June 2009

after 6/9/09 here after 6/18/09 here after 6/24 here

West Berkeley Bowl Pre-Opening 5/30/09

from the Community room




more here


an earlier photo essay of the west-Berkeley Bowl--with permisssion of the owners

the grocery store and more





posts from the past


David Snipper, a long time Potter Creek resident, observes of "Scrambled Eggs and Lox." "We frequently take our own surrounding for granted. We often go to work outside the neighborhood and only see it at night or on weekends. This morning for the first time, I took the time to go through and review your site. What an amazing collection of neighborhood history and information. Your long local residency plus your curiosity about what's going on in the Potter Creek area are very unique. What you've collected so far is not only valuable to those of us living here but is also a permanent record for future residents and a model for others living in their own distinct and unique neighborhoods. "

My friend Nick Despotopoulos stopped by yesterday afternoon. He brought some sandwiches from Fanny's and a bottle of French wine from Kermit Lynch. We ate, drank, and talked politics and business. I've known Nikos for over fifteen years and regularly buy stereo equipment from him -- he's provided me the best at reasonable prices. Just how good a salesman is Nick? I thank him for taking my money.


Kubik emails

I bet you didn't know

"Sergey Prokofiev survived Stalin's terror, comforted by his devout belief in Christian Science. He had discovered the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy in 1924."


Aw Jeesh




Bowman emails

Hey Potter Creek folks - think about coming out to the French School tomorrow for their

Place du Marché
Sunday May 31, 2009
11 AM - 4 PM

Free Admission

www.eb.org for details

They support us [ a Potter Creek Neighborhood Association ] regularly by providing us space for our meetings - we should return the favor.
(You'll get a good lunch there - if past years' offerings are any prediction.)

see you there,

David Bowman




here's last year's

La Place du Marché

my photo essay


Though admission was free last year, food was not




École Bilingue Halloween Parade

my photo essay




Sarah emails


I am writing a paper for my environmental studies class on Alternative Fuels. I did some research and found some great sites including your page: http://ronpenndorf.com/srmbema.html which has a link on it http://www.afdc.doe.gov/ that is not working. I have found a very resourceful site about Alternative Fuels: http://www.truckchamp.com/alternative-fuels.html you might want to consider this as a replacement. it looks like a great site, and I'm sure it will help me with my paper.

I hope you have a wonderful day!




"Biofuels Oasis Opens in South Berkeley" reports Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.

"It's not a gas station, yet more than 2,000 people swear by it when it comes to refueling their cars in the East Bay.

Some do it because they are against the Iraq War. Others because they despise Dick Cheney. But the overwhelming majority of customers filling up their tanks with leftover recycled cooking oil at Berkeley's BioFuels Oasis do it because of their love for the environment. Even if it means paying a buck or two extra.

BioFuels Oasis, an all-women cooperative, moved from their old location at Fourth Street and Dwight Way to 1441 Ashby Ave. on May 1, taking over what was once Kandy's Carwash, an African-American-owned business that had been a fixture in the South Berkeley neighborhood for years.




our Ryan Lau forwards an email from our Traffic Department


Based on the data collected for a total duration of 48-hours on April 7, 8, 29, & 30, 2009, and a collision analysis for the period of July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2008, a 4-Way Stop is not warranted at the intersection of 8th and Pardee. Currently 2-Way Stop signs are installed at the eastbound/westbound approaches of Pardee. However, to further enhance the traffic condition at this intersection our Department will do the following:
· 1. Replace old sub-standard " Cross Traffic Does Not Stop" sign panels with two new standard signs on EB/WB approaches of Pardee.
· 2. Install new cross walks on all approaches.
· 3. Refresh all the existing red curbs at the intersection.
· No further actions will be taken in this matter.

and a ps

  I'll ask the Transportation Dept to take another look at this intersection after the [Bowl] opening.













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Café Cacao Open House


We had brunch at Café Cacao Sunday morning, Eggs Benedict with perfect dropped eggs, toasted levain, slightly smokey ham and, of course, Hollandaise, and with a side of lettuce-salad and lightly baked potatoes--delicious. Perfect, except I'd prefer a slightly more creamy and lemony sauce. It's also a definite food value at $10.75.

Check out Café Cacao on the Web and then check out, Cafe Cacao.



"Black Oak Books Moves Out" by Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.

"Shattuck Avenue lost an icon Sunday. Owner Gary Cornell confirmed Monday morning that Black Oak Books, one of Berkeley's best-loved bookstores, is moving out. Cornell has been trying to negotiate a lease with landlord Ruegg and Ellsworth for several months."



"When Rod Dunican, a Berkeley, California­based executive coach, trainer, and speaker, manages a project, he discusses his thoughts on risk management with his client before work begins" writes Rick Passion in "An Ounce of Prevention" at astd.org.



"The Elders of California" is a story at nytimes.com.

"While out in California recently I took part in a tasting of wonderful old California cabernet sauvignons at a benefit for the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. The tasting, held on a breezy, transporting afternoon in the Berkeley foothills, in the comfortable living room of Dwight M. Jaffee, a finance professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lynne LaMarca Heinrich, a fund-raising consultant, was another confirmation of how well California cabernets can age."


"Goodbye, GM" writes Michael Moore on truthout.org from MichaelMoore.com.

" I write this on the morning of the end of the once-mighty General Motors. By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled.

As I sit here in GM's birthplace, Flint, Michigan, I am surrounded by friends and family who are filled with anxiety about what will happen to them and to the town. Forty percent of the homes and businesses in the city have been abandoned. Imagine what it would be like if you lived in a city where almost every other house is empty. What would be your state of mind?"












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If you'd like to hear an MP3 of music played on one of neighbor, John Phillips' French harpsichords, check out the Triemer Cello and Harpsichord Sonatas performed by Ensemble Mirable of JungHae Kim and Joanna Blendulf. It will be available soon at Magnatune.com

The Triemer Sonatas are a favorite of mine, still.



"Mayor says Berkeley is in good financial shape" is a story by  Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.

 "While California, facing a $24 billion deficit, is in a financial mess that will require a transformation in state government, the fiscal picture in Berkeley is much brighter, according to the 2009 State of the City speech given by Mayor Tom Bates on Monday night.

'These are difficult economic times like none we've experienced before. Things are in a free fall. I hate to pick up the newspaper because you don't now what's going to happen,' Bates told an audience of about 100 at the newly opened David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley.

'The good news is the city is in good financial shape. We are not laying off one person and a lot of that has to do with (City Manager) Phil Kamlarz, who has been with the city for 34 years,' Bates said." 


"Cal Shakes captures epic heartbreak of 'Romeo and Juliet' " is a review by Pat Craig of the West County Times.

"They are kids, impulsive and driven by a circus of passions, most of which they don't understand - Romeo and Juliet, poster children for young love.

We tend to remember the love part first; only later do we recall the tragedy that befalls these oh, so very young lovers. And that is what makes the characters, played by Alex Morf and Sarah Nealis in the California Shakespeare Theater production that opened Saturday, so achingly bittersweet."



"Privacy study shows Google's eyes are everywhere" reports Steven E.F. Brown in the San Francisco Business Times.

"A University of California Berkeley report shows that most Internet users don't understand Web site privacy policies, and that major online businesses such as Google Inc. freely gather data and share it with affiliated businesses via loopholes in those policies."



"Hold Your Head Up. A Blush Just Shows You Care" by Benedict Carey at nytimes.com.

"As if splitting a pair of pants, telling a transparent lie or mispronouncing the word 'epitome' weren't humiliation enough, nature has provided humans, especially the fair-skinned kind, with a built-in scarlet letter. Jane Austen heroines may pink endearingly at a subtle breach in manners; millions more glow like a lava lamp in what feels like a public disrobing: the face, suddenly buck-naked."



"Texas 'Solar Session' Fizzled" is a story at SustainableBusiness.com.

"The Texas State legislature ended its most recent session, passing only one of the numerous solar-related bills under consideration, according to New York Times reporter Kate Galbraith."



Kubik emails a link to "Lard:After decades of trying, its moment is finally here" a story by Regina Schrambling at slate.com.

"Wait long enough and everything bad for you is good again. Sugar? Naturally better than high-fructose corn syrup. Chocolate? A bar a day keeps the doctor away. Caffeine? Bring it on.

Lard, however, has always been a ridiculously hard sell. Over at least the last 15 years, it's repeatedly been given a clean bill of health, and good cooks regularly point out how superior this totally natural fat is for frying and pastries. But that hasn't been enough to keep Americans from recoiling-lard's negative connotations of flowing flesh and vats of grease and epithets like lardass and tub of lard have been absurd hurdles. But no longer. I'm convinced that the redemption of lard is finally at hand because we live in a world where trendiness is next to godliness. And lard hits all the right notes, especially if you euphemize it as rendered pork fat-bacon butter.

Wet-rendered lard, from pork fatback.Homemade lard has clearly won the health debate."


Kubik has long believed that eggs fried in bacon-fat are the best.











posts from the past


Kate and Sarah have a new book.

Find out about it here.


And find out more about Kate and Sarah here.





"Man jumps in front of train in Berkeley" reports Henry K Lee of the Chronicle.

"A man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train today in Berkeley, authorities said.

The man jumped in front of the train near Grayson Street at 10:50 a.m., said Amtrak spokeswoman Vernaé Graham.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

The train was headed from Bakersfield to Oakland. The 26 passengers were taken by bus to Oakland."




Berkeley Police Department (BPD) PIO Incident Summary - Shooting Suspect Arrested after Lengthy Search, 6/2/09

The following is a brief public summary of the BPD incident in the City of Berkeley today. 

On Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at approximately 3:15 p.m., a City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) officer was on his beat, on patrol in West Berkeley. The officer heard gunfire, then spotted a white Infiniti sedan in the area of 8th Street and Bancroft Way. The officer then saw the driver of the Infiniti shooting out of the window of the car. The car immediately sped from the area. The officer began pursuing the suspect vehicle out of West Berkeley, through Central Berkeley, ultimately turning south onto Shattuck Avenue, toward Ashby Avenue.

The suspect's vehicle was slowed by heavy traffic on southbound Shattuck Avenue as it approached Ashby Avenue. The suspect collided with a parked, unoccupied car in the 2900 block of Shattuck Avenue. The suspect leapt out of the car, ran southbound on Shattuck, then east on Ashby Avenue before ducking into the block. BPD quickly created a two block square perimeter consisting of Shattuck/Ashby/Russell/Fulton.

Members of the Barricaded Subject Hostage Negotiation Team (BSHNT) who were training locally were assembled to thoroughly search the block.
A City of Oakland Police Department (OPD) Canine Unit supported BPD throughout the search.

At 6:02 p.m., BSHNT members located a suspect hiding in a dumpster in the rear yard of an apartment building in the 2100 block of Ashby Avenue. Involved officers and witnesses positively identified the 18 year old Oakland man as the suspect that had been pursued.

Officers found a parked car at 8th Street and Bancroft Way that had been hit several times by gunfire. Officers did not find any community members who had been victim(s) of the shooting, and thus far, none have come forward.

BPD is asking for the community's help with this investigation. Anyone who may have any information regarding this crime is urged to call the BPD Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 (office) or (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency dispatch line). If callers wish to remain anonymous they are asked to call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line (BACS) at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). BACS calls are completely confidential.
BPD/We will share additional details as they develop.

Thank You

Sgt. MC Kusmiss


Jarad forwards an email

As anyone who follows the news knows, there is a deadly shooting
war between young men in . . . two areas.

--the first killing was on May 8, in the 5300 block of MLK Way.

--the second killing was on May 16 on Allston Way in West Berkeley.
The subsequent Berkeley Police chase of the vehicle carrying the
shooters led to a crash on MLK Way at Aileen St. that left two
innocent bystanders dead and two of the killers in custody. A third
has been arrested in Florida, and the fourth is known, but still at

--on May 17, there was another shooting at 53rd St. and Dover that
left 2 young men seriously injured.

Citizens in Beats 10X (San Pablo Corridor), 10Y (Market St.
Corridor), and 11X (Shattuck Corridor) responded by putting up
bright yellow-green posters warning residents about the war and
listing telephone numbers to call to report suspicious or ominous
activities in their neighborhoods.

On Thurs., June 4, 7 pm, there will be a meeting about this War at
the North Oakland Senior Center (58th St. and MLK Way enter through
the parking lot in the middle of the block of 58th).

OPD and BPD will be at the meeting to give background about the
War and to let citizens know what they can do to help bring the War
to an end.

Jane Brunner and her Berkeley counterpart Max Anderson will also be
there to share their thoughts on the War and what needs to be done

The meeting is sponsored by the Neighborhood Crime Prevention
Councils for beats 10X, 10Y, and 11X.

We hope to see concerned citizens there.


Susan Brooks emails

Please join Susan Brooks at her studio.



2 weekends, 11-6 p.m. June6-7, 13-14

Showing new painting and drawings

earings, rings, necklaces & bracelets

There are more than 400 artists throughout the East Bay
participating IN THIS EVENT.

Plan on spending the day exploring the historic Sawtooth Building
where 25 artists will be OPEN for this event.

2547 8th Street Studio 24A
(between Dwight and Parker)

Hope to see you!
Susan Brooks
2547 Eighth Street 24a
Berkeley, California 94710
510 845-2612


"Peggy Stinnett, former Tribune columnist, dies at 87" is an obituary by Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune.

"Veteran journalist and former Oakland Tribune columnist Peggy Stinnett died late Tuesday morning. The news touched many across the city, who praised her half-century of reporting about Oakland. She was 87.

The cause of death was aspiration pneumonia, said Robert Stinnett, her husband of 57 years.

'She was the love of my life,' he said Tuesday."



Robert Stinnett wrote Day of Deceit, a revealing study of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

in the Wikipedia article we find

"Stinnett's allegations

Opinion polls in the summer of 1940 indicated that a majority of Americans did not want the country involved in Europe's war. Yet FDR's military and State Department leaders agreed that a victorious Nazi Germany would threaten the national security of the United States. They felt that Americans needed a call to action [] Roosevelt believed that his countrymen would rally only to oppose an overt act of war on the United States. The decision he made, in concert with his advisors, was to provoke Japan through a series of actions into an overt act: the Pearl Harbor attack.

Himself a Navy veteran of the Pacific war drawn in by Pearl Harbor, Stinnett's overarching message was that engineering the attack was, at least arguably, a grim necessity. The American public was complacent in the face of Nazi aggression in Europe, but Roosevelt saw the bigger picture and felt that the United States had to get involved to save Britain and the world from Nazi aggression. The provocation policy Roosevelt adopted was based on an October 1940 memo written up by Arthur McCollum at the Office of Naval Intelligence that promoted eight actions to elicit a Japanese 'mistake'. One of these, point 'F' recommended: 'keep the main strength of the US Fleet [] in the vicinity of the Hawaiian islands'. Stinnett was assisted greatly in his research by the Freedom of Information Act (explicitly thanking the act's author, Rep. John Moss, D-CA) and by Oliver Stone's film, JFK, which had put public pressure on President Clinton to declassify sheaves of secret files in the mid-1990s. McCollum's memo was apparently among those files."


"Gathering of storytellers:At this year's Writers' Fest, great ideas in words and pictures" reports Steffen Silvis, Staff Writer at praguepost.com.

"The story begins with my wife saying that we should bring writers together that no one wants to see. And so I chose writers that represent three ancient cultures: Arabia, China and Berkeley, California."

Berkeley California?




"LRG Capital Real Estate Partners I Fund Purchases Berkeley, California Apartment Complex" is a press release at marketwire.com.

"LRG Capital Real Estate Ventures, a subsidiary of LRG Capital Group, is pleased to announce that the LRG Capital Real Estate Partners I Fund has acquired a multifamily complex located at 1244-1246 Hearst Avenue in Berkeley, California near the University of California campus."




In "The Future of Manufacturing, GM and American Workers" Robert Reich concludes "The only practical purpose I can imagine for the bail-out is to slow the decline of GM to create enough time for its workers, suppliers, dealers and communities to adjust to its eventual demise. " The full story is here at truthout.org with the original at Robert Reich's Blog.








posts from the past


Girl Talk

"You put energy into something and that's what you'll get " said Marsha Wacko in an uncharacteristic Wu-Wu moment. "I really believe that" she added. "So . . . ," I thought later "You worry about Potter Creek's development and you'll get worrisome development?"

"I really believe that" I heard in my mind's ear.


Maybe THE example of building to surroundings can be found on 5th and Channing--Levitch not only kept the project to scale but designed it in the style of the immediately surrounding structures.

A Mensch

is that Levitch




our Claudia emails of our Bowl

Hi Ron
I am proud to say that I was the first customer in the door today [6/4], Diane kindly took photos of that "moment." Actually it was a lot of fun, many happy people. Returned again for lunch, a lot of foot traffic passing our house, so people are aflocking.

Do note that today [6/4] they are giving out free recycled shopping bags to all their customers.

See you there one day.



Kimar emails

Hi Ron
Finally, today [6/4] is the day I have been waiting for, for what seems like ages--the opening of the new Berkeley Bowl. What a stunningly beautiful store, good light, wide aisles and almost any food you could want.

(I count on the quality and good prices at the Bowl and am usually pretty sure they will have any exotic ingredient I want for cooking.)

The display cases of fish and meat are very impressive both in size and contents, and so beautifully displayed--almost like a still life painting.

Congratulations to the Yasudas, and wishing them much success.  This is a Berkeley icon, lucky us!



Kubik emails his Berkeley Bowl report

Whole Foods with Berkeley Bowl prices - what's not to like! 
The organic fruit and vegetable section is 4 times larger than the "old" bowl
as is the chocolate section! Most other sections are twice as large and many
contain a broader selection. I'm finding things I couldn't get at the "old" bowl.
Mellow staff - so far. I live three blocks away so parking doesn't concern me,
but there is at least five times more parking - they will need it at rush times.
18 checkout stations.





Merryll emails about our Bowl trip yesterday.

That was fun today.  Personally, I might take my coffee breaks there ­ did you see the morning buns?
Restraint will be the order of the day.  I kept thinking I wanted to go back today but what did I need.
My petrale meuniere was fabulous tonight.


Among those seen at the Bowl yesterday were Kava, Regan, Denny Abrams, David and Margret, Steve and Jackson, John Victor, the Goldin family. Snipper in an usually ebullient moment said "A dream come true" and then added "Now all we need is a barber shop."


Ok, so I went four times.



Eva Brook emails

Hi Ron:
Well, I thought I would see you at Berkeley Bowl yesterday ­ don't know how I missed you when you were there 4 times. Jarad and I have been waiting for this moment for 2.5 years (since the moment we moved to West Berkeley). So I went out and bought a grocery cart  and walked over to the new Bowl. Naturally my grocery cart did not hook in any way onto the Berkeley Bowl shopping cart and I just took my cart inside.

Definitely a beautiful store and I love  the enhanced organic section. I can of course ride my bike over there in 5 minutes ­ so exciting. And best of all, there seemed a good amount of people but I did not have to wait in line and got a free bag. All in all an awesome addition to the neighborhood although I wondered how safe it is to walk to it which was part of the whole excitement. (But I avoided gun shots and was not run down by criminals being chased by the police ­ so far so good. )

One of the best moments was when I walked by Ecole Bilingue with my full cart and kids were at  the fence looking towards Berkeley Bowl shouting " is Berkeley open" and I said "yes, it is open" and they started jumping up and down in excitement shouting "Berkeley Bowl is open, Berkeley Bowl is open."
See you there (but now you have more space to hide out.)
Eva Brook
Regional Director of Operations
Latin America and Caribbean
Wheelchair Foundation
925-648-3844 Office

Please visit our website: www.wheelchairfoundation.org
3820 Blackhawk Road
Danville, CA 94506




Kubik reports of a police action in Potter Creek today.

Four Berkeley police cars were in front of CEID around 12:30 today. 
There was a woman in an old car at the curb.


It was Berkeley PD Ladies Day at 900 GRAYSON this Noon. Sgt Ms. Mary Kusmiss and several other female officers had lunch around 12.





"PayPal a bright spot in eBay's s limping lineup" Verne Kopytoff, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"When he can, Jonathan Fleming uses PayPal instead of a credit card to shop online, whether to buy a television from Amazon.com or tickets from Southwest Airlines.

To pay contractors, the Oakland real estate agent again relies on PayPal's online payment service. He's even planning to use PayPal to collect money from people who buy a real estate book that he hopes to self-publish.

Long the payment service of choice on eBay, PayPal is quickly gaining momentum on the Internet at large by adding new merchants and users. Highlighting its broader appeal is this financial milestone reached last year: For the first time, the majority of PayPal's revenue came from sources other than eBay. "







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Bob Kubik emails a quote from Allen Lacy

"Gardening is not a hobby, and only non-gardeners would describe it as such.  There is nothing wrong with having hobbies, but most hobbies are intellectually limited and make no reference to the larger world.  By contrast, being wholeheartedly involved with gardens is involvement with life itself in the deepest sense.  Indeed.  For could it ever be said about, say, bridge that the way you play a hand has implications for the environment, American cuisine, biological diversity, drug policy, and national identity, not to mention the nature of time and the meaning of place?  A garden, whether we know it or not connects us to the world in many strange and wonderful ways"


Bob and Carol's






 "Berkeley Bowl West opens" is by Lynne Char Bennett of the Chronicle. 

"After several years in the planning, Berkeley Bowl West - sibling of Glenn and Diane Yasuda's Berkeley Bowl on Oregon Street - opened on Thursday in a 140,000-square foot facility close to Interstate 80.

Although the sales floor is about the same size as the original store, the space has a spacious, almost warehouse-like feel with open floor plan and high industrial-looking ceilings. The building includes a cafe, prep kitchen, modest wine tasting bar, warehouse and offices, all of which will ultimately employ about 150 people.

The produce selection - which 75-year old Glenn Yasuda will still personally oversee - is as wide-ranging as ever. For example, conventionally raised specialty fruit like California red velvet apricots - one of the 25 bins of stone fruit - shares space with green almonds and small green sour grapes. About one-quarter of the produce section is organic, with much of it coming from family farms."

Potter Creek's own Uncommond Grounds coffee is served at the Bowl deli.


Acme's Steve Sullivan was shopping at the Bowl yesterday , . . . didn't see any bread in his cart. Also saw Margret Elliot and Michael Goldin--Michael was shopping for dinner, Marget was picking up stuff after shopping at OSH.




Marsha's Berkeley Bowl West op-ed.

Oh my gosh, . . . oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, . . . Oh my gosh, . . . Oh MY gosh.


Seems our Berkeley Bowl has generated the excitement of a newborn. "All that people are talking about is the new Berkeley Bowl" said a Potter Creek Elder who regularly walks in the neighborhood.

Patti Siri walking past from shopping at the Bowl with Jackson said "Very civilized. Not at all like the other Bowl."


In the dozen or so trips I've made to and around the Bowl in the last three days, I've noticed a real increase in pedestrian traffic, a noticeable bicycle traffic increase and only a moderate motor vehicle increase--cars. And, I was more alert, biking.

The only real traffic problem I observed, and one not related to the Bowl, was the "eighteen wheeler" stopped on Grayson in front of Tracy and Morgan and John and Susanna's and across the street from Rick Auerbach's. It totally blocked the west-bound-lane for a good while--the street is very narrow and getting passed west-bound was a challenge.

And there was the SUV parked on the side-walk at the corner of 9th and Heinz, in front of the French-School-office, while loading or unloading.

David Snipper said "I'll wait for six months" when asked what his impressions of traffic were.

Margret Elliott feels we'll have a sense of the Bowl traffic in less time. "We'll know in about three months" she said.


I'm told on one of the days, a large truck also stopped west-bound on Heinz across from Café Cacao hindered traffic flow. Truck deliveries have long been a problem in Potter Creek, especially on the very narrow east -west streets. In fact, one truck can stop all thru traffic on Pardee, so narrow is the street with cars parked.

And a UPS driver has said the worst street is 9th because of deliveries, even though this is a wide boulevard.




When asked about the past opposition to the Bowl by some Potter Creek residents and businesses, a long time home-owner said in a tone reserved for conversations about a family's "unusual" aunt or uncle "Oh, we don't talk about that."





Merryll emailed yesterday

What was that huge bang or explosion or earthquake this afternoon around 3-4?
Tried knocking, shaking the door but can't rouse you.  Or maybe you weren't there.


"Small quake shakes the East Bay" is a report at sfgate.com.

"A minor earthquake centered in El Cerrito shook portions of the Bay Area at 3:30 p.m. today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Authorities in El Cerrito said they had no reports of injuries or damage from the 3.2 temblor.

The quake was centered 3.8 miles from the earth's surface, four miles from Berkeley and 10 miles from downtown Oakland. It could be felt as far as San Francisco."






"East Bay, Then and Now: James Pierce, the Consummate Host of Ridge Road" is a wonderful story by Daniella Thompson in our Planet.




"Kennedy Bill Would Make Employers Provide Care" reports Erica Werner of the AP at truthout.org.

"Employers would be required to offer health care to employees or pay a penalty - and all Americans would be guaranteed health insurance - under a draft bill circulated Friday by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's health committee."




"Radio supernova discovered" reports upi.com. "U.S. scientists say they've discovered a radio supernova -- an exploding star seen only at radio wavelengths and undetectable by optical or X-ray telescopes.

'This supernova is the nearest supernova in five years, yet it is completely obscured in optical, ultraviolet and X-rays due to the dense medium of the galaxy,' said University of California-Berkeley Assistant Professor Geoffrey Bower. 'This just popped out. In the future, we want to go from discovery of radio supernovas by accident to specifically looking for them.' "











"1st black female rabbi spent years searching" is a story by Lisa Cornell of the AP. "Alysa Stanton began quenching her spiritual thirst early, discovering Judaism after a search that began at age 9 and worried her mother only when a man called the house one night asking for her youngest child.

Turns out he was a priest Stanton had contacted to ask questions about Catholicism, part of a road that took her through charismatic Christian and Eastern faiths and finally to a position that experts say makes her mainstream Judaism's first ordained black female rabbi. "

Somewhere, Lenny Bruce is smiling with satisfaction.



""USA Water Polo Men's National Team and Serbia Battle To 8-8 Draw " is a story at swimmingworldmagazine.com.

The USA Men's Senior National Team rallied for two goals in the fourth quarter to force an 8-8 draw with Serbia in an exhibition match held at the Spieker Aquatics Complex on the campus of the University of California-Berkeley. After two games of the three game series Team USA is 0-1-1 against visiting Serbia. "




our Angela Gallegos-Castillo emails Sunday morning


City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Property Crimes detectives are asking for the
community's help to identify a possible suspect in a series of residential burglaries.

Following a burglary of a home on April 29, 2009 in the 1500 block of Ward Street in
South Berkeley, a cell phone was discovered that BPD believes may belong to the

BPD believes that the suspect may have been involved in two other burglaries, one on
the 1700 block of Derby Street on April 28th, the other on the 1700 block of Russell Street
on April 30th.

Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to
the arrest and conviction of the burglar(s).

Anyone who may have any information regarding the identity of the individual in the
photographs or any information about these crimes is urged to call the BPD Property
Crimes Detail at (510) 981-5737 (office) or (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency dispatch line).
If callers wish to remain anonymous please call the BACS Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS





"Two children shot and wounded in Berkeley" reports Matthew B. Stannard, Chronicle Staff Writer.

 "Two young children were shot and injured in Berkeley early today when the home they were sleeping in came under fire, according to police.

The shooting happened shortly before 5 a.m. , police said, on the 1500 block of Oregon Street. Neighbors called police to report hearing gunshots, and responding officers found a home on the block had been hit by multiple bullets.

Shortly afterward, staff members at a local hospital called police and reported that two children aged 3 and 6 had arrived in the emergency room suffering from gunshot wounds. Police described the wounds as non-life threatening."


Steve Goldin emails

Unbelievable. Truly, we overuse words at times but this is deeply disturbing and truly beyond my sense of Berkeley.





"Two Men Killed by Trains In Unrelated Incidents" is a report in the Daily Cal.

"Two men have been struck and killed by trains in West Berkeley since Thursday in unrelated incidents, leading to increased concern by railway officials.

In the first incident, a man was killed by an Amtrak train after reportedly jumping in front of the train Thursday morning in West Berkeley, said Amtrak spokesperson Vernae Graham.

The victim's identity has not been released and Union Pacific Railroad Police are in the process of investigating the incident.

In the second incident, a Richmond resident was struck by Capitol Corridor train 147 near Gilman Street in West Berkeley, according to Amtrak spokesperson Karina Romero.

The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau identified the man as 52-year-old Richard Collins."






Old friend Richard Adelman feldenkrais therapist emails from Vera Cruz, Mexico where he moved some few years ago

Dear Clients and Friends,

I hope this mail finds you well and happy.

I will be back in San Miguel to see patients privately and give a Biblioteca talk the week starting Monday, June 15. Details are below:


Tuesday, June 16, 3-5PM-Talk and Movement Experience:  Aging Gracefully-Flexibility After 50.  Sala Quetzal, Biblioteca, (50 peso donation):
The aging process itself is inevitable but how we age is up to us. Body awareness education offers us a way to age with dignity and grace. This practice can be safe, pleasurable, and rewarding. In fact, it should be-it works better that way!
Joint stiffness brought on by aging can be annoying and painful. It can interfere with the quality of daily life. The simplest everyday movements like turning your head, getting up from a chair, bending over, and walking can become difficult or even impossible. Some people feel so restricted that it is as if they were in conflict with their own selves, trapped in an uncooperative, alien body.   
Yet, during my 35 years of experience in body awareness field, I have learned that movement flexibility and bodily grace can often be regained. To accomplish this I use movements from the Feldenkrais Method, Rehabilitative Pilates, Osteopathy, and Somatic Psychology. These approaches go beyond the traditional "no pain, no gain" mechanical approach. Rather than straining to perform uncomfortable stretches, you invite more flexibility by reprogramming your nervous system through gentle movements. With deepened body awareness you relearn to move all the parts of your body together in harmony.
Anthropologist Margaret Mead recognized the Feldenkrais Method as "the most sophisticated and effective method I have seen for the prevention and reversal of deterioration of function. We are condemning millions of people to a deteriorated old age that´s not necessary."  
This is a gentle way to work with yourself with interest, empathy, and love. Developing a more flexible attitude toward your body helps you to develop a more fluid and flexible physical body. Perhaps best of all is this: having a practice to help yourself can enhance your self-confidence and brighten your outlook for the future. Optimism is a natural anti-depressant!
This event will include very gentle movements to increase your ease and flexibility in turning your head (e. g., in your car). You will discover how improving your stability can paradoxically also help to increase your flexibility--and vice versa. We will explore how to create more "living space" for yourself inside your very own body.  (Those who prefer not to participate in the movements are most welcome to simply observe.)
In addition, there will be a brief demonstration of hands-on therapy with an audience member. If you have any questions about this event or my private sessions at LifePath Retreats (Recreo 80) between Monday, June 15 and Sunday, June 21, please contact me at 044.415.114.3069 or richard@lifepathretreats.com


Monday, June 15 to Sunday, June 21:  Private Sessions with Richard Adelman:
After experiencing this work most people report feeling less stressed, more grounded, more peaceful and more self-confident.  Private sessions deepen body awareness to give you a sense of being inside your body, while helping you to recognize and alter self-defeating habits of body use in daily life. You experience fully-clothed subtle bodywork and learn slow, gentle movements to reduce or eliminate pain and discomfort from both chronic and acute conditions. Clients with a history or fear of falling receive very clear and specific guidance to improve their stability and safety in walking.

This unique approach has been developed over a 20-year period. It integrates Feldenkrais, Pilates, Osteopathy, and Somatic Psychology. To fully benefit, it is recommended to have two or three one-hour sessions during the week. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Richard´s cell, 044.415.114.3069, or write richard@lifepath.com

It is always good to schedule early-- you will have more choices of times. For former patients no longer in treatment, having an occasional appointment or going to the Talk is a great way to re-inspire yourself to continue your home exercise program.

All the best,











"City of Berkeley- Assistant to the City Manager" is a help-wanted post at publicceo.com.

"The City of Berkeley, California is seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking manager to oversee its Office of Customer Service, with direct responsibility for three operational areas: the 311 Call Center, the Customer Service Counter, and the Online Service Center. The Customer Service Manger is an Assistant to the City Manager that works under the administrative direction of the Deputy City Manager. The 311 Call Center is in its early stages, with a team of fifteen customer service representatives and one Supervisor. "

pays $134K



"A journey from small village to Berkeley" is a story by Jason Peterson of the Porterville Recorder. "Since her family moved to California when she was 2 years old, Lindsay senior Juana Mendoza has never been able to return to her hometown of Huacao, Mexico, a village of some 400 people little more than 1,000 miles northwest of Mexico City."



"Cal Camp Standouts" is a report at clemson.scout.com.

"Cal's one-day camp on Sunday had a few big names, but the biggest might have been sitting in the stands. Four-star Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon WR Kenny Stills made a surprise unofficial visit to Berkeley on Sunday to see the campus and meet with the coaches."




"Can Computer Nerds Save Journalism?" is a story at time.com by Matt Villano.

"Word to those who think the Internet spells the end of traditional print media: 'hacker journalists' have arrived to save the day.

A cadre of newly minted media whiz kids, who mix high-tech savvy with hard-nosed reporting skills, are taking a closer look at ways in which 21st century code-crunching and old-fashioned reporting can not only coexist but also thrive. And the first batch of them has just emerged from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism."




"Calculating the real carbon footprint of vehicles" is a report at environmentalresearchweb.org.

"Examining the energy requirements and greenhouse-gas emissions over the entire life cycle of a vehicle, including processes such as manufacture rather than simply operation, reveals that the new combined values increases by 63% for cars and buses, 155% for rail and 31% for air transport. So say researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, US, who believe that their work will be critical in determining the true environmental footprint of all vehicles because until now only tailpipe analyses have been considered."  



from my log

5/15/09--3:35 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filter, wear mask.

5/16/09--5:54 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filter, wear mask, leave. All AM SERIOUS irritant IMMEDITATELY in front of warehouse and in warehouse front.

5/17/09--6:49 PM--irritant IMMEDITAELY in front of warehouse plus "chlorine" odor.

5/20/09--5:55 AM--irritant in warehouse plus "chlorine" odor, air out.

5/21/09--4:48 PM--irritant in front room.



6/4/09--11:00AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse and STRONG "chlorine bleach" odor, leave.

6/5/09--3:46 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filters.

6/9/09--1:47 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, over rides HEPA filters, wear mansk, leave.


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

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

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



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