post from the past
Potter Creek construction
aplenty with Kruse green-remodel
Kruse workers about to lift
three high-efficiency ac-units onto their roof yesterday AM
Mustard Seed Pre-School commencement
a Steve Smith photo
for Milo, the Smiths' boy,
and friend:Milo, Jack and Joe
Congratulations to Chris
and Anthony Sulnier, now owners of 900 GRAYSON.
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
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).
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
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
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
"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
The pay gap between men and
women is set to vanish within 14 years among the professional
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
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
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
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."
What if some of the businesses
on Telegraph could be open later--say 2 or 3 AM?
Our Councilyoungman, Jesse
A has withdrawn his proposal to put BRT on the Council agenda.
I'm told BRT is now dead in Berkeley.
Seems there's an increased
interest in west-Berkeley warehouse space by out-of-town clients--some
who don't even need to see the space. And there's the story of
the Berkeley landlord who recently found a tenant's warehouse
space flooded-they had bypassed the PG&E electric service
and their ganja irrigation system failed.
"PG&E Finances $100 Million in Residential
"Homeowners in five states, from California to New Jersey,
will have more choices for solar electricity without footing the
expensive, upfront cost of owning solar panels. The investment
arm of PG&E (PCG) announced Monday a $100 million deal with
SunRun to finance 3,500 new solar home installations.. . .
Private financing is no longer
the only option for consumers who want solar electricity. A program
first proposed by the city of Berkeley, Calif., has become a popular
model for other cities and counties across the country to promote
The program, typically called
PACE (property-assessed clean energy), allows cities to essentially
loan money to businesses and homeowners to install solar electric
systems. They pay the city back through their property tax bills
over time, with interest. In Berkeley, the home and business owners
pay the city back over a 20-year period. Local governments can
finance the upfront installation costs by selling bonds."
"Explorer Retains Deep Dive Record After
50 Years" is a story
"Donald Walsh's journey
to the bottom of the ocean has never been repeated. Walsh grew
up near San Francisco in the 1930s. Among his earliest memories
is the mega-construction project he saw from his home in the Berkeley
"Major Jewish collection to move to UC
Berkeley" is an
AP story at mercurynews.com.
"The University of California,
Berkeley will soon be home to one of the world's most extensive
collections of Jewish history and culture.
University officials said
Monday the 10,000-piece collection will be transferred to UC Berkeley
this summer from the Judah L. Magnes Museum, which is in south
"Riding Away" is a bitter sweet tale by Joseph Bottum at
"She was wiry and whip-thin,
like most of the kids who come off the ranches, and like nearly
all of them, she sat a horse like a dream. I first met her when
she was, I suppose, around thirteen or so-I can't remember, exactly,
but it was a few years ago, when she was helping with the horses
of some friends of mine in Montana as a summer job: saddle-breaking,
training the colts, currying, being the trailer on the gentle
rides they'd get up for the tourists.
Each summer that I'd see
her, she'd be a little more grown up-but only a little. All those
kids are hard workers out west. They don't really know how not
to be. She beat her older sister in the barrel racing at the county
fair one of those Augusts-which bothered her parents a little.
They knew she was growing into the better rider, but they figured
each of the girls ought to get a turn at the county blue ribbon
and the little red and gold trophy, in plated plastic, with a
cowgirl on top.
Around horses, she was calm
and almost wise, an expert and a sophisticate. Around everything
else, she was hopelessly naive-a country kid, wide-eyed and weak-willed.
The daughter of my friends flew with her back east, last year,
I think it was, to have her help drive their family car out from
Long Island. And so she got to see New York City for an afternoon,
a great excitement, and the ocean, too-and she told me all about
it later that summer while we were riding up in the hills: her
first trip away from the world she knew, the badlands and hilly
prairies as they rise up from the great plains to meet the western
mountains. . . .
College let her down. I think
it was David Brooks who once remarked that all college towns are
the same place. He was thinking of the identical feeling that
one gets in places from Berkeley, California, to Madison, Wisconsin-the
similar coffee shops, the carbon-copy bookstores, the indistinguishable
attitude of smug correctness. But it extends far beyond that.
The identity of American universities reaches deep into their
psyches-where all of them want to be Berkeley and Madison, and
all of them are ashamed of being elsewhere."
"UC illegally searched journalist's camera" AP report at google.com.
" A judge has ruled
that University of California, Berkeley police illegally searched
the camera of a photojournalist covering a student protest outside
the chancellor's home."
"Smelly Plant Blooms in Berkeley" by Dan McMenamin at berkeleydailyplanet.com.
"The University of California
Botanical Garden at Berkeley is usually a sight to behold, but
it is noses that might be held there at the end of this month
because of the smell from a "corpse plant" that is about
The Titan Arum, also known
as the corpse plant due to the rotten flesh-like stench that emanates
from it when it blossoms, is expected to reach its peak stink
when it flowers sometime around July 1, according to garden officials."
wage hikes likely to lead to higher gadget prices" by
John Boudreau at mercurynews.com.
"The era of cheap manufacturing
in China is coming to an end.
Rising wages spurred by a
series of labor disputes at factories in China, coupled with the
country's just-announced decision to allow its currency to rise
in value - making it more expensive to build things there - will
lead to higher prices for tech gadgets, cut into corporate bottom
lines and force companies to rethink manufacturing strategies
anchored in China, the world's assembly line.
At the same time, the two
developments could create a brand-new and enormous market for
tech companies to sell their products, since they'll likely spur
the growth of a Chinese middle class eager to get their hands
on gadgets they now build but often cannot buy."
"Secondhand smoke causes serious health
problems" at buffalonews.com.
"Tobacco smoke from
other folks' cigarettes, cigars and pipes can be bad for your
heart. In the catalog of cardiac villains, smoking is still a
leading cause of heart disease, even though fewer people are smoking
these days. That's a testament to the hazard of this habit. It's
also because its effects don't stop with the smoker; they extend
to anyone who breathes air polluted by smoke from a cigarette,
cigar, or pipe.
Secondhand smoke isn't an
innocuous byproduct of smoking. This mixture of freshly burnt
tobacco and exhaled smoke contains hundreds of chemicals, including
formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, ammonia, arsenic and lead.
Some are known to cause cancer. Others are highly toxic to cells
all over the body."
our Jill Ellis, CEID director
emails of the Milo, Jack and Joe photo
Love the photo Milo
is nearly a grown up!
The side walk is being replaced
on 9th in front of Parker Center so watch out.
I stopped at Zazou's yesterday
morning for an espresso and baguette wit h jam and butter and
caught the end of the US--Algeria match. I'm not saying I was
the only non-Algerian/American there but the air was filled with
cheers and yells in Arabic for the Algerian team. And after the
US goal about half the guys left. Still great fun, great crowd.
"A guide to halibut fishing in bay waters" by George deVilbiss, rosevillept.com.
"Halibut are one of
the most prized eating fish around, and California is blessed
with two species of these flatfish, the Pacific halibut and the
smaller California halibut. To many anglers, they're simply known
There are times throughout
the year that San Francisco Bay is just outright choked with halibut,
primarily the California variety. And when the bite is on, bay
waters are choked with boats.
To fish for halibut, you've
got one of two choices: ride a party boat where you're pretty
much shoulder-to-shoulder with other anglers, or haul your own
boat down there and fish in relative comfort.
Many anglers are flat-out
intimidated by San Francisco Bay. I've taken my boat down there
numerous times, even when all I had was a 17-footer. On a good
day, when the winds are calm, it's nothing unusual to see even
12 to 14-foot aluminum boats out trying for halibut.
Surprisingly, most of the
bay is shallow, perhaps 30-35 feet. The channels are deeper in
order to accommodate the larger ships, but overall the bay just
isn't that deep.
I generally suggest that
anglers go out the first time on a party boat. You'll gain a great
deal of knowledge about how and where to go to find these fish.
From there, you can take your own boat to the bay and have a much
better fishing experience.
Live bait will out-fish all
other baits or lures for halibut. Before the bait receivers set
up shop at the Berkeley docks, anglers had to go to the docks
in San Francisco in order to get a load of live anchovy.
There are numerous launching
areas in the Bay Area, such as at Emeryville, Berkeley, Richmond,
Sausalito and Loch Lomond. However, if you launch anywhere other
than Berkeley, you can have quite a run to get to the Berkeley
'B' docks in order to pick up live bait."
"Union job fair amid Oakland cops' layoff
threat" by Henry
K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Oakland police Officers
Billy Matthews and Melissa Baddie were prowling their union hall
Tuesday, looking for other employment - not because they don't
want to work in Oakland, but because their jobs could soon become
victims of the city's budget crisis.
'I'm pretty outraged, actually.
I just got here,' Baddie, 31, said as she visited one table after
another at a job fair hosted by the Oakland Police Officers Association.
Baddie, who patrols North
Oakland, was among 38 officers who joined the force in 2008. Their
graduation from the police academy came with much fanfare because
they swelled the department's ranks to 837, the most in Oakland's
history. . . .
'It's definitely an unenviable
position to be in,' said Berkeley police Sgt. Kevin Schofield,
who was joined at his agency's table by a Berkeley cop who used
to work for Oakland. But the Berkeley force is 'anticipating a
number of retirements this year,' " Schofield said.
"The color of pot campaign is green, and
based in Oakland"
by Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.
"Win or lose, the marijuana
legalization measure on November's ballot proves one thing: The
pot industry has arrived in California politics."
"Controlling x-rays with light" T. E. Glover, spie.org.
"Light can be used to
control how radiation itself interacts with matter: optical lasers
coherently couple energy states within a material and produce
a light/matter system with novel and controllable properties.
A probing radiation pulse interacting with this system experiences
material properties that are quite different from those experienced
in the absence of the 'controlling' light pulse. This has led
to new research directions in areas such as quantum computing
and non-linear optics, while also spawning entirely new research
areas such as electromagnetically induced transparency and slow
light.1,2 To date, this approach to controlling how radiation
interacts with matter has been confined to long wavelength (e.g.
visible) radiation. For researchers who probe matter at the microscopic
level, a relevant question arises: can light also be used to control
how x-rays interact with matter? If so, this control might create
new opportunities in x-ray science, including new approaches for
x-ray optics and nonlinear x-ray spectroscopy."
"A Pocket-Sized Idea Machine The
Brainstormer for iPhone"
is a press release at appmodo.com.
"The Brainstormer 1.2
is a unique idea generator app based on a physical idea wheel
constructed in 2004 by concept artist Andrew Bosley. The Brainstormer's
distinctive visual design and carefully curated word lists are
now available on the iPhone and iPod touch.
The Brainstormer is a bit
of kindling for creative minds. A tactile tool to randomly combine
a plot, a subject and a setting or style, the Brainstormer provides
that elusive moment of inspiration for writing, painting, or any
kind of creative endeavour. It's a great way to combat creative
block, to spark new ideas for a project and to summon up quick
creative prompts for doodling, sketching or journaling."
"Why Grade Inflation Has Struck Law Schools" by Lynn O'Shaughnessy, moneywatch.com.
"Yale Law School exitUndergraduate
grade inflation has been rampant at many elite colleges and universities
for years, but now comes word that law schools are inflating grades
At least 10 law schools during
the past two years have made their grading systems easier for
their students, according to The New York Times. Some law schools,
such as Harvard and Stanford, have fooled with their bell curve
by switching to a modified pass/fail system, which is similar
to what the law schools at University of California, Berkeley,
and Yale have instituted.
What Loyola Law School Los
Angeles is about to do is even more amazing. This summer, the
law school is going to retroactively boost every law student's
grade point average by 0.333 points. How's that for flagrant grade
I'm told that the Berkeley
East Bay Humane Society will be temporarily relocating their offices
to the old Scharffenberger building. They will be holding adoption
fairs in the parking lot as of this weekend.
Our Councilman Darryl Moore
Sunday, July 4th,
Live Entertainment noon-9
The 4th of July is a great day to have a lot of fun. The
biggest party is on the South Shore of the Berkeley Marina from
noon-10PM. There's music, dancers, jugglers all for free! Adventure
Playground, always a favorite, is open 11am-8pm. Get your face
painted, try the giant slide, or splash in the water at the beach!
There's live entertainment from noon until 9PM on the main stage
and entertainers in smaller venues around the marina. There's
art & craft booths, massages, free sailboat rides from 1-4pm,
dragon boat rides from 2-6pm, and much more including the grand
fireworks off the end of the Berkeley Pier at 9:30pm.
Let's hear it for the red, white, and blue...but keep it green,
too. The party shouldn't leave the environment trashed. If you
can, bring your own dishes -- Frisbees double as plates! A bandana
is your cloth napkin to use at all of the international food booths.
With water stations located around the event, you can refill your
own reusable bottle and keep a lot of plastic out of the landfill.
Be sure to use the recycling stations located throughout the marina
for your disposables.
Ride your bike over the Berkeley Bicycle Overpass and park for
free near Adventure Playground. Or take AC Transit from the Downtown
Berkeley BART station. This only runs until 6:30PM, however and
doesn't come back into the marina. To leave on AC Transit, walk
out over the freeway overpass after the fireworks to University
and 5th St.
Free admission. Alcohol-free event. Free valet bicycle parking.
No cars after 7pm.
Sponsored by the City of Berkeley.
Produced by Another Bullwinkel Show
I hope you can
make it to this fantastic event.
To Benefit the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society
In the early hours
of May 20, 2010, the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (BEBHS)
suffered a tragic fire which destroyed much of the building. Thanks
to quick action on the part of staff and volunteers, and the invaluable
aid of the Berkeley Fire Department, a majority of the animals
housed at the shelter were able to be rescued. All rescued animals
have been medically evaluated, and many have been released to
The Berkeley Animal Welfare Fund is hosting an event this Saturday,
June 26th from 12-4pm at George (the pet store), 1824 Fourth Street
to benefit the rebuilding effort of the Berkeley East Bay Humane
Michael Wertz will
be drawing sharpie portraits for $5 ). Bring you pet (or
a photo) for reference, and bring a home a no-frills portrait
of your favorite furry beast.
If you can't make it this weekend but would still like to help
the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, their most immediate
Monetary donations. Any amount you can donate will make
a difference. You can help in three ways.
Online, go to their website and press DONATE
By phone at (510) 845-7735, ext 500.
Mail donations to:
BEBHS, 2700 9th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Foster Homes for dogs and cats.
Please Contact: email@example.com
if you have temporary space for a dog or cat.
In the immediate future, we will have major cleaning and repair
tasks as well as animal care. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
if you can spare some time to help once the tasks are organized.
It's Time To Celebrate
Community During National Night Out 2010.
of Berkeley community is participating in the 27th annual National
Night Out on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. What had started many
years ago as a unique crime and drug prevention event has evolved
in the City of Berkeley into a celebration of community. This
is an early message to afford your groups time to plan and organize.
Last year's National
Night Out involved community members, law enforcement, fire personnel,
community groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, faith
based organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities
from all 50 states, U.S. territories and Canada. In all, over
37 million people participated in National Night Out 2009.
We are encouraging community members to participate. You need
not be an organized group to join in the celebration. In the past,
groups have hosted BBQ's, pot lucks, picnics, ice cream/dessert
socials, kids parades, neighborhood clean-ups and music performances.
Events can be as big or small as you want, so please do not feel
overwhelmed, thinking that you and your neighbors have to put
together an elaborate event. Any excuse for you and your
neighbors to get together and get to know each other is precisely
what National Night Out is all about. Besides meeting your
neighbors, it's also a great opportunity to meet police officers,
fire personnel, the City Manager's office makes the rounds and I try
and stop by all of the registered National Night Out events in
my district, so I'd love to have an opportunity to stop by
your event this year.
To be part of National
Night Out in Berkeley, please complete a National Night Out Registration
Form and fax to
or mail to : Berkeley Police Department
Community Services Bureau
ATTN: CSO Alicia Escamilla-McNie
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Berkeley, CA. 94704-1109
Berkeley City Council, District 2
Our Pollice Chief Michael
K. Meehan, recommends the common sense book The Crime Fighter.
Of Community Nights Out the author Jack Maple writes "The
idea behind the campaign was that police . . . across the nation
would compete to determine which ones put on the best program
every year. It didn't seem to occur to any of tthe event organizers,
however, that in policing, every night of the year is supposed
to be a night out against crime."
Well Ok then.
"More green energy could be in Berkeley's
future" by Doug
Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"The defeat of PG&E's
voter initiative designed to stop cities from buying their own
power has increased the possibility that cities like Berkeley
can do it and supply cleaner, greener energy at about the same
"Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Design Berkeley
Museum" by Robin
Pogrebin at nytimes.com.
The University of California,
Berkeley on Wednesday announced the selection of the New York
firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design a new Berkeley Art Museum
and Pacific Film Archive, the university's second attempt at the
project. Last year, it abandoned plans for a $200 million, 140,000-square-foot
museum designed by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito because it
would have been too expensive; the budget for the new version
is $95 million.
"California biofuel companies land on list
of 30 'transformative technologies" latimes.com.
organizations earned positions on a list of innovative biofuel
technologies released this week by Florida-based Biofuels Digest.
Companies including Amyris Biotechnologies in Emeryville and Cobalt
Technologies of Mountain View are among the 30 Most Transformative
Technologies of 2010, based on more than 48,000 votes collected
over three weeks.
The spots included businesses,
universities and national laboratories in categories such as cellulosic
ethanol and microalgae-based technologies. The 30 winners were
narrowed down from 250 entrants. Westwood-based Rentech Inc.,
which produces synthetic fuels from sources including waste and
biomass, won a slot for its biomass gasification partnership with
ClearFuels Technology Inc.
South San Francisco companies
LS9 Inc., a clean fuel and chemicals firm, and algae oil business
Solazyme Inc. both clinched spots. The joint operation between
science products and services company DuPont and BioArchitecture
Lab in Berkeley to develop biofuel from seaweed scored another."
"A California High School That Values College,
and the Real World"
by Rachel Gross at nytimes.com.
"In a mock interview
at MetWest High School in Oakland, Calif., Jenessa Grayson, 17,
answered questions posed by a college advisor.Rachel Gross for
The New York Times In a mock interview at MetWest High School
in Oakland., Jenessa Grayson, 17, answered questions posed by
a college adviser.
Is the role of high school
always to steer students toward a four-year university or even
a two-year college? Or should today's high schools also be considering
vocational training and other alternative pathways?
Some educators believe students
can have it both ways. In communities where students may rule
out college before even applying, some high schools are employing
more radical ways to keep students on the path to a higher education
- while giving them the real-world skills they need to land a
career if college doesn't work out.
One is MetWest, a small,
public high school in Oakland, Calif., that thrives on providing
extraordinary opportunities to students who may get very few.
In a district colored by poverty, gang violence and a high dropout
rate (but also a dedication to conceiving new types of schools
and ways to engage students), students at MetWest have customized
schedules, and are given access to college classes and professional
internships as part of their school curriculum."
"Cut suburban sprawl, save energy, study
urges" Will Kane,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"New development in
California needs to be designed from the start to conserve electricity
and water, decrease driving time, improve air quality and promote
a sustainable lifestyle, according to a landmark study of the
state's future growth.
Vision California, the state's
first major planning document in almost 30 years, was released
Growth should focus not on
increasing suburban sprawl but instead on creating compact development
in already established cities, the report says. Bringing commuters
closer to their jobs, its authors argue, can help Californians
drive 3.7 trillion fewer miles and save 140 billion gallons of
gasoline by 2050."
"Nose and throat bacteria
are different" is a UPI report.
"Despite their proximity,
the nose and throat have distinct differences in bacterial populations,
U.S. researchers found.
Researchers at Children's
Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, the Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley and
the University of California, San Francisco, collaborated on a
comprehensive comparative analysis of the bacterial communities
inhabiting the human nose and throat.
Despite their proximity,
the nose and throat have distinct differences in bacterial populations,
U.S. researchers found.
Researchers at Children's
Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, the Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley and
the University of California, San Francisco, collaborated on a
comprehensive comparative analysis of the bacterial communities
inhabiting the human nose and throat.
The findings, published in
mBio, found distinct differences between bacterial populations
in the nose where the majority of bacteria were those often distributed
on the skin -- and the throat, which had a bacterial distribution
with greater similarity to that found in saliva.
"The nose and throat
are important sites of pathogen colonization, yet the microbiota
of both are relatively unexplored by culture-independent approaches,"
a lead author, Katherine Lemon of Children's Hospital Boston,
said in a statement.
Lemon and colleagues examined
and compared the bacterial communities from the noses and throats
of seven healthy adults using two different culture-independent
methods, one of which was a 16S rRNA microarray, called the PhyloChip,
which possesses 500,000 probes and can detect approximately 8,500
genetically distinct groups of bacteria."
"Mark Twain celebrations around the country:How
cities are feting the famed author" by Christopher Reynolds at latimes.com.
"Because Mark Twain
traveled widely and lived in several places, the centennial of
his death has prompted special events at Twain-related sites across
In Florida, Mo., about 40
miles west of Hannibal, Missouri's parks department operates the
Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site, 37352 Shrine Road,
(573) 565-3449, http://www.mostateparks.com/twainsite.htm, which
includes the cabin where Twain was born in 1835. Closed for asbestos
remediation late last year, the site reopened April 21, the 100th
anniversary of the writer's death.
In Hartford, Conn.: The Mark
Twain House & Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., (860) 247-0998,
http://www.marktwainhouse.org, has an exhibition analyzing public
perception of the author since 1910. (Among the readers quoted:
Booker T. Washington and Benito Mussolini.) The show will remain
up through January. The keepers of the house, a 19-room Victorian
mansion where Clemens and his family lived from 1874 until 1891,
are also offering half a dozen evening "ghost" tours
that include accounts of Victorian séances and reported
mysterious knocks, bangs, voices and apparitions."
This week, Kimar and Richards
went to our Rotten
City Pizza on the corner of Hollis and 66th and were heartly
Rotten City serve a thin
crust Neopolitan pizza with a variety
The whole pie is $19.00 and
a large slice, $3.00. It is open 7 days a week Mon - Sat: 11AM - 10PM
Sun: 12PM - 8PM and was voted Number 5 of the favorite bay area
pizza joints in the Chron.
Kimar relates "Good
quality toppings, small place with a counter with stools, seats
They do deliver but check the boundaries" and Richards
adds "A PBR and a slice is a real bargain at $ 5.00"
"The flame is lit for Special Olympic Games
this weekend in Woodland"
"This is the second
year UC Davis has hosted the Olympics, which saw participation
grow by 200 when the games were moved from UC Berkeley in 2009.
There are 730 athletes from across Northern California, including
100 from Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, Nevada and San Joaquin counties.
Athletes will compete in 12 sports, including track and field,
aquatics, bocce and tennis."
"Leading HIV/AIDS Research Organization
Affiliates with University of California, Berkeley's DC Campus" at prnewswire.com.
"Two leading institutions
in public health and health policy are joining forces to accelerate
the nation's progress in fighting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C and tuberculosis
in Washington the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research and
the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health."
"UC business prof Tyson gives grim jobs
Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau.
"UC Berkeley business
school professor Laura Tyson, a top economic official in the Clinton
administration who is on the short list to become President Obama's
budget czar, outlined a grim jobs outlook Wednesday that showed
high unemployment continuing through next year.
Deep cutbacks by state governments
such as California have all but obliterated the effect of the
nearly $800 billion federal stimulus enacted last year, she said
at a luncheon sponsored by the center-left New America Foundation."
"New home sales in May collapse" by Eve Mitchell, Contra Costa Times.
"Americans showed far
less appetite for purchasing new homes last month after the government
stopped offering a homebuyer tax credit. The news signaled a renewed
housing slump that threatens the broader economy.
Sales of new homes fell in
May to their lowest level on record, plunging 33 percent from
the previous month. The bleak data followed a report this week
that sales of existing homes dipped, too."
"San Diego utility charges ahead with electric
car plan" at theenergycollective.com.
"With the first mass-market
electric cars set to hit California roads later this year, the
state's utilities have been working to ensure that early adopters
who tend to be clustered in places like Berkeley and Santa
Monica don't overload neighborhood transformers and trigger
One way to do that is to
encourage drivers not to plug in all at the same time, say when
they arrive home from work and also crank up the air conditioning,
is to set variable electricity rates that reward those who wait
to charge until demand falls late at night or the wee hours of
What is unknown is whether
such rates will actually change anyone's behavior.
We're about to find out."
"Are Strikes the Beginning of a New Challenge?"
asks Stanley Lubman at
"The recent wave of
strikes in foreign-owned enterprises in China may surprise many
foreigners, but it is really another chapter in the history of
the struggle by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since 1949 to
define its role in the organization and control of the labor force.
Basic tensions that have marked Chinese labor since the economic
reforms began in 1979, and the latest spurt of labor activism
could evolve into a challenge to the CCP's control over state
and society. Millions of migrant workers could become a powerful
social and political force if they cohered in some fashion to
protest working conditions, low wages, and, possibly, other sources
of grievances. At the moment, it is too early to tell either what
challenges labor activism might generate beyond protests at individual
enterprises, or what strategy the CCP might devise to quiet the
our Judi Quan
has just been to Rio, more
photos to follow
Kimar and Richards food find
of the Summer is Larrysfarm stand, details this week.
Both Kimar and Richards are
food enthusiasts. Kimar was a Buttercup Bakery manager, Cal dorm
food manager and is an excellent cook and Richards was one of
the Buttercup owners and originator of the famous Buttercup Carrot
Cake. Richards food sense is extraordianry, able, after one or
two tastes to accurately construct a recipe.
"Travel calendar" from
Bay Area News Group.
in Nature: Exploring the Sierra with Naturalist John Muir Laws
- 7-8:30 p.m. June 29, REI, 1338 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley and
June 30, REI, 213 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. Attend
an illustrated lecture by John Muir Laws on the relationships
between plants and animals that you're likely to encounter on
a hike in the Sierra. 510-527-4140, www.rei.com/berkeley and 415-927-1938,
Kubik emails his and Carol's
favorite series and movies
I think our favorite series
so far have been -in more or less this order:
Slings and Arrows
Six Feet Under
Rumpole of the Bailey
The 7up,14up,21up,28up,35up,42up series
Prime Suspect and the Inspector
Morris series were very good
and we have seen many of them.
movies we recommend:
House of Cards - which is
Good Fellows - which laid the basis for The Sopranos
Burn after Reading - comedy
Julie and Julia
Milk and The Time of Harvey Milk - documentary
Tortilla Soup - very funny food and cooking
Like Water for Chocolate
The Crime Fighters,
the book our Chief Meehan recommends is the basis of the well
reviewed series The
District, soon available on DVD.RP
"New graffiti detectors help police curb
taggers" by Karl
Fischer, Contra Costa Times.
"'Mr. Pie' wants his
At least, Pinole police Officer
Andrew Decker assumes so. "Mr. Pie" showed great care
in decorating the backpack with his nickname before discarding
it in a muddy trench beneath an overpass on San Pablo Avenue.
'Mr. Pie' also left his skateboard, lying nearby amid empty spray
'I think we might have interrupted
somebody,' Decker said.
He would know. Decker spends
much of his work life searching out-of-the-way nooks for 'Mr.
Pie' and all his pals, who tag their nicknames as much as possible
over every flat surface within reach of their permanent markers.
They cost Pinole thousands in maintenance bills every year.
But a new gadget may help
curb that problem, if Decker's early returns are any indication:
The Merlin anti-graffiti sensor, which detects graffiti as the
vandal applies it, and alerts the police.
Decker's pager buzzes whenever
the hidden devices trip. They rarely misidentify lawful activity
as vandalism in the monitored spots, he says, and only once failed
to detect graffiti.
'Before the sensors went
in, I was getting new cases every weekend,' said Decker, who investigates
all graffiti cases for his department. 'Within four hours of installation,
I got a hit. I was like, "This can't be right." '
It was. Officers nabbed a
14-year-old from Fairfield minutes later, clambering out from
an overpass where Pinole Shores Drive crosses above rail lines.
A dozen more arrests followed since April 2009, and now Decker's
pager buzzes far less.
Reports of graffiti vandalism
in Pinole dropped from 85 in 2008 to 48 in 2009, the year Pinole
added the devices. So far this year, Decker worked only 10 cases."
"When Capitalism Meets Cannabis" is report at nytimes.com.
"Anyone who thinks
it would be easy to get rich selling marijuana in a state where
it's legal should spend an hour with Ravi Respeto, manager of
the Farmacy, an upscale dispensary here that offers Strawberry
Haze, Hawaiian Skunk and other strains of Cannabis sativa at up
to $16 a gram.
She will harsh your mellow.
'No M.B.A. program could
have prepared me for this experience,' she says, wearing a cream-colored
smock made of hemp. 'People have this misconception that you just
jump into it and start making money hand over fist, and that is
not the case.'
Since this place opened in
January, it's been one nerve-fraying problem after another. Pot
growers, used to cash-only transactions, are shocked to be paid
with checks and asked for receipts. And there are a lot of unhappy
surprises, like one not long ago when the Farmacy learned that
its line of pot-infused beverages could not be sold nearby in
Denver. Officials there had decided that any marijuana-tinged
consumables had to be produced in a kitchen in the city. "
"Out-of-staters seek stake in dispensaries" is a story at kjonline.com.
Maine's new medical marijuana
law has two key conditions for those who want to open one of the
state's first dispensaries. Operators have to be Maine residents,
and they have to register as nonprofits.
Neither condition, however,
has kept investors and entrepreneurs from coming from outside
the state to be part of the new industry.
Several of the groups that
applied for operating licenses last week are led by recent arrivals
from California or other states where they learned the medical
marijuana business. One group with California connections even
hopes to open five of the state's eight dispensaries and, to improve
its odds, hired the Augusta lobbyist who helped write Maine's
new law. Local applicants say they've been called by investors
from around the country who want to help finance the dispensaries."
"Fire in dorm at University of California
at Berkeley evacuates 200 students" at bellinghamherald.com.
"A three-alarm fire
on the University of California at Berkeley campus early Saturday
morning slightly injured two students and forced 200 students
out of an eight-story residential dormitory, fire and school officials
Two students were taken to
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley with minor smoke
inhalation, said Jeff Urdahl, UC-Berkeley director for housing
"UC researchers struggle to obtain better
wages" Nanette Asimov,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"The University of California
has long defended the lucrative salaries it pays to its leaders
and top-flight faculty researchers, saying that multi-hundred-thousand-dollar
paychecks are necessary to attract the world's best brains.
But thousands of scientific
researchers at UC now say they can't extract a living wage from
the university, and even Congress has gotten involved.
Known as "postdocs"
because they are in the phase of their career that typically follows
a doctorate, more than 6,000 researchers formed a labor union
in November 2008 and began negotiating their first contract with
A year and a half later,
they have no contract."
"Modern Tamil literature's resonance akin
to Sangam's, says expert" is
a report at hindu.com.
"Modern Tamil literature
has the resonance and power of words that the Sangam literature
possessed, according to George L. Hart, Professor of Tamil language,
University of California, Berkeley, United States.
Just as the Sangam literature
had mirrored the lives of people, modern writing in Tamil too
had the ability to describe human conditions,
Professor Hart told delegates
of the World Classical Tamil Conference on Saturday, expressing
his admiration over the continuity in Tamil literary traditions.
Delivering a lecture on the
uniqueness of classical Tamil here in the presence of Chief Minister
M. Karunanidhi and Finance Minister K. Anbazhagan, among others,
the 65-year-old scholar, now involved in making annotated translations
with extensive introduction of 'Akananooru' and 'Paitruppattu,'
said the Sangam literature's influence could be seen in the subsequent
literary creations of Nammazhwar and Kamban."
"Fleeing Suspect Fatally Shot By Berkeley
Police" is a KTVU-TV
"A suspect fleeing from
police was stopped on a Berkeley street late Monday night and
killed when he pointed a weapon at the pursuing officers during
a foot chase, authorities said.
According to police, the
incident began in neighboring Albany when officers tried to stop
the suspect in his car. He fled the scene, racing into Berkeley.
'It was our understanding
he had fled from the scene of a crime,' Berkeley Police spokeswoman
Sgt. Mary Kusmiss told KTVU. 'The car that he was driving was
in a hit-and-run and involved in other potential crimes.'
He abandoned his car near
at San Pablo and Jones Street and fled into the neighborhood with
Albany and Berkeley officers giving chase.
'The suspect fled from a
car they had been chasing,' Berkeley Police spokeswoman Sgt. Mary
Kusmiss told KTVU. 'BPD officers confronted the suspect near 8th
and Camelia. The suspected posed a threat to the officers and
at least two officers opened fire. That suspect is dead.' "
"Jack Stat" is a story at nymag.com
Jack Maple rewrote the book on fighting crime-with maps and statistics."
"Oddly-Named Natural History Shop Concerns
Wives" is at
"One innocent little
shop in Berkeley, California, is causing big problems with wives.
The Bone Room is a natural
history store that sells fossils, taxidermy, and other artifacts
from eons past and offers classes on subjects relating to ancient
times and creatures.
However, the name of the
shop is somewhat misleading.
Spokeswoman Erin Kerrigan
says, 'About once a month we get a call, usually from a wife who's
very concerned after getting their phone or credit card bill.'
Tenants of Steven and Michael
Goldin are featured in
"Startups hum amid music-business blues" a story
in the San Francisco Business Times by Patrick Hoge.
"The music industry
is looking for an answer to the digital piracy that has decimated
Two Bay Area startups think
they've found part of the answer.
The two are already selling
mobile access to vast libraries on the Internet as speculation
mounts about whether Apple and Google are preparing to introduce
web streaming services of their own.
Skype Technologies' founders
unveiled San Francisco-based subscription service Rdio this month.
Meanwhile, MOG founder and
CEO David Hyman thinks his Berkeley company, which added a subscription
streaming music service to its blogging and advertising services
in December, has the jump on the competition.
'We're not messing around
here, dude,' said Hyman as he proudly showed off features of his
music service, which sells online access to 8 million licensed
tracks for $5 a month and will soon release a mobile and desktop
application for $10 a month.
Amidst a decade-long slide
in revenue driven by digital piracy, the global music industry
is casting desperately about for ways to get consumers to pay
for legal content.
People will pay, Hyman hopes,
for unlimited, on-demand access to streaming music, as well as
high tech tools for finding music, like fast search technology,
social network integration, customizable listening channels, and
playable song lists created by regular users and famous artists
Equally important will be
easy mobile access, said Hyman, who was previously CEO of the
Emeryville music data company Gracenote, which Sony bought for
$260 million in 2008.
Hyman expects to release
an iPhone application in weeks, with an Android version to follow.
He hopes the iPhone will be transformative, as it was for Pandora
Media, the popular ad-supported streaming "radio" company
MOG's mobile applications
will even allow people to download songs onto their phone for
replay offline as long as accounts stay current."
We had lunch Sunday at the
newly reopened Marin Sun Farms Cafe by the Green Bridge in
Point Reyes Station.
It was terrific: a big hamburger,
(at least half a pound), of their local, grass fed
beef with their own bacon, and cheese on a great bun; and a Caesar
salad the way they should
They also have lamb burgers,
goat burgers and French fries fried in hog fat!
And they have a butcher case
with their grass fed meat, chicken and eggs.
The only problem is that
the Cafe is only open, so far, 12:00 to 4:00 Wednesday thru Sunday.
Their place is where the
old Chez Madelaine used to be some years ago. Chris and
Anthony Sulnier owners of
900 GRAYSON are the grandsons of Rodger and Madelaine -
the proprietors of Chez Madelaine. As kids, the Sulniers
Marin Sun Farms Cafe has
real local food--the Marin Sun Farms ranch is on Pierce Point
Road just before you get
to Abbott's lagoon.
"The Morning Benders: Big Echo" is a review at musicremedy.com.
"The morning benders
new album, Big Echo, opens with the warm crackle and pop of a
needle hitting vinyl, before the swooning orchestration sweeps
in and carries you away to a time when life was more carefree
and natural. A lush, big-hearted collection of songs rooted in
the greatest traditions of American songwriting, Big Echo incorporates
symphonic pop, a Wall of Sound production aesthetic, and sunny
harmonies as told from the point of view of 4 kids in their early
20's from Berkeley, California."
"Reboot Your Brain and Get Smarter With
a Midday Nap" is
a story at huffingtonpost.com.
"Pop quiz: What can
make you smarter in as little as 20 minutes, costs nothing, and
you must do with your eyes closed?
One of my favorite topics
is the benefits of napping. I can't get enough of studies that
confirm that a so-called 'biphasic sleep' sleep schedule--sleeping
in two spurts during the 24-hour day, which typically means sleeping
at night and then taking a siesta in the afternoon--is an ideal
way to keep your brain sharp, be prepared to learn new things
and feel refreshed. No wonder some of our most historic brains
are noted fans of napping . . . "
"Implementation of Health Care Reform Act"
"Budget cuts are chipping
away at California's healthcare system, just as the state begins
to implement the first round of the federal Health Care Reform
Among the benefits taking
effect: $250 checks started going out this month to seniors caught
in the donut hole of Medicare Advantage Part D."
Penndorf The Great and The
rehearsing his magic act,
before even The Day
Has this provided me with
the experience needed for my soon-to-be-launched investigative-reporter
Hmm, . . . I look happy.
Potter Creek's Tippett
Studios did the werewolves computer graphics in the new Twilight
KGO-TV reports "Police
fatally shoot suspect after chase in Berkeley" with text
Our Berkeley Police Department
spokeswoman Mary Kusmiss says BPD is hiring three new officers
and has had over 1000 applications. She also mentions BPD is preparing
for mutual aid with Oakland at the Berkeley/Oakland border.
"Tax credits lure California hybrid company
to Colorado" sustainablebusinessoregon.com.
"A Berkeley, Calif.-based
company that works with plug-in hybrid electric vehicles plans
to expand to Boulder solely because the Colorado Legislature passed
a tax break on the cars last year.
Daniel Sherwood is co-founder
of 3Prong Power Inc., which installs lithium battery packs that
convert hybrid vehicles into electric vehicles for part of their
operating time. He said he hopes that an 85 percent tax credit
on the types of converters he installs will generate significant
business. No other state offers a tax break on plug-in hybrid
electric vehicles that approaches Colorado's, he said."
"PACE Financing Derailed by Fannie and
Freddie" is a story
"We've been following
the development of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing
here on SustainableBusiness.com for the last few years.
Originating in Berkeley,
California, PACE financing allows homeowners to pay for energy
efficiency retrofits or renewable power systems through an assessment
to their local property tax bill.
The program allows the cost
of the system to remain with the home, if the owner sells--the
new owner takes over the payments.
The idea is spreading quickly
across the country, with 22 states clearing the way for local
communities to provide the up-front funding through bonds. On
the federal level the Obama administration provided $100 million
in recovery funding to PACE.
But it has all come to a
halt due to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored
mortgage-finance corporations that were at the center of the mortgage
crisis that helped trigger economic meltdown in 2008."
"Funder grants $5.6M to 11 Bay Area affordable
housing projects" San
Francisco Business Times , Blanca
"Eleven affordable housing
projects in the Bay Area will receive a total of $5.6 million
in grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco's Affordable
"State Workers, Long Resistant, Accept
Cuts in Pension Benefits"
unions, trying to avoid furloughs and layoffs, are accepting less-generous
pension benefits for current workers and retirees, often for the
first time in years.
In California, where Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he wouldn't sign a budget without
a pension-fund overhaul, his office on Monday announced tentative
contract agreements with two unions, following two years of wrangling
over benefit cuts. Earlier this month, four unions agreed to similar
tentative contracts. The agreements would potentially curtail
benefits to 37,000 workers."
from my log
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.
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.
in warehouse front with "chlorine" odor. 4:36 PM--irritant
in front room, dry heavy air, wear respirator.
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 7:20
AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, heavy burning air, eyes, ear,
nose, mouth irritation like swimming in pool with too much chlorine,
in front of warehouse, heavy dry burning air. itchy skin, watery
eyes, leave. 11:24 AM---irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
front of warehouse, heavy dry burning air. itchy skin, watery
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
"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.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
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Our City Council update is
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Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
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.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
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