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Our Planet reports "Mark Rhoades Joins Exodus: Berkeley Planning Manager Mark Rhoades is headed for the private sector, the third high level city official to vacate his position in city government."
Full story



Looks like the Potter Creek Bowl is breaking ground with heavy equipment on site, as well as PG&E. RP

Sarah reports that, in fact, ground at the Bowl-lot has not been broken, but that the property has been fenced and there are piles of debris from a clean-up. However, there is a piece of heavy equipment present.

As of 8:20 this morning, the concrete pad is being broken-up, preliminary grading has been done, and shrubbery and grass have been cleared at the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl site. RP


Sarah also reports that the purple-house next to the CEID school is for sale.



Construction on the new Swerve building on 7th Street is going a pace with the steel girders and frames up.


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My car is not your ashtray. Please don't flip butts into it. RP



 Pete Hurney emails

Coming this Thursday night at midnight on KALX is this months edition of Midnight Ukulele Express. That's an hour of music with each song featuring the ukulele in it somewhere.
    I have two exciting new featured artists this month, Zee Avi from Borneo and Coralie Clement from France. The ukulele sure has been getting around lately.  Except for the Wild Man I don't believe that I even know of anyone else from the island of Borneo!
    So if your mom  will let you stay up late tune in at 11:59 PM this Thursday the 16th of July to 90.7 FM in Berkeley and for those of you not fortunate enough to be in our listening area we stream live online at
remember; chocolate's not just for breakfast anymore

And check out Pete's Pohaku's Big Adventure. Heading East

I left Berkeley headed to Boston in the beginning of May. My dad lives in Lexington, Mass and this was my spring checking up on him trip. Instead of buying a plane ticket I thought that I'd drive and turn the journey into a five week adventure. I have this nice new convertible roadster I needed to check out more thoroughly and thought that I'd take this opportunity to visit all those people who live in between in those odd places I would normally never go to. So I made this a friend, family and fellow ukulele people road trip.



Sims' inventor, and the director of Up were among the party of six that had lunch at 900 yesterday.

Also at lunch were John, Don and Steve.

Uncle Don is 39 again.


our Jarad Carleton forwards his email, Making Berkeley business friendly in tough times

Mr. Moore, Mr. Bates, & City Council:

I'm writing to you in my capacity as a Principal Consultant at a global
industry research and consulting firm who is a Berkeley resident and a
dedicated telecommuter with a problem that only the city council can

As a telecommuter, I eliminate driving 1,960 miles per month, save approx.
60 hours of driving time per month, and approx 56 gal. of gasoline a
month.Telecommuting also makes me highly reliant on high speed internet
access for web conferencing, online collaboration, large file downloads
from colleagues and Global 2000 clients around the world, streaming video,

I learned this morning from an AT&T technician that visited my residence at
10th Street in Berkeley that our city will be the last city in the
East Bay to have fiber optic upgrades that will permit download speeds in
the range of 15-25 Mbps. The current maximum I can get at my address is 3
Mbps, which is negatively impacting my productivity and my ability as a
knowledge worker to take advantage of the technology that my industry needs
to drive business forward in California and on a national level.

I asked the AT&T technician (who is also a Berkeley resident) pointed
questions about the state of AT&T infrastructure in Berkeley and she
informed me that the reason AT&T had not been able to upgrade
infrastructure here has been significant delays at the city council to
provide AT&T the approval it needs to upgrade junction boxes on sidewalks
and other necessary areas. She added that she'd had conversations with
businesses on 4th & 5th streets where connectivity is worse than mine &
that it was impacting their ability to conduct business (I will provide you
with contact for the AT&T technician if you contact me directly).

The undeniable fact is that if the city cannot or will not fast-track these
critical 21st century upgrades, telecommuters will be forced to increase
their carbon footprint to commute into central offices where they will also
spend money to buy lunch and shop while they are out of town, and small,
medium, and large business will choose to move to cities with the
infrastructure they need. That result is not what we as business persons in
Berkeley need or want, so I ask each of you:

What can you do to facilitate AT&T infrastructure upgrades and what is the
time frame in which you can do it?

Businesses need 21st Century connectivity today, not after the recession is
over. I hope you can leverage your authority as city leaders make positive
changes to draw in business rather than drive it away. I look forward to
the joint response from the council as it will give business persons a
critical indicator of whether or not Berkeley is a place where business can
be conducted per 21st century standards.


Jarad Carleton, Principal Consultant San Francisco Bay Area, ICT Growth;
Consulting Practice, Frost & Sullivan



Mal Sharpe emails

Just a reminder that . . .
Big Money in Gumbo is at Silos in Napa this Thursday July 16  from 7-10. Special guest is Dave Getz, the original drummer for Big Brother and the Holding Company. Janis won't be with him. (Big Brother is still touring)
Saturday--Big Money in Jazz is still at The Savoy-Tivoli in North Beach from 3-6.
Sunday--Big Money in Jazz is at the No Name Bar in Sausalito from 3-6. The No Name is celebrating it's 50th anniversary as one of the Bay Areas legendary drinking and chess playing spots. Let's not forget all those weirdos on the smoking patio.






"California Luxury Hotel Linens Laundered with Botanical Products" is a report at

"Royal Laundry of South San Francisco washes one million pounds of laundry a week for more than 150 hotels throughout Northern California. Now, the company has become the first major commercial laundry plant in the United States to use green, botanically based laundry care products.

This summer, Royal began using VASKA 'herbatergent' and chlorine-free bleach products, made by a company based in Berkeley that is headed by former fashion designer Julia Fry.

When Royal began to encounter problems with their previous chemical supplier, Royal's president Don Luckenbach, decided to look for alternatives. Earier this year, Luckenbach toured chemical plants across the country seeking formulas that would meet his quality and performance criteria and asked for proposals from the top contenders.

When Fry proposed tests using her Vaska green formulas, he was skeptical, but following a successful 10 day test in Royal's largest laundry tunnel, he was ready to give the go ahead.

Luckenbach says he is pleased with the switch to botannically based products to do the laundry for his luxury hotel customers in the San Francisco hospitality industry, including the Joie de Vivre group, Kimpton Hotels, the Fairmont, and the Ritz Carleton."




"Some Stimulus Funding to Help Repair Berkeley Streets" is a report by Kelly Strickland of the Daily Cal.

"Transportation funds from the federal stimulus package will be used to make improvements to highways and repave roads across the nation, but the chances that all of the money will find its way into cities, such as Berkeley, is unlikely."



"Pay-Per-Mile Contracts Will Drive EV Adoption" is a report of Cal study at

"Electric cars could account for between 64% and 86% of passenger vehicle sales by 2030, if consumers don't have to buy the expensive batteries themselves, according to a new study by The Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at University of California, Berkeley.

'Electric Cars in the United States: A New Model with Forecasts to 2030' was authored by Thomas Becker, a Berkeley economist who specializes in international and environmental economics. It is the first study to forecast the adoption rates of electric vehicles with pay-per-mile service contracts that finance the cost of the battery."




"Goldman's Back, and Why We Should Be Worried" is by Robert Reich, here at

"Should we breath a sigh of relief that Goldman Sachs has posted record earnings as revenue from trading and stock underwriting reached all-time highs (second quarter net income was $3.44 billion) -- less than a year after the firm took $10 billion directly from taxpayers and $13 billion indirectly through AIG?

In some ways, yes. That Goldman is back signals that the worst of Wall Street's recent meltdown is over. And at least New York City's economy will again benefit from the trickle-down effects of the multi-million dollar bonuses of Goldman's executives and traders.

But in another respect, Goldman's resurgence should send shivers down the backs of every hardworking American who has lost a large chunk of retirement savings in this economic debacle, as well as the millions who have lost their jobs. Why? Because Goldman's high-risk business model hasn't changed one bit from what it was before the implosion of Wall Street."















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Lipofsky is thinking of organizing Berkeley's elderly to make sure the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl opens before we all die

What are these wonderful children and this beautiful woman doing with this Ol' Fart? Seems they love'im




Hunk of the Year

Gary Williams







900 GRAYSON food server

Courtney Bean, at an event

Well, Ok then



Aw jeez

"West Berkeley Zoning Struggle Heats Up as Deadline Nears" is a story by Richard Brenneman in our Planet.



"Students Plan UC Berkeley's First Student Food Cooperative" by Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.

"At first glance, the cute little blueberry baskets might seem out of place among the maze of political posters, stickers and T-shirts inside UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza.

And yet, this, too, is the beginning of a new kind of campus movement. "



"UC to honor Japanese-American WWII internees" is a short story by Terence Chae of AP.

"The University of California will grant honorary degrees to hundreds of Japanese-Americans whose studies at UC were interrupted when they were sent to internment camps during World War II.

The UC Board of Regents voted Thursday to suspend its 37-year moratorium on honorary degrees to recognize the estimated 700 students who were forced to leave UC campuses in 19'2.

President Mark Yudof says the special degrees will help address a 'historical tragedy' and provide the former UC students a 'small measure of justice.'

Those UC students were among more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were sent to 'war relocation campus' after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941."





"Two women fended off predawn attacks in Berkeley today by men who straddled them in their beds, police said as they investigated whether the incidents were related" reports Henry K Lee at

"The first attack happened about 2:30 a.m. on the 2100 block of Cedar Street, where a teenage girl awoke to find a man on top of her and lifting her shirt, said Officer Andrew Frankel, a police spokesman.

The girl's mother, who was in the same bed, woke up and fought off the man, Frankel said. The man fled.

He was described as black, 16 to 20 years old, 5 feet 7 to 6 feet tall, wearing a gray, hooded sweat shirt.

At about 7:20 a.m., a man got on top of a woman who was sleeping in her home on the 2600 block of Hillegass Avenue, five blocks south of the UC Berkeley campus. She resisted, and he ran off, police said."













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Photo by Time's photographer Hermann Bustamante

"Propane tank explodes in Antioch" reports Sarah Krupp of the West County Times. "[Contra Costa County Fire Battalion Chief] McCullah said the propane tank likely began to vent because it was overfilled, forcing the gases expanding in the heat to release. The spewing gas caught fire on the kettle flame and traveled into the tank, ripping apart the metal cylinder. The final investigation is not complete. The outside air temperature was more than 100 degrees at the time of the explosion." Read more here.

Seems the water-filtered smoke of a hookah isn't safe. "Hookah smoke contains significant quantities of the same chemicals that make cigarette smoke harmful" writes West County Times reporter Peggy Spear. Read more here.


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"Sketches released in Berkeley attacks" reports Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.






"East Bay's Watergate joins flood of foreclosures" by George Avalos in the West County Times Staff Writer.

"Three of the buildings in the landmark Watergate office complex along Interstate 80 have succumbed to a mortgage default of more than $150 million, a grim new indicator of the erosion of the East Bay's commercial property sector.

The mortgage default of the office towers in Emeryville also imperils potentially millions of dollars in equity that CalPERS, the state's public employees retirement system, had invested in the building."



"Big shakeup at Nut Tree" by George Avalos at

"The future development of Vacaville's landmark Nut Tree complex appears to have taken a turn for the better with one developer for the project successfully buying out the other developer of the site.

The transaction enables Westrust, a mixed-use and retail developer, to create an amusement and entertainment venue at the front of the project that will be visible from Interstate 80. The part of the complex will contain the Nut Tree Train, a carousel, a historic ice cream pavilion, a museum and a special events center. The entertainment area is expected to be called Nut Tree Plaza, named after the well-known plaza from the old Nut Tree."




"Paperless Prose" is a Lehrer News report.

"Amid the month of summer reading lists, Ray Suarez looks at the future of book publishing in the digital age."




"Oscar Mayer Wienermobile crashes into Wis. home" is an AP report at








post from the past 10/14/05

"West Berkeley Bowl EIR Says Project Won't Negatively Impact
writes Richard Brenneman of the Daily Planet. "The new
Berkeley Bowl planned for the corner of Ninth Street and Heinz Avenue
in West Berkeley 'would not result in any significant and unavoidable
impacts,' according to the conclusion of the massive draft
environmental impact report (EIR) prepared by Christopher A. Joseph &
Associates, a Petaluma consulting firm."

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"Wilco, Berkeley, CA" is a music review at

"Because we still love rock & roll, that's why we love Wilco. 15 years of Midwest workingman's charm and Jeff Tweedy's relentless pursuit of songcraft have given us a wealth of pure, deep-hearted, true blue American rock & roll. And on a gorgeous Northern California night at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, a very sold out house gave witness to one of the most consistently impressive bands out there."




"California sprouts 'green rush' from marijuana" is by Marcus Wohlsen and Lisa Leff, Associated Press Writers at

"A drug deal plays out, California-style: A conservatively dressed courier drives a company-leased Smart Car to an apartment on a weekday afternoon. Erick Alvaro hands over a white paper bag to his 58-year-old customer, who inspects the bag to ensure everything he ordered over the phone is there.

An eighth-ounce of organic marijuana buds for treating his seasonal allergies? Check. An eighth of a different pot strain for insomnia? Check. THC-infused lozenges and tea bags? Check and check, with a free herb-laced cookie thrown in as a thank-you gift.

It's a $102 credit card transaction carried out with the practiced efficiency of a home-delivered pizza - and with just about as much legal scrutiny."


"California's Crisis Hits Its Prized Universities" by Kevin O'Leary, Time.

"California's crisis continues while Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders inch slowly toward agreement on the deep cuts necessary to close California's massive $26 billion budget shortfall. Now, even as the state continues to pay its bills with IOUs, the University of California, the nation's leading public university, is being forced to cut its budget by $813 million - or 20%. It is highly unlikely that these cuts will be reduced by a budget agreement in Sacramento.

UC Berkeley will see recruitment of faculty drop from the normal 100 positions a year to 10. At 28,000-student UC San Diego, also ranked with Berkeley and UCLA among the world's top 20 research universities, recruitment has been halted."




"Winery looks for a sipper who Twitters" is a report by Michelle Locke, Associated Press Writer at

"Most vinophiles can swirl and sip. The Murphy-Goode winery wants one who can sip and click."




"Beneficial Biofuels: Leading National Experts Reach Consensus" is a story at

"Biofuels can be produced in large quantities and have multiple benefits, but only if they come from feedstocks produced with low life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, as well as minimal competition with food production. This consensus emerges in a new journal article by researchers from the University of Minnesota, Princeton, MIT and the University of California, Berkeley."



"With Push Toward Renewable Energy, California Sets Pace for Solar Power" writes Noah Berger for The New York Times.

"A decade ago, only 500 rooftops in California boasted solar panels that harvest the sun's energy. Today, there are nearly 50,000 solar-panel installations in the state, according to a report to be issued Thursday by the research and lobbying group Environment California."



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Jim Nevitt is one of the artists in Active Space

here's an example of his work

more is on display in his shop-space at the 7th and Pardee corner of Active Space and at 900 GRAYSON

Contact Jim at


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"Brand New Opera Debuts in City" is a review by Galina Stolyarova in Russia's The St. Petersburg Times.

St Petersburg Times photo


" 'Tsaritsa,' a modern opera focusing on the life of Catherine the Great and composed by David Tukhmanov, arguably the most acclaimed Soviet-era melodist, will see its world premiere at St. Petersburg's Alexandriinsky Theater on Wednesday and Thursday.

The opera, which boasts opulent sets inspired by the interiors of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, covers the entire history of the empress's reign."



In his Planet story "City Council Passes Downtown Plan, " J. Douglas Allen-Taylor quotes our Councilman Darryl Moore.

" But with a smile and a nod toward Arreguín, who sits next to him on the council dais, Moore said he was offering his modified height limitation amendment 'given that this is Berkeley, and we have to all compromise.' "

True enough for those times of politics as usual Mr Darryl. But these are no longer those times. Look to your own life Councilman. Your home is probably worth 20-40% of what it was a year ago, your retirement account has also probably dropped significantly, even brutally, and you're working two jobs, one as Councilman, not even at minimum wage I would bet. These are times of drastic and often painful change and, I would submit, times that require bold decisions. Compromise in these times is simply finessing over fundamental economic, social and cultural contradictions that if ignored, I would guess, will sooner-than-later bite us all in the tuschie, hard! RP



Not as special as we thought?

These days at the national level, pretty much the same older-white-men, whose polices brought about our financial-collapse, are those now involved in "fixing" it?

And here in west-Berkeley, many of the same old-white-men, responsible for the present state of the West Berkeley Plan, are those now involved in "fixing" it?

Another reason to throw the old damn thing out?

Or, to jus' throw out the old-white-men, and bring in some color, youth, and women?

or not.




Want to find out what's happening in Bollywood and entertainment in Asia? Check out AVS on KCSM-TV for the latest.




"Wind power faces turbulence" is a report in Business First of Columbus.

"Unstable credit markets, lower natural gas prices and less demand for electricity may hamper the U.S. wind power market into early 2010 despite its strong showing in 2008.

Both will have a continuing negative effect on the industry as the global recession drags on, according to a report by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and released by the U.S. Department of Energy."















quote of the week

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?"

Satchel Paige



"What to Expect From Will Wright's Stupid Fun Club" is a story about a Potter Creek business by David Kushner at


a Nicholas Blechman graphic from Wired

"Will Wright is the great polymath of interactive design, weaving theories of architecture, astrophysics, and urban planning into his videogames. That may sound like the opposite of fun, but he's created some hugely popular franchises-The Sims alone has sold more than 100 million copies for publisher Electronic Arts. Nowadays, though, Wright is thinking smaller. In April, he stunned the game industry by announcing that he was leaving EA to run a startup called Stupid Fun Club.

If the endeavor has the whiff of a garage operation, that's because it is one-the club began in a Berkeley, California, warehouse space where Wright and his buddies went to tinker and play and escape from the pressures of making blockbuster games. 'We were tripping over ideas that were intriguing to us,' Wright says. 'But I didn't have time to develop them.' Now his hobby is becoming his full-time gig (though Wright will do some consulting for EA, which is an investor in his new venture)."




The East Bay Express

"Best Thing to Happen in Berkeley this Millennium

Berkeley Bowl West
920 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, 510-898-9555,

It's here. After seven years of planning, the Bowl has headed west, opening a decidedly industrial second location with a 140,000-square-foot natural-foods grocery emporium. The best thing: There's free parking, plenty of it, including a parking lot and a multilevel parking garage. And customers and employees - now less stressed out about the ugly parking issue - seem happier. The inside setup mimics components of the Oregon Street Bowl with W-I-D-E-R aisles and a front-and-center health products center, but this spiffy-clean warehouse-ish newcomer is more fun to explore since now you're not blocking anyone's reach. Of course it's full of produce items you've never seen before, plus a sea of heirloom tomatoes and mountains of stone fruit. There's a gleaming deli case with prepared items too good to resist, including decadent desserts. Other attractions: Cheeses galore. Major meat, fine fish, and plenty of poultry. Organic this, organic that. Bulk food bins brimming with nuts, dried fruits, and arborio rice. More space for adult beverages. With its easy access to Interstate 80, high-caliber contents, and dandy digs, it's easy to see why the second location of Earth's Best Grocery is already attracting crowds. But it can handle 'em."




"Clif Bar moving to Emeryville" by George Avalos at

"Clif Bar & Co. will move its headquarters and about 180 or more workers to Emeryville next year in a move that marks a big expansion for the supplier of organic and all-natural food and beverages.

The privately held company, which in 2008 generated $212 million in revenue, has signed a lease to occupy 115,000 square feet in the EmeryTech complex, a former valve factory that was re-purposed by Ellis Partners LLC. The company was founded in 1992 in Emeryville, but has had its headquarters in Berkeley since 1996."


"Oops there goes another rubber tree, oops there goes another rubber tree plant" from the tune, High Hopes sung by Frank Sinatra in the movie Hole in the Head.RP

David Snipper




"911 hang-up leads to explosives seizure in Berkeley" by Doug Oakley at

"A 911 hang-up call from a Berkeley hills home resulted in the arrest and seizure of explosives this weekend, police said Monday.

Bomb squads from the Berkeley and the University of California, Berkeley police departments, as well as FBI officials and the Berkeley fire department, were called to 976 Grizzly Peak Blvd. on Saturday afternoon.

Officials said it appeared someone mistakenly dialed the emergency line. When Berkeley officers arrived on the scene about 12:30 p.m., a man inside the home was acting strangely, which eventually led them to obtain a search warrant for the home. Officers discovered the explosives inside and called in additional authorities.

'I wouldn't call it massive quantities of explosives, but enough to be usable in some context,' said Berkeley police Lt. Andrew Greenwood. Greenwood declined to identify the type of explosives seized, or exactly how much of it was there. "



"Man gets probation in fatal shooting" is a Bay City News release at KGO Channel 7.

"A Berkeley man who had been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a former friend near the University of California at Berkeley campus three years ago will be released from jail Tuesday after serving only 18 months."




"File California tax system revision effort under flawed" opines Michael Hiltzik at

"In these budget-crisis days, when California citizens showing true public spirit are thin on the ground, I propose a tip of the hat to Gerald L. Parsky.

Parsky, 66, a prominent Los Angeles lawyer and investment executive, has shouldered the thankless task of chairing a 14-member state commission appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger and the Legislature to rework California's tax system. He's determined to produce a sheaf of unanimous recommendations for lawmakers by summer's end.

So Mr. Parsky deserves our admiration, even though he's clearly headed for failure.

Revising the state's tax structure is a huge undertaking riddled with political land mines. Parsky's panel, majestically dubbed the Commission on the 21st Century Economy, is bipartisan to a fault: It ranges ideologically from a couple of Hoover Institution fellows on the right to former Assembly leader Fred Keeley and Christopher Edley, dean of UC Berkeley's law school, on the left."



DW-TV reports that world-wide, the economic downturn has cost us the equivilent of one year's entire world economic output.



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Check out the Mechanical Contractors Association of America website.

Seems one of Potter Creek's own is their Prez. Among his goals are " to have MCAA's members become our industry leaders in green building and sustainable construction." Works for me!

And is this guy, along with Jerry Victor, one of the coolest-dressed men in west-Berkeley?

Well, . . . ever since Big and Tall closed, the dapper John Norheim is well up there.


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from my log

6/28/09--8:49 AM--irritant in warehouse front and SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, nausea, light head. Off-and-on all day, irritant in warehouse front.

7/3/09--5:15 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

7/6/09--6:54 AM--SERIOUS irritant in IMMEDIATELY front of warehouse, cough, light head.

7/7/09--Off-and-on all morning SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, dry skin, wear mask, over-rides two HEPA filters.

7/8/09--6:22 AM--SERIOUS irrtant in front room, light head, eyes smart, over-rides two HEPA filters.

7/10/09--3:21 PM--irritant in front room.

7/13/09--6:02 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, wear mask. 11:29 AM irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse and in front room, wear mask.

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7/12/01--~8:45 AM--dizzy with burning eyes and mouth.

7/14/09--8:31 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, headache, light head, burning eyes, wear mask, overrides 2 HEPA filters. 8:49 AM, leave.

7/15/09--5:36 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, burning eyes, nausea, over-rides HEPA filter.

7/17/09--1:41 PM--irritant in front room, light head, head ache, wear mask.

7/18/09--7:36 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, air out.

7/19/09--6:45 AM-to-~8:00 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, light head, head ache, wear mask, continous off-and-on all day in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

7/21/09--6:11 AM--irritant in warehouse, air out. `10:45 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, eyes, mouth burn, light head, headache, nausea, leave.  11:20 PM--"amonia bleach" odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 8:32 PM--irritant IMMEDAITELY in front of warehouse, lights flicker.


Eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from


Bay Area foreclosures from

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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

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


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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


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

useful link

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


Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.


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



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay are here.


Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.

Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!


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

The contacts are below:

Our new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120

Darryl Moore, City Councilman


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

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