeting.
divided into two parts: A) Definitions of Research and
Development; and B) Protected M/W/W/MRE space. The R&D discussion
direction from the Planning Commission will provide framework for the subsequent
Protected M/W/W/MRE space discussion.
No modifications of any kind are proposed in the Mixed Use Residential (MUR
there are no references to MUR included Attachment 1.
There are three items that will be addressed as we discuss R&D:
The definition of the use
in which the uses are allowed
The levels of discretion under which the uses are evaluated (Zoning Certificate,
; Administrative Use Permit (AUP); Use Permit (UP)
Manufacturing, Warehouse, Wholesale Trade and
Provide Direction to staff on next steps.
Planning Staff recommends that the Commission take the following action(s):
the proposed definitions and
Manufacturing, Warehouse, Wholesale Trade, and Material Recovery
Direct staff to draft zoning code language based on materials and definitions
: A) Definitions of Research and
discussion and resulting
framework for the subsequent
No modifications of any kind are proposed in the Mixed Use Residential (MUR), so
The levels of discretion under which the uses
are evaluated (Zoning Certificate,

Definitions
Attachment 1 provides two definitions -- "R&D" and "R&D, Office." These definitions
reflect staff's best understanding of the Commission direction. They are based on the
City of San Jose definition, with slight modifications to address Berkeley needs. The
definitions are drafted with input from the Office of Economic Development (OED).

Explanatory Notes: Staff has provided a definition for "R&D, Office" for two reasons:
To address the stated concerns that the regulation of primary office uses not get
confused with the regulation of R&D. The goal is to avoid having "office only"
uses moving further (both figuratively and literally) into the "M" districts.
To address the stated interest in promoting R&D offices over other office uses,
where office uses are allowed in the "M" districts. Changes to promote R&D
office are addressed in the levels of discretion for MULI only, but could be
considered where office uses are allowed in the MM.

Uses placement, Size and Levels of Discretion
Attachment 1 shows both current and proposed use tables for the Manufacturing (M),
Mixed Manufacturing (MM), and Mixed Use Light Industrial (MULI) zoning districts under
consideration. The proposed tables assume that definitions of both R&D and R&D,
Office will be adopted and thus, are reflected in the tables.

Explanatory Notes:
The proposed modifications to levels of discretion for R&D, shown in the
proposed tables, are guided by general agreement of the Stakeholders during
initial discussions of R&D and Product Development. All groups agreed that the
city should promote smaller businesses: the discretionary levels reflect this
desire.
The proposed modifications to the levels of discretion for laboratory and the
addition of laboratory to the M District are proposed by staff.


Laboratories
Laboratories are allowed in West Berkeley with the restrictions shown in the current use
tables (Attachment 1). Staff recommends that laboratories, as currently identified and
restricted, be considered a component of R&D. Additional clarifying notes related to
laboratories are included in Attachment 1.

Conclusion
Staff recommends that the Commission consider the two following steps for the 5/19
meeting:
Consider the two part agenda item in order and provide direction for each
portion.
Split both the public comment and the Commission discussion to focus on the
two parts of this item, so that the conversation and eventual direction is clear to
all.

 

Definition(s) (proposed):
Research and Development: "Research and Development" is an establishment or facility engaged in one
or more of the following: industrial or scientific research; product design; development and testing; and
limited manufacturing necessary for the production of prototypes. (M, MM, MULI)
Research and Development, Office: "Research and Development, Office" is an establishment engaged in
industrial or scientific research and product design that primarily involves the use of computers and other
related office equipment in an office setting. The facility may also include administrative services related to
product design or sales. (Allowed in MULI and MM; not allowed in M)
Laboratory Notes:
Several laboratory use types are listed in the zoning district use tables. Staff suggests that
laboratories be incorporated into R&D as defined above.
Staff suggests retaining the existing levels of discretion and restrictions for laboratories in
the MM and MULI districts.
Staff suggests allowing R&D and laboratories to be allowed in the M District with the
discretionary levels noted.

for complete presentation documents go to

http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=13072

 

 

Our David B sent a brief email making the point that changes in adjacent zones may affect Little Potter Creek.

For further discussion, seek me out in one of our watering holes, bistros, cafes, bars, restaurants. We'll talk.

If we had John Coltrane Park we could all meet there and picnic

or when ganja becomes legal, toke-up and get political-serious before the munchies and giggles kick in.

ps David, just a reminder that you have yet to claim your prize after winning my years-ago-and-only-contest when you correctly identified the 1930's aircraft carrier and fighter in my posted-on Scrambled-Eggs photo. RP

 

 

"Minority student activists protest education cuts" by Eric Gorski at washingtonpost.com.

"If campus activism still brings to mind peace signs, a sea of white faces and liberal strongholds like Berkeley, meet Jesse Cheng.

Cheng is a third-year Asian-American studies major at the University of California, Irvine, a campus less than five decades old in the middle of Orange County, a place of strip malls and subdivisions that gave birth to the ultraconservative John Birch Society.

Comfortable talking with both administrators and anarchists, Cheng is a presence at protests but avoids getting arrested. He doesn't want to put his graduation at risk or upset his mother, who worked hard to get him here and worries for his safety because she witnessed what happened to dissidents in her native China.

Cheng is part of a growing movement of Asian, Hispanic and African-American students rallying around a new cause - fighting a budget crisis that's undermining access to higher education at a time when students of color have become a stronger demographic force. "

 

 

our Cameron Woo emails

Top Dogs in the Hood

Hello Ron,

Claudia was shopping for plants at the East Bay Nursery on San Pablo and told me that today and for the the next two Saturdays, they are selling Top Dogs to all comers ... (I think from 11-3) Top Dog has a grill set up and everything. Just polished off a delicious veggie dog myself!

Cameron

 

 

 

"Pitfalls of credit reports" Jonathan K. Nathan, Special to The Chronicle.

"Rhoda Ausman prides herself on being a responsible consumer. The executive administrative assistant from San Jose says she pays her bills on time. She doesn't buy what she can't afford and saves money whenever she can. It isn't always easy, but she's been able to stay afloat.

In November 2008, American Express denied her a credit card because of a 7-year-old bankruptcy filing that didn't belong to her. In fact, Ausman has never filed for bankruptcy."

 

 

 

"The Rise and Fall of the G.D.P." by Jon Gertner at nytimes.com.

"Whatever you may think progress looks like - a rebounding stock market, a new house, a good raise - the governments of the world have long held the view that only one statistic, the measure of gross domestic product, can really show whether things seem to be getting better or getting worse. G.D.P. is an index of a country's entire economic output - a tally of, among many other things, manufacturers' shipments, farmers' harvests, retail sales and construction spending. It's a figure that compresses the immensity of a national economy into a single data point of surpassing density. The conventional feeling about G.D.P. is that the more it grows, the better a country and its citizens are doing. In the U.S., economic activity plummeted at the start of 2009 and only started moving up during the second half of the year. Apparently things are moving in that direction still. In the first quarter of this year, the economy again expanded, this time by an annual rate of about 3.2 percent.

Economically, High-G.D.P. Man is superior to Low-G.D.P. Man, a bigger boon to his country. But is his life any better?

All the same, it has been a difficult few years for G.D.P. For decades, academics and gadflies have been critical of the measure, suggesting that it is an inaccurate and misleading gauge of prosperity. What has changed more recently is that G.D.P. has been actively challenged by a variety of world leaders, especially in Europe, as well as by a number of international groups, like the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The G.D.P., according to arguments I heard from economists as far afield as Italy, France and Canada, has not only failed to capture the well-being of a 21st-century society but has also skewed global political objectives toward the single-minded pursuit of economic growth. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/18/10

"Lena Horne's death is the loss of a pioneer" by Tammerlin Drummond Staff columnist at contracostatimes.com.

"Back in the 1940s and 1950s, black entertainers were highly sought after to perform in the hotel nightclubs on the Las Vegas Strip.

But all of the accommodations were for whites-only. No matter how big their name, black performers had to find lodging in the rundown western side of town.

Everyone grudgingly went along with this humiliating treatment.

Until Lena Horne came along.

In 1947, mob boss Bugsy Siegel invited Horne to perform at the Flamingo. She flat out told Siegel that she either stayed in the hotel or there would be no show."

 

Our Sarah and her sister Kate's book,"Stand Straight Ella Kate" is reviewed by Gerry Griswold at nytimes.com.

"Which brings us to the other end of the bell curve, with "Stand Straight, Ella Kate," a biographical picture book about Ella Kate Ewing (8-foot-4), written by Kate Klise. To picture the heroine's time (1872-1913), the author's sister, M. Sarah Klise, provides illustrations

that could have been inspired by Garth Williams, if you can imagine an eight-foot character plopped down in the middle of his illustrations for the "Little House" books. In any event, the stage is set when Ella is 13 and a boy calls her a "freak," and Ella's mother insists that she never slouch - hence the title."

 

I listened to Pete and Becky Star's KALX "Stratchy Vinyl" yesterday PM. Good stuff, and streamed as an MP3 thru my itunes, no stratches.

And, as I have yesterday moved into the 21st Century with DSL and program upgrades on the newish iMac, I treated myself to BBC radio.

My memory is that in The Day KPFA rebroadcast some BBC stuff. RP

 

 

"Bayer, Nektar moving into Mission Bay" Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"In a boost for San Francisco, Bayer HealthCare is expected to announce today that it will open a U.S. Innovation Center near the UCSF Mission Bay campus, filling the void that rival drugmaker Pfizer created last year when it canceled plans to make the city its hub for biotech discovery.

Bayer, a German pharmaceutical giant with a bio-manufacturing operation in Berkeley, will move 65 researchers into the building at 455 Mission Bay Blvd. S. that Pfizer left vacant last July after a merger caused the New York pharmaceutical company to rejigger its facilities.

City and UCSF officials say they're thrilled to land another major drug company and Bayer officials say they're eager to relocate their research team, now based in Richmond, to work amidst the academic and startup energy around UCSF."

 

 

"Boulder, Colo., a Magnet for High-Tech Start-Ups" Kevin Moloney for The New York Times.

"Sixty engineers, entrepreneurs and financiers were sipping yerba mate tea at a coffee shop down the street from a bong-and-lingerie store on a recent sunny Tuesday in Boulder, and discussing how Boulder - usually seen as an enclave of hippies, marijuana dispensaries and rock climbers - has become a hotbed of capitalism."

 

 

 

"Cal grad from San Rafael goes from troubled teen to budding doctor" Brent Ainsworth, contracostatimes.com.

"Josh Biddle sits by the tree where he used to eat lunch during a visit to San Rafael High School, from which he graduated in 2000. Biddle is now finishing his degree at the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduates Sunday with top science honors. (IJ photo/Frankie Frost)
Josh Biddle took his last final exam at the University of California at Berkeley on Tuesday night while sprawled out on the floor of Haas Pavilion.

'I'm sitting there taking my biochemistry final thinking, "This is where I'm going to give my speech on Sunday. Wow. It's going to be crazy." '

Biddle, who grew up in San Rafael, is not only graduating from Cal but will be one of the featured commencement speakers at the university's main gymnasium. The integrative biology major is expected to make a five-minute speech and receive the coveted University Medal, which comes with a $2,500 scholarship. He is the first community college transfer student in school history to earn the honor.

Biddle will be part of a medical team that will spend three months in Kenya this summer, and he gets back just in time for classes at UC San Francisco as he starts work on his doctorate.

Student accolades are not all that rare for young Marin scholars, but what's usual in the case of Biddle, 28, is the route he took to academic excellence.

Two years at a Colorado therapeutic boarding school, almost a year living with his 94-year-old great aunt in a tiny Colorado farming town and eight months on a solo trip through Mexico and Central America did the trick. That, plus several stints at College of Marin and the City College of San Francisco.

'Yeah, not the normal way to do it for sure,' Biddle said.

Ten years ago, Biddle was a self-described pothead - aimless, uninspired and mad at the world. He struggled with his relationship with his parents, Tim and Edie. He fared pretty well in his classes at San Rafael High School and graduated in 2000, but dropped out of the University of Wisconsin after a year."

 

 

 

our Merryll emails from England's Lake Country

Hi Ron,
How was breakfast with the rapp's?
Thanks for helping with my car.
Up in the beautiful Lake district and still gorgeous, unbelievably so.
See you in a couple of weeks.
I think you should go to the meeting and make sure it all goes well.

 

 

"Autodesk CEO Carl Bass Applies Woodshop Lessons to Business" is a Bloomberg report at sfgate.com.

"Carl Bass gets inspiration for running design-software maker Autodesk Inc. from an unlikely place: a woodshop where he fashions beds and baseball bats by hand.

While spending his off-hours at a studio near his home in Berkeley, California, Bass uses the company's software to design objects out of wood and metal. The hands-on testing helps him spot where the technology is difficult to use -- a perspective he rarely gets sitting in a boardroom, he says."


 

 

"Restaurant Review: Gather, in Berkeley, Calif." by Andy Isaacson at nytimes.com.

"Ari Derfel and Eric Fenster were not yet born in 1971 when Alice Waters opened the seminal Chez Panisse, paving the road that brought local, seasonal cooking into the mainstream. But with Gather, their 148-seat restaurant, these self-described 'pathological optimists' are turning that road into something of a four-lane highway.

'Food is a fundamental expression of an era's gestalt,' Mr. Derfel said. 'We're here to harness the power of the fork to nourish people's spirit and feed a movement.'

In the David Brower Center, a hub of environmental and social nonprofits, Gather shows its sustainable ethos in its very structure. Eco-chic aesthetics are reflected in banquettes covered in recycled leather belts, and reclaimed wood tables are free of white-tablecloth pretension. Sandblasted vodka-bottle light shades glow above a bar, where biodynamic and organic California wines and cocktails are poured. (I began a recent meal here with a Bee Sting, a bright concoction of Square One botanical vodka, lemon, ginger, honey syrup and mint.)"

Quite a while back as I ordered, I commented on "a breakfast gestalt" to 900 GRAYSON'S server Viva. She laughed and laughed and laughed, and for months would now and then ask about it and again laugh. RP

 

 

 

 

 

5/19/10

This Saturday May 22nd, if you bike to the Bowl and show your helmet, you'll get 10 % OFF on stuff,  I'm told by Staff. 

 

And, to celebrate the Bowl's First Anniversary, after June 1st there'll be Special Events, I'm also told.

Well, Ok then!

 

Swerve's Michael Goldin has redesigned their reclining-back chair with softer springs and new legs. It's still the basic chair used at Freight and Salvage but with new fabrics. Michael's brand new design is a day bed.

 

 


"University of California Plans to Slash Spending" by Cari Tuna at wsj.com.

"The University of California was set to unveil plans for a sweeping financial and administrative overhaul that could reduce annual operating expenses by more than $500 million, as the much-scrutinized public university system moves to deal with a widening budget shortfall. "

 

 

"Carbon tax could whack data centers"is opinion at computerworld.com.

"A carbon tax is inevitable, several speakers and panelists said at the Uptime Institute IT Symposium this week. Data centers that don't plan for it could get whacked with millions of dollars in additional operating costs per year - and it could happen sooner than most people might think."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/20/10

Around Midnight last night a fire broke out at our 9th and Carleton Humane Society. It was believed to have started in the laundry room. The person living in an apartment above the Society was awakened by her pitbull, "Baby" and called in the fire. 

Twelve cats died in the blaze but the other animals were saved. 

The Society is looking for temporary home for the surviving animals. 

Contact them at the website http://www.berkeleyhumane.org/

The fire is being investigated.

 

Channel 4

report at 8:04 this morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

our Darryl Moore emails

Dear Friends,
 
I'm writing you to urge you to support Measure C, the pools ballot measure in Berkeley's  June 8 election. Measure C is the only way to save our beloved municipal pools from closure and decline.
 
Without Measure C, two of the city's four pools would disappear. Willard Pool is scheduled to be padlocked in July because of budget cuts and the pool's increasingly decrepit condition. The Warm Pool at Berkeley High is scheduled for demolition next year. This is no bluff ­ it is real. And the other two pools, at West Campus and King and, are in poor shape, and their hours and programs are endangered by budget cuts.
 
West Berkeley will benefit especially from Measure C. It will get a new, indoor Warm Pool that is open year-round. It will be ideal for parent/tot swim as well as beginner swim lessons, and it also will be perfect for the elderly and disabled.
 
Now, we have a choice.
 
We can join with concerned neighbors, parents and swimmers from across Berkeley to restore the four pools. Or we can watch the budget crisis and the passage of time destroy our neighborhood amenities and our quality of life.
 
Measure C includes:
 
Willard: $4.6 million to renovate the existing pool and poolhouse.
King: $6.4 million to expand the current pool to 25-meter, multi-purpose size, with a 970-square-foot wading area (larger than the current wading area) for instruction and child play.
West Campus: $9.0 million for an indoor Warm Pool, and $2.6 million to renovate the existing outdoor pool and poolhouse.
For all four pools, the ballot measure would provide $980,000 annually in extra operating funds. This money would offset the approximately $250,000 in annual pools costs that currently are being paid by the School District but will be transferred to the city in 2011, plus the budget cuts projected for the Aquatics program's as part of the city's overall budget cuts through 2013. The extra funds also would increase hours and programs at all pools by an estimated 25 percent over 2010 levels. In total, the extra funds  would guarantee that Measure C results in improved access to improved pools, no matter how bad California's budget crisis may get in the coming years.
 
For more information on the campaign, please watch out the Measure C campaign video, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNhHl8R7mgw. The campaign's website, www.berkeleypools.org, has lots of information about the details of Measure C and the latest news from the campaign trail. To volunteer, please email volunteer@berkeleypools.org or call 510-409-0337.
 
Please join me in voting "yes" on Measure C to save our pools.
 

Sincerely,
Darryl Moore

 

 

 

"The Pack Preps 'Wolfpack Party' With SMC Recordings" by Roman Wolfe at allhiphop.com.

"Berkeley, California Hip-Hop group The Pack inked a deal with SMC Recordings it was announced today (May 19th)."

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/22/10

Scrambled Eggs new format is coming along nicely. My Earthlink DSL is up and running and I'm learning the new web site program with the capability to insert audio and audio video.

The new format should be up in early June, possibly the first week.

 

Check out the "new" Daily Planet on line with "more news and less views" and a sort'a familiar mix.

Ahh, . . . imitation, the sincerest form of flattery.RP

 

 

 

"Take Five With Lissy Walker" at allaboutjazz.com.

"Lissy Walker grew up in Berkeley, California. She studied piano and theatre as a child, and later formed her first jazz band under the tutorship of the legendary Phil Hardymon at Berkeley High School.

She went on to study voice and theatre at UCLA and The Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC. She was in numerous theatrical productions, from New York's Public Theatre to San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre. Lissy sang in bands, choirs, and musicals throughout her life, but started to concentrate solely on singing jazz after the births of her children.

She studied at Berkeley's Jazzschool and started experimenting with her particular approach to music, an eclectic blend of jazz and folk, incorporating her husband's cello playing into some of the songs.

Fellow musicians encouraged her to record the sound she had found."

 

 

"The Quest for the Great Student Viola:Advice from the experts on buying your first good viola . . ." by Erin Shrader at stringsmagazine.com.

" 'I think the bottom line is, you can get more for your money in an inexpensive viola nowadays than you could a long time ago,' violist Madeline Prager says. Prager, myself, and other members of a review panel have just finished playing and listening to a dozen student violas in her junior-high-school orchestra classroom in Berkeley, California. 'They've perfected this enigma of how to make a good sound evenly across all the strings,' she continues.

'I remember it being talked about and talked about, as if violin makers have made it part of their mission in life to create a great smaller viola,' recalls Emily Onderdonk, principal violist of the Sacramento Philharmonic, who grew up playing the viola in the 1970s.

And she is right. "

 

 

 

 

"15 cats die in Berkeley animal shelter fire" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Fifteen cats died in a fire that damaged the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society early today, authorities said, but a woman who lives above the animal shelter is crediting her pit bull mix with waking her up and saving her life."

 

 

"Berkeley CA fire: Faulty switch ignites fire that destroys home, damages others" is a report at newyorkinjurynews.com.

"A faulty light switch sparked a fire that destroyed a Berkeley Hills home and damaged two others. Firefighters rushed to the home at 535 San Luis Road in North Berkeley, just after noon on Thursday, May 13, 2010, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The house fire destroyed the 1,250-square-foot home and also damaged two homes on either side of the house. Thankfully, no one was injured in the blaze. A neighbor reportedly rescued a dog from the back of the burning home."

 


 

 

"26 arrested in West Oakland anti-gang sweep" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"More than two dozen members of a West Oakland street gang were arrested Thursday as part of a crackdown on drug activity, authorities said."

 

 

"Two Shot in South Berkeley This Morning" by Bay City News in our Planet.

"A man and woman were shot in south Berkeley this [5/20/10] morning, a police spokeswoman said.

The shooting was reported at 11:03 a.m. in the 1700 block of 63rd Street, police Officer Jamie Perkins said."

 

 

"Martinez takes deep breath, takes on pot issue" by Lisa P. White, Contra Costa Times.

"As more California cities shy away from medical marijuana, Martinez is working closely with advocates to craft rules that could make it the first Central County city to welcome a dispensary. "

 


 

"Berkeley Students Asked to Submit DNA Samples" is a report at foxsnew.com.

"When incoming freshman descend on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley this fall - there will be a little something extra in their welcome package.

For the first time, school officials will be including cotton swabs for a DNA test, KTVU.com reported. The students will be asked to voluntarily submit a DNA sample, which one professor said will ultimately help students make decisions about their diet and lifestyle."

 

 

 

 

"Hit by the Downturn, Museums Seek Bailouts" is a story at wsj.com.

"The Magnes Museum is giving away its entire collection of prized Jewish art, including a 19th-century ketubah, or marriage contract, from one of India's oldest Jewish communities.

The Berkeley, Calif., museum doesn't have enough money to maintain the 10,000-piece collection, says Alla Efimova, executive director of the Magnes, and so it will turn the trove over to an unlikely rescuer: the University of California-Berkeley, part of California's public university system, which has experienced its own budget shortfall of $1 billion this past year. But the museum says UC-Berkeley is in a better financial position to oversee the collection."

 

 

 

"Cosmic link to calcium in our bones discovered" is a report at timesofindia.com.

"The calcium in our bones has a cosmic link, according to a new study. Astronomers have come across a new type of supernova, which they believe may be the chief source of calcium in the universe, including the Earth."

 

 

   

 

"It's official: Toyota,Tesla, and Nummi" is a report at sfgate.com.

 "Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today joined President and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Motors Elon Musk and Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado to announce an historic new partnership between the automotive companies that will benefit California's economy and environment.

Toyota announced it will invest $50 million in Tesla Motors and will partner with Tesla to manufacture electric vehicles (EVs).

    Additionally, Tesla announced that it will acquire the NUMMI plant in Fremont and begin production of its Model S EV in 2012.

    Today's action could create more than 1,000 green jobs in California."

 

 

 

"Building Retrofits Can Help Slow Climate Change" is a story at forconstructionpros.com.

"Climate change threatens California's economy, resources and quality of life. As a result, the state has mandated reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. One often overlooked but cost-effective way to reduce these emissions is to plug the energy leaks from homes and businesses.

A new report, 'Saving Energy: How California Can Launch a Statewide Retrofit Program for Existing Residences and Small Businesses,' looks at steps policymakers and industry leaders can take to improve and expand state retrofit programs. 'Saving Energy' is a joint project of the University of California, Berkeley, and UCLA schools of law and the state attorney general's office.

Homes and small commercial buildings are responsible for about 22 percent of the state's total greenhouse gas emissions. Most of this energy drain comes from poorly insulated walls, structural air leaks, inefficient heating and cooling systems, and outdated lighting fixtures."

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

5/23/10

Today is the Ecole Bilingué Place du marché Go for French fun, and food!

 

This week, Bob and Carol's neighbor noticed two men emptying out storage building across the street. The neighbor asked if they were doing it for the owner and one replied that they were. The neighbor called the owner to find she knew nothing about it and he then called Berkeley PD. The men left before the four radio cars arrived. They arrived almost immediately after the call.

Regan's office was broken into earlier this month and a computer was stolen. The thief left abruptly, apparently the result of the alarm going off.

 

Warham is repainting the building across from Marvin and Ruth's and catty-corner from Bob and Carol's. They are also going to extensively plant.

 

our Cameron Woo emails

Hello Ron,

There's a campaign by local and online retailers to help fundraise for the Berkeley Humane facilities, please share this with your readers. 

It's happening today and tomorrow (Sat-Sun, May 22-23).

thanks,
Cameron

 

Pete Hurney says the Bowl has a new and Hispanic chef at their Mexican Deli and to definitely check it out.

 

 

 

"Many college choices available" is opinion at The Oracle of Stockton's Cesar Chavez High School.

"Time for juniors to take a closer look at their options

College is the start of success for some people. There are many colleges that can begin a successful career for students.
However, there is one question many students are asking, 'How am I going to get there?' "

 

 

 

"Chron Appetit, a weekly survey of the San Francisco Chronicle food staffers and another excuse to make puns" is a feature at sfgate.com.

"Signs of a subpar restaurant . . . we muse on some typical red flags when dining out; please do add yours in the comments. (Sidenote: next week, to balance things out, we'll share telltale signs of excellent restaurants.)

Jon Bonne: 'When the host station tries to control the stools at the bar - not the kitchen counter, the bar. Or when more than half the cocktails involve vodka. Or when more than two wines by the glass come from the same producer.' "

 

 

"'A California Bestiary' " is a little book review at sfgate.com.

"The animals of California are celebrated in a wonderful little book due out in June. 'A California Bestiary' (Heyday Books; 47 pages; $12.95) features illustrations of 12 animals by Mona Caron, with text by Rebecca Solnit."

 

 

 

"Local businesses elated with Toyota-Tesla deal" Teresa Garcia at kgonews.com.

"The shutdown NUMMI plant in Fremont will be coming back to life, and possibly some other businesses connected to it, following a deal between Toyota and Tesla Motors."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/24/10

On last Wednesday night, the Planning Commission, on a 7-2 vote, requested that staff finalize a definition of R&D, and apply that definition to the "wholesale and warehouse" protected spaces.

If approved by the Council, the action will allow the ex[ension of R&D into former protected "wholesale and warehouse" spaces. Though not in our Little Potter Creek.

 

Referenda, democracy in action or special interest groups playing the system? Sooner-than-later in Our Town, I'm betting we'll find out.RP

 

 

Munching on the cold and last slice of my Bowl breakfast pizza while watching the Channel 7 KGO 5 O'clock news what did I see but His Honor Da Boz being thrown/jumping into Willard pool. An event staged to call attention to Proposition C which he supports.RP

 

 

Aw jeez "Nanny State goes global" by Bob Barr at ajc.com.

"'Nanny State' laws are popping up with increasing frequency as big-government advocates continue to be elected to offices from the city council to the White House. What many Americans may not realize is the extent to which such invasive and pervasive government actions are spreading around the world, creating a "Nanny World."

As usual, California, with its many ultra-liberal communities, is leading the way here in America. Santa Clara County recently voted to outlaw the sale of McDonald's 'Happy Meal' toys and a host of other novelties (including coupons from which a patron might download a song) provided by restaurants as a bonus for customers who purchase certain drinks or food items. As bizarre as is this most recent ban, if some of that county's residents have their way, it will be followed by many more. One resident of Sacramento, for example, reportedly voiced support for the recently-passed measure because even McDonald's '190-calorie salad dressing and mass-produced beef scare her'; New York's Mayor Bloomberg would be proud of her."

 

 

 

"Mark Twain to tell all - 100 years after death" is a story at hindustantimes.com.

"Mark Twain's autobiography is finally to be published later this year, and a section is on his scandalous relationship with a woman who became his secretary after his wife died.

The writer, who created Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, had instructed that his autobiography should not to be published till 100 years after his death.

Mark Twain died April 21, 1910. He left behind nearly 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs along with handwritten notes that said he didn't want them to be published for at least a century.

The Independent reported Monday that the University of California, Berkeley, will release in November the first volume of the autobiography. The manuscript is in a vault there.

The trilogy will run to half a million words and shed new light on the American novelist.

Some scholars feel the memoir was kept under wraps as he wanted to talk freely about issues such as religion and politics, while others think that the 100-year period ensured that none of his friends will be offended."

 

 

 

"Nisei woman, 87, and other Japanese-Americans to be honored by San Jose State" by Sharon Noguchi at mercurynews.com.

"Bessie Kawachi Chin has taught children about World War II internment and has used quilting to help fellow Japanese-American ex-internees conquer their shame over the past.

But when it came time to attend a degree ceremony for students like herself whose educations were cut short by the war, she hesitated.

"I thought, oh, well after all these years? I wasn't there very long," Chin said.

Only at the urging of her husband, children and daughter-in-law did she decide to don a cap and gown with other San Jose State University students Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

At a commencement ceremony that will celebrate 8,000 SJSU students and their future, Chin, 87, of Castro Valley, and a handful of Japanese-American former students will be recognized for the opportunities that were denied them by war hysteria."

 

"Utah diocese elects Scott B. Hayashi as bishop" by Pat McCaughan at episcopl-life.org.

"The Rev. Canon Scott Byron Hayashi was elected May 22 as 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, pending required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church.

Hayashi, 56, canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Chicago since 2005, was elected on the second ballot out of a field of three nominees. A fourth nominee, the Rev. Canon Mary Sulerud, withdrew after the first ballot.

Hayashi received 73 of 128 votes cast in the lay order and 20 of 38 cast in the clergy order at a special electing convention at St. Mark's Cathedral in Salt Lake City. An election on that ballot required 65 in the lay order and 20 in the clergy order.

Pending a successful consent process Hayashi would succeed the Rt. Rev. Carolyn Tanner Irish, 70, who was elected in 1996 and a year ago announced her decision to retire.

During nearly 25 years of ordained ministry Hayashi has served inner city, suburban and rural congregations in California, Utah and Washington.

After his 1984 ordination to the diaconate (June 2) and priesthood (Oct. 1) he served for five years as vicar to two small rural mission congregations -- St. John the Baptist Episcopal Mission in Ephrata, and St. Dunstan's Episcopal Mission in Grand Coulee -- in the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, Washington.

No stranger to the Utah diocese, he was called in 1989 to be rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ogden, an inner city parish where he served until 1998.

Next, he became rector of Christ Church in the suburban commu'ities of Portola Valley and Woodside, in the Episcopal Diocese of California, then 'the single wealthiest area of the world," where he served until called to the Diocese of Chicago.

He was born Dec. 8, 1953 in Tacoma, Washington, and received a bachelor of social work degree from the University of Washington in 1977. He holds a master of divinity degree from Harvard University's Divinity School (1981); and a Certificate of Theology from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California (1984)."

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/25/10

our Sally emails

Had dinner with Merryll in London. Great fun!

 

 

"No meat, no milk, no limits" Tara Duggan, Special to The Chronicle.

"It was an overdose of cheese pizza that did it for Steven Kern. A vegetarian since high school, Kern became a vegan after having a bad reaction to pizza in college. It just did not go down well, and a decade later, Kern still hasn't touched dairy or eggs."

 

 

 

"Retiree health care one symptom of Oakland woes" Chip Johnson at sfgate.com.

When you write about Oakland government affairs as I do, the work sometimes takes on a public service aspect.

The hope is that by exposing overindulgent status quo benefits, perks and wrong-headed public policy measures, the words will jar something a-loose in the minds of Oakland's unimaginative elected officials.

One truism that has peeked through the dark economic skies recently surrounding Oakland City Hall is the inability of city leaders to negotiate a decent labor contract - even as they steer a course toward financial ruin.

In the midst of a national economic reduction, the luxurious nature of public employee contracts in Oakland has become a ludicrous example of poor financial planning and failed public policy. It needs to be fixed. . . .

Even in Berkeley, the perks are not as good.

The city provides a retirement benefit based on a sliding employment scale of 8 to 20 years, said Dave Hodgkins, the city's human resources director.

The Berkeley contribution is capped at 4.5 percent, is pre-funded and for the fiscal year ending in June, cost the city $2.3 million, he said.

 

 

 

 

"Push to protect banks on legal pot businesses" Kathleen Pender, sfgate.com.

"Fifteen U.S. representatives, including seven from California, are urging the Treasury Department to say it won't "target or pursue" national banks that do business with medical marijuana distributors operating legally under state laws.

In a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the lawmakers said, 'dispensary operators are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain accounts with financial institutions.'

That may be true of national banks, but many state-chartered banks are happy to do business with medical marijuana dispensaries, as long as they are operating legally.

Medical marijuana is legal in 14 states, including California, and many more states - out of compassion or the need for new tax revenues - are considering legalizing it. California voters will decide in November whether to make it legal for recreational use as well.

But growing and distributing marijuana is still illegal under federal law and for that reason, many national banks won't do business with medical marijuana distributors. Bank of America, Chase and U.S. Bank all confirmed that they won't do business with medical marijuana distributors, even in states where it is legal."

 

 

 

 

"Cal sees summer school student spike" San Francisco Business Times, Steven E.F. Brown.

The University of California, Berkeley, expects 13,800 students -- a record number -- to sign up for summer school. That's a full 1,000 more than had signed up by this time last year.

And that number may grow as people continue to sign up for classes into August.

Summer school's cheaper tuition may be a factor pushing up enrollment, and also it may simply be harder for kids to find summer work in the down economy. Undergraduates may also be keener to graduate in the traditional four years since college is so expensive. About three quarters of summer enrollees are Cal students."

 

 

 

 

"Tech Soft 3D Reaches Agreement With Adobe to Develop Adobe 3D SDK Technology:Component Provider to Develop and Distribute Popular Translation and PDF Publishing Toolkits" is a report at marketwatch.com.

Berkeley:Leading 3D component provider Tech Soft 3D today announced it has signed an agreement, subject to certain customary closing conditions, with Adobe Systems Incorporated to transition development and support of Adobe's 3D SDK and related technologies and associated employees and resources to Tech Soft 3D. Consisting of a 3D CAD translation suite and PDF publishing SDK, the technology allows OEM development teams to create applications that access data from over 25 popular 3D file formats, and publish rich 3D PDF files in the industry-standard PRC and U3D formats. Adobe will continue to support viewing of and interaction with 3D data within its applicable products, including the free Adobe(R) Reader(R) software. Moving forward, Tech Soft 3D will continue to make updated CAD translators available to end users as plug-ins to applicable Adobe(R) software for reading and outputting 3D PDF."

 

 

 

 

"Emotional Vigil Remembers Murdered Woman Found In Suitcase" is a report with video at ktvu.com.

"The family and friends of 52-year-old Pearla Ann Louis gathered on Monday night in Berkeley to ask for help in finding whoever killed her before stuffing her body into a suitcase and throwing it into San Francisco Bay.

It was an emotional and tearful gathering as Louis' relatives tried to comfort each other.

Those who loved Louis said they remember a woman who had a great sense of humor and taught love and peace to her four children and two grandchildren.

The vigil was held at Strawberry Creek Park in the Berkeley neighborhood Louis lived most of her life and where her family still lives"

 

 

 

 

from my log

5/7/10 7:32 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth. 1:07 PM--STRONG irritant in front room AND front of warehouse with "chlorine bleach"odor AND "bad catalytic convertor" odor, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, leave. 2:14 PM--irritant in warehouse. 4:56 PM--lights flicker dim. 5:03 irritant in front room .7:34 PM--"You can smell that stink in here" says Marsha of the irritant in the front room.

5/9/10--7:11PM--SERIOUS irritant in front roomsinus irritation, wear respirator, VERY STRONG "bad catalytic convertor" odor, 7:38 PM--"chlorine bleach" odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

5/10/10--Off-and-on all day dry heavy air in warehouse front, ALL symptoms. Marsha also, over rides seven HEPA filters.

5/11/10--mid-afternoon--Marsha working in warehouse front has headache, light head, nausea.

5/12/10--7:51 AM--irritant in front room and warehouse fron "bad catalytic convertor" odor, light head, headache, coughing. Marsha has similar.

5/13/10--9:10 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, over rides two HEPA filters, wear respirator. 9:31 AM--lights flicker.

5/14/10--4:19 PM-- SERIOUS irritant in front room, overrides two HEPA filters, wear respirtor.

5/15/10--7:47 AM--irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry heavy air. 9:13PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, light head, dry skin, Marsha similar.

5/19/10--12:49 PM--irritant in front room, wear respirator. 1:12 PM--irritant in warehouse front light head, head ache, "chlorine bleach" odor. 3:19 PM--heavy dry air in front room with "bad catalytic converter" odor, watery eyes, itchy skin. 3:36 PM--same with STRONG "bad catalytic converter" odor, overrides two HEPA filters.

5/20/10--~2:15 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, overrides seven HEPA filter, wear respirator. ~5:15 PM--lights flicker. ~5:25: PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, dry skin, watery eyes, wear respirator. 8:41 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air.

5/21/10--~7:45 AM--VERY,VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, headache, sinus irritation, eyes water, ears ring, Marsha similar, overrides five HEPA filters. 11:01 AM--irritant in front room, wear respirator. 11:39 AM--irritant in front room, and "roofing tar" * odor.

5/22/10--7:17PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, watery eyes, light head, 8:00 PM--ganja odor in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 9:25 PM--irritant in front room.

5/24/10--5:37 PM--SERIOUS irritant in fronnt room, light head, headache, overrides three HEPA filters, wear respirator. 7:25 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air.

* same as bad catalytic converter, burning brake linings

 

 

The irritants sometimes experienced cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional short breath; occasional nausea.

Though the irritants we experience sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all" the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.

I am left to conclude that possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience, those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter, are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.

Though the respirator-filters largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through the skin.

"I feel like ants are crawling on me" said Marsha.

 

I've noticed recently some neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.

 

 

Eternally useful links

 

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

 

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

 

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

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

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

 

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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

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

useful link

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

http://gethuman.com/

 

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

 

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

 

 

Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.

 

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


Crime Log for 94710 is here

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

 

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

The contacts are below:

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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