our Darryl Moore, Councilman Laurie Capitelli and Jill

at the recent CEID hosted Chamber of Commerce mixer

Are Darryl and Capitelli planning to run, respectively, for State assembly and Berkeley mayor in 2012?




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."


"Snatched from Abusive Hands: Operation Flag Rescue" by Alex Ouligian, humanevents.com.

"'United Snakes of Amerikkka - Amnesia, Founded on the Genocide of Indigenous People, Over 389 Legal Binding Treaties, None Honored, Luv Your Mother - Stop Driving, This is Indian Land, Free Leonard Peltier.'

Lots of people say contemptible things about the United States in Berkeley, California, but this flag display was something else. It was a physical manifestation of the impassioned hatred that the radical fringe in Berkeley feels towards its country. This country, they forget, grants them the most generous rights in the world.

I was on my way to picking up a book by C.S. Lewis at a local bookshop when I came across Old Glory, hanging upside down, lashed to a chain-linked fence, and left to rot in the elements. Scrawled on the white stripes were the nearly incomprehensible words of an angry movement frustrated by reality."


our Inkworks




I understand that our Chief Meehan is recommending the book The Crime Fighter. I bought a copy and yesterday read the first couple of chapters. Seems a common sense approach to law enforcement.

Well, Ok then.





"Berkeley's Uncommon Common Experience" by Jane Robbins, insidehighered.com

"I've been teaching an early summer graduate course in Corporate and Professional Ethics. As in all my courses, one of its goals is to help students make the link between theory and practice -- particularly important in this case because ethics is by definition "applied."

So I draw heavily on real cases and situations. They give students practice in identifying ethical issues and ethics failure; examining the underlying reasoning and justifications for action and the associated ethical perspectives they reflect; and working through what their own judgments and actions would be under similar circumstances. Being prepared to recognize and think through ethical situations in advance of action is crucial to individuals, and to every organization.

The pool of ready-made examples is vast and instructive but also rather shopworn (think Enron), so when the University of California at Berkeley announced its plans to have the entering freshman class submit DNA samples for testing as this year's 'On the Same Page' common experience, it was like a gift."




"YouTube to test news feed in the summer" James Delahunty, afterdawn.com.

"YouTube to test news feed in the summer Google Inc.'s YouTube video sharing service is to test offering a news feed this summer. On YouTube's official blog, a post highlights some of the latest videos on YouTube that relate to news, or make the news, such as videos showing violent attacks in Kyrgyzstan and oil washing up on a beach in the Gulf Coast.

'Videos uploaded to YouTube by both amateur reporters and professional journalists move through the media ecosystem with a sophistication and speed greater than ever before,' the blog reads. 'But with 24 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, how can people more easily find the latest breaking news videos on our site? And how can media organizations better leverage this content to expand the scope of their reporting and keep us all better informed?'

Working with the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, a YouTube News Feed will track news as it breaks on YouTube. The news feed will provide a stream of breaking news with a focus on strong visuals and non-traditional sources."



"The New Weekly Special Available From TheMacBundles is Encrypt Email" is a press release at prmac.com.

MacEase Software has announced that TheMacBundles is offering Encrypt Email as its new Weekly Special. TheMacBundles has received widespread praise from journalists, Mac users, and software developers for its unique marketing model.




"Bears on Bikes: Day 6" is a press release at berkeley.edu.

"Cal Team member Devin Wicks - a Berkeley alum, now director of fitness operations at the campus's Recreational Sports Facility - reports here on Day 6 of the AIDS LifeCycle, the Lompoc-to-Ventura leg.

This is my sixth year on the road with the AIDS/Lifecycle; my motivation for being a part of it has evolved over time."





"Born at Berkeley Rep, American Idiot wins two Tonys" by Tracey Taylor, berkeleyside.com.

"Last night [6/13/10] at Radio City Music Hall in New York, American Idiot, the Green Day rock opera created by Berkeley Rep and debuted there last year, took home two Tony Awards, theatre's most coveted prizes.

Christine Jones from American Idiot accepted the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Kevin Adams earned the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical."







Isaac and Julia, the force behind the Saturdays green market at the San Pablo Ave Berkeley Adult School are pleased with the early response and look forward to making gradual improvements and change.



Uncommon Grounds are under new ownership, former employees Valerie and James, having bought it. You can get Uncommon Grounds coffee at the deli inside the Bowl but not in the restaurant, which serves Pete's. I do prefer Uncommon Grounds to Pete's.



Tribu Cafe

has recently opened at 6501 San Pablo Avenue.


Acme's Ken maintains they have one of the best Chicken Salad sandwiches he's had.

I stopped by Tuesday afternoon an ordered one to go and had an espresso while waiting--excellent. The grilled organic chicken with sun-dried tomato and parsley is mild but flavorful and is served on an Acme roll. It comes with a salad side and is $7.95.

I'd go back again and try their roast beef sandwich with home-made horse radish, sauté spinach, and Swiss cheese and this time I'd eat it there. It seems an elegant, relaxing place.


What 900 GRAYSON has done for the burger with their Grayson Burger, Tribu has done for the chicken salad sandwich with their Organic Grilled Chicken Salad--they've made the ordinary, extraordinary.




post from the past



Check out their website.




6/17/10 return

"Olive oil production branches beyond tradition" reports Michelle Locke at google.com.

"Berkeley Calif., Call it the EVOO evolution. Extra-virgin olive oil, once the domain of Spain and Italy, is popping up in surprising new places.

It's on the up-and-up Down Under, growing in Croatia and is becoming such an industry in South America that a Chilean producer is bringing two products to the U.S. market this year.

The boom is fueled by two developments, a growing appreciation of extra-virgin olive oil as a healthier fat and technological advances that have made it more cost-effective to harvest, says Curtis Cord, executive editor of the Olive Oil Times.

'Just about anywhere it's possible to make olive oil, it's become a desirable crop,' he says.

Anywhere is right - there even are fledgling olive oil industries in China and India."




"An unlikely evangelist for legal marijuana" Kevin Fagan, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"At first glance, Richard Lee looks nothing like a man who regularly smokes dope and spent his youth working with rock 'n' rap gods from Aerosmith to LL Cool J. Or who gunned his Harley up and down Texas highways as a young man, and has a will as stubborn as iron.

He looks like, well, a quiet business yuppie. In a wheelchair. With tidy slacks and button-down shirt, short-cropped hair and a shy smile.

Even cops trained to assess people are surprised - especially once they learn that this quiet guy is the champion for one of the most revolutionary social-change movements of our time, the legitimizing of marijuana."


I'm thinking that I'd like Councilwoman Linda Miao for my first flip-cam interview, explaining perhaps how to translate Maio speak into plain English.





Bob and Carol's

first tomatoes of the year


and Kubik emails

When Insults Had Class

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease." 
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." - Oscar Wilde

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening.  But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx




Zazou has a big flat screen TV set up under a tent just out side his Cafe for the World Cup broadcasts.

Definitely check it out.

I did yesterday morning along with a baguette with butter and jam and an espresso.

Zazou's Cafe, 2309 San Pablo, 510-649-1824




On Thursday PBS News did a feature on the US, 21st Century, sustainable city. Is it Berkeley, Burlington, Chapell Hill?

No, Dubuque Iowa is featured in "Former Factory Town in Iowa Eyes Green Future, Improved Livability."

You can watch the video, listen to the audio, or read the transcript.


Is there talk at City Hall about exempting cannabis collectives from the three-location-limit and allowing them to distribute, and grow up 100 square feet of marijuana in residential areas?


"Palin on pot: Smoking a joint in your house no biggie; plus, another California union endorses dope legalization" is a report at sfgate.com.

"Guess who isn't too uptight about about pot: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Key word there: Alaska. Ain't no thing there, as Comrade Fagan recently reminded us."



"So much for the new feminism in politics" by Bruce Maiman at sacbee.com.

"Two weeks straight and two stories about two fights involving women going for the top two jobs in California: First there was Carly Fiorina's hairgate. Now there's Meg Whitman's shoving match.

Is there pay-per-view?

Fiorina made a classic mistake all politicians make: They think the microphone (or the camera) is off until they say something they want heard. Once the gaffe went video viral, she drew epithets of a catty high school "mean girl" who still thinks she's better than everyone else.

Meg and her reported bullying? I'm picturing members of the boys' club at the statehouse saying, 'Let's see her try that with me!'

Many have written about the new feminism in politics, but incidents like this recall questions about old chauvinism in the workplace ­ a misogyny in everyone, not just men. Why are women more hypercritical of women than they are of men? Why does it always seem to be about looks? Do they bully other women? How much of the relationship between men and women is influenced by the way women treat women?"




"UC Berkeley blamed for mishandling campus protest" report with Don Sanchez video at abclocal.go.com.

"The University of California at Berkeley is getting the lion's share of the blame for a violent protest on campus late last year. Students, upset about rising fees, took over a building in late November 2009. When it was over, the place was trashed and protesters were hauled off to jail. Now, the official report on the incident has been released.

The scathing report, from the Police Review Commission, recommends a way to solve the whole problem is better communication." 



BPD Ofc Karen Buckheit emails a BPD release (excerpts).

Collaboration Leads to Success. Suspect in Double Shooting Arrested

Berkeley, California (June 17, 2010) ­ Collaboration between the City of Berkeley
Police Department (BPD) and the City of Oakland Police Department (OPD) led to the
arrest of the suspect in the May 20th shooting of a man and woman in the 1700 block
of 63rd Street. BPD and OPD had been exchanging information and tracking
Doran Williams., Jr. 10/21/82 who was wanted for the crimes.

Last night, June 16, 2010, OPD officers followed Williams from a motel in the City of
Richmond to the City of Oakland. Williams fled from the car he was driving and after
a brief foot chase, he was taken into custody without further incident. Doran
Williams, Jr. is a member of the North Oakland Bushrod gang who call themselves the
"Cold Gunnaz". The motive for the shootings and whether this is part of an ongoing
Oakland/Berkeley border feud is still being investigated.

On May 20, 2010, at approximately 11:03 a.m., the Berkeley Police Department (BPD)
responded to reports of gunshots in front of an apartment building in the 1700
of 63rd Street in south Berkeley. Patrol officers found two victims, a 39 year-old male
and a 57 year-old female. Both were critically injured and remain hospitalized.

Williams was booked into the BPD Jail for one count of PC187(a)/664(a) ­ Attempted
Murder and one count of PC 245 (a)(2) ­ Assault With A Deadly Weapon/Firearm.
Williams is scheduled to be arraigned on June 18, 2010.

Anyone with any additional information regarding these crimes is encouraged to call
the Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the BPD Non Emergency Line at (510) 981-
5900. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers
(BACS) Tip Line at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

Sgt. M. Kusmiss S6
Public Information
Officer (PIO)
(510) 981-5780

Chief of Police
Michael K. Meehan



"Who were the Yosemite Walla Indians?" at indiancountrytoday.com.

"If you visit Yosemite National Park and read signs printed by the Yosemite Association you will notice the original Native people of Yosemite are identified as mainly Miwoks and a few signs have "Miwok and Paiute". In reality the original Native American Indians of Yosemite were Yosemite ­ Mono Lake Paiutes, whose territory included the eastern part of Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties, yet the National Park Service is misleading the general public, visitors, and tourists alike.

To emphasize that the Miwoks were the indigenous people of Yosemite Valley the Park and the Yosemite Association use the writings of C. Hart Merriam, who was not a local. Merriam would travel for a day or week every other year into the area and meet with Indians living on the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada located in Central California. Yosemite Park Service heavily uses Merriam to push the myth of the Southern Sierra Miwuks of Mariposa as the original Indian people of Yosemite Valley, but the Park has not done their research. In the 1930's another anthropologist living in Central California, named Frank Latta, spoke to and told Merriam he was incorrect in his early findings about the Miwok of the area. Merriam conceded that his information was incorrect when identifying and classifying Yokut tales as Miwok legends.

This leads to the question was Merriam incorrect in the rest of his writings about the fabled Yosemite Miwoks? "




"GDT TEK, Inc. Releases Web Based Video on Its Licensed Waste Heat to Electricity Technology on the Company Website at gdttek.com" is a story at marketwatch.com.

"GDT TEK today announced that it has released a video of the waste heat to electricity technology. The technology was videoed at a San Jose California area landfill where the system successfully tested and operated for over five years.

The video gives a technical description of the process. The system shown in the video generates up to 150KW of electricity of power per hour. This system uses waste heat captured from an engine burning landfill gas (methane) and generates electricity sold back to the grid. The GDT TEK system uses no additional fuel. This system ONLY consumes waste heat captured from the exhaust and radiator jacket coolant from the Methane Engine Generators.

CEO of GDT TEK, Al Reda, stated, 'This system has operated over 5 years sending renewable energy back to the customer/grid. It has done so without ever shutting down the primary gas generators, thereby increasing the efficiency of the entire system while adding zero emissions.'

Reda further commented, 'Landfills are a great place to set up GDT TEK systems because they are already equipped to deliver electricity back to the grid, however, we are certainly NOT limited to landfills. Waste heat from virtually any source can be captured and converted into electricity from this technology.'

In a recent letter to GDT TEK, Professor Robert W. Dibble -- University of California at Berkeley , stated, 'Of the many technologies that I have evaluated over the course of the past several decades, GDT TEK's heat to power conversion solution has proven to be the most reliable, versatile, efficient, lowest emissions, and overall cost-effective solution available in today's changing world market.' "




"Economists Examine Potential for Longer Recession" is a report at pbsnewshour.org with Paul Solman video.

"As part of his ongoing series of reports making sense of economic news, Paul Solman checks back in with two economists who remain pessimistic about the chances of an economic recovery to discuss recent market volatility and the possibility of a double dip recession."


"New Autoworkers Leader Hopes to Revitalize Union"
at nytimes.com.

"Nearly 30 years later, Mr. King, who rose through the ranks of the United Automobile Workers union to become a vice president, was booed at that same plant last fall by some workers who saw him as too eager to swallow the company line. Undaunted, he stayed several more hours to explain his position, but 70 percent of Ford workers across the United States voted to reject the contract changes he endorsed.

Now Mr. King, who was elected Wednesday as the U.A.W.'s 10th president, has to show that the union has caught up with today's economic realities while demonstrating to workers that he still embraces the old union principles.

Mr. King's efforts to connect with workers gave him an easy victory in a roll-call vote of convention delegates here. But dissidents had nominated their own candidate to challenge Mr. King. It was the first time since 1992 that the candidate endorsed by union leaders faced opposition.

The opposition candidate, Gary Walkowicz, and other dissidents circulated a flier at the convention saying: 'Our lives, our standard of living, our prospects for the future have been seriously damaged by years of concessions given to incredibly wealthy corporations. We cannot give in to company demands every time they cry poor.'

The disagreement pointed to the fissures Mr. King confronts, particularly among factions fighting concessions granted by the union in recent years. He must walk a fine line: press too hard and risk driving more workers out of jobs, but get too little and the union, whose membership has hit a 70-year low, weakens further.

Harley Shaiken, a labor expert and professor at the University of California, Berkeley, suggested that Mr. King, an often fiery free thinker, could be exactly the leader to burnish the union's image and reinvigorate its membership. "








Congratulations to Chris and Anthony Sulnier, now full owners of 900 GRAYSON.


Merryll and Morgan recommend the Filaffal wagon that serves lunch Monday and Wednesday in north Emeryville. It can be found Monday around 64th and Hollis and Wednesday at Chiron. Check it out.


We had a chance yesterday to taste an Acme bread hot out of their oven, really unspeakably delicious!



"The World Cup runneth over" by Tim James at mg.co.za.

"It came dangerously close to a major upset: France just pipped South Africa -- but only with the help of a rather dodgy decision by the ref. The taste-match was one of a recent handful of World Cups of Wine organised internationally by winelovers (or opportunistic retailers, an occasionally overlapping category). This particular tournament was put on by a fewsmart wine-shops in Berkeley, California, and the first-round battle between South Africa and the world's most famous wine culture was expected to be a walkover for France."


"Slow moseys into Berkeley this summer" Paolo Lucchesi at sfgate.com.

"Hard to believe there's not a restaurant or other business named 'Slow' in Berkeley yet, but that will change this summer, when 28-year-old chef-owner Kyle Anderson will open his new restaurant Slow.

It's been said that one shortcoming of the whole Alice Waters-Slow Food movement is that it's too inaccessible, so in many ways, we're seeing the rise of the locavore quick-service restaurant. With only 30 seats inside and another 30 on the patio, Slow will offer a counter-service menu of California cuisine (and the now-requisite local, sustainable, organic, yada yada yada), with lunch dishes in the $6 range and dinner dishes in the $12 range."



"Grocery Outlet eyes expansion in lean times" Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Thrift is hot. With consumers fervently pinching pennies, "deep-discount" retailer Grocery Outlet, a 138-store food market chain headquartered in Berkeley, is drawing flocks of new customers seeking deals like giant 99-cent bags of tortilla chips, half-price Hamburger Helper and $4 family-size frozen pizzas."




"City of Berkeley changes parking eligibility on some streets near Trader Joe's" is a report at allvoices.com.

If you're shopping at the new Trader Joe's at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and University Avenue in Berkeley, Calif., or just parking in that neighborhood for a stroll downtown, make sure you know the parking rules. The city of Berkeley has recently changed parking eligibility on Berkeley Way, Grant Street, Bonita Avenue and Addison Street. Failure to adhere to the new rules can result in parking tickets.

Prior to earlier this month, the aforementioned streets all allowed two-hour parking on both sides of the street for cars not displaying the proper Area Sticker used by residents of the neighborhood. But not long after TJ's opened, the city changed its rules and closed portions of those streets to all cars not displaying the proper Area Sticker.

Readers can compare signs on the north side and south side of Berkeley Way to see how the city has modified the signs. The south side of Berkeley Way now has additional restrictions whereas the north side rules are the same as before (at least as of this writing).


In "Keeping PACE With Clean Energy" Steve Gelsi , MarketWatch introduces our "new mayor," Tom Gates.

"PACE was launched in 2007 as a pilot project hatched by Cisco DeVries, a former assistant to the Berkeley mayor. When the Berkeley test took off, states began passing legislation to allow municipalities to create their own programs. DeVries now works as president of Renewable Funding LLC, a private company that helps cities start PACE programs. . . .

Berkeley Mayor Tom Gates said his city is planning to pool resources with several other communities under a program called California First to relaunch its PACE program this year, three years after the pilot program.

'We're really happy that this is one of the programs that got started in Berkeley and it's just taken off like wildfire,' he said. 'We found that as good as the program was, you actually need to go to scale.'

Banding together with other communities will help cut administrative costs, he said.

'This is actually a free-market approach, believe it or not, that started in Berkeley; a free-market approach to take solar and make it go all over the United States,' Gates said. 'It's all done through lenders putting up the bonds and placing it on the property. So it's a good mechanism that's shown it can travel.' "



"Hopes dim for quick legislative action to boost California's food stamp participation rate" by Alexandra Zavis at latimes.com.

"With concern growing in Sacramento about the millions of Californians struggling to get sufficient nutrition, advocates for the poor had hoped for progress this year on recommendations to improve access to federal food stamps.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislators in both major parties have shown interest in cutting red tape that has California lagging far behind most of the nation in obtaining the benefit. But hopes that this would translate into speedy legislative action have dimmed as reform efforts have become caught up in horse-trading to close a $19.1-billion budget gap.

Most of the proposals have previously died in committee or on the governor's desk. They include Democratic efforts to stop fingerprinting applicants and reduce paperwork, changes that Republican legislators contend could provide opportunities for fraud. . . .

A proposal to allow Californians to keep their benefits when they move between counties without having to submit new applications has bipartisan support. The Assembly voted 62 to 1 last month to approve the bill, AB 2018 by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D- Berkeley), and Schwarzenegger included the change in his May budget revisions."




"Meet the dean: California dreamin' for leader at Berkeley" by Linda Anderson ft.com.

"There are few ­ if any ­ male deans of business schools who sport an earring, but Richard Lyons, dean of the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, is unafraid of breaking the mould.

Although his background is soundly academic ­ he is a professor of finance, a graduate of the school's business programme and has a PhD in economics from MIT ­ he also has experience of business, with a two-year stint on Wall Street as chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs.

With experience of business and academia under his belt and an innovative approach to deans' fashion, it was perhaps inevitable that when he became head of the business school in July 2008, he was keen to instigate change ­ and quickly."


"UC Berkeley engineer a key adviser in Gulf spill aftermath" by Suzanne Bohan, Contra Costa Times.

"A call on April 20 pulled UC Berkeley engineering professor Robert Bea into the thick of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

That night, Bea, co-founder of the university's Center for Risk Mitigation, got a call from an alarmed former oil rig worker in Louisiana, reporting on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig, 50 miles off the coast.

'Bob, the unit is breaking up,' Bea recalled the woman telling him.

Two days later, the rig collapsed, and oil gushing from pipes a mile below the surface has created the nation's worst environmental disaster."



"US study shows women will outdo men in pay race" is a story at theaustralian.com.au.

The pay gap between men and women is set to vanish within 14 years among the professional classes.

An analysis of the US workplace predicts that women will, on average, earn more than men in careers such as law, medicine and academia by 2024, said Maddy Dychtwald, an expert on demographics.

In a new book, Influence, based on US government statistics, she said women in more than a third of professional dual-income households in the US were making more than their husbands, up from just over a quarter five years ago.

If this trend continued, women in middle-income jobs such as teaching, healthcare and the arts would start overtaking men shortly after 2024.

The predictions mark a break with official estimates at the start of the century, which suggested the pay gap would persist for another 40 years."


"Flame retardant linked to altered thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy" a report at physorg.com.

"Pregnant women with higher blood levels of a common flame retardant had altered thyroid hormone levels, a result that could have implications for fetal health, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

"This is the first study with a sufficient sample size to evaluate the association between PBDE flame retardants and thyroid function in pregnant women," said the study's lead author, Jonathan Chevrier, a UC Berkeley researcher in epidemiology and in environmental health sciences. "Normal maternal thyroid hormone levels are essential for normal fetal growth and brain development, so our findings could have significant public health implications. These results suggest that a closer examination between PBDEs and these outcomes is needed."

PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, are a class of organobromine compounds found in common household items such as carpets, textiles, foam furnishings, electronics and plastics. U.S. fire safety standards implemented in the 1970s led to increased use of PBDEs, which can leach out into the environment and accumulate in human fat cells."



"Berkeley Awarded $1.9 million for Advanced Energy-Efficiency Building Technology" reports californiachronicle.com.

"Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) announced that the University of California at Berkeley will be awarded $1.9 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to advance building technology projects at the campus."


"UC's Energy Efficiency Keeps the Lights On in Dark Times" by Ngoc Nguyen at californiaprogressreport.com.

"In the midst of severe cuts at most of California's public universities, there may be one bright spot. The University of California has embarked on an energy efficiency project that has started to reap financial benefits. That's no small feat, at a time when the UC system has had to hike student fees, furlough faculty, and reduce course offerings to close a $1 billion budget hole. California State University and community colleges have undertaken similar steps to boost energy efficiency on their campuses."





"In California, license plates might go electronic" Robin Hindery at sfgate.com.

"As electronic highway billboards flashing neon advertisements become more prevalent, the next frontier in distracted driving is already approaching - ad-blaring license plates.

The California Legislature is considering a bill that would allow the state to begin researching the use of electronic license plates for vehicles. The move is intended as a moneymaker for a state facing a $19 billion deficit."





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.

6/15/10--6:00 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry heavy air, burning eyes, prolonged cough, itchy skin.

6/16/10---5:31 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry heavy air, burning eyes, prolonged cough, itchy skin.

6/17/10--Off-and-on all day SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, heavy dry air, burning eyes, dry skin, headache, over rides five HEPA filters, wear respirator.

6/18/10--Off-and-on all morningSERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, heavy dry air, burning eyes, dry skin, headache, over rides five HEPA filters, wear respirator. 7:05 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

6/19/10--6:42 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, heavy dry burning air, air out. 3:34 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, heavy dry burning air, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, dry mouth, recurring cough. Marsha same.

6/20/10--7:25 AM--VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, full mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes nose, etc, simply described as swimming in a pool with too much chlorine, Marsha similar. Air out. 1:47 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, heavy dry burning air, usual symtoms.

6/21/10--12:05--irritant in warehouse front with "chlorine" odor.



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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