"Changing the Rules" with Michael and Steven Goldin

and others, is a story by Blanca Torres in the San Francisco Business Times


MAY 2011

after 5/9/11 here after 5/19/11 here




Man trapped in his car in the Berkeley hills is rescued by our Berkeley FD.

At 10:40 Friday morning Berkeley FD received a call that a man was trapped in a Honda sedan that had apparently gone down the hill off Grizzly Peak Blvd in Tilden Park. The call was made by Park Ranger Dave Flores who discovered the vehicle after seeing sun reflecting from an object over the side of the road.  

Flores  discovered the driver, James Wright who though trapped seemed not seriously injured. Immediately after their arrival and evaluation, Berkeley FD removed Wright from the car and lifted him up the  hill in a rescue basket--a difficult rescue as the slope was steep.

Wright, who had been in the vehicle for four days, said his car skidded off the road over the cliff on his morning drive 

He was taken was taken to the hospital where it was confirmed that his injuries were not serious.



"New Berkeley library fought by shadowy group"  writes Chip Johnson at sfgate.com.

"The Concerned Library Users is using the language in a 2008 voter-approved bond measure as the basis for a lawsuit filed last fall to halt the city from tearing down the south branch library on Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Because Measure FF, a $26 million library bond measure, makes no mention of demolition, the group contends that none of those funds can be used to tear down the library. Specifically, the bond was approved to renovate, expand and make city library branches seismically safe and accessible to people with disabilities. . . .

City officials argue that the intent of the bond measure included replacing structures, if necessary. . . .

And it's even more bizarre, even in Berkeley, when the argument is being made largely by a group whose members are largely anonymous - even to public officials. A Berkeley resident, Judith Epstein, is the only publicly identified member of the organization."

In his commentary Chip hints at the sometimes-tension between the Black Community and "white activists."



"A celebration of our Loni Hancock" was before the city council for approval last Tuesday. It is that the city council

Issue a proclamation in honor of Senator Loni Hancock who is being celebrated on May 
1, 2011. 
Senator Hancock is being honored on May 1, 2011, an event being held to 
acknowledge a career of service spanning 40 years. 

Whereas, Loni Hancock's  remarkable career as an advocate for open government, 
environmental protection, quality affordable education, health care, and housing, and social 
justice at all levels of government, spans four decades, and 
Whereas, In 1964 Loni Hancock moved with her family to Berkeley and was active in 
opposing the Vietnam war, working for racial justice and women's equality, and joining 
Women for Peace, Bay Area Women Against Rape and the Community for New Politics 
which later became the Berkeley Coalition, and 
Whereas, Loni Hancock, as part of the April Coalition, was elected to the Berkeley City 
Council in 1971, advancing progressive programs such as affirmative action, parental 
leave, rent control, recycling, campaign finance reform and enabling part-time, benefitted 
employment for City workers, and 
Whereas, In the early 1980's, Loni Hancock became the Executive Director of the Shalan 
Foundation, supporting economic policies to increase social justice and environmental 
balance, and 
Whereas, In 1986, Loni Hancock broke the glass ceiling by becoming Berkeley's first 
woman mayor, leading an urban renaissance especially for the downtown, balancing seven 
city budgets in hard economic times, forging an historic agreement with the University of 
California, securing open space (including Ohlone Park and the East Shore State Park), 
creating the successful Berkeley High School Health Clinic and the Berkeley/Bayer Bio- 
Tech Academy for high school students, and 
Whereas, Loni Hancock served the Carter Administration as Regional Director for ACTION 
(the precursor of the Corporation for National Service) overseeing a host of domestic 
volunteer programs including VISTA, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and the 
Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and 
Whereas, under President Clinton Loni Hancock headed the Western Regional Office of 
the U.S. Department of Education, bringing much federal education funding to California 
and launching after-school, early reading preparation, college preparedness, career-to- 
school programs and other initiatives, and 
Whereas, In 2002, Loni Hancock became a California State Assemblymember, 
representing the 14th Assembly District, and in  2008 joined the State Senate, currently 
representing the 9th State Senate District including Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Castro 
Valley, Dublin, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, and San 
Pablo, and 
Whereas, While in the Assembly, Loni Hancock chaired the Assembly Select Committee on 
Bridging the Achievement Gap and tackled issues such as unacceptably high dropout rates 
and oversight of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.  She chaired the Committee on 
Natural Resources and led the passage of historic environmental legislation to protect open 
 space, expand recycling, and promote healthy city-infill strategies.  She carried important 
legislation to monitor polluted brownfields throughout California, and  
Whereas, As an Assemblymember, Loni Hancock authored AB 583 ­ the California Clean 
Money and Fair Elections Act ­ to reform campaign financing by providing public financing 
for statewide elections.  AB 583 established a pilot to make public financing available to 
candidates for Secretary of State enabling them to avoid soliciting money from special 
interests.  Although the electoral proposition that would have fully implemented the 
California Clean Money and Fair Elections Act failed to pass in 2010, Senator Hancock 
remains committed to public financing of election campaigns so that legislators will be 
beholden only to the people they represent, and 
Whereas, Loni Hancock, as a member of Assembly and Senate Committees on Education, 
greatly expanded school-to-career education for California's high school students.  Senator 
Hancock currently chairs the Select Committee on Workforce Development, School 
Environment, and Student Wellness.   
Whereas, As Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee and the Senate Budget and 
Subcommittee on Corrections and Public Safety Senator Hancock advances sound policies 
that reduce recidivism, prison overcrowding while building safer communities.  
Whereas, Since entering the California State Legislature, Senator Hancock has vigorously 
championed government reform, introducing two major Senate Constitutional Amendments 
aimed at reducing gridlock and increasing the effectiveness of the State Legislature. 
Hancock's SCA 5 would have replaced the 2/3 vote formerly required to pass a budget with 
a simple majority vote, which eventually became Proposition 25 successfully passed by the 
voters in November 2010.   
Whereas, Senator Loni Hancock lives in Berkeley with her husband, Mayor Tom Bates.  
Their family includes their four children -- Leita and Mara Hancock and Casey and John 
Bates ­ and seven grandchildren. 
Therefore be it resolved that the Berkeley City Council honors and celebrates Loni 
Hancock's four decades of stellar achievement and accomplishment on behalf of the City, 
the State of California, and the United States, and expresses our deep appreciation for her 
unwavering commitment to sound and responsive government and advancing social equity 
and justice.  



the Snipper emails another

European plastic bag



A video of our city council's Tuesday night meeting is here.


Our City Berkeley News Page is here with "current events" and stuff .


Ninth Street north of Dwight is being resurfaced and regraded.


New in Potter Creek is the Hydroponic Connection. Selling hydroponics and garden supplies, they are at 2816 San Pablo Ave.



Monday morning at San Francisco Epstein, Becker and Green law firm's party, Potter Creek's Travlin' Joe and our Bill catered espresso, yogurt, smoothies, and other drinks. (Bill has had a catering business here for about twenty years.) A great success at the company celebration, Bill, and Marsha--part of the EBG support staff--also spent a good deal of time talking about our Potter Creek.








Scrambled Eggs and Lox Archive, 2002- 2011 is here






May Day occurs on May 1 and refers to several public holidays.In many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organised by unions, communists, anarchists, socialists, and activist groups.

May Day is also a traditional holiday in many cultures.



"Ancient Korean Writings Housed in U.S. to Be Put Online" at english.chosun.com.

"More than 2,000 pieces of ancient Korean literature will be made available over the Internet from the U.S.

According to the Research Institute of Korean Studies at Korea University on Thursday, a third of some 2,200 literary works housed at the University of California Berkeley have been digitized and will be put online in July."















Quote of the Day

So much information and so little wisdom.


Things continue to pick up in Potter Creek and West Berkeley

What started my thinking about this was that there seemed to be an increase in traffic lately. And this continues to be my impression today, specially with more delivery trucks from small vans to eighteen wheelers--more deliveries and pickups more business. (And a friend at 900 GRAYSON mentioned UPS has seen an increase in their premium overnight service.) I've also noticed more work on our infrastructure, from PG &E installations, to EBMUD work, to city road work. In conversations with business people I've found that some contractors whose work in the last couple of years has been only repair and maintenance are now beginning to do installations. And some businesses are now upgrading, a local information firm having had AT&T upgrade their service for more capacity. Finally, John Norheim of Norheim and Yost has seen an increase in interest in commercial real estate in the last year and in the last few months has seen a real increase in both commercial sales and leasing. John also said that one of the residential builder/contractors he knows is getting work now. Well, Ok then.


Speaking of 900, there on Monday I had an original and delicious vegan soup of spinach and curry--a coconut milk base, spinach with a little heat and a curry overtone. Also Monday saw a group each of Berkeley fire fighters and police eating there.


The painters have finished Margret's house having just a little touch-up left. Margret continues to be impressed with them, mentioning that they even vacuum up after their work. Margret also mentioned that Gene is thinking of having his house painted . . . again.


Bob and Carol just swapped houses with a Parisian couple for two weeks. In talking to them they found that the man, now living in France with his American wife, had grown up in Berkeley and had in fact gone to Berkeley High. In discussing Potter Creek they found further that he went to Berkeley High with, and knew and was friends with, our Ruth Okomoto's son.



For what it's worth, rumor has it that LBNL will decide on their second campus short-list this week.








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



Want to read a people-history about those whose music swings and where "black or white" doesn't make a whole lot of difference? Read Ann Savoy's Cajun Music a Reflection of a People.





"The Cripple of Inishmaan comes to Berkeley" irishemigrant.com.

"As part of the year-long Imagine Ireland celebration of Irish arts, Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan, presented by Galway's Druid Theatre Company, will be performed at Zellerbach Playhouse at the University of California, Berkeley in May."




"Three UC Berkeley scholars elected to American Philosophical Society" by Public Affairs, UC Berkeley.

"Three University of California, Berkeley, scholars have been elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS), along with 34 other scientists, artists, historians and leaders in the arts, professions, and public and private affairs."



"Men's gymnastics program to continue at UC Berkeley" by Herb Benenson, newscenter.berkeley.edu.

"As a result of fundraising efforts that have raised in excess of $2.5 million, the men's gymnastics program at the University of California, Berkeley, will be preserved as an Intercollegiate Athletics sport, campus officials announced Monday,."





"Big money surrounds payday loan legislation" by Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.

"The Assembly Banking and Finance Committee approved AB 1158 on a 7-1 vote on April 25, with four lawmakers not voting. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, was the lone opposing vote; she couldn't be reached for comment. The bill now goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee."







It's Asia-Pacific Month

so here's

a Tameka Lim photo


here' s Tameka Lim

who's now teaching in Spain



Mother Nature was at work over Potter Creek on the weekend as two birds-of-prey "hunted" one of our black birds. Soaring high over Bayer they made repeated almost vertical dives at the apparently too-big prey below. Their speed and agility breathtaking even as they again and again dove past the prey.


Our Planning Department head, Dan Marks is retiring as of 7/1/11.






"Work Scarce for Obama's Green Job Training Grads" by Amy Rigby at abcnews.go.com.

"Brian Williams has dreamed of working in the solar field ever since he first heard about it in the 1970s. So when a new green job training program arrived in his hometown of Ocala, Fla., Williams, now 53, signed up immediately.

The program ­ one of many around the country -- is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and geared toward helping unemployed workers, low-income individuals, high school dropouts or people with criminal records."




"Warren Buffett: Berkshire Hathaway can recover from $1.7 billion in losses" by Josh Funk,washingtonpost.com.

"Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting Saturday was dominated by somber topics as CEO Warren Buffett explained to about 40,000 shareholders how the company had been battered by a trusted former employee's misdeeds and a string of natural disasters.

Buffett assured the crowd at an Omaha convention center that Berkshire is strong enough to withstand both the David Sokol scandal and the estimated $1.7 billion in insurance losses that drove profits down 58 percent in the first quarter.




"California Grad Students Sit Down for Union Democracy" by Barry Eidlin, labornotes.org.

Afraid you might lose the vote? Stop the count and run. That's what incumbent leaders did in United Auto Workers Local 2865, representing 12,000 graduate student workers at the University of California.

Members of the reform caucus Academic Workers for a Democratic Union (AWDU) are staging sit-downs at their union headquarters in Berkeley and Los Angeles, demanding that their union resume the vote count immediately.

A heated election, the first real contested one in the union's 11-year history, pitted incumbent leaders, organized as United for Social and Economic Justice (USEJ) against AWDU. Only 150 members had voted in the previous officers election, but more than 3,200 members cast ballots last week."



"Going Hungry for Ethnic Studies" is a report at newamericamedia.org.

"Hungry students and their supporters sit for the seventh day in front of University of California at Berkeley's California Hall, after a futile meeting with University Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. The students asked Birgeneau yesterday to reinstate fired ethnic-studies staff members."




"Some nerve cells that make us itch also make us feel pain, finds study" dnaindia.com.

"A new study has found growing evidence that nerve cells that make us itch can also make us feel pain.

Itch and pain researcher Diana Bautista, an assistant professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, said that the interactions between itch and pain are only partly understood."



"Why the eye is better than a camera" at eurekalert.org.

"The human eye long ago solved a problem common to both digital and film cameras: how to get good contrast in an image while also capturing faint detail. Nearly 50 years ago, physiologists described the retina's tricks for improving contrast and sharpening edges, but new experiments by neurobiologists at University of California, Berkeley and the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha show how the eye achieves this without sacrificing shadow detail."





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







"At the Movies" has just discovered and recommends"Sita Sings the Blues. "

In August 2009 I recommended

Sita Sings the Blues

an animted film by Nina Paley

from Wikipedia

Sita Sings the Blues

"Sita Sings the Blues is a 2008 animated feature film written, directed, produced and animated entirely by American artist Nina Paley (with the exception of some fight animation by Jake Friedman in the 'Battle of Lanka' scene)[2] primarily using 2D computer graphics.

It intersperses events from an episode of the Ramayana, illustrated conversation between Indian shadow puppets, musical interludes voiced with tracks by Annette Hanshaw and scenes from the artist's own life. The ancient mythological and modern biographical plot are parallel tales, sharing numerous themes."









Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

by Ron Penndorf and Andrew Willford

The sarod of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, evokes many moods. Khansahib's rich and passionate playing can transport the listener to another time, place, or state of mind. The sounds might evoke the Indian landscape, with its many temples, mosques, and open vistas. Or, perhaps, the melodies and complicated rhythmic structures will set a meditative mood, a genuinely transcendent one. And like all truly great music, Ali Akbar Khan's is passionate, at times fiery, and always spiritually inspired. Fortunately, many of his great performances are available on record.

Ali Akbar Khan, along with Ravi Shankar, was generally responsible for popularizing classical north Indian music in the United States and western Europe during the late 1950s and '60s. Through a series of concert tours and the release of high-quality LP recordings Ali Akbar Khan, helped introduce this music, creating for the first time, a large audience in the West for this art form. This audience, in turn, generated a demand for Indian music among Western record companies.

The demand in the West was by no means limited to music. Later, Indian art and religion also became very popular and were integrated into Western culture. However, music played a paramount role in the awakening of interest, and records of Indian music produced during this era were a very important part of this process. The opening of a market for India's artistic heritage in the West may have helped strengthen this musical tradition in India as well. . . . .

continued here




Maybe it's my imagination but it seems that there is lots more university, Cal, science, stuff "happening" in Richmond these days.




Our Town's current "Berkeley News" includes "On May 3, 2011, the City Manager presented Council with the . . . Proposed Biennial Budget."



"What Does Widening U.S. Income Gap Mean for Future of Economy, Americans?" is a video-report a pbsnewshours.com.

"The jobs report for April was released Friday as well as a new report that found top CEO pay is above where it was in 2007, before the recession. Jeffrey Brown discusses the widening income gap and increase in executive pay with AFL-CIO Office of Investment's Vinetta Anand and The Council on Competitiveness' Deborah Wince-Smith."




Feliz Dia de las Madres



"Berkeley charter school progressing" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.

"Enrollment in Berkeley's first charter school is just about full, and the newly formed organization is signing a lease for a building on the city's west side, according to Executive Director Victor Diaz.

Realm Charter School, a free public school, will start in September in a 28,000 square foot building at 2023 Eighth St., Diaz said.

In its first year the school will have just one class of sixth graders, which is already full with 100 students, and one class of ninth graders, which has 92 students enrolled, Diaz said. After that, the charter will add two classes each year until it has a complete middle and high school with 100 students in each grade, he said."


"Berkeley-based writing project lays off dozens" Louis Freedberg, californiawatch.org.

"Among the first organizations in California to feel the pain of Washington's drive to slash federal spending is the Berkeley-based National Writing Project, which has issued layoff notices to 60 percent of its employees."




"Do Immigrant Kids Get Fat to Fit In?" by John Cloud, healthland.time.com.

"Many foreign-born American citizens have said they feel that their fellow U.S. citizens question their Americanness. This spurning can be particularly difficult for immigrants' U.S.-born children: some Asian-American kids, for instance, have sought plastic surgery or blue contact lenses to give their eyes a more 'American' appearance. Now comes evidence that immigrants' kids may even eat more in an effort to fit in with U.S.-born kids, which is to say they try to be fat.

The study, which will be published next month in Psychological Science, notes that by the late 1990s, 27% of Asian-American teens born to immigrant Asian parents were obese, compared with 25% of white American adolescents.

The authors of the study - a team led by Maya Guendelman of the University of California, Berkeley - begin with a survey they conducted, asking college students about embarrassing food memories from childhood."



"'Thirdhand smoke' poses danger to young children, pregnant women" at tobacco.org.

"An often odorless residue left behind long after smokers extinguish their cigarette is perhaps more harmful to young children and pregnant women than even secondhand smoke, local researchers say.

A study to be published this month in the American Journal of Physiology found that the heavier molecules of 'thirdhand smoke,' a term coined in the last two years or so, pose a serious threat to fragile developing lungs."





"Student journalist sanctioned for UC Berkeley protest" by Matt Krupnick, Contra Costa Times.

"UC Berkeley has punished a student journalist who was arrested while filming a 2009 campus protest."





"Winners of the 13th Annual Berkeley Prize Competition announced" canadianarchitect.com.

"Since its founding, the international Berkeley Prize competition has encouraged undergraduate architecture students to write about issues central to the understanding of the social art of architecture and the social role of the architect in today's world. What is that role? What should it be? By asking students to grapple with just such problems, the Prize brings to the forefront of students' thinking the reality that architecture is a social art."



"Academic Honors Luncheon Lauds Student-Athletes" is a story-release at calbears.com.

"California's Athletic Department lauded the academic achievements of the Golden Bears at its annual Student-Athlete Academic Honors Luncheon held Thursday at the Pauley Ballroom on campus.

The list of attendees included student-athletes who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, or have earned conference, regional or national academic honors, or have served the community as leaders or mentors."




"University of California's South Hall achieves LEED Gold" at worldinteriordesignnetwork.com.

"The University of California in Berkeley has secured LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council for the newly constructed South Hall building on campus.

The four-storey residence hall, spanning 67,000 square feet, features solar panels on the roof to heat water along with touch screen facilities in the hallways for controlling energy consumption. It comprises double-paned aluminum windows which are more efficient and entail lower maintenance costs."




"'Soft Skills' Business Courses Aim to Prepare Students for Management Roles" Melissa Korn and Joe Light at wsj.com.

"This fall, students at Columbia Business School will be invited to learn the art of meditation. Emotions will run high in Stanford Graduate School of Business' long-running 'Touchy Feely' course. And professors at the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business will try to teach students to rein in their type-A personalities, lest they upset fellow classmates.

It's all part of a continuing push by business schools to teach 'soft skills'-such as accepting feedback with grace and speaking respectfully to subordinates-that companies say are most important in molding future business leaders."



"Radical Islam at UC Berkeley Law" opines Stephen Schwartz at americanthinker.com.

"The exploitation of the University of California's law schools as platforms for Arab and Islamist propaganda continues."



"EDxGoldenGateED Bringing Focus on Compassion in Education to the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA" is a story release at prlog.org.

"Prospect Sierra and U.C. Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center are teaming to host a TEDx conference on compassion in education on Saturday, June 11 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, Calif. . . .

TEDxGoldenGateED programming is focused on compassion - the sympathetic awareness of another's distress, coupled with the desire to alleviate their suffering. Compassion is at the heart of the world's ethical and spiritual traditions. New scientific research suggests there are deep evolutionary roots to compassion, revealing humans to be a fundamentally kind and caring species with brain structures devoted to these emotions. Contrary to popular belief, compassion may be our natural inclination."





"How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab" at technologyreview.com.

"Intel's new three-dimensional transistor design, announced early this week, is the culmination of more than a decade of research and development work that began in a lab at the University of California, Berkeley in 1999."





"California Cougar Convention" is a story-release at pr-usa.net.

"Amy Luna Manderino of Berkeley CA, who won the title of Miss Cougar International on Friday, April 1, 2011, at Hedonism II Resort & Spa at Negril Beach in Jamaica, will crown Miss Cougar California 2011, at the Third Annual California Cougar Convention, Friday, May 28, 2011, 7:30pm, at Intramuros, 101 Brentwood Dr, South San Francisco CA 941080.

Miss Manderino will deliver the Keynote Address: How to P.L.E.A.S.E. your Cougar or Cub for a Night or for a Lifetime. Previously she won the titles of Miss Cougar California 2010 and Miss Cougar San Francisco East Bay 2010.

Amy Luna is an award-winning choreographer and ethnic dancer and has toured internationally as Artistic Director and principal dancer of her two dance companies, Lunatique and Shuvani. She has performed bellydance, flamenco, salsa, and bollywood dance at exotic locations worldwide. She is the creator of the 'Play for a Lifetime' music method, which she currently teaches at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA. She is also a rescue scuba diver, motorcyclist, nature and wildlife photographer, and member of American Mensa, the high IQ society."







Francis often rides his Honda CBR600 to work in Potter Creek.

Francis can also be seen at our local bank behind his desk with shirt and tie .









Right now, some of Our Town are on the LBNL short list.

And sooner than later, a lawsuit will be filed against the West-Berkeley Project.


"After all of the budget cuts, can UC Berkeley still be the nation's premiere public university?" asks Southern California Public Radio of Robert Birgeneau, chancellor of UC Berkeley--the audio-interview here.


Our Bay Area will be the first U S market to receive the all-electric Mitsubishi i Car --find out about the i Car here.






"Cities Prepare for Life With the Electric Car" is a story at nytimes.com.

"If electric cars have any future in the United States, this may be the city where they arrive first.

The San Francisco building code will soon be revised to require that new structures be wired for car chargers. Across the street from City Hall, some drivers are already plugging converted hybrids into a row of charging stations."




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." Petrol and rubber over shy citrus nose?

The 932 Grayson Lemonade Stand was open again during our hot-days.

Colleen and her friend, Maddy successfully sold lemonade and cookies. The Tippet guys and girls were big customers.





"UC students show 'Next Big Thing inventions' " by Suzanne Bohan, Contra Costa Times.

"You step into your closet to consult a computer on the attire most appropriate for the weather and your business meeting.

At work in hard labor you don a black belt that warns when a movement might hurt your back.

At a project conference, you and colleagues use digital pens to chart the progress in planning for a goal. When the work flow depicted as water fills the reservoir, you're done.

These are among the possibilities of the rapidly developing digital world as envisioned by a group of UC Berkeley students.

Kimiko Ryokai asked her students to design inventions for a future in which computer interactions are ubiquitous."


" Car buying: How men and women compare" is a short study-summary by Jerry Hirsch at latimes.com.

"TrueCar.com's study of gender difference in car buying reveals the models with the highest percentages of male and female buyers."



"East Bay native Ambrose Akinmusire's determination has him on brink of stardom" by Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune.

"Ambrose Akinmusire remembers how his curiosity used to get him in trouble.

Growing up in North Oakland, he couldn't walk by his grandmother's piano without putting his small hands on the keys. His grandma would shoo him away, but he'd soon return. It was a similar scene at his local church.

'They got tired of chasing me away,' laughs Akinmusire during a recent interview at Jazzschool in Berkeley. 'The reverend said, 'Hey, leave him alone. Maybe he's supposed to play.'

It appears the reverend's hunch was right on the money. Akinmusire, 29, is a hot property in the jazz world, having garnered already two prestigious awards, including the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and inked a deal with the genre's most prestigious record company, Blue Note.

Only he hasn't made his name on the piano; he settled instead on the trumpet."




5/1/11--7:03 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, watery eyes, etc. 8:35 AM, similar. 9:32 AM--similar, headache, light head chills. 12:35 PM--similar, dry dirty air with "high end odor."

5/2/11--4:46 PM--irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation. Off-and-on all day, similar.

5/3/11--1:12 PM---irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation. 1:56 PM--similar. 5:37 PM--irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation. 7:45 PM--similar. 9:07 PM=VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, watery eyes, itchy skin, mucus membrane, burning throat, nausea.

5/5/11--7:35 AM--irritant in front room and odor of "burning gas." 7:45 AM--light head, headache. 5:27 PM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, watery eyes, coughing,

5/6/11--5:15 PM--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, watery eyes, burning throat.

5/7/11--8:15 AM--irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation, short breath, coughing. 12:32 PM---irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation. 6:26 PM--irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation, short breath, coughing. 7:38 PM--similar.

5/8/11--10:15 AM--irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation, short breath, coughing.

5/9/11--7:25 AM---irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, mucus membrane irritation, light head, coughing. 11:48 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, watery eyes, etc.



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

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

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

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


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



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