Tesla Owner Elon Musk to Make Patents Public

Elon Musk is looking to change the world. The man is the closest thing there is to a real life Tony Stark, the character played by Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man, and partially based on Musk.

On Thursday, the Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO announced that he has opened up the Palo Alto electric car company's patents to all. In a seemingly altruistic move, Musk reasoned that the opening up of the patents to the industry will allow for the acceleration of the development of electric vehicles, which Musk believes will benefit everyone.



A look at how the World of Patenting began

On March 26th this year, the USPTO marked the issuance of the 700,000th design patent during a ceremony. The patent was for an ornamental design for a "Hand-Held Learning Apparatus" and was issued to Jason Avery of Berkeley, California. It is currently assigned to Leap Frog Enterprises, Inc.














French School demolition

of their 9th Street building



Three artist renderings of proposed development on the site

immediately north of the 9th Street campus















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














"UC Berkeley researchers present 3D imaging laser technology at conference" dailycal.org.

"A new development from UC Berkeley researchers aims to make 3D imaging laser technology more accessible by scaling it down to an affordable chip-sized package.

The new 3D imaging system is a collaborative project among professors and graduate students in UC Berkeley's College of Engineering that has been in development since late 2011. Last week, the team presented its work at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in San Jose to hundreds of other experts in the field from around the world.

The system uses LIDAR - a 3D imaging technology that gauges the distance from an object by measuring changes in the wavelengths of reflected laser light. According to the researchers, the system integrates electronics and optics on a single chip and uses the frequency-modulated continuous wave type of LIDAR, which has a frequency that varies linearly with time. This type of laser beam provides high-resolution range and velocity information.





"Hands-On Music Production & Recording Workshop" villagecraft.org.

"Ready to record? Today's tools make high-quality recording and production accessible to anyone. Sculpt a song from scratch, using loops, samples, virtual instruments, real-life instruments, and/or vocals.

This project-based workshop will get you collaborating with others as you swap between being the talent and being the studio tech.

Though we do offer classes for those with no prior musical background, this one is designed for students with some background in any instrument. Students are welcome to bring in their instruments or use the ones provided (see below).
Attendees will walk away with an MP3 of their creation.

The Stark Institute of Music Production is a music school and a fully equipped home studio."







"Entrepreneurship Support at UC-Berkeley Haas" clearadmit.com.

"It's time again our for weekly look at the programs, resources and opportunities that differentiate the leading business schools. Today we take a peek into the Clear Admit School Guide to Haas School of Business, and share an excerpt on the resources offered to students interested in pursuing a career in entrepreneurship.

Aspiring entrepreneurs at Haas can take advantage of a variety of academic and extracurricular resources to support their goals. The school's entrepreneurship offerings are organized by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, which was founded in 1991 to serve as the focus for UC Berkeley's programs in innovation and new enterprise development. " 








"Annie's Misled Investors According to a Recently Filed Class Action" marketwatch.com.

"Shareholder rights law firm Robbins Arroyo LLP announces that an investor of Annie's, Inc. BNNY has filed a federal securities fraud class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  The complaint alleges that the company and certain of its officers and directors violated the Securities Act of 1934 between August 8, 2013 and June 3, 2014. Annie's is a producer, marketer, and distributor of over 135 organic meals, snacks, and condiments. "   






"The New Hot Or Not: Like Tinder, But Just For Fun" forbes.com.

"Before there was Tinder or OK Cupid, before there was Facebook or MySpace, there was AmIHotOrNot.com. Created in 2000 by two engineering students fresh out of U.C. Berkeley, it hit on a basic human truth all those other services would later exploit: There's something deeply satisfying about judging other people based on their photos.

Later known by the more manageable name Hot or Not, it more or less disappeared with Pets.com, Suck.com and the rest of the Web 1.0 wonders. But now it's back, and looking for its due share of the phenomenon it helped birth.

Hot or Not has changed hands several times over the years, but since 2012, the brand has been the property of Andrey Andreev, a Russian-born megamillionaire and founder of the online dating and networking service Badoo. With more than 200 million users worldwide, Badoo is a big player in Europe and Latin America.

In the U.S., however, it's another story."








Berkeley Police Department Members Particpating in Special Olympics Torch Run

Each year, members of BPD volunteer their time and money to "give back". They accomplish their generosity in a number of special ways, within the City of Berkeley, in the cities where they live... and beyond. Some of these endeavors include Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, AIDs Life Cycle and the Berkeley Combined Charities Campaign. In addition, members have run, walked and cycled for breast cancer, diabetes and other charitable organizations raising awareness. Members continue to explore new and creative ways to give back.

On June 24th, members of the Berkeley Police Department will join law enforcement personnel in Northern California by participating in this year's TorchRun Campaign supporting Special Olympics.  Every June, hundreds of law enforcement personnel carry the Special Olympics Torch the Flame of Hope through counties all over Northern California, culminating at the opening ceremonies for the Summer Games to be held at UC Davis.  The Law Enforcement Torch Run is one of the largest grass roots fundraising program and public awareness effort, becoming the single largest supporter of Special Olympics. 
BPD members will be staged and ready to receive the Flame of Hope at 10:00 a.m. from members of the Emeryville Police Department at San Pablo Avenue and Burnett Street.  Our members will then run the torch north along San Pablo Avenue and turn over the Flame of Hope to members of the Albany Police Department at the Berkeley/Albany border. 

For more information about Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, please visit www.torchrunsonc.com














"Berkeley City Council: Let's add 4th cannabis dispensary" welovetheherb.com.

"The Berkeley City Council took a huge step Tuesday night towards the approval of a fourth medical cannabis dispensary, but deferred passing an ordinance until July 1.

The Council voted unanimously to adopt regulations put forth by the Medical Cannabis Commission, with some amendments, to set up a process to select a fourth dispensary and the guidelines for selection. The council also indicated they wanted to adopt new rules to better regulate both dispensaries and the smaller, less formal, cannabis collectives."




Was our council smoking just a little when they adopted the " anti-discrimination policing policy" Judith Scherr, contracostatimes.com.

"A unanimous City Council voted June 17 to support policy aimed at ending biased policing in Berkeley.

'I have witnessed on numerous occasions situations when Berkeley police have stopped an African American for what appears to be a minor infraction and the person or persons end up being handcuffed, searched without receiving any citation, or going to jail,' said Berkeley NAACP President Mansour Id-Deen, one of a dozen speakers who lined up to urge adoption of the policy.

'There's a perception held by African Americans that there are two, maybe three sets of laws -- different laws for different groups,' he added."





Aw jeez, "Berkeley programs machines to love and tries to understand why we have sex" Leland Wong, californiagoldenblogs.com.

"Apparently today's edition of the Golden Scholars is our belated Valentine's Day issue, wherein Berkeley teaches robots the importance of companionship and demonstrates our deep understanding of sex."







"Berkeley City Council moves to limit abundance of large drugstores" dailycal.org.

"In an attempt to protect the economic vitality of small businesses, Berkeley City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that would require a distance of 1,000 feet between large pharmacies.

The ordinance only applies to drugstores more than 5,000 square feet in size and aims to prevent an oversaturation of chain stores while still allowing local businesses to flourish. Established pharmacies can stay where they are, but additional locations must be at least 1,000 feet apart.

'Already over 60 percent of the existing drugstores in Berkeley are either Walgreens or CVS, two big national chains,' said Councilmember Gordon Wozniak. 'We're in danger of ending up with very little competition other than those two, and that's not necessarily good.' "








"Berkeley Preps for 2nd Annual Symposium on Crowdfunding" crowdfundinsider.com.

"The 2nd Annual Symposium on Crowdfunding sponsored by the Coleman Fung Insitute for Engineering Leadership, UC Berkeley College of Engineering, is scheduled to take place on September 11th and 12th, 2014.  This symposium will take a global look at the developing phenomena of social finance for SMEs and Innovation  ­ whether strictly 'crowdfunding' or more broadly the application of social finance mechanisms including Peer-to-Peer lending, Peer-to-Business lending, and all other forms of crowdfunding and crowdfund investing.  

This year's gathering will benefit from the support of the Kauffman Foundation and their involvement.  The event is not open to entrepreneurs but is an academic meeting via invitation.  Organizers have also issued a call for papers from researchers, policy directors, governmental leaders and academicians."




"Smart Tips for Using Your Business Data" Gabrielle Karol, foxbusiness.com.

The tech world is constantly buzzing about big data ­ but your small business doesn't need to be, according to one expert.

Steve Weber, a professor at UC Berkeley's School of Information, says it doesn't make that much sense for small businesses to try to turn every customer interaction into data points for deep analysis.

'The big guys can afford to try to collect as much data as they can,' says Weber. 'But for small businesses that's just not feasible. A restaurant is not going to have a team of data scientists in the back, so it's a question of getting a return on your investment.'

Instead, Weber says small businesses should focus on rethinking their approach to data ­ and zoom in on how to use it. Here is his three-step plan for making the most of your business data:. . ."






"German Group Classes" berkeley.patch.com.

"The registration for German classes is opened at Polyglottist. All German classes will start on August, 17th and will continue until December, 13th.

We will be offering two German classes on Thursdays. Both classes will be taught by UC Berkeley German Instructor."



"Teen Games at Claremont library" berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

"Challenge your friends to one of our board or card games, or go head-to-head on our Nintendo Wii!  All middle and high school-age teens welcome and refreshments are provided. June 25, 2014 - 4:00pm-5:00pm." 







"Berkeley Historical Society seeks public help with Free Speech Movement exhibit" Chris Treadway, insidebayarea.com.

"The Berkeley Historical Society has begun preparing for its 50th anniversary celebration of the Free Speech Movement, including an exhibit that will open with a reception at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St.

The society is now looking for people who were around at the time to share their memories and artifacts of a defining time in city history.
Linda Rosen, who is curating the exhibit, writes, "Were you around during 1964? Do you have any recollections to share? What were the local store owners' and the community's reactions to the events and to the 1964 election."









"Music and message highlight Juneteenth" by Judith Scherr, contracostatimes.com.

"The mellow sun-drenched Juneteenth crowd spread out Sunday along the five blocks of Adeline Street closed to vehicle traffic from Alcatraz Avenue to the Ashby BART station.

They danced to the rhythms of Thr3ee, Teana Boston and other local R&B, jazz and blues artists, eyed brightly colored dresses, handbags and jewelry, tasted the barbecue, picked up information on rent control and city parks, watched their children do flips at the bouncy houses or take on the challenge of a three-on-three basketball game. Some talked politics with elected officials -- or November hopefuls.
Juneteenth celebrates the message delivered to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, June 19, 1865 . . ."









"UC Berkeley Azaad Bollywood America 2014 " a video best viewed full screen at full volume is at tune.pk.






"I say Hispanic. You say Latino. How did the whole thing start?" Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations, UC Berkeley News Center at sandiegofreepress.org.









"What's the buzz about?: A conversation about bees" is a thought provoking discussion on video at smashpipe.com.






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on 6/5/14 I posted

"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."


I believe the concept is a good fit in our town. I'd look for something like this Downtown. Maybe close to the BART station?



Closer to home. Will the unoccupied Maccaulay foundry site be sub-divided into work spaces for Makers and the like?
Could happen!












"Why Money Won't Make You Happy, But Status Might" businessinsider.com.

"Money doesn't make you happy - just ask a lottery winner - and neither does "making it" into a higher social class. 

Instead, as University of California, Berkeley, business professor Cameron Anderson and his colleagues have found, subjective well-being is best predicted by your status relative to the groups of people that you have face-to-face relationships with, like your colleagues, friends, or neighbors. "





Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

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"Dream a Little Dream" performance mit Zeppelin






"Butt-in-Chair Writers Group" villagecraft.org.

"Join other writers as butt meets chair and we write. There will also be moments to sto' & stretch, held at your own digression. (One expert advice-giver recently said: 'tell the writers to stretch every 45 minutes if they like their kidneys"). But, stretching aside, the goal of this space is simply to come together and write our rears off. . . .

This workshop is free, but it'd be polite to buy a coffee or something from the cafe. Like the Good Book says: Love thy venue and its bathroom shalt be thine.

Sign up to learn the top-secret cafe name & location.

I have a very simple philosophy about how to approach the writing process. It's called the Butt To Chair Philosophy. Here's how it works: You put your butt in the chair and you start writing. You stay in the chair and keep writing until your butt hurts. "









Aw jeez "University of California students should not travel to Mexico for spring or summer break" groundreport.com.

"There has been a dramatic increase in drug cartel violence and criminal activity recently in Mexico, especially in popular tourist destinations frequented by high school and college students from America.

Bars, discos and nightclubs in resortcities like Acapulco, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Tijuana can be havens for drug dealers, criminals and organized crime

In some cases these groups and individuals are targeting college students visiting Mexico on Spring Break

As such University of California  students at Berkeley, U.C. Davis and San Diego should avoid travel to Mexico and consider other destinations for Spring Break this year.

It's common knowledge that one of the most powerful drug gangs in Mexico is based in the state of Sinaloa, where Mazatlan is located, and the capital city, Culiacan, has the second-highest murder rate in the country.

Despite this fact Mazatlan remains a popular destination for many high school and college students from across America.

For Mazatlan, the U.S. State Department specifically noted in its May 6, 2010, travel advisory: "the city of Mazatlan has experienced a recent increase in violent crime, with more murders in the first quarter of 2010 than in all of 2009.

U.S. citizens and college students in particular should defer unnecessary travel to Culiacan and exercise extreme caution when visiting or traveling in Mexico."

















" 'Shrek The Musical' onstage in Berkeley" axs.com.

"In the beginning, Shrek was a children's book. Then came fame. The 2001 Oscar-winning DreamWorks 3-D animated feature earned nearly half a billion at the box office. Then came the sequels, DVDs, dolls and video games, followed by 'Shrek The Musical', opening on Broadway in 2008.

Shrek the cash cow

The North American tour that started in Chicago in 2010 meant that the crowd-pleasing tale reached tens of thousands more fans. London audiences flocked to the West End to see more of the lovable green ogre with a Scottish accent. There were Tony Award nominations and a win for best costume design, as well as Laurence Olivier Award nominations to include best new musical.

And, of course, Shrek wore his very best waistcoat to receive his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joining such legendary cartoon figures as Mickey Mouse and Bart Simpson.

All in all, the BBC reports, the Shrek empire had earned more than £1.3 billion as of 2010. Mind you, that's in sterling. So, let's call it $2 billion and change.

Shrek The Musical

The swamp-bound hermit of a hero, a fairy princess with attitude, a smart aleck donkey and a fiery female dragon are an unlikely foursome. However, they're a perfect choice for this Berkeley theater company in an intimate setting, and with a broadly encompassing mission statement to bring entertainment to a wide range of audiences.

Berkeley Playhouse's live theater performances of 'Shrek The Musical', complete with song and dance with young performers in the ensemble, are onstage at the historic Julia Morgan Theatre through August 3, 2014.  







"Four reasons to cancel your gym membership" kgns.tv.

"Gym owners, the gig is up. The days of "memberships" are over. We know your strategy ­ lock us into a contract then make it impossible to cancel (even if its 'no strings attached').

Here are four reasons why the membership model is on its way out."





"Sick Plant Clinic, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden" funcheap.com.

"Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month."

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, FREE* ,UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA."







"Berkeley to Host Free Electric Vehicle Test-Drive Event" fortmilltimes.com.

" 'Experience Electric" at Downtown Farmers' Market, Saturday, June 28."










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.

6/17/14--9:21 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front room, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough, humidity dropped from mid 50s to low 40s. 10:22 PM--similar.

6/18/14--12:23 PM--similar. 2:24 PM--similar.

6/19/14--1:15 AM--similar. 2:04--similar. 2:31 AM--similar. 6:01 AM--similar. 8:34 AM--similar with humidity dropping from the mid 50s to the high 30s.

6/20/14--3:40 PM--VERY STRONG dry dirty air in warehouse front, overrides HEPA filters, burning eyes, hacking cough, humidity dropped from mid 50s to low 40s. 8:44 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front with glass manufacturing" odor, overrides HEPA filters.

6/21/14--5:50 AM--dry dirty air in warehouse front, overrides HEPA filters, Marsha hacking cough. 6:15 AM--similar. All PM--similar at regular intervals.

6/22/14--12:04 PM---dry dirty air in warehouse front, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough. All AM--similar at regular intervals. 1:10 PM--burning dry dirty air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filters. 3:01 PM--similar. 4:15 PM-similar, STRONG, SERIOUS. 4:25 PM--similar. 5:15 Pm--similar. 5:24 PM--similar.

6/23/14--6:15 AM--dry dirty air in warehouse front, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough. 6:25 AM--similar. 6:45 AM--similar. 9:15 AM---dry dirty air in warehouse front, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough, humidity drops from mid 50s to mid 40s. 10:35 AM--similar.


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












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."