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The Poetry Walk

In October 2003, the Berkeley Poetry Walk was installed along the curbside edge of the sidewalk on Addison Street between Shattuck and Milvia. The walk is made up of 128 cast-iron poetry panels, each weighing fifty-five pounds and containing a poem selected by former poet laureate Robert Hass.

The Poetry Walk, sponsored by the City of Berkeley Civic Arts, was part of a larger project to revitalize the downtown area. Landscape architect John N. Roberts, who worked on the Poetry Walk, recalled "there was a time not so long ago when a walk in downtown Berkeley was a frightening experience." However, the Downtown Berkeley Arts District emerged as a collaborative effort between the city government and the public, with the Berkeley Poetry Walk one of the signature projects that has helped reinvigorate the area.

The two-foot-square poetry panels are each coated with a porcelain enamel and designed to form an aged patina over time. As Roberts described, "the poetry wraps around the entire street in a regular rhythm just behind the curb and slightly out of the main flow of traffic to frame the sidewalk and allow people to encounter a new poem each few steps."







The Berkeley Police Department is now utilizing Nixle, a public notification service designed to improve communication with the people who live, work, and visit our City. Nixle enables community-policing outreach in new ways. It help us build a communication structure to help us solve crimes, build a safer community, and promote a positive partnership between the community and law enforcement.

Using Nixle, BPD delivers information to you instantly via text, email and/or web message. Nixle messages are also viewable via mobile device. The service is secure, reliable and easy to use. You decide what information you receive and whether you want it sent to your cell phone, email, or just simply over the web. Notifications will also be available through the City of Berkeley Police Department web page at:

Nixle is the most comprehensive communications tool that the department uses and it will include all of the department's urgent and non-urgent communications. We encourage your participation. On the form below, you can subscribe to and view the department's Nixle messages, which launch May 1. Please visit to complete the free sign-up form.












"Former ICE chief calls for enforcement shift"

"The former head of the nation's immigration enforcement agency said the government should no longer prioritize deporting those who illegally reenter the country after being expelled and who do not have criminal records.

John Sandweg, former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the government should also shift its focus away from deporting those who have failed to show up at immigration court hearings and who have not been convicted of serious crimes."






"UC Berkeley Gets Serious About Its Real Estate"

"If the surging Bay Area economy is helping improve the mood for East Bay real estate, the imminent transformation of UC Berkeley's real estate portfolio could escalate it to new heights."




"Berkeley ranked as 10th-highest city in income inequality in US" Becca Benham,

"The city of Berkeley has the 10th-highest income inequality in the United States and the highest income inequality in California, according to data released by Bloomberg News on April 15."






 "Just Before Big Race, Cal's Human-Powered Vehicle Snapped in Two; Then Came A Bigger Surprise" Martin Snapp,

"Things were looking bleak for the UC Berkeley Human Powered Vehicle Team last weekend, and the timing couldn't have been worse.

The team, all engineering majors, were on the verge of their big competition: the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Human Powered Vehicle Competition West, in Santa Clara. Rider Andrew Taylor had just started his practice run on Saturday morning when Reuben, the state-of-the-art vehicle that he and his cohorts had spent seven months building, crashed on the first lap."





"Judge Orders Berkeley to Use Disputed Student Council District"

"An Alameda County Superior Court judge ordered Berkeley to use in this year's elections new council district boundaries that include a disputed district, in which a large majority of the residents are UC Berkeley students. As a result, Berkeley might have its first Cal student on the city council since Nancy Skinner (now an Assemblymember) won election in the 1980s. Some opponents of the new district contended that it was designed by the council majority to remove Councilmember Kriss Worthington from office. "








"Berkeley Symphony review: Encouraging growth" Joshua Kosman,

"Thursday night's season finale by the Berkeley Symphony offered a terse and encouraging snapshot of the orchestra's state after five seasons under Music Director Joana Carneiro. You didn't have to like everything on offer - I certainly didn't - to appreciate the direction that this young conductor has taken in both programming and execution, or to anticipate even more exciting growth in the seasons to come."





"Where 'Trebles' melt like lemon drops"

"H.U.L.A. Hilltop Ukulele Lovers Academy Meets every Month on the 2nd Friday 4-6pm, at Hilltop YMCA 4300 Lakeside DR Richmond CA.You don't have to be a YMCA member to attend. Our next Meet-up is Fri, may 9TH Learn share, sing songs all on 4 strings.  We usually have 18-20 Ukulele Lovers, of all skill levels. Where "'Treble' melts like lemon drops high above the chimney tops is where you'll find me. "




"Berkeley World Music Festival--People's Park, June 22, 2014"

"17 bands playing music from all over the world & admission is FREE. A fantastic main stage line up of Afrofunk Experience original funk and afrobeats, Manzo Rally with new Latin rock music featuring Gaberiel Manzo lead guitarist from Malo with an all star line up, and the legendary motown review Pride and Joy. Music in 13 various stores & restuarants around Telegraph Ave. area. After party at Askenaz."





"California Shakespeare Theater opens its 40th season"

"California Shakespeare Theater begins its 2014 season with one of the trailblazing works in the American theater, 'A Raisin in the Sun,' by Lorraine Hansberry. 'A Raisin in the Sun. plays at the Bruns Amphitheater from May 21 through June 15.

Hailed by the New York Times as the play that 'changed American theatre forever,' 'A Raisin in the Sun' marked the first time a play by a black woman about the struggles of black families appeared on the Broadway stage."







"Berkeley council takes cautious look at issue of drones" Judith Scherr,

"Speakers at Tuesday evening's City Council workshop to develop domestic drone policy ranged from those who called for making the city a 'drone free zone,' to supporters of limited drone use in police and fire emergencies.

The council made no policy recommendations at the workshop, but referred the issue for further study to the city's Agenda Committee."





"New Smoking Ordinance"

"The Berkeley City Council adopted Ordinance No. 7,321-N.S on December 17, 2013, regulating second hand smoke in ALL multi-unit residences and common areas.  As of  May 1, 2014, smoking will be prohibited in 100% of multi-unit housing with two or more units (i.e. apartments, co-ops, condominiums, common interest developments, etc). This also includes common areas such as private decks, balconies, and porches of units. "







Report Berkeley Crimes Online

Community members can report certain crimes online, a service that's particularly helpful when victims want to document crimes or need records for insurance purposes.

The Berkeley Police online reporting service is to be used when there are no leads, witnesses or suspect descriptions. It can be used to report harassing phone calls, identity theft, theft, auto burglaries, and vandalism to a home or vehicle.

Upon completing the online report, users will immediately receive a temporary case number.  Reports are reviewed within two business days.  Upon approval, you will receive a new case number and a PDF copy of the report you filed, which you may use for your own purposes. 

The Berkeley Police Department's Online Crime Reporting System may be used to report the following crimes:
Harassing Phone Calls:  Repeated, disruptive or unwanted calls from an unknown source; re-occurring hang-up calls.
Identity Theft:  Obtaining someone else's personal identifying information and using it to get credit, goods, or services.
Theft:  Your unattended property is taken without your permission by a person you did not see. 
Theft from Vehicle & Auto Burglary:  Property is stolen from an unlocked motor vehicle or car is broken into and items were stolen (a report may be reported regardless if the vehicle was locked, entry was made, or whether or not anything was taken.)
Vandalism (Home or Business):  The act of defacing, changing or modifying public or private property-graffiti, knocking over a mailbox, rocks thrown through windows, causing permanent damage. 
Vandalism to a Vehicle:  Tampering with a vehicle-Keying/Scratching, breaking a window, side mirror, or wipers.

Consider filing your report with Berkeley Police Department's Online Crime Reporting System.

















Creating a Backyard Vegetable Garden

"Food tastes better when you grow it yourself! Learn more about planning and planting a vegetable garden in the free talk led by gardener and edible landscape designer Gary Crandall. More information here.

Claremont Branch, May 7, 2014 - 6:00pm-7:30pm  





Spider Spectacular

University of Berkeley: The Lawrence Hall of Science Berkeley, CA

Hunt for spider webs, make webs out of duct tape, create wearable spider parts, and view live spiders. Spider Spectacular is part of Summer Fun Days at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Every Wednesday enjoy a unique event with your family-from trapeze arts to bubbly sidewalk painting. All events are free with your admission!

Wednesday, Jul 9 12:00pm to 2:00pm


All About Butterflies

University of Berkeley: The Lawrence Hall of Science Berkeley, CA

At the Lawrence Hall of Science this Memorial Day, see our new 3-D film, Flight of the Butterflies. Make butterfly wings to wear, and pick out butterfly tattoos and stickers. The first 200 families to visit can take home milkweed seeds. Our Planetarium and Animal Discovery Room are also open all weekend long so you can "fly" to the moons of Jupiter, or meet more animals with wings.

Sunday, May 25 10:00a to 5:00pm






"Conservatory Is Nation's First Independent Degree-Granting Institute Devoted to Jazz" by Andrew Gilbert,

"Some early New Orleans jazz trumpeters performed with a handkerchief draped over their fingers, to prevent anyone from stealing their hottest licks. Other musicians more generously shared their hard-won knowledge, but for most of the music's history, aspiring jazz players picked up information wherever they could, observing more experienced players at work on the bandstand and memorizing solos by wearing out the grooves on treasured recordings.

The old-school oral tradition was still very much a factor during pianist Susan Muscarella's formative years at Cal in the early 1970s, when the jazz education movement was in its infancy. In a sense, the educator and the movement have developed together, though she still places a premium on pairing students with working musicians.

Muscarela credits her tenure as director of the UC Jazz Ensembles with preparing her to eventually found the private, Berkeley-based California Jazz Conservatory.
This year the institution received a groundbreaking accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music-making it the only independent degree-granting institute in the United States solely devoted to jazz."




"Berkeley Unified School District's graduation rate increases in line with state numbers" Jessie Lau,

"In California, the number of high school graduates in 2013 has topped 80 percent for the first time in the state's history. Dropout rates also fell for the fourth consecutive year, according to a press release from the California Department of Education on Monday."





"Berkeley-Haas to Provide Executive-Level Program to Chinese Leaders at China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong, Shanghai"

"UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business will provide an executive-level program that will present a Silicon Valley perspective on business, innovation, and leadership topics to top Chinese leaders. The program will be taught by Berkeley-Haas faculty starting May 6, 2014." 







"Study says green buildings don't create happier workers, yet" Kathleen Maclay,

"Think working in an environmentally green building leads to greater satisfaction in the workplace?  Think again.

A new study coauthored by a UC Berkeley researcher says that occupant satisfaction with LEED-certified office building environments appears to decline with time.

People working in buildings certified under LEED's green building standard appear no more satisfied with the quality of their indoor workplace environments than those toiling in conventional buildings, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

The work, which counters the findings of several earlier studies examining the same issue,"





"Berkeley Lab Climate Scientist: More Extreme Heat and Drought in Coming Decades"

"By the end of this century climate change will result in more frequent and more extreme heat, more drought, and fewer extremes in cold weather in the United States. Average high temperatures could climb as much as 10 or more degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the country. These are some of the projections made by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) climate scientist Michael Wehner and his co-authors on the National Climate Assessment (NCA)."
















"Fire doused off I-80 in Berkeley" Henry K. Lee. at

Steve Smith photo

Firefighters clean equipment on Second Street after dousing a suspicious fire below the University Avenue overpass in Berkeley, Calif. on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The cause of the blaze, which snarled traffic on the freeway and surface streets, is under investigation. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle 

The blast was reported about 2:40 p.m. underneath the University Avenue overpass to Interstate 80.

The fire was controlled within 20 minutes, said Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong. Thick black smoke could be seen for miles.

A person near the fire scene was treated for minor injuries and released, said Officer Jennifer Coats, a Berkeley police spokeswoman. Two people found near the scene were detained as part of the investigation and released, she said.

Firefighters had received reports that the blast could have been related to a clandestine methamphetamine lab, but no signs of a drug lab were found at the scene, Dong said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The California Highway Patrol closed the University Avenue off-ramp from eastbound I-80 as firefighters doused the blaze.






















Air Quality Report

For NEW LEVEL of irritant and toxicity see 5/5/14 10:15 PM and 5/8/14

5/2/14--6:30 PM--dry dirty air in front room with "glass manufacturing" odor. Mucus membrane irritation.

5/3/14--8:30 AM--dry dirty air in front room , mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough. 4:35 PM--similar with "glass manufacturing" odor.

5/4/14--12:03 AM--dry dirty air in front room , mucus membrane irritation. 2:05 AM--similar. 7:43 PM--dry dirty air in front room , mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough0. 10:02PM--similar. 11:06--similar, overridess HEPA filters.

5/5/14--2:10 AM---dry dirty air in front room , mucus membrane irritation.10:15 PM--EXTREMELY dry and burning air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. Overrides 4 HEPA filters. MOST SERIOUS in memory! 2:53 AM--dry dirty air in front room , mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough.

5/6/14--2:53 AM--NEW drier dirtier air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough. 5:05 AM--similar. 5:31 AM--similar, Marsha prolonged cough. 3:07 PM--NEW drier dirtier air in front room , mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough. 6:35 PM--NEW drier dirtier air in front room , mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough. 7:04 PM--similar. 7:35 PM--similar. 8:55 PM--NEW drier dirtier air in front room, VERY SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, coughing episodes, watery eyes.

5/7/14--4:06 AM--dry dirty air in front room , mucus membrane irritation.

5/8/14--3:17 AM--NEW drier dirtier air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough, overrides HEPA filters. All PM and AM similar, often at quarter hours. 3:46 AM--similar. 3:59 AM--similar. MOST SERIOUS since 5/5/14--10:15 PM

5/9/14--12:22 AM--NEW drier dirtier air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filters. 2:44 AM--NEW drier dirtier air in front room, VERY SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filters. 3:54AM--NEW drier dirtier air in front room, VERY VERY SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filters. 4:21AM--NEW drier dirtier air in front room, VERY VERY SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filters. Marsha has SERIOUS "hacking cough" episode and has developed several lip blisters over that past days.











eternally useful links

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

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out 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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from

Bay Area foreclosures from


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

Darryl Moore, City Councilman

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


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