Trebah Gardens, the South of England

courtesy expat, Gordon Lapides who lives nearby





Pablo Casals

plays Bach at Prades and more











"Program for disabled students transitions to new model for services in fall" by Angel Grace, dailycal.org.

"UC policy change results in delayed DSP note-taking services Disabled students hold week of events to reduce barrier, foster understanding UC Berkeley ranked as one of most accessible campuses for disabled students

In response to funding pressures and a shift in demographics, UC Berkeley's Disabled Students' Residence Program is currently transitioning to a model that will place a greater emphasis on independent living skills.

Staff of DSRP- a unit of the Disabled Students' Program - will oversee personal care attendants rather than performing personal care themselves. Set to begin this fall, the new program will also strengthen access to services for disabled students the summer before they arrive on campus."








"Old Salts Dinner, Saturday, May 17, 2014" berkeleyyc.org.

"The Berkeley Yacht Club recognizes and honors its long time members at the annual 'Old Salts' dinner.  At 25 years of membership, a member is deemed an 'Old Salt', and the member is our guest for the dinner and receives 'the gold watch' of BYC, a special burgee and name tag.  Subsequently, members are again recognized for continued membership in five year increments.  They have wonderful stories to share.  We are planning a wonderful dinner so make your reservations by May 14th. "





"Experience euphoria here in Berkeley " benjerry.com.

"Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops offer euphoria in cups, cones, and ice cream cakes. We even offer catering and will deliver our ice cream right to your next party or meeting!"






"Gourmet Berkeley walk. Take an East Bay urban hike for tasty treats and views" Elisabeth Carr, sunset.com.

"Berkeley is an ideal place to savor the San Francisco Bay Area's delicious food. Park your car in the Gourmet Ghetto, a food lover's paradise since the 1970s, and load a picnic basket with to-go delicacies.

Next, stroll north on Shattuck Avenue for about a mile, past Live Oak Park and houses designed by Craftsman architect Bernard Maybeck.

When you reach Indian Rock, climb the steps to the top for a prime picnic locale and a panoramic view of the cities by the Bay. After lunch, walk down a pretty path to Solano Avenue stores, shopping's a nice reward after your city trekking."






"Damn Yankees" berkeleyplayhouse.org.

"Play ball! Get into the swing of the season with this beloved baseball-themed musical comedy. Features the memorable songs, 'Heart,' and 'Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets.'  In this modern retelling of the Faust legend, a passionate Washington Senators fan, sells his soul to the Devil in order to be transformed into their star player and lead his beloved team to a victory against those damn Yankees. Based on the novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant."






"Bach in Berkeley: Festival Preview May 28" Bea Karnes, berkeley.patch.com

"The Mendocino Music Festival presents an informal preview of their 4-Day Bachfest (July 13 ­ 16) taking place during this year's Festival in Mendocino Village, this July 12 through 26th.

Festival co-founder Susan Waterfall will be joined by Burke Schuchman, Mindy Rosenfeld, and Jeremy Cohen to play highlights including the Trio Sonata from the 'Musical Offering,' the d minor Chaconne for violin, the Italian Concerto, and selected movements from Bach Suites and Sonatas.

The preview event will be held at the Julia Morgan-designed Berkeley City Club, Wednesday, May 28th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20." 









"Berkeley city manager presents a balanced budget for 2015" Jeff Landa, dailycal.org.

"At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Berkeley's city manager presented a balanced budget forecast for fiscal year 2015, with a caveat that the city may experience deficits in the next couple of years."





"City Council votes to increase minimum wage by January 2015" Jean Lee, dailycal.org.

"At its Tuesday meeting, the Berkeley City Council voted to raise the Berkeley minimum wage starting January 2015 after demand from workers and business owners to take action on the issue.

The motion to increase the minimum wage to $10 by Jan. 1, 2015, and to $10.75 by Jan. 1, 2016, was passed 8-1 on its first reading. The council also voted to appoint a task force made up of council members, business owners and labor advocates to discuss possible future wage increases after 2016."






"Berkeley looking at giving Tasers to cops" news.nom.co.

"The Berkeley City Council has voted to study the issue of arming police officers with Taser shock weapons. After listening to testimony from the public and from Berkeley police officers, the council voted 6-3 Tuesday night to have city staff study how other police departments use the devices and what guidelines they give to officers."






"UC Berkeley Study Looks At Underwater Mortgage Problem, Supports Richmond's Eminent Domain Plan"

"A new report from UC Berkeley's Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society shows the widespread problem of underwater mortgages continues to affect cities throughout the country, including several in the Bay Area.

The report, titled ' Underwater America: How the So-Called Housing "Recovery" is Bypassing Many American Communities' is a first-of-its-kind look at the magnitude of the underwater mortgage issue."








"Quake warning system stalls in California" abclocal.go.com.

"Early earthquake warning systems already exist in California, but so far, only a handful of researchers and agencies have access to them. Wednesday, scientists gathered with politicians and state officials in the Bay Area to try to figure out how to share those warnings with everyone. "  

















"Beginner Computer Class at Berkeley Central Library" villagecraft.org.

"Our free drop-in computer classes for beginners are held in the Electronic Classroom (3rd Floor, Central Library) on:
Mondays from 6:00pm- 7:00pm Thursdays from 10:00am- 11:00am 2090 Kittredge StreetCentral Berkeley."




"Classical Persian Music Night at Berkeley" events.kodoom.com.

"A musical journey through Iran Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8:00 pm."







"Berkeley's bohemia, San Pablo Avenue" Lisa Taggart, sunset.com.

"Reinvention is the philosophy behind Ohmega Salvage General Store on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley. Transform your humdrum living room with a bird's-eye maple mantel rescued from a failed restaurant, the idea goes. And lately the shop's neighborhood in west Berkeley is experiencing its own renaissance.

Anchoring the resurgence is the newly opened third outpost of Caffe Trieste, the coffee shop and opera house founded in the 1950s in San Francisco's North Beach. Near Trieste, on Dwight Way, a copse of inventive home stores has emerged, with handmade furniture, antiques, and custom lighting shops sharing space with a groovy ecology center, an excellent nursery, a global range of restaurants, and plenty of car-repair shops. Along these blocks, a shopper could transform her whole life."








"Former UC Berkeley engineers redefine music-sharing through Wearhaus headphones" dailycal.org.

"Nelson Zhang and Richie Zeng, two former UC Berkeley engineering students and co-founders of Wearhaus Inc., recently launched their new product: the Wearhaus Arc headphones. These are wireless headphones that sync with other music listeners, allowing you to discover new music and broadcast your own playlist.

According to Zhang, the Arc headphones are all about socialization and personalization. Bluetooth technology allows the headphones to retransmit their audio signal to other Bluetooth headphones nearby. You can use the touch controls on the headphones or the mobile app to transmit your music or tune into the music of someone else who is also transmitting on the app."






"Is This New Fuel Cell Catalyst a Game Changer for Hydrogen Vehicles?" Katie Spence, fool.com.

Fuel cell electric vehicles, or FCEVs, may have just taken a giant step closer to widespread adoption. Why? Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have jointly developed a new type of fuel cell catalyst that has more than 30 times the catalytic activity than conventional catalysts and uses 85% less platinum. That's potentially great news for Toyota Motor, Honda Motor, and Hyundai Motor .

Nanotechnology to the rescue

One of the main barriers to widespread FCEV adoption is the high cost of fuel cell catalysts. This is because they rely on platinum. In fact, the Energy Department estimates that platinum can account for 50% of a fuel cell's cost. Luckily, the new class of catalysts being developed by Argonne and Lawrence Berkeley help solve this problem." 







"Richmond residents express concerns about proposed Lawrence Lab expansion" by Amber Lee, ktvu.com.

"Plans to expand a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab research facility in Richmond are raising concerns among residents about their involvement in the project.
Richmond Field Station sits on 100 acres on Meade Street off Richmond Bay. UC Berkeley wants to add 133 acres to enlarge its existing research facility.

Residents say it's a beacon of hope for the future and that the proposed expansion could turn this into a field of dreams for a city that has struggled with violent crime and unemployment. 'It's hopeful for us. We just want a bright future for our children,' said Richmond resident Christine Jones, a mother of four. 'People are really excited about this process,' said community leader Tamisha Walker.

But that excitement is tempered with concern about how the project will benefit the community.

The expansion will bring jobs to the area. Just how many, university officials haven't said because they are still looking for funding for the expansion."












Oakland Greek Festival

"IT'S GREAT TO BE GREEK (Even if it's just for a weekend). Enjoy three days of Greece by the Bay. Fabulous Greek food, drink, music, dance, and more

10am-11pm Friday & Saturday; 11am-9pm Sunday 
On the beautiful grounds of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland hills, below Highway 13, (510) 531-3400
Adults $6, Children 12 & under are free. 
Free admission on Friday from 10am-2pm and on Sunday from 5pm to closing.
Free parking at the Mormon Temple and Head Royce School."

more at facebook.com





Festivals Past

Oakland Greek Festival 2013

May 17, 18, and 19 Ascension Cathedral once again presents the annual Oakland Greek Festival.
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, California 94602


2012 Oakland Greek Festival

the Victor's Mom, aproned serving





2011 Oakland Greek Festival from the Huffington Post

Stephanie J. Stiavetti's appreciation

A meal worthy of the gods.

For the next two days, Oakland's Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension is hosting their annual Oakland Greek Festival. Besides being a gathering of some of the East Bay's most enthusiastic Greek residents, the festival is home to some of the best Greek food in the Bay Area.

Yesterday I hit up the festival's opening day. I was completely bowled over by the amount of food available -- up for grabs were every possible Greek delight you can imagine, prepared by local cooks. Within the culinary booths, you'll find everything from whole lamb on a spit to flaming cheese (seriously -- stand back when they set it on fire!).

For those who love to cook, Saturday and Sunday are filled with countless Greek cooking demonstrations. If you're in Oakland this weekend, can you think of a better way to spend a few hours?

John and crew were also serving grilled lamb in 2011


more from 2011

our John Victor

grilling lamb


The Festival 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

additional photos





and finally from a past Oakland Greek Festival

is this Friday, Satuday and Sunday

at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland. 510-531-3400.

Friday and Saturday 10 AM till11 PM and Sunday 11 AM till 9PM

admission is $6.00 but Friday 10AM till 4PM and Sunday 5PM till 10PM are free. Children are always free.

Paul T. Fakaros, Sofo Kyriakopedi, Co-Chairmen write

"It is that time of year again when the wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland. The Oakland Greek Festival 2011 is now in full preparation and we are in need of our most important ingredient...you! What would Oakland's Greek Festival be without the many people from our community who come to enjoy all the treats for the ears, and eyes and stomach? It is with great joy and excitement that we invite you to experience our Greek culture this weekend. The Festival's founding committee put together an event in the hopes of keeping the Traditions and their Religion alive and strong in the hearts of their children. Little did they know that 40 years later this festival would be a stage to share our vibrant culture, savory food, and trusted religion with our greater Bay Area community. With this Festival, we are bringing Greece to you!

Some say that the Greeks are more hospitable than can be imagined. We rarely let you leave our homes without thirrd or even fourth helpings. It is this giving spirit that makes our Festival come alive! What makes our festival the True Greek Experience is the sight of our young and old working side by side, our children filled with joy to dance for you, and our experienced yiayias (grandmothers) offering you a taste of traditional spanakopita (spinach pie) and their favorite pastry recipes from their homeland.

Food is an important part of the Greek Culture."

more from Paul and Sofo here


As in years past, Potter Creek's John Victor,V&W Window, grills the lamb!




another Victor, Jerry's Viper

was my very first photo essay


















"Berkeley Symphony broadcasts-Mondays at 9pm in May" David Latulippe, kalw.org.

"Throughout the month of May, KALW will broadcast the full 2013-14 season of the Berkeley Symphony, hosted by David Latulippe. This week, Music Director Joana Carneiro leads the orchestra in Australian composer Brett Dean's 'Carlo,' Haydn's Cello Concerto #1 with guest soloist Peter Wyrick, Associate Principal Cellist of the SFSymphony, and the Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 of Johannes Brahms.  Monday at 9pm."






"Berkeley Rep to Present Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro" broadwayworld.com.

"The award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder returns to Berkeley Rep with his popular and critically acclaimed one-man show, Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro.

Last summer, Felder brought Bay Area audiences to their feet and even got them singing with George Gershwin Alone. Now the master entertainer and virtuoso pianist is back for a limited engagement about America's greatest musical legend. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and composer of West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, and Wonderful Town, Bernstein pushed all boundaries to become the world's first serious musical media superstar.

Felder combines first-person narrative with the compositions of Bernstein and others to draw us deeply into the maestro's fascinating life, a life filled with tragedy and triumph and...music. This special presentation plays only 22 performances on the intimate Thrust Stage. It previews on June 5, opens June 6, and plays through June 22."







"Bay Area Green Tours Announces: The Moveable Feast Takes Over Berkeley" digitaljournal.com.

"Bay Area Green Tours (BAGT) and BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) are hosting their scrumptious Moveable Feast on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. The Moveable Feast is a unique walking tour visiting 3 model sustainable restaurants located within 3 blocks for an intimate and informative progressive dinner in the heart of downtown Berkeley.

BAGT's pioneering tour in downtown Berkeley, in a city some consider the epicenter for the US food movement, visits Gather Restaurant, Revival Bar +Kitchen, and Five Restaurant."







"Super Summer Sidewalk Sale 1645 San Pablo Ave" yardsales.net.

"Three amazing vintage stores are coming together this weekend for a fun-in-the-sun summer sidewalk sale!! We will be offering a plethora of spectacular vintage pieces including men`s and women`s clothing, furniture, decor, collectables, and art! Come search for fabulous finds Friday and Saturday from 11-7. Everything on the sidewalk will be priced to sell - this is a sale you don`t want to miss! We will also be celebrating the soft opening of POP Collective. Come check out the newest addition to the West Berkeley Design Loop.

1645 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
Sunday, May 18, 2014 "








"Gov. Brown to speak at May 19 climate change event" ucdavis.edu.

"The future impact of climate change on California's agriculture and natural resources will be the focus of a May 19 forum in Sacramento, coordinated by the University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.

Gov. Jerry Brown and UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi will address the forum, titled 'Climate Change: Challenges to California's Agriculture and Natural Resources.'

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the California Museum at 1020 O St. It is intended to provide comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information that will be valuable for industry leaders and policymakers."









"U.S. judge orders fired executive to leave Pacifica Foundation office" chicagotribune.com.

"A U.S. judge has ordered the fired executive director of California's Pacifica Foundation Radio in Berkeley to leave the office she has been occupying around the clock for the last two months, saying she was trespassing."





"Police seek public's help in sexual assault near People's Park" Kristin J. Bender, mercurynews.com.

"A 25-year-old woman was sexually assaulted Monday night near People's Park and police need the public's help closing the case, authorities said.

UC Berkeley police said the woman was walking east in the 2600 block of Dwight Way at about 9:35 p.m. on Monday when a man yelled at her, ran across the street and grabbed her in the groin area. The man then ran west on Dwight Way toward People's Park, police said.

Authorities detained Mark Lopez, a 50-year-old sex offender, based on the victim's description, but released him without arrest after determining they did not have enough evidence to hold him. "









"Berkeley's Eichengreen: Eurozone Crisis Is Far From Over" moneynews.com.

"Markets generally believe the eurozone crisis is over. They're wrong, asserts Barry Eichengreen, an economics and political science professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Many of its EU countries still carry enormous public debt, its banking union is deeply flawed and it faces difficulty increasing exports, Eichengreen writes in an article for Project Syndicate."























" 'Berkeley Bowl's Like Disneyland To Me' " sfweekly.com.

"Ruth Reichl on Foodie Fiction and Her Favorite Bay Area Eats."




"Gala to celebrate 30 years of Crowden School" by Chris Treadway, contracostatimes.com.

"A gala concert and book-signing event at 7 p.m. May 24 will mark the 30th anniversary of The Crowden School, the unique music-oriented program in Berkeley billed as the first of its kind in the United States.

The celebration at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus 'will premiere a new work by Crowden alumnus Samuel Carl Adams. It also features performances by former Crowden students and faculty, including: the Baumer String Quartet (Nathan Olson, Aaron Requiro, John T. Posadas, David Requiro), Bonnie Hampton, Emil Miland, and Kenneth Renshaw, as well as Anne Crowden's daughter, Deirdre Cooper.'

The concert will tell the story of school founder Anne Crowden and her 'journey in 1965 from Scotland, via Amsterdam, to Berkeley against a background of local musical, social and political events of the time.'

In 1983 Crowden founded the day school that offers both academics and an acclaimed music program for students in fourth through eighth grade."








"Berkeley makes amends with military, reaches out to vets" theleafchronicle.com.

"The University of California, Berkeley, once synonymous with antiwar activism, is expanding efforts to attract veterans and welcome the military to campus. For its part, the military is expanding ROTC on campus."

















  "UC seeks to increase transfer students from community colleges" latimes.com.

"Santa Monica College and Los Angeles Southwest College are only 13 miles apart but have an immense gap when it comes to transferring students to a University of California campus, a new report says. Santa Monica sent 783 students last year, by far the most of 112 community colleges in the state, while Southwest sent just four, among the lowest.

Those significant disparities are at the heart of a new proposed initiative by the UC regents to make it easier for students to transfer to one of the system's nine undergraduate campuses from all community colleges, not just from the small group of two-year schools that dominate transfer statistics."






"After calling Oakland home for nearly 25 years, the East Bay federation is leaving its longtime neighborhood near Lake Merritt and relocating to the heart of downtown Berkeley, in a hub of culture and only steps from a BART station" jweekly.com.

"The new office at 2121 Allston Way is on the second floor of the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, and a handful of federation partner organizations - such as Lehrhaus Judaica and the JCC of the East Bay - are within close proximity.

'I'm really excited about it. It's a really contemporary space,' said Rabbi James Brandt, CEO of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. 'We are moving from a pretty traditional office environment to a completely open office design where none of the staff will have an office door.' "





"Edible Education 101" edibleschoolyard.org.

"The Rise and Future of the Food Movement was a Fall 2011 course at UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism and College of Letters and Science. The course was co-instructed by Nikki Henderson, Executive Director of People's Grocery, and Michael Pollan, a Knight Journalism Professor at UC Berkeley. There are eleven class lectures to view."







"Roads paved with...solar panels?" csmonitor.com.

"An Idaho-based company started a crowdfunding campaign to meet US's future power needs."



" Gov. Brown says UC divestment from coal is a possibility" latimes.com.

" Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Thursday that UC should study the possibility of divesting its endowment of any connection to the coal industry, a move that could echo a recent decision by Stanford University."








Sunday, May 18th 12-5PM
Free to the public

BHS Ensemble and Combos
Ed Reed
Sista Monica Parker
Tito y su Son de Cuba










Thanks to Doc's son, Regan, Steve, and to city workers, flowering fruit-trees have been planted on 8th and Pardee.



In the last month the real life style differences between Potter Creek's "young new modern" citizens--often condo owners or occupiers--and our "street citizens" have erupted into violence. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!









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.

5/10/14--10:02 AM--dry dirty air in front room , mucus membrane irritation. 8:06 PM--similar. 4:04 PM--dry dirty air in front room , SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, burnng eyes, hacking cough, Marsha, similar. All AM and PM last 2 days--similar.

5/13/14--12:30 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse with hot "burning" ceramic/metal on this Spare the Air day, mucus membrane irritation hackng cough. 5:32 PM--dry dirty air in front room , mucus membrane irritation. All AM and PM--similar at regular intervals.

5/14/14--1:05 PM---dry dirty air in front room with "glass manufacturing" odor , mucus membrane irritation on Spare the Air day. 2:15 PM--similar.

5/15/14--7:44 AM--dry dirty air in front room , mucus membrane irritation on Spare the Air day. 7:51 AM--similar. 8:55 AM--similar. 11:11 AM--similar.

5/17/14--6:45 AM--similar. 7:30 AM--similar. 11:45 AM--similar. 12.00PM--similar. 12:30 PM-- similar. 2:32 PM--similar. 4:14PM--similar.











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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