"Today is Malcolm X Day" delconewsnetwork.com.

Malcolm X Day is an American holiday in honor of the civil rights leader Malcolm X which is celebrated either on May 19 (Malcolm's birthday), or the third Sunday in the month of May. The commemoration has legal status in the city of Berkeley, California . . . "






"Artistic landscape architecture brings a sense of belonging" John King at sfgate.com.

Fengming Mountain Park in China is by Martha Schwartz.

"When five of the nation's leading landscape architects gathered before their peers last weekend in Berkeley, the projects they discussed were located in Massachusetts and Minnesota, China and Spain.

But if there was no overt Bay Area hook, no matter." 





  "Kickstarting the city: Can crowd-funding save our neighborhoods?" salon.com.

"New tools are emerging to help communities plan underfunded projects and ward off gentrification. But do they work?

A biking and walking trail in Memphis. An 8th-grade library at a charter school in Berkeley, California. A sculptural installation in London. What do these public improvements have in common? Over the first four months of 2014, each has raised the money it needed - between $5,000 and $240,000 - by crowd-funding."







"Local Farmers, Local Food" soilmate.com.

"Berkeley Farmers' Market - Downtown

The Ecology Center Farmers' Markets are festive, family-friendly, open-air marketplaces where California farmers bring fresh, locally-grown produce and farm-processed foods to sell directly to consumers. Our markets feature fruits, vegetables, nuts, baked goods, jams and preserves, juices, olive oils, tofu, meat, cheese, prepared foods, nursery plants, and flowers. Often, musicians entertain the shoppers, and special events are scheduled throughout the year." 







"Berkeley-based filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi releases new film about Cuban musicians, presents Fist Up Film Festival" sfbayview.com.

"Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi is one of the most prolific filmmakers in the Bay Area when it comes to working with working class people in different nations, most times on different continents, and telling their stories."






"Berkeley startup 3D prints memories in lifelike figures" by Katy Murphy, contracostatimes.com.

"Commencement Day will be over in a flash, but for $39 and a few minutes more, you can forever hold a tiny 3D figurine of your graduating self in cap and gown.

Why confine this proud milestone to a picture frame, ask the founders of a Berkeley 3D-printing startup, when you could look at it front, back and sideways?
'We want you to hold your memories closer by holding yourself,' croons their tongue-in-cheek pitch. 'Your family. Your friends. We want you to be megalomaniacal. To hold your replica and just ... love it.'

Indeed, the founders of Twindom have set up to produce realistic figurines using 3D scanning and printing. In their studio -- a curtained-off corner of a startup incubator space in downtown Berkeley -- their products include a tiny woman holding a tinier dog, a cozy couple and replicas of the founders themselves. "








"Berkeley to Quadruple City's Electric-Vehicle Charging Stations" berkeley.patch.com.

"Berkeley has received funding for six new electric vehicle charging stations that will join two that were installed last month, the mayor's office announced Wednesday.

Each of the six new stations will have two charging points. Three of them will be installed in a parking garage at Telegraph Avenue and Channing Way, two will be in the Oxford Garage at 2165 Kittredge St. and one will be at the Berkeley Marina, according to Mayor Tom Bates' office.
They will join the city's first two, which were installed at the Whole Foods at 3000 Telegraph Ave. last month, Bates' office said. The 240-volt charging stations are capable of giving an electric vehicle -- such as a Nissan Leaf or a Chevy Volt -- a range of 10-15 miles on an hour's charge, according to the mayor's office. Bates' office said that there are more than 21,000 electric vehicles on the road in the Bay Area and plug-in vehicles accounted for 4 percent of car sales in California last year.

The charging stations will take credit cards and are paid for by a $474,052 grant from the California Energy Commission to the California EV Alliance."




"Cal's top student was once told she had a low IQ" by Lyanne Melendez, abc7news.com.

"This year's top student at UC Berkeley was once told she would never learn to read at college level. Thank goodness her parents, who worked to prove that piece of information wrong, were so right.

On Sunday, Rebecca Peters received the University Medal. The 23-year-old sat down with ABC7 News to talk about overcoming her challenges.

Peters will soon leave Berkeley to continue her studies at the University of Manchester and then Oxford in the United Kingdom."


As I myself was told by my high school advisor that I was not smart enough to go to college and so should enroll in trade school, I can relate.






"ASUC and UC Berkeley administration sign new agreement" Melissa Wen, dailycal.org.

The ASUC and the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly will receive an annual $250,000 starting next academic year in a new funding model outlined by a recently revised agreement between the ASUC and campus that will oversee commercial activities carried out by student government."









"What Made America Famous" huffingtonpost.com.

"Many Americans believe that the top one percent is responsible for the rising tide of inequality in America, which is swamping and drowning the other 99 percent.

Professor Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley says that they are wrong. The top one percent is not the problem, he says.

The top 0.1 percent is the problem.

In a report that he issued in March (summary here), Prof. Saez examined wealth and income in America during the past century. He found that wealth inequality is back to where it was in the 1920s, just before the Great Depression. And since this trend started in 1977, the only group that has taken a rising share of national wealth is not the top one percent, but rather the top 0.1 percent: the 15,000 richest Americans.

(Oh, top 0.9 percent not in the 0.1 percent, how we weep for thee!)

In 1960, the top 0.1 percent had less than 8 percent of our national wealth. Now it's 22 percent, and rising. Those who have a net worth of $20 million or more now own almost a quarter of everything that one can own in America.

Folks who are in the bottom half of that one percent, the mere multi-millionaires ($4 million and up), actually have seen their share of wealth decline. A little higher, between the top 0.1 percent and the top 0.5 percent, the share of wealth has been flat. The share of the top 0.1 percent, though, has more than doubled. And the share of the super-super-super rich, the top 0.01 percent, has more than quadrupled, from two percent in 1977 to over 11 percent today."














"Perdition Smokehouse beer hall and restaurant coming to Berkeley" bizjournals.com.

Chuck Stilphen's Old Town Oakland's


"Craft beer connoisseur Chuck Stilphen, of San Francisco's Mikkeller Bar, Oakland's Trappist, and Walnut Creek-based Ol Beercafe, is launching his latest outpost in Berkeley, but this time, there will be food.

Stilphen's Perdition Smokehouse, his first restaurant, will open June 13 at 2050 University Avenue."




"Berkeley among Amazon's top 10 best-read cities" Associated Press.


May 30th all locations of the Berkeley Public Library will open 1-hr later at 11:00 am except for the Tool Lending Library which will open at 1:00 pm as normally scheduled.

















new to Potter Creek

same venues, different lighting

the Lighting Collective on Seventh










"Robots learn to do chores at Berkeley" engineering.com.

"Pieter Abbiel is obsessed with creating autonomous robots that can do the things that humans don't want to do. He found inspiration from a robot that swept, mopped and dusted at a friend's house. This robot, however, was programmed to do each motion of each task by its owner. Pieter envisioned a robot that could learn to do these types of tasks autonomously."





"Search for extraterrestrial intelligence gets hearing" Robert Sanders, newscenter.berkeley.edu.

"Dan Werthimer, who directs Berkeley's new SETI Research Center, summarized current efforts to search for extraterrestrial intelligence at a hearing . . . of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology."









"The millennial take over" marketplace.org.

"This . . . comes to us from the Bureau of the Census. They did a whole big data dump this week buried deep inside of which was this tidbit:
The most represented age in the American population, that is the biggest age group, is 22 year olds. The second largest group is 23 year olds, then followed by 21 year olds.

Then and only then in fourth place a baby boomer- a poor lonely 53 year old.

There are now more people in their 20's in this country, yes, millenials, than any other group."




"Girl from Sangam city grabs headlines in US" Rajiv Mani, indiatimes.com.

"A girl born in Allahabad and now studying at the University of California, Berkeley, has made the city proud by winning the 'price money question' of $ 64000 (approx Rs 38 lakhs) by asking former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, 'If you don't represent women in politics in America as future president, who will?' "





"Apple has drawn evenly from Stanford, UC Berkeley, San Jose State" marketwatch.com.

Wired has a . . . graphic showing which colleges and universities send the most grads to to seven of the largest tech companies, based on data culled from LinkedIn accounts. "







    "Mass Appeal: Researchers Score Public Support-and Cash-Via Crowdfunding" by Robert Nizza, berkeley.edu.

"Marcus Lehmann is at work alongside a 50-meter-long water tank in a high-ceilinged engineering lab at UC Berkeley's O'Brien Hall, surrounded by wrenches, tape, wires, electronics, pipes, lab notebooks and other flotsam and jetsam. Within the tank, he generates ocean-like waves to test a promising invention: a carpet-like device that captures wave energy. It holds the promise of someday being able to harness the power of the ocean, a potential huge source of renewable energy.
But to continue his work, Lehmann needed money-and because fast funding for basic science research is hard to come by, he opted to appeal to the masses via the online site Experiment.com.

His online solicitation page included an overview, budget, graphs, video, and a group photo of the researchers. The page's title: 'Can we solve future energy and freshwater crises with the power of ocean waves?' "





"UC Berkeley-led wage-theft study leads to local policy changes" berkeley.edu.

"Millions of workers in the United States are not getting the wages and benefits they are entitled to by law. While some may see this as a labor issue, researchers say it is a public health problem that has been ignored for way too long.

'We've known for some time that poverty is probably the single greatest contributor to premature death and illness,' explains Meredith Minkler, professor of health and social behavior at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. 'Yet wage theft, which is a primary contributor to poverty and low income, has rarely been discussed.'
The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) in San Francisco reached out to Pam Tau Lee at the School's Labor Occupational Health Program to collaborate on a study in 2007. "








"A new model of school reform" berkeley.edu.

"Last week, The New Yorker reported that Mark Zuckerberg's 2010 gift of $100 million to the Newark School District hadn't really improved the schools - with most of the money having been spent on labor contracts and consulting fees.

Meanwhile, on the opposite coast, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), an urban district with demographics and challenges similar to Newark's, has taken a very different tack to school reform - and it's not costing $100 million: The district is transforming itself from the inside out, through social-emotional learning (SEL) one adult at a time.

This is significant because organizational psychology research has for many years shown that lasting change happens only if the individuals within the system are willing to transform their own beliefs and practices, from the ground up. In this challenging process of social and emotional transformation, Oakland is forging a new model of school reform - one that other districts could adopt."


















Berkeley's school for the deaf (CEID) kids

at Halloween.



"Berkeley School For The Deaf Gets New K-9 Companion" cbslocal.com

"The Berkeley School for the Deaf has a special new instructor, sort of."
















Steve Smith's

Built in the late 40's by my grandfather for my father.  Grandpa was a mechanic for Burlington Trailways (eventually purchased by Continental Trailways) in Omaha Nebraska.  He and his buddies built midget racers in their off-time.  This car is more or less a scaled down version of a midget (sorry, that's what they called them).

Everything is handmade and custom.  He built the differential with the help of the train mechanics (Burlington) across the street from the bus shop in Omaha.  Rumor has it that the diff was made with fuel injector parts from a locomotive. The chrome nose piece is half of a headlamp dome from a model A Ford.  It's powered by a Briggs & Stratton 5 horse power 4-stroke engine.  

We fired it up on Memorial Day for the first time in 36 years.  I was nine when I last drove it.  My son Jack, now nine, drove it for the first timeas well as his cousins.  
It was such a fulfilling Memorial Day that I could not think of a better way to remember Grandpa.  We're so friggin' lucky. 







Berkeley Running Club  Night track workout!

Berkeley High School, 1900 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA. Monday May 26. 7:00 PM
We will meet on the North side of the track.

Come learn what the Monday Night Berkeley High School track workouts are all about! Enter on the east side of campus, off Milvia Street just across from Bancroft.

Even if you just want to warm up with us, learn a new stretch, or watch some people run around in circles you are welcome. All paces are welcome and encouraged, after all you have to start somewhere!















"Leadership Change at CEID" from a Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID ) email
           "This year brings with it the most significant change in CEID's history. Jill Ellis, the Co-Founder and Executive Director, will retire and will be succeeded by Cindy Dickeson, the current Director of Programs and Operations. For more than three decades Jill has worked tirelessly to establish CEID as the premier program in early intervention for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The success of those efforts is well known and deeply appreciated by the families, educators, medical providers, and, of course, the children who have been served.

          One of the attributes of a great leader is the ability to mentor others. In this regard, Jill has done an outstanding job and we are confident that Cindy Dickeson will move CEID forward in a powerful direction. During the past seven years, Cindy's leadership of the program staff has created a model team of teachers, therapists, and other professionals who have each given children the very best support, guidance, and education leading toward success. We are confident in Cindy's abilities and, most importantly, in her commitment to CEID and its future. 

          Writer Catherine Pulsifer has said, 'Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning.' We believe that to be true and we also believe that the roots of a new beginning are only as strong as those who planted them. CEID's roots will always be those of Jill Ellis and because of that Cindy Dickeson has a solid platform upon which to grow the future of CEID. 

         Both Rosalie Streett, our Board President, and Jill share transition messages in the Spring CEID News."









Alex Amoroso, AICP, is principal planner for the  city of Berkeley, a position he has held for the past 
seven years. He was elected to the California Planning Roundtable in 2003 and is 
now an emeritus member. 

Meet a local planner by Siân Llewellyn, AICP 

Alex and Suzanne

Tell us a little bit about yourself 

I live in Oakland, in the lower hills just above Fruitvale, with my 
wife, three dogs, several fish tanks (I'm a fish geek) and a large 
yard with orchard. Seeking fun brings me to the ocean almost 
weekly, to the East Bay hills for hiking, and into The City (SF is 
still "The City") to play. The East Bay and the rest of the region 
also provide entertainment - farmers' markets all over, Russian 
River retreat time, there's so much here. 
I grew up in San Francisco - North Beach to start; Richmond 
District from there. I attended San Francisco State University for 
Urban Studies after Jesuit high School, same as Jerry Brown, but 
a couple of decades behind him. Most of my first 40 years were 
in San Francisco: Haight Ashbury and Cole Valley mostly. 
The most notorious of my addresses was San Quentin Village 
- outside the gates. 

How did you become interested in planning 
as a profession? 

Growing up in SF infuses urbanism at a young age. My grammar 
school commute started with a city bus and included a short ride 
each day on the Powell Street cable car among the tall buildings 
of downtown. Years of neighborhood walking and garage sales in 
the family station wagon, a dad who did real estate as a hobby 
and later a vocation - all contributed to my love of cities. 
The formal education in cities was more of a delayed realiza- 
tion: I tried to be a business major first but failed miserably. 
Then I tried a range of classes from broadcasting and theater arts 
to urban studies 101. I was half way into my urban studies major 
before I realized it - and it just fit. . . .
















"S.F. skyline of future rises today from 3-D printer" John King at sfgate.com.

A 3-D-printed scale model shows S.F.'s skyline of 2017 with the in-progress towers in plac

"The San Francisco skyline of 2017 is a work in progress - except in the precise resin forms on a newly printed 3-D model of 115 downtown blocks where the dust and noise of today's construction boom is nowhere to be seen."














CEID's Jill Ellis, emails

Thanks Ron for including our email (see 5/28/14 post) in your announcements.  I personally always find your announcemenys interesting and useful ­ and they often guide me to meetings that I'd not be aware of otherwise!
Jill Ellis, M.Ed
Executive Director CEID



Sarah emails about our Little Blue Car (see 5/27/14 post)

"LOVE THIS! I want to try it! Sarah"


as does BPD's Andy Greenwood

"Awesome indeed! Very cool! 
Capt. Andrew Greenwood
Investigations Division Commander
Berkeley Police Department"





neighbors Adam and Chittenden and four workers

unload " ' new to them' glass making equipment"






from Bates Update

The Downtown Area Plan (DAP) has received a National Planning Achievement Award Winner
"The 2012 Downtown Area Plan (DAP), the result of the 64% voter-approved Measure R, serves as a guide for Downtown Berkeley development and was awarded this year with the American Planning Association's prestigious National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice. It was recognized for addressing challenges to enhancing the city center by including requirements for community benefits, green building, transportation demand management, design guidelines and an open space plan. We're starting to see the implementation of the DAP's goals of balancing economic development with community health, historic preservation and open space.

In the past two years alone, over 40 new restaurants and businesses have opened in Downtown, and eight housing projects, a hotel and the BAM/PFA's new building are underway or in the pipeline at various stages of the approval process. The developments could add 2,000 downtown residents in more than 1,400 units as well as 88,000 square feet of new restaurant and retail space bolstering our lively Downtown restaurant and arts scenes. With all of these new projects, our Street & Open Space Improvement Plan will ensure an active, walkable, livable space with open public spaces for these new residents and the rest of Berkeley to gather."
















Steve' s Little Blue Car running at Aquatic video






"Target Picking Up the Pieces After Data Breach"   bloomberg.com.    




"Annie's skids on fiscal 4Q results and outlook" nbcnews.com.

"Shares of Annie's stumbled in aftermarket trading Thursday after the natural and organic foods company posted disappointing fourth-quarter results and its projections for the current fiscal year fell below Wall Street estimates.

Annie's said the cost of organic wheat and other ingredients and inputs grew, which hurt its profit in the fiscal fourth quarter. The Berkeley, California, company gave a weak forecast for fiscal 2015, saying its business will be affected by an inventory reduction from its biggest customer, high commodity prices, and new expenses as it expands its capacity.

The company's shares declined $5.89, or 16.9 percent, to $28.99 in aftermarket trading."






"Shotgun Players delivers love letter to Berkeley in 'Daylighting' " Karen D'Souza, mercurynews.com.

"The People's Republic of Berkeley is celebrated in Dan Wolf's new play 'Daylighting.'

Subtitled 'The Berkeley Stories Project,' this ambitious Shotgun Players commission is part history, part journalism and part poetry. Inspired by "story circles" and collected community tales, this free-form 90-minute theatrical collage seeks to define the identity of the East Bay city that is as iconic for its progressive foodie movement as it is for its role in the Free Speech movement. This is a valentine to the city that has long been a safe haven for dreamers, radicals and bohemians of all stripes. The world premiere play is quite moving, despite the fact that's it's both messy and unfinished. Certainly it will resonate deeply with anyone who knows their Cheese Board from their Berkeley Bowl, their Bubble Lady from their Hate Man."





"New California bill would let authorities temporarily remove guns in some cases" Kimberly Kindy, washingtonpost.com.

"On Wednesday, in response to the Isla Vista shootings, a new bill was introduced in the California legislature that would give families, neighbors, friends and law enforcement the ability to appeal to a judge to temporarily remove firearms while a court determines a person's competency.

State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), who introduced Assembly Bill 1014, said it would function like a temporary restraining order, providing people who were the subject of the court action with due process rights to make their case to keep their firearms. If they did not prevail, they could also appeal to the court to have them returned at a later date, after the court deems the person to no longer be a threat to themselves or to others."







"Colleges across America have been in the news recently, for rather unsettling reasons" huffingtonpost.com.

"Commencement speakers from Rutgers and Brandeis to Haverford and the University of California, Berkeley -- and one proposed recipient of an honorary degree -- have either backed out or been disinvited based on past statements or controversial positions they've taken. This emerging trend curbs, rather than expands, the free flow of ideas and speech, pillars upon which this country and our colleges and universities are built.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cancelled her commencement speech at Rutgers University following student protests about her role in the Iraq war during the Bush Administration. Christine Lagarde, managing director of the head of the International Monetary Fund, backed out as commencement speaker at the University of California, Berkeley, after faculty and students protested her invitation, calling the IMF 'corrupt' and accusing it of oppressing women.

It hasn't stopped there. Robert Birgeneau, the former Chancellor of UC Berkeley and an established advocate for undocumented students, backed out of an appearance at Haverford College near Philadelphia after students protested the way university police handled demonstrators during the Occupy movement. Finally, Brandeis University, its motto 'Truth, Even Unto Its Innermost Parts,' withdrew its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Muslim women's advocate who is critical of Islam."













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.

5/18/14--9:25 AM--similar.

5/20/14--11:01 AM--dry dirty air in front room , mucus membrane irritation.

5/21/14--1:05 AM--burning dry dirty air in front room , VERY SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes and mouth. 7:37 AM--burning dry dirty air in front room , VERY SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes and mouth. Worst in recent memory. Marsha similar. "CONSTANT" all PM, 5/20 from about 9:00 PM and all AM 5/21. 2:04 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 2:46 PM similar with hacking cough. 3:04 PM--similar with hacking cough episode. 5:15 PM--burnig dry dirty air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. 6:30 PM---burnibg dry dirty air IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation. 6:45 PM--similar. 7:00 PM--similar 7:16 PM--burning dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation.

5/22/14--10:18 AM--burning dry dirty air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation burning eyes, overrides HEPA filters. Marsha has hacking cough episode.

5/23/14--7:01 PM-- dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation.

5/24/14--3:30 AM--burning dry dirty air in front room, VERY SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation burning eyes, overrides HEPA filters. "CONSTANT " all PM, 5/23 and AM, 5/24. WORST since 5/21/14--737 AM. 7:18 AM--similar IMMEDIATELY in warehouse front, hacking cough. 1:52 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 6:04 PM--dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation.

5/25/14--7:47 PM--burning dry dirty air in front room, mucus membrane irritation and burning dry dirty air IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, Marsha similar. 8:38 PM--similar. 9:14 Pm--similar. 10:00 PM--similar, SERIOUS.

5/26/14--6:05 AM--SIMILAR. 5:17 AM--SIMILAR. 2:12 PM--dry dirty air in front room, odor, mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough, overrides HEPA filters. SIMILAR sometimes at regular intervals all AM and PM. sometimes 24/7.

5/30/14--8:56 PM--burning dry dirty air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, overrides HEPA filters.

5/31/14--4:00 AM--burning dry dirty air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough, overrides HEPA filters. 5:00 AM--similar. 3:30 PM--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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