our Inkworks

mural is finished

Its celebration is tomorrow from 4-7 PM on 7th between Grayson and Heinz





our BPD Ofc Andrew Frankel emails

 Effective 4:00 pm today, Sgt Mary Kusmiss will assume the full time duties as our Information Officer.  I'm headed back to an assignment in patrol but may still play a part in our public information efforts.  This move is part of an ongoing restructuring effort within our department which we hope to see fully implemented by September.
I have enjoyed the last two years working with you and look forward to seeing you "out there."
OFC Andrew Frankel #25
City of Berkeley Police Department


Perhaps Andrew will be assigned to patrol in west-Berkeley, maybe even Potter Creek. 

Well Ok then! RP


our Jarad emails


What fantastic news. Knowing Andrew was behind a desk for 2 years was painful after having him help us here in West Berkeley . . .




our Darryl Moore emails (excerpts)

$17,000 Reward Offered In Berkeley Homicide

The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering an additional $2,000 reward, forinformation leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting death of a Berkeley man. He has been identified as Kenneth Jerome Tims, Jr., 30 years old. 
On Thursday, June 3, 2010, just before 6:30 p.m. City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) patrol officers responded to calls from community members who said they had heard gunshots. Officers found a male suffering from gunshot wounds lying in the roadway in the area of King and 62nd Streets in Southwest Berkeley. City of Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) paramedics pronounced the man dead on the scene at 6:39 p.m.
BPD Homicide detectives and a compliment of other BPD personnel began a homicide investigation immediately. Thus far, BPD has not made any arrests or confirmed a possible motive in the case. BPD does not believe that this was a random shooting.
BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this homicide to call the BPD Homicide detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD non emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime. 


Waterside Workshops is a non-profit organization located in Aquatic Park in West Berkeley. It was established to help strengthen the East Bay community by providing a place for youth and adults to work together on projects ranging from bicycle mechanics to wooden boat building.  Waterside Workshop just opened their new Waterside Cafe.

Watch passing wildlife and water traffic while relaxing in their courtyard.  
Cafe patrons are also welcome to repair their bikes in their community open shop or peek in to see what wooden boat projects are going on in the yard. The cafe is run by Waterside staff and teenage interns who are training for jobs in the food service industry.  Come by and have a cup of Joe while enjoying the view, all while helping to support job-training for local youth.

The cafe is open Tuesday to Sunday 10AM to 6PM, Closed on Mondays. Once word gets out to the community, it will expand to 7 days.

All of their to-go cups and lids are 100% compostable and the coffee is locally roasted, organic and fair trade!  Patrons who arrive by bike and get 25 cents off any beverage!

For more information and expanded hours, please check out our website at: www.watersideworkshops.org




Our Janine's Bach recital is today.

Concert with Elizabeth Blumenstock June 11th, 12 PM at Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St. Berkeley
All Bach violin and harpsichord

Check it out!




Potter Creek worker Anthony's

Chevy V-8 with an Edelbrock intake manifold, Edelbrock valve covers and, damn, a Holley four-barrel, . . . and a trick distributor.



"Man hands" is a story by Natalie Neff at autoweek.com.

"I reached up through the tangle of pipes, bending my elbow to clear the transmission, and wedged the tip of the screwdriver into the C-clip. One quick, forceful pull, and it gave way, a flash of metal springing off the flathead and bouncing to the garage floor. I put the screwdriver down, carefully placed the clip in my pocket, positioned the Tupperware bowl and fished my hand back up toward the thermostat housing. The plug felt tight but didn't appear to be threaded, so I wiggled it a bit and then just yanked. Coolant gushed out, a stream of warm, sweet-scented fluid pouring down my forearm and drenching my sleeve.

After scooting out from under the engine, I set the plug on the counter, wiped my hands, brushed the crud out of my hair and waited for the coolant to drain."




"Grocery Outlet plans East Bay expansion" by George Avalos in the Contra Costa Times.

"Grocery Outlet is making good on expansion plans. The discount realtor said Wednesday that it had agreed to leases for new stores in Concord, Dublin, Gilroy and Watsonville, and it is opening a store in Pinole.

'We are in very high gear and expansion mode,"'said Marc Drasin, vice president of real estate for Grocery Outlet Inc. 'We are signing a record number of leases and opening a record number of stores.'

The retailer, like others, is attempting to capitalize on the tough commercial real estate market, a sector whose property values and rental rates have plunged during the past few years.

'There are opportunities for strong retailers right now,' said Adria Giacomelli, a broker with Colliers International, which helped arrange the Grocery Outlet deal in Concord.

Berkeley-based Grocery Outlet opened five stores in 2009 and expects to open 15 in 2010, Drasin said. One of those stores, in Pinole, is slated to open today. Grocery Outlet operates deep-discount supermarkets."

Our west-Berkeley Canned Food Store is now better stocked with greater variety than in recent memory. RP




"Cultural center celebrates 35 years of bringing people together for food, music and social change" by Jennifer Modenessi, Contra Costa Times.

"In Chile, Sept. 11, 1973, was a day of tumultuous change.

For the people who founded La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, it marked a beginning.

"I always say that La Pena started because of an event that happened on September 11," says Paul Chin, La Pena's executive director. That's when a group of Berkeley residents, Chilean expatriates and solidarity activists decided they had to do something to educate people about the situation in South America.

Launched into action by a U.S.-backed coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende's government and placed dictator Augusto Pinochet in power, the group laid the foundation for a gathering place where people could meet, make art and initiate social change. They opened La Pena in

1975 and the center -- which is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a series of concerts, exhibits, performances and a street fair -- is still going strong."






"Nipton, California: A Truly Solar City" at solar.calfinder.com.

"Some cities are just so big that it's hard to make a noticeable dent in their capacity for pollution and fossil-fueled energy. But it's not for lack of trying. A city like San Francisco can have nearly 2,000 solar power installations and still only get a small percentage of its electricity from solar. San Francisco, and the Bay Area in general, are like a Mecca for solar power, from Silicon Valley to Berkeley to Alcatraz Island. But it's in the tiny town of Nipton, California that we see a true solar makeover today.

Nipton announced on Thursday that it had installed enough solar power to supply a staggering 85 percent of the town's demand for electricity. Okay, so this little town on the edge of the Mojave National Preserve has a population of 38 people, but it still may be the nation's most solar-powered city per capita. And they're doing it with some cutting-edge technology."


good information from neighbor

Marsaius Scoggins


Check out Nick's Sunday buffet. Get there around Noon, buy a drink for around $5.00 and you get a buffet brunch with eggs, grits, bacon, turkey wings, et al. Nicks Lounge is at MLK and Alcatraz.

This Sunday he'll probably be packed because of Juneteeth

2010 Berkeley Juneteenth Festival
Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE
South Berkeley. Adeline St. and Woolsey St., Berkeley, CA

2010 Berkeley Juneteenth FestivalThe Berkeley Juneteenth Festival, a street festival extending the 5-block South Berkeley Adeline-Alcatraz corridor, draws 10,000 to 25,000 people of all age groups and nationalities. The Main Stage Entertainment is the "heart" of Juneteenth-in-Berkeley. The music incorporates the best of the African American experience: African drumming, jazz, blues, neo-soul, gospel, rhythm and blues, and reggae.

And on the last Sunday of every month The Crucible offers FREE bike repair. They open around 11:30 AM but you can get there earlier and chain your bike to the fence for a place in line. Check it out! MS




"Summer books for young readers: Recommended titles from Northern California authors" by Joanna H. Kraus at mercurynews.com.

"Now that school's out, youngsters get to read what they want. And Northern California authors have obliged with an appealing selection of new books. "



"A California environmental group found levels of lead in children's juice products that far exceed state law -- and in some cases also exceed federal levels for young children" is a report at npr.org.

"The group purchased apple juice, grape juice, canned peaches and pears, and fruit cocktails -- all marketed for kids -- and sent them to an EPA-certified lab for testing."





"Amy Murray, Venus and now Revival" is a story at berkeleyside.com by Sarah Henry.

"Amy Murray moved to Berkeley and opened Venus Restaurant on Shattuck Avenue in 2000. The restaurant began serving up seasonable, organic, sustainable California cuisine with worldly accents - which was something of a novelty back then.

A nice nod early on by Kim Severson, then a restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, now at the New York Times, gave the funky little brick cafe just the kind of exposure it needed to draw in diners.

Last month, Murray opened Revival Bar + Kitchen in a 1901 building also on Shattuck that most recently housed Downtown Restaurant. The chef-owner divides her day working in, and walking between, her two restaurants."




"UCSF is bringing in the bucks to the Bay Area - and it wants those who control its fate to know" is a sanfrancisco.bizjournals.com report.

"A report commissioned by the University of California, San Francisco, and released June 11 shows the graduate-level health sciences campus has an annual economic impact in the Bay Area of $6.2 billion. What's more, spending by UCSF, its 21,903 employees, 4,400 students and 3,910 retirees - including those at its medical facilities - is responsible for more than 17,000 other jobs in coffeehouses, medical supply firms and biotech spinouts from the East Bay to Mission Bay."




"Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits Generate Controversy as Deadline Nears" by Susan Sharon at Maine Public Broadcasting.

"Two weeks from today is the deadline for applications for Maine's eight medical marijuana dispensary permits. The permits will be awarded on a point-system by a four-person panel from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some potential operators are hoping to get more than one permit. Many have out-of-state connections. At least one is hoping to replicate its California experience in Maine. And that has some activists worried that Maine patients and growers will be cut out of the process.

Call it a gold rush or a green rush or a purely altruistic interest in seeing authorized patients get access to medical cannabis. Whatever it is, Portland attorney Ken Altshuler says Maine is looking pretty good to the would-be operators of the state's first marijuana dispensaries."







Scrambled Eggs new format is coming apace. Test pages with audio and audio visual material and flip cam interviews seem a success. Linking the new program pages to the old is now my challenge. I've done this by re-writing html code but am now seeking the one- or two-click solution. And remember, "I move with the swiftness of a grazing buffalo."



"Wanted: Berkeley High principal" by Martin Snapp at contracostatimes.com.

"Who says lightning never strikes twice? As Doug Oakley has reported previously in this paper, the Berkeley school board scheduled interviews for possible successors to Berkeley High Principal Jim Slemp, who is retiring after seven years. But only half of the candidates showed up.

I'm getting an eerie sense of déjà vu, because something similar happened back when Slemp was hired. The board had offered the job to another candidate, Patricia Christa, and she accepted. But a few days before she was to begin, she got cold feet and backed out. So they turned to Slemp, instead.

And get this: When he was hired, he became Berkeley High's sixth principal in four years! This job is obviously a hot seat that nobody wants.

Part of the problem is Berkeley's tradition of internecine warfare between those who are liberal and those who are really, really liberal. They make up for their lack of substantive political disagreement with paranoia and personal attacks. You can't blame someone for not wanting to step into that hornets' nest.

One of the happy exceptions was the late Harry Weininger, who died May 31 at age 76. Among many other things, Harry was the longtime president of the Berkeley Democratic Club (the 'moderates,' in Berkeley terms). But that didn't stop him from being friends with people on the other side.

'He was a real peacemaker,' says Councilwoman Susan Wengraf. 'He was able to talk to
everybody, regardless of their political attitude. And that made him an invaluable bridge builder.' "




"Voter skepticism of big moneyed interests could play role in fall campaign" by Steven Harmon in the Contra Costa Times.

"The big smackdown of big money in Tuesday's primary might have big implications for the fall.

The same level of skepticism that voters showed in rejecting lavish, multimillion dollar messages of two corporate-backed ballot measures could doom campaigns that hope that money alone will buy an election in the fall, political observers said.

And voters in a handful of Democratic legislative primaries also rejected candidates backed by the insurance and oil industries, signaling an anti-corporate mood that may spur Democrats as they face two wealthy ex-CEOs at the top of the Republican ticket."



"Law enforcement agencies usually let squad cars handle high-speed pursuits" by Marl Muckenfuss and Steven Barrie, The Press-Enterprise.

"Whether or not it was a good idea for a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer to initiate a high-speed chase, the agency's policy, common in law enforcement circles, calls for squad cars to take over a pursuit as soon as they can reach the scene.

Officer Thomas Philip Coleman didn't get that chance Friday. Within two minutes of beginning the pursuit, his motorcycle crashed into a big-rig truck on a surface street in Redlands. He died at the scene.

Four men in the stolen car Coleman was chasing have been arrested. The driver was booked on suspicion of murder Saturday. The other occupants of the car were arrested on lesser charges.

California Highway Patrol officers receive quarterly training in the agency's pursuit policies, said Officer Daniel Hesser, a spokesman for the CHP's Inland Division.

The policies are extensive, but they state clearly that 'if a patrol car is able to get there, it takes over the pursuit' from a motorcycle officer, Hesser said."




"Toyota says no timetable to develop Tesla vehicle" by Alan Ohnsman Bloomberg News.

"Toyota Motor Corp., the world's largest automaker, said it doesn't yet have a formal plan to develop an electric car with startup Tesla Motors Inc., after a report that such a project will occur this year."






post from the past



Check out their website.






6/15/10 return

I hear at City Hall they're talking about reducing the 1000 foot distance-from-schools-prohibition for ganja sales to 500 feet and eliminating it all-together for growers.

Whoa, light up another doobie, man.

And, is Councilyoungman, Jesse Arreguín considering resubmitting the Bus Rapid Transit project?



The week a Liberal/Left demonstration at CAL turned out 200 or so, a Tea Party rally in Pleasanton drew 10,000. Another reason to watch  Rise of the New Right.

  "Msnbc's Chris Matthews takes a hard look at the rise of extreme conservative movements, asking the questions: Who are the new right's people? What do they want, and how do they intend to get it? Watch 'Rise of the New Right, a Hardball with Chris Matthews special, on Wednesday, June 16th, at 7 p.m. ET."



"Harry Weininger, Berkeley civic leader, dies" Carl Nolte, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Harry Dov Weininger, a well-known figure in Berkeley community and civic affairs, died May 31 after a heart attack. He was 76.

For many years, Mr. Weininger owned the Carpet Center in West Berkeley. He was involved in a number of community organizations in Berkeley and played a role in the city's often-fractious political scene. He served for several years on the board of directors of the Berkeley Democratic Club and was the club's president in 1983 and 1986. He was its president pro tem in 1990 and 1996."


"All-pro Rams Linebacker who helped bring NASCAR to area dies at 79" thevillagenews.com.

" Les Richter, an all-pro linebacker with the Los Angeles Rams who helped bring NASCAR racing to Southern California, died today in Riverside at age 79.

Richter died at Riverside Community Hospital after having a brain aneurysm Friday, his son, Jon, told the Los Angeles Times.

Leslie Alan Richter was born in Fresno on Oct. 6, 1930. He was a star football player at Fresno High School and UC Berkeley, where he was valedictorian and got a degree in business administration. An offensive lineman, linebacker and kicker, he was an All-American his last two seasons at Berkeley."



"Nation's PACE Solar Loan Programs Run Into Trouble on Mortgage Issue" is a report at sunpluggers.com.

"Two brief letters have thrown solar-financing programs across the country into turmoil.

The letters were issued by the government-regulated mortgage financing organizations known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in May, as a typically busy season for solar photovoltaic installations was getting under way.

The notes were in reference to tax-assessed financing mechanisms for solar PV and other energy improvements that have been adopted in 22 states. The financing method is often referred to as property assessed clean energy, or PACE, loans.

These programs allow property owners to borrow money for energy-efficiency upgrades, such as solar PV systems, and repay the amount through property-tax bills over periods as long as 20 years. If the property is sold, the solar system and the loan obligation stay with the property.

Typically, the jurisdictions that have enacted such programs, such as towns, cities and counties, have made the PACE loans the first-priority debt on the property, which helps keep the interest rates down. . . .

In California, where PACE loans began in 2008 and have become popular in places where public awareness of them is high, officials are fighting back. . . .

Although both the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac letters described PACE programs as new and "experimental," the first such loans were made available in Palm Desert, Calif., in August 2008 and about a month later in Berkeley, Calif. The idea had been developed by Cisco DeVries, then an aide to Berkeley's mayor, in 2007."




from my log

6/9/10--~7:20 AM--irriant in front room, watery eyes, itchy skin, air out. 11:39 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room with STRONG "chlorine" odor. 1:01 PM--irritant in front room, dry heavy air, over rides two HEPA filters.

6/11/10--7:25 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse with "burning rubber" odor, irritant and odor only around the building, watery eyes, Marsha has headache, leave.

6/12/10--8:25 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, heavy dry air, light head, itchy skin, watery eyes, Marsha nasal irritation, cough.


The irritants sometimes experienced cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional short breath; occasional nausea.

Though the irritants we experience sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all" the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.

I am left to conclude that possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience, those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter, are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.

Though the respirator-filters largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through the skin.

"I feel like ants are crawling on me" said Marsha.


I've noticed recently some neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.



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

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


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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