"What me worry?"

Gene Agress, owner of Berkeley Mills

his business located in one of the possible MUP sites



some thoughts on west-Berkeley

While the current focus of the West Berkeley Project is the Master Use Permit, there are other pieces of the Project, passed by the Council last year, which are having positive impacts on West Berkeley: 
The reviving of Flint Ink can be traced to the new regulation that allows for big builidngs to be split into smaller spaces, for smaller uses.  The up-tick in R&D can be attributed to bringing this use out of the shadows and into the zoning ordinance. 
Revised distance regulations for restaurants; allowances for a new set of uses that reflect this century including: non-store based retail (e-retail), alternative fueling stations, various visual and aural production uses beyond the old-school "movie production"; have all affected the area in a positive way.

Just think what might happen if:

a cohesive artists and artisans community took charge of their destiny and worked to purchase a set of core non-profit "arts colony" buildings, then let that generate an influx of other like minded and skilled folks.

a set of parking structures was developed at appropriate locations, topped with community gardens or solar farms; linked by an "emery-go-round" type shuttle, serving the workers of West Berkeley by weekdays and the Campus on Game days.

the creation of well placed and planned Master Use Permit projects: some supporting both housing and jobs, the others providing a solid core of new R&D and 21st Century manufacturing uses in a coherent form.

What if the West Berkeley Plan the "Next Generation" looked ahead and planned for the inevitable reality of cities, industry and life--change.






Three artist renderings of proposed development on the property

the French School rebought immediately north of their 9th Street campus

















Recently, when asked by a Berkeley person of influence "Do you believe in Democracy?" I replied "We don't have any."

But after some thought I find "Not the relevant question, really. At the Federal level we are an oligarchy, similar to the Russians but with more caca de toro.

Locally, in west--Berkeley, we have two "oligarchies" vying for influence, power, and favors, and so essentially governing.

But just where is there democracy? Costa Rica?"





on the recently restored carousel in our Tilden Park

The Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round is a carousel located in Tilden Park near Berkeley, California. It was built by the Herschel-Spillman Company of Tonawanda, New York in 1911, and it is one of the few true antiques left in the United States.




The following is a question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid term.
 Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) orendothermic (absorbs heat)?
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle'sLaw (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:
First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today.
Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.
This gives two possibilities:
1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.
2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.
So which is it?
If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, 'It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,' and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct......leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting 'Oh my God.'




BPD Ofc Area Coordinator, Cesar Melero emails

Coffee with your Berkeley Police Department Area 4 Commander

Lieutenant Dave Frankel of the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he invites anyone who wishes to join him for coffee or to talk about anything at Jimmy Bean'sCafe, 1290 6th Street  Berkeley, CA 94710 on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, from 3:15 to 4:15pm


Around 4 Friday morning commuter train 518 hit a pickup at the Gilman Street Crossing--the vehicle parked too close to the track, belongs to a  Pacific Steel worker. It received minor damage. No one was injured

Commuter trains were delayed.








"UC Berkeley police end admin building protest" an AP report at sfgate.com.

"A Friday afternoon protest at the main administration building at University of California, Berkeley has come to an end after police removed protesters from the building."




"U.S. Muslim college leaders to visit here"by Kate Shellnutt at chron.com.

"The leaders of America's first Muslim college are reaching out to Houstonians for support during a nationwide fundraising campaign.

About 1,000 guests will attend a sold-out benefit dinner Saturday for Zaytuna College, located in Berkeley, Calif., and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir, the school's founders, will speak on leadership in contemporary Islam during a public program Sunday."



















new repair bays



this coming weekend

is the Oakland Greek Festival













the Oakland Greek Festival


where our John Victor

is grilling lamb


It is held at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension where the Victors were among the original fifteen founding families.


and where beautifully presented

the food court awaits


as does

the view

more here









eternally useful links

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.



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.




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.



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



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



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, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

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

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

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






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