a Brazil band

Saturday's green fair at Berkeley Adult School on San Pablo Ave




"More adventures in knitting: yarn bombing Berkeley" by Tracey Taylor at berkeleyside.com.

"Yarn bombing, graffiti knitting, yarn storming - call it what you will, it seems to be all the rage in Berkeley right now."

and our Judi Quan is having her own adventure

above Rio


our Steven Donaldson emails of the most recent Oakland riot


I feel it's important to high light the fact that many of the "protestors" were not from Oakland . . . . I followed a couple of websites and blogs and these "anarchists" had planned this no matter what the verdict. Both Berkeley and Oakland cops were aware this was coming but couldn't do much till it happened.

from sfgate.com

"Police from agencies throughout the Bay Area arrested 83 people for a variety of crimes, including failure to disperse, resisting arrest, burglary, vandalism and assaulting a police officer, said Officer Jeff Thomason, Oakland police spokesman.
Many of the arrestees were professional "anarchist" agitators who were not from Oakland and wore bandannas, hoods or black face paint, police said.
Those who were arrested were taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin or a second Alameda County sheriff's jail in downtown Oakland."

Steven Donaldson


our David Bowman emails

It's almost time for the next Potter Creek Neighborhood meeting. The executive committee will be meeting this Sunday to plan the agenda. If you have something you would like to see on the agenda for the next meeting, please reply to this email and I will bring your agenda request to the Sunday meeting.

In other news - there is a planning commission meeting next Wednesday at the North Berkeley Senior Center that will be discussing the West Berkeley Project. As soon as I can find the actual agenda I'll send another reminder. 

Also they are finally working on the traffic light at San Pablo and Heinz that was part of the Berkeley Bowl project. 

There is a yellow project notice up on the warehouse on the corner of Heinz and Ninth (920 Heinz) proposing to use that warehouse for a wholesale food center for Berkeley Bowl.

Please send in your ideas for what you think we should be talking about at the next meeting.

David Bowman

Dennis Cohen, one of the originators of the west-Berkeley Plan and owner of Parker Plaza has reemerged in west-Berkeley politics. Invite him to a meeting. RP



Around 2:45 Thursday afternoon

there was a "grass fire" at the end of Grayson, along the railroad tracks and behind a storage yard directly west of American Starch and Chemical. 

Berkeley Fire responded within minutes and in force--several pumpers, a hook and ladder and several chiefs vehicles--as there were strong westerly winds and a string of tank car  parked on a siding adjacent to the fire. 

Water was brought in from a hydrant about a hundred yards off 7th. 

Berkeley PD responded as quickly and provided traffic control and security, our beat office "johnny-on-the-spot."

Bayer personnel were also present as the fire was about a block south of their compound.

The fire was under control within fifteen or so minutes, some emergency vehicles leaving apparently responding to another call.



"Marijuana dispensary operators picked" by The Mainebiz News Staff.

"The state has chosen three applicants to operate six medical marijuana dispensaries in the state.

Northeast Patients Group, an affiliate of California-based dispensary operator Berkeley Patients Group, will operate four dispensaries in District 2 (Cumberland County), District 4 (Waldo, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Knox counties), District 5 (Somerset and Kennebec counties) and District 6 (Piscataquis and Penobscot counties). Remedy Compassion Center will operate a dispensary in District 3 (Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin counties), and Safe Alternatives of Fort Kent will operate a dispensary in District 8 (Aroostook County)."



"Walnut Creek family gets first rebate check for solar hot-water system" by Elisabeth Nardi, Contra Costa Times.

"A Walnut Creek family Wednesday was the first in the state to get a rebate through the new California Solar Initiative-Thermal program, known as Assembly Bill 1470. "



"UC Berkeley Study Touts Benefits of a California Feed-In Tariff" at sustainablebusiness.com.

"Enacting a robust feed-in tariff (FIT) in California to achieve the state's 33% Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) would create three times the number of jobs, over 2 billion in additional tax revenue, and stimulate tens of billions in new investment, according to a new study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley.

Furthermore, the adoption of a comprehensive FIT will cost-effectively fulfill California's 33%-by-2020 goal on schedule.

Headed by Distinguished Professor of Energy Dan Kammen of UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group, the analysis examined the economic benefits of a FIT deployed in California to facilitate the state's effort to achieve the 33% RPS by 2020.

A FIT is essentially a fixed price, long-term contract for a utility to buy electricity produced by renewable energy generators. The Berkeley study specifically examined a FIT that would be available to solar projects up to 20 megawatts (MW) in size. "




IranWorries Mount over Sanctions' Ripple Effect" Omid Memarian, iranian.com.

"Although the United States and its allies insist that the latest round of U.N. sanctions against Iran targets high-level government officials rather than the general population, interviews with a number of analysts, activists and journalists in Tehran reveal a growing concern over the impact on the country's middle class."







Shanda's dad has passed

la times photo

"Paul Sawyer dies at 75; Unitarian Universalist minister, peace and social justice activist" by Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times.

"His landmark, an onion-shaped sanctuary in the San Fernando Valley, was the site of one of the Merry Pranksters' famous 'Acid Test' gatherings in the 1960s.

The Rev. Paul Sawyer, a Unitarian Universalist minister and peace and social justice activist whose landmark, onion-shaped former sanctuary in the San Fernando Valley was the site of one of the Merry Pranksters' famous "Acid Test" gatherings in the 1960s, has died. He was 75."

Buttercuper makes good

SF Chronicle photo

Shanda Sawyer

The Buttercup and The California Breakfast

And just what is The California Breakfast that Richards and Mike Haley invented? Well, it's most likely the eggs-breakfast that you now have when you eat out. (But, as breakfast is the lowly meal, you probably haven't even thought about that.)

Yet, it's important to remember that Richards and Mike Haley not only developed The California Breakfast but they made breakfast a proper and respectable meal out.

Mike, as long as I can remember, loved his morning meal best. When we lived together on Carl Street in San Francisco in the '50s, Mike would sometimes make breakfast for both of us, and I too came to love this meal.

Years later, when Mike and Richards lived together, Richards would make Mike's favorite, adding her own Georgian touch. An excellent cook from the South, Richards was well aware of the hearty country breakfast.

So in the '70s, when they bought the Buttercup Bakery and Coffee Shop on College Avenue and made it into a bakery and restaurant, it was only natural for them to make it into a breakfast-restaurant. (Understand, at that time there were coffee-shops and diners but not proper breakfast restaurants.) Simply, Richards knew about the Southern country breakfast and Mike loved breakfast best. This was the start.

If there was an exact moment when The California Breakfast Out came into being I suppose it was when Richard's started making Michael's favorites for the restaurant: Fresh-eggs, quality meats, home-fries with onions and sour cream, and a good toasted-bread were part of Michael's morning meal at home. (Occasionally I was at their house at breakfast time and it was always a treat.)

Then, I suppose if you own a bakery-restaurant it's natural to offer fresh baked-goods with the meal: And early-on you could substitute a pastry for toast. Bagels and croissants were also offered, but bagels and croissants were still popularly thought of as foreign food and breakfast is a very American meal. Also, it is important to remember that at this time breakfast out was pretty much a meal you had--often rushed--before your day's work. It was not so much a special meal--and social event--as it was just a way to get food before working. Kruse Plumbing was then down the street, and I remember some of the original customers were plumbers having breakfast before going to a job. There were also truck drivers who stopped before their run as well as milkmen taking their break.

(Perhaps the fruit garnish was added when it became apparent to all that breakfast was now social, even special.)

So there you have it; The California Breakfast Out. Was this just a variation of the country breakfast that, through good-timing, people found pleasure in eating in a restaurant? Is California Cuisine just fish and under-cooked vegetables?

Of course not.

Many people, other than Mike and Richards, were involved in making the Buttercup. Moe Moskowitz lent money and support, Mary Guenther provided heart and soul, Karl Mullis provided color and was a hard worker, Suze Orman found-herself and brought loyal customers, and Nancy Lawrence at Wells Fargo Elmwood was simply indispensable. She was always there. (Oh, Nick Victor, with failing health and eyesight, and preoccupied with his business and building two large warehouses, took time to give sound, solid business advice. ) Me? It was a place to hang out.


and a place I'd like to have hung out


German restaurant, on 14th St. in New York City was, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, a gathering place for musicians, artists, writers and not a few business men and politicians. They gathered for a little good food, good talk and companionship. Here the likes of Rachmaninoff, O. Henry, Helen Traubel, Toscanini, Mack Sennett, Lillian Gish, Theodore Roosevelt and others exchanged ideas, socialized and ate. William Steinway and his senior staff were regulars at the noon lunch. Gus Kahn wrote "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" there, on a table cloth, in 1912. There, in 1914, Victor Herbert and some friends founded "The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers," and J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie held dinners at Lüchow's that made culinary history. Sigmund Romberg, the composer of the light operas Desert Song and The Student Prince was also a regular at Lüchow's German Restaurant. Here is the recipe for his favorite dinner:




4 or 5 pounds venison shoulder
Vinegar and red wine to cover
2 onions, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
6 pepper corns
1 tablespoon salt
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons beef suet or lard
1 cup red wine
2 or 3 tablespoons flour

Wipe venison with wet cloth. Cut in 1 1/2 in. cubes. Place in enameled kettle or large crock; cover with a mixture of equal amounts of red wine and vinegar. Add onions, carrots, peppercorns, salt and bay leaves. Cover and let stand in refrigerator 1 week.
When ready to cook, drain meat. Melt suet or lard in very hot heavy roasting pan. Place venison in pan and brown quickly in very hot oven (475F to 500F) 20 to 30 minutes. Add onions and carrots from the marinade (do not use marinade liquid). Add 1 cup red wine and sufficient water to cover venison. Lower oven heat to moderate (350F), or just hot enough to simmer liquid in pan. Cook 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove any excess fat.
Place venison on hot serving dish. Stir enough flour into pan to make a smooth gravy; bring to a boil on top of range, stir, then strain over venison. Serves 8.

Mr. Romberg liked Würzburger beer with his venison. The recipe is from Lüchow's German Cookbook, Jan Mitchell (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co., 1958).



"Peek inside advance science of Berkeley Lab" by Carole Terwilliger Meyers, Oakland Tribune Correspondent.

"No, you're not losing it. There was a time when this facility was known as the 'Rad Lab,' a nickname for Radiation Laboratory.

The name changed to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in 1995. (The LBNL is totally unclassified and not related to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which conducts weapons research and is more than 50 miles away.)

Located way up on a hill behind the UC campus, the Berkeley Lab (its more common nickname) consists of about 100 buildings and 50 trailers on 200 acres, and it has a killer view of the bay and San Francisco. It was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, who won a Nobel Prize for developing the cyclotron, and moved here in 1940.

Twenty-five major scientific breakthroughs have happened at the Berkeley Lab, including the discovery of 16 elements and the identification of both good and bad cholesterol. The Lab is owned by the Department of Energy, managed by the University of California, and funded by various other organizations. It employs about 3,800 people."


"The Spanish road to English:Skilled teachers build on what students already know" by Bruce Fuller at latimes.com.

"Should teachers immerse California's rainbow of students in English to close achievement gaps - a linguistic cold shower of sorts - or lift literacy by scaffolding up from their home languages?

It's a false dichotomy, says Ashley Aguilar, a savvy junior at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. She must ace several English tests to enter UC Santa Barbara, her dream college. But she holds her native Spanish dear as well. 'It will be better that I am bilingual,' Aguilar said. Her language skills will open doors to jobs. Her mother works in the diverse city of Bell, where being bilingual "is a super big plus."

The problem is that parents with few resources - especially those in neighborhoods where only Spanish is heard - send their children to schools that are failing to boost English proficiency. After six years of schooling, less than two-fifths of Spanish-speaking pupils become literate in English statewide, according to a study released in May.







These folks were at the green market on Saturday

Definitely, check them out.




the Smiths' son Jack in Ensenada

for Grandpa and Grandma's 50th wedding anniversary celebration

Though Jack seems more interested in the Mexican super-wrestler get ups.



With all the talk of how our city employees are paid too much, have too generous retirement, don't work hard, etc, I'm told that over half the members of one of the city unions have made financial sacrifices to the benefit of in-need fellow workers--don't take salary increases etc. so others' job won't be cut back and/or eliminated.

Well, Ok then.


About two and half months ago one of Potter Creek's workers nailed four taggers. They were caught in-the-act as Berkeley PD responded with four radio cars to our citizen's cell call from around Carleton and San Pablo. All were taken downtown and two were booked. Their tagging was known to BPD who had been looking for them.


In tomorrow's Planning Commission meeting look for a staff report that moves toward a single defintion of R&D, allows R&D in MM and MULI zones though generally not in our MUR zone and touches on "gaming the system."




"Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California: A Gourmet Ghetto" is a story at sandiegoreader.com.

"A wonderful weekend getaway ­ close to San Diego but far enough away to feel adventurous ­ is a trip up north to the East Bay Area and Berkeley. Fly to Oakland and take the Richmond BART train from the airport into Berkeley. Seven easy blocks north of the downtown Berkeley BART station is what's come to be known as the Gourmet Ghetto.

Truth be told: Berkeley is a lot more than the radical left-wingers at the University and the dreadlocked hippies along Telegraph Avenue. On a tree-lined section of Shattuck Avenue bordered by Rose Street on the north and Hearst on the south, a host of fine restaurants are gathered to offer the best of food and drink to discerning diners.



"Historic cemetery tour to be held Sunday" by Chris Treadway at contracostatimes.com.

"The El Cerrito-Kennsington area has long served as a bedroom community for Berkeley, but the links between the areas extend well beyond residential overflow from the university city.

The Blake Garden estate in Kensington has been the official residence of the president of the University of California since 1967. Camp Herms as a Boy Scout facility in the El Cerrito hills was established by Berkeley in the 1930s.

Mira Vista Country Club in El Cerrito was planned in meetings at UC Berkeley in the 1920s and began its existence as the Berkeley Country Club.

Perhaps the earliest link between the areas is Sunset View Cemetery, which was founded in 1908 to serve Berkeley, which had no burial place of its own.

The property at the top of Fairmount Avenue at Colusa Avenue and its history will be the topic of a talk and tour at 2 p.m. Sunday, led by Tom Panas of the Historical Society."



"Marijuana group details dispensary plans" by The Mainebiz News Staff.

"The nonprofit organization that will run at least half of the state's medical marijuana dispensaries has released more details on where and how those dispensaries could be located.

On Friday, the state awarded Northeast Patients Group licenses to operate dispensaries in four of the state's eight districts encompassing Cumberland County, four midcoast counties, and central and eastern Maine. The group, which has ties to California-based Berkeley Patients Group, is proposing to operate the Cumberland County dispensary at 959 Congress St. in Portland, the site of a former bank, which is close to other health care facilities and has security infrastructure, according to a press release from the group. Northeast Patients Group must complete negotiations to lease part of the building, which is also home to Mercy Hospital's diabetes center, according to the Portland Press Herald. The city's planning board Tuesday will consider a zoning change to allow a marijuana dispensary, and a council vote could happen as early as July 19."



"California to get $22 million in DOE clean-tech grants" by Dana Hull, mercurynews.com.

"The federal Department of Energy on Monday awarded $92 million for 43 clean-energy research projects across the country, including 11 projects in California that will receive a total of $22 million.

The projects include $1.6 million to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for energy storage and more than $5 million to HRL Laboratories in Malibu to develop low-cost battery chargers for electric cars."



"Dr. Laura D'Andrea Tyson Joins Berkeley Research Group as a Special Advisor" is a report at businesswire.com.

"Berkeley Research Group, LLC, (BRG), a preeminent expert advisory and data analytics firm, today announced that Dr. Laura D'Andrea Tyson has joined the firm as a special advisor."


"Review Criticizes Berkeley Athletic Spending" at insidehighered.com.

"A joint faculty-alumni committee charged with investigating complaints about athletic budgets (and deficits) at the University of California at Berkeley has confirmed many of them. An "explosion of controllable and semi-controllable costs" in athletics, the committee's report says, "makes it clear that intercollegiate athletics has been playing by a very different set of budgetary rules from the rest of the campus." The report contrasts staffing cuts that have had severe impact on academics with the growth in staffing and program spending in athletics. "The culture of what has appeared to be unconstrained spending must change," the report says. The report also notes many contributions from athletics -- and from a big-time athletics program -- for Berkeley, but calls for the elimination of current budget patterns."



"Zorro Productions of Berkeley, California, sued the closely held Mars Inc. for trademark infringement in federal court in San Francisco in March" at businessweek.com.

"The suit related to the candymaker's use of a masked figure in its advertising that Zorro Productions claimed infringed its rights to the "Zorro" mark."



"River Watcher 'Piranhas in Missouri' " is a story at chicoer.com.

"Piranhas in Missouri?' That's almost like saying 'cows in Berkeley' or 'snow in Oroville."'But according to the Missouri Department of Conservation, two red-bellied piranha fish were caught in Lake of the Ozarks on Oct. 25, 2007.

Actually, the stubby, sharp-toothed piranhas have been found in several Eastern U.S. states, where they are presumed to have been illegally dumped. Some states, including Missouri, still allow them to be kept in aquariums.

Since their normal habitat is South American streams, where there are about 38 species including five potentially dangerous, it is thought that they cannot endure northern cold winters."



"Armed with space telescope, planet hunters search for extraterrestrial life" reports dw-world.de.

"It's understandable that ­ as planets go ­ Geoff Marcy has become a bit demanding by now. The astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley, is the most successful planet hunter of all time, discovering more than 70 exosolar planets, most of them gas giants like our own Jupiter."






There is a Planning Commission meeting tonite (Thursday 7/14/10) from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the North Berkeley Senior Center. It will focus on the west-Berkeley Project.

Where in the Three Card Monte you're asked to keep your eye on the "elusive ace" in tonite's meeting keep your eye on protected uses.RP



The past illegal black/gray ganja market is NOT a predictor of the future. Looking to it is a mistake for the its profit margin is a product of its illegality. With legalization, and more importantly legitimization, profits will shrink.RP


"Let the Marijuana Money Grab Begin" by Joe Rosato Jr at nbcbayarea.com.

"In a small white room above the Berkeley's Patient's Group marijuana dispensary, three men in spotless white lab coats and masks toil over bins of marijuana. One uses a high-powered video camera to scan the potent buds for hair, mold, bugs and any other detritus.

The men quietly scoop buds with names like Cali Gold and All-star Jack Frost into labeled bags for sale in the downstairs dispensary.

"We definitely have all the sanitary stuff going on," said sorter Mark Silva. "The gloves and the masks and the lab coats."

This scene is far from the image of camouflaged growers with automatic rifles guarding illegal marijuana crops in Northern California forests. If anything it's another reminder that marijuana hasn't just kicked down the door of mainstream acceptance, it's pulled up a seat at the table and kicked up its feet.

'Definitely, opinions are changing,' said Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates."




"UC campuses are hotbeds of anti-Semite vitriol" opines Thomas D. Elias at mercurynews.com.

"You'd think tempers on University of California campuses last spring were hotter about the upcoming tuition increases than anything else. You'd be wrong.

The most contentious issue on the flagship Berkeley campus and the large campus in San Diego was about money, true, but the question students grappled with most loudly was whether the university's Board of Regents should divest itself of investments in companies that help supply Israel's military, specifically General Electric and United Technologies.

The divestment proposal considered by student senates on the two campuses was based on claims that Israel has committed war crimes and the two companies aid and abet that by supplying aircraft engines, helicopters and other military equipment.

The margins by which the divestment demands - not binding on the Regents in any case - lost were so narrow that this proposal is certain to be back during the next school year at these campuses and others.

At Berkeley, for instance, the student senate first passed a divestment resolution by a 16-4 vote, only to have student body President Will Smelko veto the measure. That margin was more than the supermajority needed to override his veto, but three yes votes evaporated in the days between meetings, and the veto was eventually sustained when the vote to override came in at 13-5, just a single vote short of an override.

All this, of course, was based on a bunch of flawed premises pushed by Palestinian activists and so-called 'human rights' groups."




"California Initiates 'Major Action' Against Fannie, Freddie Over PACE Program" at onlinewsj.com.

"California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Tuesday he is initiating a "major action" against mortgage giants Fannie Mae (FNM) and Freddie Mac (FRE) and the federal agency that regulates the companies for blocking a green-energy financing program backed by the White House that California and other states were relying on as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and consumer energy bills while creating jobs."










There was a police action in front of Tippet's on Thursday around 1:45 PM. Two police officers, one a motor officer, questioned a white male for over thirty minutes.


"Shooting victim Berkeley's 3rd homicide of year" is a story at sfgate.com.

"A Berkeley man was shot and killed Friday evening while sitting in his parked car, just two blocks from his South Berkeley home, police said.

At around 5:10 p.m., dispatchers received a flurry of 911 calls, said Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, a Berkeley Police spokeswoman. When police arrived, they found a man slumped over the steering wheel of a red Mercedes sports car on Milvia Street near Russell Street."





"The Martin Luther King for the disabled" is a report at thestar.com.

"A man in an iron lung, who fought to be educated and live independently here, was one of the early activists for disability rights.

This month, the late Ed Roberts is being honoured for work that helped lead to the Americans With Disabilities Act, one U.S. law which has helped change the world for the better.

Against much Republican opposition, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law July 26, 1990, by a Republican President, George H.W. Bush. "




"Rockin' for a Cause: Iconic Jim Marshall photography to be auctioned to benefit MS" by Greg Migliore at autoweek.com.

"From black-and-white photographs of some of rock and roll's greatest performers to thoughtful, provocative portrayals of the automobile, Jim Marshall captured enduring images of two of America's greatest passions. Now, for the first time since he died earlier this year, some of his original photographs will be auctioned to benefit his favorite charity, MSFriends.

Two portfolios of Marshall's work from the launch of Nissan's iconic GT-R supercar will be sold at a July 24 fundraiser called Rock for MS at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The event will also feature donated pictures from other notable photographers that blend famous musicians and their love of cars.

Marshall is considered rock's greatest photographer, and for enthusiasts, these shots are must-haves. Donated by Nissan, they're 16-inch-by-20-inch original photographs signed by Marshall. Mounted and framed, they depict early testing and development of the GT-R at factories in Japan and on the arduous Nürburgring in Germany."




Rio's Favalas

a Judi Quan photo



"Beyond Berkeley Guitar" blogcritics.org.

"Can you determine the sex of the artist just by listening? Candy Dulfer sure had me fooled when I first heard her playing saxophone. (Was it David Sanborn or Lou Marini?) Beyond Berkeley Guitar will put you to the test as well. A collection of seven pieces, all performed on acoustic guitar by seven different artists (one or more female?), offers an attractive variety of styles and rhythms as tribute both to the instrument and the stars of Northern California and the Bay Area. We recently reviewed Lee Ritenour's tribute to the instrument with twenty of what many consider to be the greatest guitarists currently performing, and the collection included no women. It's nice to see women are making their mark - at least in the West!"




"French scientists crack secrets of Mona Lisa" by Angela Doland, Associated Press Writer.

"The enigmatic smile remains a mystery, but French scientists say they have cracked a few secrets of the "Mona Lisa." French researchers studied seven of the Louvre Museum's Leonardo da Vinci paintings, including the "Mona Lisa," to analyze the master's use of successive ultrathin layers of paint and glaze - a technique that gave his works their dreamy quality.

Specialists from the Center for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France found that da Vinci painted up to 30 layers of paint on his works to meet his standards of subtlety. Added up, all the layers are less than 40 micrometers, or about half the thickness of a human hair, researcher Philippe Walter said Friday.

The technique, called "sfumato," allowed da Vinci to give outlines and contours a hazy quality and create an illusion of depth and shadow. His use of the technique is well-known, but scientific study on it has been limited because tests often required samples from the paintings."




"This week's edition of Chron Appetit . . . we're starting to put together our annual Bargain Bites compilation (see the 2009 version), and though a Bargain Bite appears every week in the 96 Hours section, we're always looking for more possibilities, especially from readers.

The parameters are simple: Dinner entrees must be under $12 and/or $30 should cover a complete dinner for two. . . .

Lynne Bennett: 'You can't beat Vik's Chaat Corner (Berkeley) for its consistently wonderful dishes, the store and the great new digs (a huge plus); and Sinaloa, a taco truck with great tacos ­ especially the carnitas and lengua (on Interational Blvd/22nd, Oakland).' " The complete feature at sfgate.com.



"Silicon Valley meat market thriving despite recession" reports David Loiue at abclocal.go.com. "The recession has been tough on small Bay Area businesses, but every so often one beats the odds simply because of its loyal customers.

The signs outside do not offer many clues on what to expect one gourmet meat market in Silicon Valley. Inside, customers at Dittmer's find themselves transported to Germany.

Butcher Mark Bubert speaks German and makes more than three dozen kinds of sausage from recipes his father Dittmer brought from Germany. Through the years, the small shop in Mountain View has developed an international following."



"UC Davis report questions olive oil's virginity" is a report at latimes.com.

"More than two-thirds of common brands of extra-virgin olive oil found in California grocery stores aren't what they claim to be, according to a report by researchers at UC Davis.

The findings, which come as the federal government rolls out new standards aimed at cleaning up what has long been a slippery business, highlight mounting concerns over labeling accuracy for olive oil in the U.S.

But in some ways the results were as complicated as the business itself. Some brands had samples that failed in all three geographical locations: Different lots of Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil -- purchased at Safeway locations in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and Bel Air grocery store in Sacramento ­ fell short, according to the report.

Samples of Whole Foods' 365 Everyday Value 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil met the standards from product purchased at a store in Santa Clarita, but failed in those bought in Sacramento and Berkeley locations. Wal-Mart's Great Value 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil met standards in samples from West Sacramento and the Bay Area, but not from Santa Clarita."




"Food Union Supports California Pot Legalization" by Amy Scattergood, laweekly.com.

There are many good reasons for California to legalize marijuana, not least being that it's cheaper to drive to Mar Vista, say, than it is to fly to Amsterdam, and because one wonders what the folks who design Intelligentsia's high-strung coffee palaces could do with a pot café. There is also the well-documented link between food and cannabis, which anyone who survived four years of college frat parties can testify to, assuming they remember any of it. For more on that subject, just listen to Michael Pollan (The Botany of Desire, etc.) giving this lecture at Berkeley.

Now the United Food and Commercial Workers Union has endorsed Proposition 19, the initiative on the November ballot that would decriminalize marijuana. Says Dan Rush of the union's Local 5, 'The marriage of the cannabis-hemp industry and UFCW is a natural one. We are an agriculture, food processing and retail union, as is this industry.' Read Dennis Romero's story for details.





"Juniper Networks Sued by Enhanced Security for Patent Infringement" by Phil Milford at bloomberg.com.

"Juniper Networks Inc., the second- largest maker of computer-networking equipment, was sued by Enhanced Security Research LLC for allegedly infringing two patents. Juniper shares fell as much as 3.2 percent.

Enhanced Security, of Berkeley, California, contends Juniper is using the inventions for detecting security breaches, patented to Peter M. Shipley since 2000, without permission, according to papers filed yesterday in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware."





"UC freshmen to include record number of out-of-state and international students" by Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times.

"A record number of out-of-state and international students are planning to enroll as University of California freshmen in the fall, the result of a controversial effort by the revenue-hungry university to garner the much higher tuition that nonresident students must pay.

More than 8% of UC's projected 37,151 freshmen will be from out of state or overseas, up from 6% for the school year just ended, according to figures released Wednesday. The change is concentrated mainly at UC Berkeley and UCLA, with Berkeley showing the most dramatic shift. That campus expects non-Californians to constitute 22.6% of its freshman class, double the proportion for last year, the figures show."




"BP Oil Spill: 'Mystery Plumber' May Be Brains Behind Containment Cap" by Patrik Jonsson at abcnews.go.com.

" 'Joe the Plumber' became a household name in 2008, but will anyone ever know the identity of the plumber who may have brought BP to the brink of stopping the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Six weeks ago, Robert Bea, an engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, received a late-night call from an apologetic 'mystery plumber.' The caller said he had a sketch for how to solve the problem at the bottom of the Gulf. It was a design for a containment cap that would fit snugly over the top of the failed blowout preventer at the heart of the Gulf oil spill.

Bea, a former Shell executive and well-regarded researcher, thought the idea looked good and sent the sketches directly to the US Coast Guard and to a clearinghouse set up to glean ideas from outside sources for how to cap the stubborn Macondo well."





"Google Pledges $1 Million To Digital Book Research" a report at itproportal.com.

"Google has pledged $1 million (£665,000) to fund academic research projects dedicated to digitising literary works from all geographical locations and eras.

According to a post on the Google Research blog, the company plans to donate $1 million to a total of 12 projects at 15 universities planning to study the relationship between location and literature.

The Guardian reports that Google plans for the results to be presented using Google Earth.

One project, a collaboration to create 'Google Ancient Places' between the UK's Open University, the University of Southampton and the University of California at Berkeley, will allow users to search for books belonging to a specific location during a particular time period, which are then depicted on Google Maps or Earth."





"Energy Commission Awards More Than $2.5 Million for Research Projects" at tmcnet.com.

"The California Energy Commission issued the following news release: The California Energy Commission today awarded $2,554,030 million for research projects tackling a range of issues including climate change, electric fuel, and energy storage. The funds come awarded from the Public Interest Energy

'With these funds, the Commission is helping invest and prepare for California's energy future,' said Energy Commissioner Anthony Eggert. 'The PIER program has a successful history of funding innovative energy projects that provide benefits for all Californians.' Here is a summary of the seven projects that funding was approved for: * The California Institute for Energy and Environment at UC Berkeley will receive $549,975 to further develop CalAdapt, a prototype interactive visualization tool that maps out how potential climate changes will impact California. The project calls for updating, expanding, and launching the Web-based tool for public use. The tool would provide data that would be used for planning purposes at the local, regional, and state levels and help educate the public about the impacts of climate change.

* The Institute of Transportation Studies' Transportation Sustainability Research Center at UC Berkeley will receive $200,000 to study the technological, economic, and regulatory barriers involved in scaling up electric fuel for transportation purposes. The research will help to understand what regulatory changes can be made to reduce the cost of plug-in electric vehicle batteries."




"House Bill Affirms California Energy Innovations" written by Lance Howland, publicceo.com.

"A bill was introduced in Congress in mid-July to keep the lights on for innovative energy financing championed by a coalition of dozens of California cities and counties

Twenty-nine members of Congress - including three Californians - introduced the PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Assessment Protection Act of 2010

The PACE bill seeks a compromise in fast-moving developments at the intersection of the energy sustainability and mortgage foreclosure issues.

The bill's stated goal is to 'ensure that the underwriting standards of (mortgage leaders) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac facilitate the use of Property Assessed Clean Energy programs to finance the installation of renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements.' "




"Mixed Messages on Green Homes:Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac try to block a municipal program that makes solar roofs affordable for homeowners" by Melinda Burns, miller-mccune.com.

"A voluntary program that would let homeowners pay for solar roofs and other energy-saving improvements through an increase in their property taxes is under fire from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-backed mortgage buyers that control half the mortgages in the U.S.

The Associated Press reports Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will not buy or guarantee mortgages on properties where homeowners are paying for solar panels or insulation or other energy-efficient fixes through long-term property tax assessments. They argue that the assessments would get in the way of their repayment rights if a loan defaults, default being a concept they certainly understand.

In response, California Attorney General Jerry Brown sued the federal government - the same federal government in which the vice president extolled the program and called for a national program - asking a judge to let the program go forward."






"Airbus, Boeing `Cozy' Duopoly Starts to Crack as Rivals Attack" by Andrea Rothman and Susanna Ray, bloomberg.com.

"For more than a decade, Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. had only each other to watch.

Now rivals from Canada, China and Russia are developing models to break into the narrow-body segment, dominated by about 10,000 Airbus A320s and Boeing 737s in operation and 4,000 on order. The single-aisle jet market will likely reach $1.68 trillion over the next 20 years, Boeing estimates.

'This cozy world of just the two of us is almost over,' Boeing Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said in an interview. 'We're still going to compete like crazy. If you think you had to meet promises with two guys, think about when you've got five.'

The shifting dynamics will be visible at the Farnborough Air Show, the world's largest aerospace exhibition, which starts July 19. Bombardier Inc., China's state-owned Comac and Russia's Irkut will brief on their jets' development. At stake is the incumbents' hold on a narrow-body market that is the cash cow of the civil aviation industry, accounting for more than two thirds of output and about 40 percent of sales, with the two manufacturers churning out a combined 70 planes each month."





And for a whole new level of anxiety check out Kubi'sk emailed link to An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion.






Planning Commission passed their Staff Report last Wednesday.


Local 123 is now and then showing movies, featuring music, and serving informal evening meals.

From their webpage"Our name reflects the building's history as the Painters' Local union hall from 1943-1971 but also speaks to our commitment to sourcing goods locally, supporting green businesses in the area, and fostering a greater sense of awareness and appreciation for specialty coffee and foods on West Berkeley's State Highway 123."



"A call home to mom, then Berkeley man is fatally shot:A Berkeley High graduate is found slumped in a car near the 'Arnieville' tent city" by Angela Woodall
Oakland Tribune.

"Detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Friday afternoon near Berkeley Bowl and the "Arnieville" tent city.

A 29-year-old man was killed in the 2800 block of Milvia Street. His mother, Juanita Ruiz, identified him as Marcus Mosley Jr.

Ruiz said her son had just called her on the phone minutes before she heard that he had been shot to tell her that he was on his way to their home, which was a couple of blocks away. Ruiz said she worried about him a lot because his brother-in-law had been killed two years earlier. Ruiz said Mosley would have turned 30 on July 25.

Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said Berkeley patrol officers received a call about the shooting at 5:10 p.m. and found Mosley slumped over the wheel of a car. Medics arrived and removed him from the car."




"Statistician Overcame Racial Barriers" at onlinewsj.com.

"David Blackwell was a leading statistician who made contributions to game theory and once helped the U.S. Air Force calculate the probability of war.

Mr. Blackwell, who died July 8 at age 91, was doubly a pioneer because he was an African-American statistician, a rarity in academia in the 1940s and 1950s.

After earning his Ph.D. in mathematics at age 22, Mr. Blackwell was shut out of positions at the University of California, Berkeley. He landed at Howard University, where he became the tenured chairman of the Mathematics department at age 28."


"Internal Affairs: Measure to outlaw divorce in California clears hurdle" by the Mercury News Staff.

"What can we say, some people are just slackers

Here are just a few of the items on U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu's to-do list: Curb climate change. Make sure billions in public funds are well spent. And, lately, supervise BP's efforts to stanch the oil spill in the Gulf.

All in a day's work, as they say.

So what does the Nobel Prize-winning physicist and former head of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab do to unwind? Kick back and watch SportsCenter, like President Barack Obama likes to do before bed? Hit the links? Take a beach vacation, perhaps?

Not quite."




"Oakland pot-growing plan worries small bud tenders" at google.com.

" After weathering the fear of federal prosecution and competition from drug cartels, California's medical marijuana growers see a new threat to their tenuous existence: the "Wal-Marting" of weed. . . .

Officials in Berkeley and Long Beach also are moving take the mystery out of medical marijuana production.

The Berkeley City Council last week approved a measure for the November ballot that would authorize the city to license and tax six pot cultivation sites. Companies running the facilities must agree to give away some pot to low-income users, employ organic gardening methods to the extent possible and offset in some way the large amount of electricity needed to grow weed."




"UC Berkeley must cut sports program costs" MediaNews editorial.

We all like to see our team win. Backers of the Cal Golden Bears are no exception. But that doesn't mean that UC Berkeley should give its Intercollegiate Athletics Department an open checkbook.

As a special committee of faculty and alumni members appointed by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau made clear in its report this month, the university needs to rein in the spending of its sports programs."




"Berkeley Declaration on IP Enforcement & Access to Medicines" is a press release at berkeley.edu.

" A coalition of public-interest groups and academic experts, meeting last week at the University of California Berkeley Law School, have issued the 'Berkeley Declaration on Intellectual Property Enforcement and Access to Medicines'. The statement calls attention to the dangers that a new international intellectual property (IP) enforcement agenda poses to access to medicines for the poor. The text of the statement is available below and through the Berkeley School of Law.





from my log

6/23/10--6:12 AM--irritant 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, headache.

6/26/10--6:45 AM--irritant 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 eyes.


7/2/10--7:12 AM--very serious irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, light head, nausea, dry heavy burning air. 5:20 PM--On returning from the Canned Food Store Marsha exclaims"You can smell it! It's like, like burnt, burnt . . . I don't know. I only smell it here."

7/3/10--6:37 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy brunring air, no wind.

7/5/10--2:14 PM--irritant in front of warehouse with heavy dry air, leave.

7/6/10--8:34 AM---irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY front of warehouse, heavy dry burning air, itchy skin, watery eyes.

7/8/10--off-and-on all day, irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry heavy burning air, wear respirator, leave. 9:56 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse heavy dry burning air with "chlorine" odor, sysmptoms like swimming in pool with too much chlorine, leave.

7/9/10--6:20 AM--irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse heavy dry burning air with "chlorine" odor, similar symptoms as above. 5:08 PM---irritant in front room, heavy dry burning air with "chlorine" odor, similar symptoms as above.

7/10/10--off-and-on late afternoon and early evening, irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, heavy dry air, watery eyes, itchy skin. 7:02 PM--irritant and"burning rubber" odor in front room, only apparent activity Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass.

7/12/10--6:38 MM--irritant in front room with "chlorine" odor.

7/13/10--2)05 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, heavy dry burning air, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, wear respirator.

7/15/10 5:48 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in ware house front and in front of ware house, dry heavy burning air, itchy skin, mucus membrane irritation ,wear respirator, over rides four HEAP filters.

7/16/10--1:45 PM, lights flicker. 2:51 PM lights continue to flicker, hot plastic odor in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 8:12 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.


7/17/10--6:04 AM--VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, heavy dry burning air ,EXTREME mucus membrane irritant, watery burning eyes, burning mouth, extreme nasal congestion, hacking cough, ringing ears, sinus headache. 8:24 AM--worse, over rides four HEPA filters and air conditioner, burning sensation increases,"chlorine" odor present. Marsha similar, nasal congestion, headache, light head, leave.2:54 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, heavy dry burning air, watery eyes, itchy skin. chills, light head, nausea, wear respirator. Marsha similar. 5:51 PM--"It's bad" said Marsha. "I have a head ache, I 'm coughing alot, my lips are dry and burning. It's really bad. I'm sick. I don't feel good." 6:34 PM--heavy dry burning air IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, leave.

This is a bad as it's ever been in the last eleven years. RP

7/18/10--6:43 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMDEIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy burning air, usual sysmptom, over rides our HEAPA filter and air cinditioner, wear respirators. 10:19 PM--heavy dry air in warehouse front, Marsha, chills, dizzy, nauseous.





The irritants sometimes experienced cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional short breath; occasional nausea.

Though the irritants we experience sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all" the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.

I am left to conclude that possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience, those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter, are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.

Though the respirator-filters largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through the skin.

"I feel like ants are crawling on me" said Marsha.


I've noticed recently some neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.



Eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com


Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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

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


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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


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

useful link

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



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


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



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


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

Crime Log for 94710 is here

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


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

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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


Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

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



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