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
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.
"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
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."
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
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.
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
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
"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
The Buttercup and The California
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
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
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
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
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:
A LA LUCHOW'S
4 or 5 pounds venison
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
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.
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
"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
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
"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"
"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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
"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.
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
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."
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
"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
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,
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
"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
"Google has pledged
$1 million (£665,000) to fund academic research projects
dedicated to digitising literary works from all geographical locations
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
"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
'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
"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
"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
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.
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
"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"
"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
All in a day's work, as they
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,
"Oakland pot-growing plan worries small
bud tenders" at
" 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
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"
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
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 7:20
AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, heavy burning air, eyes, ear,
nose, mouth irritation like swimming in pool with too much chlorine,
in front of warehouse, heavy dry burning air. itchy skin, watery
eyes, leave. 11:24 AM---irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
front of warehouse, heavy dry burning air, itchy skin, watery
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."
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
heavy brunring air, no wind.
in front of warehouse with heavy dry air, leave.
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.
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.
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.
in front room with "chlorine" odor.
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
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
"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.
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