after 6/16/14 here after 6/24/14 here

"Researchers Build New Batteries That Charge Instantly And Hold Hours Of Juice" techcrunch.com.

"In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.

OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae's possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam Freeman says this new kind of battery, the one he's working on, could power even a Tesla. And he says it could do it 200X greater than the current lithium-based battery used today.

He's created a research company called al GAS that aims to prove just that.

Freeman says the algae battery also charges faster and lasts longer than current ion batteries used in, say, your cell phone, iPad or a Tesla. As Freeman explains, paper-thin fibers in algae provide an easier surface for ions to get through, resulting in a charge in as little as 11 seconds, not minutes or hours."


















"Berkeley Lab Study Highlights Growing Energy Impact of Internet Video Streaming" einnews.com.

"How much CO2 was emitted when you streamed that movie from Netflix last night? It's a question few people think about, but now researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have analyzed the energy usage of home movie viewing. They found that transmitting the bytes across the Internet accounts for the bulk of energy usage and emissions when streaming videos.

In 2011, the year that they studied, Americans streamed 3.2 billion hours of video, which consumed 25 petajoules of energy (enough to power about 175,000 U.S. households for one year) and emitted 1.3 billion kilograms of CO2. More than half of the energy usage went to data transmission, according to the study by Arman Shehabi of Berkeley Lab and Ben Walker and Eric Masanet of Northwestern University. Their study, 'The energy and greenhouse-gas implications of internet video streaming in the United States,' was published online recently in Environmental Research Letters."







"But I think about the Demon Lover . . . all the time."




Persian Dance Class

Afsaneh Dance Academy ­ Persian Dance Class Beginning/Intermediate Level Taught by Hannah Romanowsky, Principal Dancer with Ballet Afsaneh

Explore the beauty of Persian dance and music while building a foundation for movement of all types. $16 ­ Drop ins Welcome All levels welcome. Complete beginners will be warmly welcomed, and experienced dancers will have a chance to solidify and review basics of musicality and develop a personal style.

Ongoing class ­ Monday evenings 7 ­ 8:30pm at 8th Street Dance Studios. 2525 8th St, Berkeley CA 94710



















"Berkeley Judaica Store Now Serving Sushi" yeahthatskosher.com.

"Afikomen Judaica in Berkeley, CA has started selling fresh kosher sushi on Thursday and Friday made by L'Chaim Sushi of San Francisco, kosher certified by Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California. "







"Colors, the Blue and the Green"

"One of the best color optical illusions I have ever seen" Bob Kubik








"Printed guns 'bigger danger to user" independent.co.uk.

"The first widely distributed 3D-printed gun poses more danger to the shooter than their intended victim, according to tests by Britain's leading forensics unit dealing with gun crime.

The gun ­ known as the Liberator and developed by a US libertarian group ­ has suffered failures ranging from the minor to the 'catastrophic' during a dozen test firings by UK experts. In only a few of the tests would the 'victim' have been killed. "











"Tobacco Gets a Makeover as New Source for Biofuel" science.kqed.org.

"Peggy Lemaux, a University of California-Berkeley biologist, has engineered tobacco plants so they produce oil for biofuel directly in their leaves. Photo courtesy University of California-Berkeley

Tobacco is about to get a facelift. As a key ingredient in cigarettes, the plant contributes to gum disease, emphysema and cancer. This has led to a decline in cigarette sales and tobacco production in the United States over the past 25 years. But one research team thinks tobacco could provide a societal benefit by becoming a new source for biofuel."






"UC Botanical Garden readies for rare, spectacular Puya raimondii flowering" Kathleen Maclay, UC Media Relations.


"If you're on the lookout for a special experience, the UC Botanical Garden has just the ticket. Its endangered Puya raimondii, a flowering plant not-so-modestly known as the Queen of the Andes, is in the process of producing a giant bloom that could shoot 30 feet high and feature up to 30,000 flowers. Its dramatic life cycle change happens in the wild only every 80 to 100 years."








"Target to test downsized store near University of Minnesota" Steve Alexander, Star Tribune.

"Guess who's coming to Dinkytown: A small, experimental TargetExpress store will be a new attempt to compete in urban areas."

















"Advanced Narrative Writing" journalism.berkeley.edu.

"News is news: 'Top Cop to Wed Mobster Moll,' 'U.S., Canada Declare War,' 'J-School Lecturer Nabbed in Embezzlement Scam.' A reader will read to the end of such a story no matter how badly it's written. But how do you attract the attention of a busy, distracted reader to a story that doesn't contain such a revelation? That's the art of narrative writing. It's an art which requires not only accurate, conscientious reporting, but carefully thinking out your storytelling strategy. Good storytelling is the foundation of catching people's attention in film, radio, TV and other media as well, but in this course we will work with the older medium of the written word.

If you want your readers to stay with you for a newspaper feature story or a full-length magazine piece, you have to learn what good storytellers have been doing for thousands of years to make people sit up and listen."







"Berkeley Mystery Hunt returns" dailycal.org.

"If spending 12 consecutive hours solving puzzles and running all over the UC Berkeley campus sounds like fun to you, look no further - the Berkeley Mystery Hunt is the perfect event for you. Returning to the campus on July 12, the Berkeley Mystery Hunt is back for its fourth year. "







"ABC Arborists at UC Berkeley Campus" 510families.com.

"Join myself and local arborist, Matthew Hughes, as we scout out trees in order of the alphabet - we have one for every letter! The tour is 4 sessions long to get all the trees. Registered kids will get a sketchbook to mark impressions, make observational drawings, do crayon rubbings, etc. Each page has an illustration of each tree and it's name/letter. I will facilitate the group's embodied experience at each stop."


"Exclusive: Wasp bores into fruit with metallic 'drill bit' " sciencerecorder.com.

"To lay her eggs, the female parasitic fig wasp has to pierce the tough skin of unripe figs."







"Irish Dancing at the Starry Plough" villagecraft.org.

"Come and join us every Monday night at the Starry Plough Pub for a traditional Irish Dance and Music Session. Ceili dancers shall be accompanied by musicians with fiddles, flutes, and dulcimers! The lesson will be hosted by John Slaymaker.

Drop ins welcome!
7pm Dance Lessons
9pm Open Dancing til midnight!
$5 donation is suggested (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Monday Jun 9 8:00pm
3101 Shattuck AvenueSouth BerkeleyBerkeley"






"Berkeley's Moveable Feast . A restaurant tour focused on locally sourced food showcases the culinary highlights of downtown Berkeley" Zaineb Mohammed, eastbayexpress.com.

"When Marissa LaMagna moved to Berkeley about fifteen years ago, she noticed a lot of empty storefronts in the downtown area. Slowly, she saw the area revitalize. 'I watched this resurgence of downtown becoming an epicurean epicenter,' she said.

Having worked on farms in Vermont and Ohio when she was in her twenties, LaMagna had been a longtime advocate for the farm-to-table movement and was inspired by restaurants like Gather, whose owners are committed to locally sourcing their food. In 2008, she founded Bay Area Green Tours, which focuses on local green businesses, and collaborated with Gather's owners on hosting a breakfast at their restaurant, followed by tours of farms from which the food came. In 2011, following the opening of more sustainability focused restaurants, LaMagna decided to start a small restaurant tour called the Moveable Feast, in which attendees could sample food at a few restaurants while talking with the chefs and learning about where their food comes from.

The next tour, organized to coincide with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies conference (of which the Express is a sponsor), will take place on Tuesday, June 10."









"Cal finds little company in push to cut subsidies" usatoday.com.

"The University of California-Berkeley's dramatic, sustained decrease in its subsidization of its athletics program during a recent three-year period may well be replicable by other NCAA Division I schools.

But none has done it.

According to Cal athletics director Sandy Barbour and the campus' vice chancellor for administration and finance, John Wilton, none has even asked Cal officials how they did it."










"Chef Jeremiah Tower finds third act in Mexico" by Michael Weissenstein, AP.

"Jeremiah Tower plunged through the seafood aisles of this city's central covered market, wrinkling his nose at a pile of limp grey sharks before his gaze landed on a pair of plump and glistening freshly caught octopus.

The man who once ran two of America's most famous kitchens popped his first purchase into a monogrammed tote bag, then moved on to find the rest of lunch - bright orange chilies, brown beans, radishes, black blood sausage and a thick slab of Yucatecan pork belly fried crisp in its own fat.

Finally, he ate a late breakfast of cochinita pibil - the famous shredded pork slow-roasted in orange juice - and tender chunks of suckling pig topped with crackling pieces of fried skin'

'I'm 100 percent satisfied and it cost me $3,' he declared. Making food like this is 'all I ever tried to do," he said.

Tower made his name during the '70s at Alice Waters' Chez Panisse, the famed Berkeley, California, restaurant that helped spawn a fresh-local renaissance in American cooking. He later became one of the first modern celebrity chefs at Stars, a San Francisco brasserie he says grossed $9 million a year serving cornmeal blinis and truffled lobster to Luciano Pavarotti, Barbra Streisand and other luminaries of '80s and '90s.

Now Tower's third act is underway in the capital of Yucatan, the tropical Gulf Coast state whose richly spiced, fat-laden and pork-heavy Mayan cuisine has produced what Tower calls a handful of world-class dishes. It's a very different life."





"Planting for Profit, and Greater Good" nytimes.com.

Jason Aramburu examining a sensor he developed that monitors the condition of soil in gardens.

"A lemon tree springs from the soil in Jason Aramburu's backyard in Berkeley, Calif., alongside rose bushes, birds of paradise, strawberry plants and squash blossoms. The garden is thriving, but its upkeep requires almost no effort from Mr. Aramburu. Instead, a foot-high soil sensor does much of the work."











"UC Berkeley offers open online course on the science of happiness", Angel Grace Jennings, dailycal.org.

"Online course development may cost more than traditional classes, study finds Newsom lauds online courses at TechCrunch convention School of Information announces new online graduate program

Students around the world will soon be able to study the intricacies behind turning frowns upside down in a new online course to be offered by UC Berkeley this fall.

The online course, called 'The Science of Happiness,' will focus on theories of positive psychology and aim to provide practical lessons for enrolled students. With more than 45,000 students already enrolled, it is included in UC Berkeley's top five most popular massive open online courses, or MOOCs, which are open to anyone with Internet access around the world and offered through the nonprofit online initiative edX."
















West Berkeley's Ryan Bethencourt of Berkeley Biolabs

 has been selected to run the Life Sciences Competition for the X-Prize  bringing more action to our West Berkeley Aquatic Park Community.

This is a BIG DEAL!





"Innovate Berkeley " berkeleystartupcluster.com.

"Dinner with Melanie Nutter, June 12, 2014 6:30 pm.

At this monthly dinner, we gather thought leaders and change makers to share ideas about Bay Area innovation and eat delicious, local cuisine. Innovate Berkeley is co-sponsored by Impact Hub Berkeley, the City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development, the Berkeley Startup Cluster, and the Urban Innovation Exchange.

This month our guest is Melanie Nutter, former Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment. Nutter led the Department which helps San Franciscans take an active role in protecting the urban environment, conducts outreach on sustainable practices, and runs programs promoting zero waste, green building, climate and energy, toxics reduction and clean transportation. Now she has launched Nutter Consulting which provides sustainability strategy development for cities, foundations and companies. " 







"Solar Energy Breakthrough Could Drop Consumer Price" nasdaq.com.

"You can put a solar panel on the roof of your house, but it won't be efficient unless you're willing to pay more. But a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley says that may be a thing of the past.

Ali Javey, a Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, reports finding a far less expensive way to make more powerful semiconductors, which reduces the cost of high-efficiency solar cells, perhaps to the cost level of conventional solar cells."






"West Berkeley residents complain of 'toxic fumes' " Melissa Wen, dailycal.org.

"West Berkeley residents are once again demanding more city action on complaints of emissions from a nearby asphalt plant, following a decades-long struggle between Berkeley industry and its residential neighbors.

Residents of the Oceanview neighborhood and surrounding area held a press conference Monday in front of City Hall, where they announced their submission of a Public Records Act request asking for proof of whether the city has taken action to mitigate impacts of the Berkeley asphalt plant, which is owned by Lehigh Hanson. Specifically, residents have asked for records regarding a 1999 settlement agreement which ordered the city to monitor efforts by the company to reduce noise, odors and other alleged nuisances.

Some improvement occurred after the settlement, but problems have picked up again in the last five years, according to Terry Terteling, who has lived in the area for more than 30 years. At the press conference, residents complained of 'toxic fumes' from the plant."










"Berkeley mayor suggests regional minimum wage plan to Oakland, East Bay leaders" liveworkoakland.com.

"Campaigns by fast food workers, Walmart employees and unions appear to be having an effect, as cities across the country scramble to raise local minimum wages. Seattle just jumped out front, with a $15.00 minimum wage; San Francisco may join in, if a measure to raise that city's minimum wage from $10.74 to $15.00 makes it to the November ballot. The City of Richmond recently voted to raise its minimum to $12.30.

Oakland may soon be matched by Berkeley, which is considering a law linking its minimum wage to the rate in the Oakland ballot measure. Unlike Oakland, Berkeley would phase in its increase and allow some exemptions. By October 1, 2016, the Berkeley wage would rise to $12.53 to match Oakland's rate, after cost of living increases.

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has called for an East Bay regional minimum wage, an idea endorsed by business owners at a recent Oakland Chamber of Commerce breakfast on the topic. Bates has reached out to officials in cities around the East Bay, including Oakland, suggesting this approach."








"2 Hurt In Berkeley Shooting" cbslocal.com.

"Berkeley police are investigating a shooting in the area of Russell and California streets Wednesday afternoon that left two people injured.

Police were called to the area yesterday just after 4:30 p.m. when multiple 911 callers reported gunshots, according to police Officer Jennifer Coats.
Responding officers were told of one victim, and located a second at the scene, Coats said.

One victim is a 21-year-old male, the second a male, possibly around 18 years old, Coats said.

Both were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No arrests have been made and no suspect information was made available."

















"Vinyl gets its groove back: Record sales tripled since 2008" cbsnews.com.

" In the era of iTunes and streaming apps, vinyl records are making a triumphant return. Anthony Mason reports on how the unique sound is coming full circle."




our Vinyl 

is here

 Khachaturian, Aram. Gayne Ballet Suite. Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich. Romeo and Juliet; Fantasy Overture (c1880). London Symphony. Antal Dorati, conductor. Wilma Cozart, recording director. C.R. Fine, recording engineer. Harold Lawrence, music supervisor. George Piros, tape-to-disc transfer. Mercury Living Presence SR 90209 (c1961). Codes: SR-90209A-RFR-1 P17 / SR-90209B-RFR-2 P13. 1st Label. New Disq Graded 93/94. Inner Sleeve 98. Cover 98. Please write for the price of this record. (1a)(2a)(3b)(4a)(4e)(4g)(4p)(5b). For this record Maestro gives us lyrical, rolling performances-yet ones that are filled with taught energy. Side-one is mostly rollicking, frolicking good fun, but side-two is filled with pathos and bitter-sweet beauty. This record is sleeved in the original issue jacket which is one of Mercury's most stunning covers and the disq was manufactured to the highest standards at Mercury's own facility. Altogether this is a very collectible production. (Despite the fact that these works were recorded in two different halls a year apart, the sonic images are remarkably alike. Wembley Town Hall, the setting for the Gayne sessions on June 15, 1960, resembles Watford Town Hall [where Romeo and Juliet was recorded on June 20, 1959] in size and acoustical properties. Along with Walthamstow Town Hall, these halls were regarded by the Mercury team as the finest recording halls in Greater London.) H.L. Ex Ronald Penndorf.













"Pyramid Brewery Beer Bingo" funcheap.com.

"Come by Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley on the first Monday of the month to drink beer, play bingo and win prizes.
It's free to play, but it is first come, first serve, so grab your friends and get there early to get a seat and a bingo board.

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, FREE
Pyramid Alehouse, Berkeley, 901 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA"




"Martin Scorsese Presents" msz.gov.pl.

"Martin Scorsese Presents 'Masterpieces of Polish Cinema' at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive - from June 14th till August 21st, 2014

Screenings to be held at PFA Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Between College and Telegraph, Berkeley, CA 94720."






"The Future Of Robotics by Nick Yang, China's Iconic Angel Investor" meetup.com.

"Nick Yang, President of YAILA (Young Angel Investor Leader's Association, graduated from Stanford with a master's degree in electrical engineering, and became the youngest Chinese CEO of a NASDAQ listed company. This Sunday, Mr. Yang will share his vision of robotics with insightful entrepreneurs and engineers: Why everyone will absolutely embrace robots like they embrace mobile internet now. Attendants will also have the opportunities to communicate with Mr. Yang regarding their own entrepreneurial endeavors.

Sunday, June 15, 2014, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, Room 221, Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720."




"This author captures the identity crisis many immigrants face" pri.org.

"Kathryn Ma's debut novel captures the confusion many immigrant adoptees face. In 'The Year She Left Us,' an 18-year-old Chinese girl, adopted into a Chinese American family, struggles to understand her identity.

'Ari is adopted as a Chinese orphan into a Chinese American family,' says Ma. 'People tell her, "Oh, you're lucky! You've been adopted into a Chinese American family, so it should be easier for you.' '' But she doesn't feel lucky. She's very confused, in fact, about her identity and how she should feel about her origins as a child left by her birth parents."










"Hayward man arrested for shooting that injured two in South Berkeley" mercurynews.com.

"A 21-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a shooting that afternoon in a South Berkeley neighborhood that injured two men, a police spokeswoman said.

The shooting was reported at about 4:30 p.m. near the corner of Russell and California streets, police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said.
Officers arriving found a 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. They were taken to a hospital and are expected to survive their injuries, Coats said.

Police later arrested Charles Wood, 21, of Hayward. Coats said that investigators are still determining his exact involvement in the shooting.

Police are actively looking for other suspects but Coats could not provide any descriptions. "






a regular reader emails

Hi Ron,

Here is a great story about a young family friend who's raising money for a worthy cause, KhodeUp. We've known Ming and her family for eleven years, since she and my son were in Kindergarten at Jefferson together.

Ming's project is extraordinary, especially in its focus on helping others help themselves... and any support any of your like-minded readers can give to this local effort can be made through indiegogo...

KhodeUp aims to empower Cambodian teens by providing computer science education, laptops, and improving the Internet connection.




Cal Day has already passed this year--it was April 12th--but this compact 36 second video captures Cal well. Check it out!











a message from our Founder

This week I will be listing at Kickstarter and accepting donations toward our operating expenses. In the 12 years of our existence we have financed our site totally out of pocket. If you would like to contribute before our Kickstarter account becomes active you may do so  through Paypal by sending funds to ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

Currently our site receives 1.5 to 2 million hits per year world wide, . . .  but continues to grow! Soon I am hoping to do video features including interviews--these will be posted on youtube and linked through our "almost" daily posts.






"Grocery Outlet up for sale for more than $1 billion: sources" Mike Stone and Soyoung Kim, reuters.com.

"Discount supermarket chain Grocery Outlet is exploring a sale that is expected to value the bargain retailer at more than $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

Grocery Outlet's private-equity owner, Berkshire Partners LLC, has hired Barclays and Goldman Sachs to run a sale process for the Berkeley, California-based food market chain, the people said on Monday.

Grocery Outlet bets on U.S. consumer frugality in lean economic times, offering about half off traditional supermarket prices by selling manufacturers' excess inventory.

All the people asked not to be named because the matter is not public. Representatives for Grocery Outlet and Goldman Sachs did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Berkshire Partners and Barclays declined to comment."










In a bit over the top,Terry Terteling writes in letter to the Daily Cal editor"Residents of West Berkeley still fuming over services.

The shallowness of the recent news article describing the conflict between neighborhood residents and the massive Lehigh Hanson Asphalt Plant in West Berkeley was deeply disappointing. A few quotes from opposing sides, mixed with the self-serving platitudes from local politicians, did not result in a meaningful story.
The article totally avoids a simple basic truth at the heart of this matter - perhaps because that truth threatens our city's self-righteous air of superiority as we continually congratulate ourselves for being at the forefront of the 'Green Revolution.' The truth is that Berkeley has a dirty little secret. We believe that for more than 50 years, our city's powerful elite in their Downtown lairs have knowingly allowed two huge industrial sites to destroy the health and quality of life of thousands of people.

The toxic emissions that spew from Pacific Steel and Berkeley Asphalt are significant and well-documented, as are the blatant failures of California's Air Resources Board to control them. The haze of chemical-laden dust and fumes that spreads over the homes and workplaces of thousands of people in Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito and beyond causes untold hardship and suffering, but we are told this travesty must be tolerated because - in the words of West Berkeley Councilmember Linda Maio - these companies provide 'vital services.' Exactly what 'vital services' beyond the hefty tax contributions to the city's bottomless coffers and election-time handouts from powerful unions can possibly justify this devil's bargain?
Yours in struggle,
Terry Terteling





from our log

6/6/14--210 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front room, hacking cough. Similar all AM and PM at regular intervals. 5:23 PM---dry dirty air in front of warehouse. 5:29 PM--similar in warehouse front room. 9:36 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front room, hacking cough. 9:56 PM--similar. 10:14 PM--similar. 10:30 PM--similar with SERIOUS hacking cough. 10:47 PM--similar. 10:54 PM--Marsha similar

6/7/14--2:51 AM--similar, SERIOUS hacking cough. 4:00 AM--Marsha similar. 11:16 AM--similar. 11:23 AM--Marsha similar. All told, worst in recent memory! 4:10 PM--similar. Marsha similar with dry mouth, cracked lips, watery eyes. 4:37 PM--dry dirty air in wareh ouse front room, hacking cough. 7:05 PM--dry dirty air in front of warehouse with "hot plastic" odor. 10:01 PM--VERY SERIOUS dry dirty air in front of warehouse.

6/10/14--7:20 AM--STRONG dry dirty air in warehouse front room, hacking cough. 7:58 AM--similar. 8:04 AM--warehouse work area not habitable. 5:15 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front room, hacking cough.

24/7 dry dirty air at regular intervals.

6/11/14--1:40 PM--dry dirty air in front of warehouse and in warehouse front room, wear respirator. 2:33 PM--similar. 2:54 PM--similar burning. 3:03 PM--similar burning SERIOUS. 5:45 PM--similar. 6:00 PM--similar.

6/12/14--7:02 PM--STRONG dry dirty air in front of warehouse and in warehouse front room, overrides HEPA filters, wear respirator.8:32 PM--similar. ~9:15 PM to ~10:00PM--similar, intermitted, irregular.

6/13/14--5:40 AM to 5:50 AM--HEAVY dry dirty air in warehouse front room, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough, Marsha similar, wear respirator.

6/14/14==4:06--STRONG dry dirty air in warehouse front room, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough. Only apparent immediately surrounding activity, worker Tom Adams at neighboring manufacture, Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass. 4:20 PM--similar. 7:00PM--similar. 10:00 PM--VERY HEAVY dry dirty air, overides HEPA filters, SERIOUS hacking cough,wear respirator. 10:30 PM--same. 10:45 PM--similar.



The "dry air" humidity during these incidents is often in the 30s, dropping from the 50s.



6/15/14--5:50 AM--dry dirty air in front of warehouse and in warehouse front, overrides HEPA filters, wear respirator. 1:-07 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front room, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough, humidity dropped from mid 50s to low 40s. 5:00 PM--similar. Late afternoon--off-and-on. 6:00 PM--similar. 9:54 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front room, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough. 10:00 PM--similar. 10:15 PM--similar. 10:50 PM--similar. 11:15 PM--similar.

6/16/14--12:45 AM--similar. 2:35 AM--similar. 3:30 AM--similar. 5:30 AM--similar. 8:50 AM--similar.













eternally useful links

You can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.



Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

If you ever need to get a human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc., this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get you to a human being within a few seconds.




Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here




Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.



All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

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

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

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