Veg-G-Wagen is a Mercedes
G-Wagen diesel that can also run on waste vegetable oil
an Overland Journal
Steve's vehicle is featured
in the Spring
2010 Overland Journal. More on this later!
John Norheim is crewing a
sail boat in a here to Hawaii and back race. He called after finishing
the here to Hawaii leg saying that right now they are in first
Last Wednesday, the Planning
Commission accepted their staffs' West Berkeley Project report
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."
"City closes Berkeley bingo operation"
is a report by Doug Oakley,
"Disgruntled bingo players
helped shut down a Berkeley parlor that raked in millions of dollars
and was supposed to support a nonprofit that city officials say
exists only on paper.
Two men running the Youth
Actors Company bingo operation on San Pablo Avenue at Gilman Street
surrendered their permit last week, said Gregory Daniel, Berkeley
code enforcement supervisor.
'We shut them down,' Daniel
said. 'They're gone. We were getting complaints from bingo patrons
about being cheated out of winnings and the operator's family
Daniel said a financial statement
showed the operation, which also was making pay outs far in excess
of the $250 city limit, brought in $5.6 million from July to December
of last year.
'This is supposed to be a
non profit bingo operation to support non profits,' Daniel said.
'Where did the money go? What nonprofit did you support? We found
no records of any nonprofit activity.' "
"Zen and the art of dry cleaning"
by David Morrill, Oakland
"The moment Steven Soares,
of Oakland, brought his clothes to Arlene's Cleaners here, he
could sense there was something different about the place."
"Construction on the Plunge nearly finished"
is a report at richmondconfidential.org.
"Almost two years after
workers broke ground on an ambitious renovation effort at the
84-year-old Richmond Municipal Natatorium, better known as The
Plunge, the giant Point Richmond swimming pool is nearly finished.'
"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."
"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."
"Blacks May Tilt Balance in Vote to Legalize
Marijuana" at nytimes.com.
"'I was a pastor on
crack cocaine, sir,' said Mr. Allen, who says he has been sober
for 11 years and now identifies himself as the bishop of the International
Faith Based Coalition, in Sacramento. 'Drugs have no religious
And while crack cocaine laid
him low, Mr. Allen says his first drug of choice was marijuana.
So it is that Mr. Allen and a cadre of other African-American
pastors, priests and other religious leaders have bonded together
in recent weeks to fight what they see as a potentially devastating
blow to their communities: Proposition 19, the California ballot
measure that would tax and regulate marijuana.
In doing so, Mr. Allen and
his followers have opened a new, potentially crucial front in
the battle over Proposition 19, pitting those afraid of more widespread
use of the drug versus those who see legalization as 'an exit
strategy in the war on marijuana.'
"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.
"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,
"Wi-Fi Puts Windblown California Islands
on the Web" Stephen
Lawson, IDG News.
"The hardy team of biologists
stationed on the Farallon Islands, a minuscule set of outcroppings
in the Pacific just west of San Francisco, suffers a lot of inconveniences.
After all, they're living
on islands made up mostly of rocks, drinking filtered rainwater
and using solar power that wanes during the short days of winter.
Just to get out to the island and back, they rely on a band of
private boat skippers who are willing to sail the 47-kilometer
(28-mile) stretch of ocean between the city and the islands and
then have their boats lifted to shore on a crane. The Farallones
have no dock, because none would survive the wind and rough seas,
according to Russ Bradley, who works on the islands for about
18 weeks of the year as Farallones program manager for the Point
Reyes Bird Observatory.
In some ways, the Farallones
feel more than 28 miles away from civilization, according to Bradley.
'Just the transportation and the logistics of working and living
out here is a whole challenge in itself,"'he said."
" 'Climategate' fallout may impact legislation"
David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff
into the "Climategate" scandal have now cleared a group
of scientists accused of twisting data in an effort to prove the
world is getting warmer.
But many environmentalists
and climate researchers fear the damage has already been done."
"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."
"Some experts say California's payroll
system 'puzzle' doesn't compute" is a story by Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times.
"For the last seven years, demands that state worker pay
be reduced when California has no budget have been met with a
consistent response from union-friendly state controllers: Their
computer can't do the math.
It's an argument that has
outraged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, bemused computer experts
and elicited the skepticism of various court judges - especially
as the payroll system has adapted to other complex programming
tasks, such as calculating dozens of raises for unionized employees
and slashing the pay of elected officials and their appointees
to zero during Sacramento's budget crises.
Although many computer experts
agree that the state's payroll system is antiquated and would
be difficult to update, they also said reprogramming it to calculate
the minimum wage for more than 200,000 workers probably could
have been accomplished long ago and in a matter of months."
"Community Bank of the Bay Raises $7.7
Million in New Capital and Appoints Five New Directors" marketwatch.com.
"Community Bank of the
Bay /quotes/comstock/11k!cbya.a (CBYAA 2.70, 0.00, 0.00%) announced
today that it has closed its public stock offering, after successfully
raising over $7.7 Million in new capital and added five new directors
to its Board of Directors.
'It was a herculean effort
to raise capital in this environment. Most of the capital came
from the new markets we have entered, a confirmation of the reputation
of the bankers who have joined us from those markets,' said Brian
K. Garrett, the Bank's Chief Executive Officer. He added, 'The
five new board members with their varied backgrounds will be great
additions to the Board of Directors.'
"Mystery Plumber Revealed!" at tonic.com.
"Joe Caldart from Kansas
might gain more than 1,000 Facebook friends after Americans learn
he capped the BP oil spill.
No, he's not that Joe, the
Plumber. He's Joe Caldart from St. Francis, Kan., father of five
and loving husband. He's currently got 928 Facebook friends, but
after The Christian Science Monitor reported that he is the anonymous
caller that capped the BP oil spill, he may wind up with a few
pouring reprocessed vegetable
oil into his G-Wagen
an Overland Journal
One of the Goldin's tenants
is MOG. Check
I'm told Wareham are planning
to remodel some facilities in Potter Creek for lab use.
Heard also some of those
LBL people that have been been moverd here to The Creek love it,
our restaurants, the Bowl, the Potter Creek scene.
In the last week there have
been over ten suspicious fires around the UC Campus. Mostly started
in trash cans they have damaged several motor vehicles, a bench
and an outdoor toilet.
our Jarad emails
I'm back from vacation and
finished the book the BPD Chief has said he likes. I can see why
he thinks this is a good book. I've called for zero tolerance
and have chimed in with neighbors in the past citing the broken
windows theory. I have a better appreciation now for why zero
tolerance and broken windows is misguided.
Truthfully reported statistics
(that's critical) followed with educated PD deployments while
monitoring the (truthfully reported) statistics is one of the
missing pieces in the crime puzzle of Berkeley. I'm particularly
interested in Jack Maple's discussion of casting nets that catch
the sharks and let the dolphins go (major vs. minor infractions)
and of a program that he called "Quality of Life Plus"
that I'm utterly convinced could change the face of crime in West
& South Berkeley in a matter of weeks if it were implemented
without regard to the political shenanigans commonly seen in City
If Chief Meehan has the "juice"
to implement the concepts of Jack Maple that changed the face
of crime in New York City, I'll be behind that effort all of the
way & he'll have a fan club on my block that will go beyond
"Alice Waters' Culinary Tour"
written by Nate Cavalieri & Alison
"Some revolutions start
with a manifesto. But Alice Waters -- chef, author and proprietor
of Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse -- began changing how Americans
eat by using a menu.
Back in 1971, diners at Chez
Panisse lacked the terminology to describe the food they were
tasting. It would be years until terms like 'California cuisine,'
'certified organic,' and 'locavore' were coined. But who needs
words when you have such a meal? Alice Waters made U.S. food a
pure pleasure. Here's her itinerary for savoring some of the best
the Bay Area has to offer.
Your culinary journey begins
down on the farm -- the inspiration for Chez Panisse's menu, and
most California gastronomic triumphs since. At Petaluma's Green
String Farm, owner Bob Cannard has pioneered sustainable farming
in the North Bay for 30 years. You can taste the chemical-free
fruits of his labors at Green String's farm store."
"Oakland could go to pot in a big way with
four proposed factory farms:The state's pot-friendliest city could
approve a plan to set up four marijuana factory farms. But it
has ignited intense opposition from medical marijuana activists,
dispensary operators and growers" at latimes.com.
"Oakland could approve
a plan Tuesday to set up four marijuana factory farms, a step
that could usher in the era of Big Pot.
And Berkeley, like neighboring Oakland, decided earlier this month
to ask voters in November to approve six marijuana production
operations of up to 30,000 square feet each."
"Light-colored roofs, pavements can offset
carbon emissions" at
and pavements, if used in cities around the world, can help offset
carbon dioxide emissions and thereby put off global warming, a
study has found.
Thanks to their higher reflectivity,
Light-colored roofs and pavements can not only help cities stay
cooler, but also cool the world, with the potential of canceling
the heating effect of up to two years of worldwide carbon dioxide
emissions, according to the study by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory in California."
"Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
to Develop Nanocrystals for 3DIcon Under Department of Energy
Contract" is a story
a developer of volumetric, three-dimension projection and display
technologies, today announced that it has signed a Materials Transfer
Agreement ("MTA") with the regents of the University
of California through the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
("Berkeley Lab") under which Berkeley Lab will provide
specialized nanocrystals to 3DIcon."
"Cash Rewards With Counseling Could Help
Prevent STIs" at
"Giving out cash can
be an effective tool in combating sexually transmitted infections
in rural Africa, according to a new study conducted jointly by
researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, the Development
Research Group at the World Bank and the Ifakara Health Institute
The study, presented at the
International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, found that people
who were offered up to $60 each over 12 months to stay free of
STIs had a 25 percent lower prevalence of those infections after
a year compared to those who were not eligible for the money."
"Biomass power plants wary of EPA carbon
accounting" by Jeff
Barnard at businessweek.com at
"Oregon and other states
with lots of trees have been counting on generating more electricity
by burning forest thinnings and logging leftovers as a promising
future source of green jobs and renewable energy as well as a
way to pay for projects to prevent forest fires.
But a rule issued by the
Environmental Protection Agency in May has the biomass industry,
and Oregon's congressional delegation, worried that biomass may
lose its long-standing green status, and be lumped in with coal
as a greenhouse gas polluter.
The rule focuses on big coal-fired
plants and oil refineries in counting up just how much greenhouse
gas the country releases into the atmosphere."
the new chief and his command
staff meet regularly
with those at City Hall including
the mayor-- far left in this photo
our Lt Andy Greenwood BPD emails
I hope this note finds
you well and enjoying the summer months.
It'd be great to return this
stolen property to the rightful owner, and to hold the suspect
in the case accountable for victimizing a West Berkeley household.
Lt. Andy Greenwood
In a recent case, BPD Officer Susan Lee arrested a suspect who
stole a garden statue from the front yard of a West Berkeley residence,
and then tried to sell it at a local salvage store. During that
investigation, a garden bench possessed by the suspect was seized
for safekeeping. We suspect it was stolen from someone's porch
or front yard. We have been unable to determine the rightful owner,
and therefore cannot establish an additional crime. The suspect
made statements apparently intended to distance himself from the
bench--not atypical in a stolen property case.
If your garden bench was recently stolen, please drop me a line
including the date and time of the theft, and a description of
the bench. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will
then forward the information to Ofc. Lee, for follow-up investigation.
Please share this information with neighbors who may not be on
this list, but who may have had the bench stolen...
Thanks, and Best regards,
Lt. Andrew Greenwood
Berkeley Police Department
Community Services Bureau
his Honor Da Boz emails (excerpts)
Berkeley Wins NorCal
For the 2nd year
in a row Berkeley was named the number one city in Northern California
for the number of new solar systems installed per capita. The Northern
California Solar Energy Association (NorCal Solar), a non-profit
solar education organization, made the announcement at its City/County
Solar Awards Celebration last week.
The data highlight
the significant growth of solar energy installations for 122 cities
in 10 Bay Area Counties for 2009. The data also reflect
the increase in solar installations in the Bay Area since the California
Solar Initiative (CSI) launched in 2007. The data reveal
that since the implementation of the California Solar Initiative,
the Bay Area has accounted for 46% of the State's new installed
systems and 40% of added total megawatts.
FILM Foundation recently awarded $120,000 for its 2010 grant
filmmakers received awards, including the first annual $20,000
Saul Zaentz Award given to Judith Montell and Emmy Scharlatt for
their documentary titled Separate and Unequal.
For a full list of winners click here: http://visitberkeley.com/film-office/berkeley-film-foundation
The City of Berkeley, Wareham Development and The Saul Zaentz
Company co-founded the Berkeley FILM Foundation, a grant program
for independent filmmakers with a mission to nurture, sustain
and preserve the thriving Berkeley Film community. The Berkeley
FILM Fund focuses on supporting the ideals reflected in Berkeley
culture: social, historical and innovative documentary and dramatic
Berkeley City Council
approved two ballot measures for the November 2010 election.
City Council recently voted to put the new Downtown Area Plan
on the 2010 ballot. The plan would create a Downtown that
meets the City's climate action goals by concentrating housing,
jobs and cultural destinations near transit, shops and amenities;
preserving historic resources, enhancing open space, promoting
green buildings. The proposed plan would allow for 2 residential
buildings and 1 hotel no higher than our existing 180 foot buildings
and 2 smaller office buildings up to 120 feet. The goal
of the plan is to make Berkeley one of the greenest cities in
the United States. See the ballot measure language here:http://www.cityofberkeley.info/uploadedFiles/Clerk/Level_3_-_City_Council/2010/07Jul/2010-07-13_Item_50b_New_2010_Downtown_Area_Plan.pdf
Another ballot measure would amend the city's ordinance regulating
medical marijuana. The amendments would increase the number of
licensed dispensaries in Berkeley from three to four, allow six
non-dispensing locations for cultivation in the manufacturing
district and establish a 2.5% tax on the sale of medical marijuana.
See the ballot measure language here:http://www.cityofberkeley.info/uploadedFiles/Clerk/Level_3_-_City_Council/2010/07Jul/2010-07-13_Item_51a_Place_Medical_Marijuan_Ordinance.pdf
Artists who live
and work within the 510 Area Code are invited to submit examples
of their work by September 3, 2010, for a unique, juried online
exhibition and competition called Intersection: World Culture
in the East Bay. Visual Art, Performance, Spoken Word, Film/Video,
Multi-Media, etc. are invited to enter. For the complete Call
for Artists see www.510Arts.com .
Cash prizes ranging from $100 to $2,000 will be awarded. There
is a special Best of Berkeley award of $500 sponsored by theBerkeley's
Mayor's Office and the Office of Economic Development/Civic
Arts. 510Arts.com is a one of a kind coalition of the cities
of Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville and Richmond to promote the arts
in the East Bay.
"Legality of Medical Pot Plan Unclear:With
cannabis factories, Oakland enters uncharted legal territory"
by Kate McLean, baycitizen.org.
"The Oakland City Council
Tuesday voted in favor of a controversial proposal to permit giant
medical marijuana-growing factories, but new questions are emerging
about how these entities will fit into the state's medical marijuana
laws. The warehouses will be the first of their kind in California,
and some say they could usher in an era of mechanized cannabis
production and make Oakland ground zero for large-scale pot cultivation.
But the facilities, which
could generate much more medical marijuana than Bay Area residents
consume, have drawn criticism for their size and potential to
supply cannabis to dispensaries throughout the state.
'It's arguably legal under
state law,' said Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML.
'Depending on how they structure it, it's also arguably illegal
under state law.'
Marijuana cultivation has
until recently been largely unregulated, a legal gray area. But
several municipalities have stepped in to set some rules: Mendocino
started a permitting program run by the county sheriff, Long Beach
has passed a requirement that dispensaries grow all of the marijuana
they sell, and Berkeley is asking voters to grant permission for
six marijuana production outfits of up to 30,000 square feet."
Seems many landlords in Berkeley
are reluctant to lease or rent to ganja growers and sellers. Can
you spell "This Property Sized by the DEA." RP
"Cash-hungry states eye online retail for
tax revenue" is
a story at latimes.com.
shoppers can often save big buying online instead of at the local
mall. But a chunk of the savings comes at the expense of state
and local governments, in the form of sales taxes that are never
paid on many Web purchases.
The losses add up for cash-starved
state and local governments across the country: California alone
loses out on more than $1 billion a year.
Now states are starting to
get serious about collecting that money. Options under consideration
include rewriting the rules on which dot-coms have to charge sales
tax - or even requiring online retailers to send their customer
lists to the government.
And in an ironic twist, states
are getting support from tax-wary business groups, which complain
that online retailers such as Amazon and Overstock are exploiting
a legal loophole to undercut the competition on pricing. . . .
'It's no longer a thing of
us wanting to do it for budgetary purposes,' Assemblywoman Nancy
Skinner (D-Berkeley) said at a recent budget hearing, referring
to her proposal to step up the state's collection efforts. 'It's
our own businesses and largest employers asking for it, because
they're being put at a competitive disadvantage.' "
Last I checked we were monopolist, military industrial capitalists.
"Suspected Berkeley Serial Arsonists Caught
On Tape" is
a KTVU report with video.
Police and fire officials may have a lead in their investigation
of a string of 13 arson fires on and near the University of California
at Berkeley campus after two men were caught on surveillance video
at the scene of the latest fire early Tuesday."
"Arrest in latest Berkeley arson fire"
Henry K. Lee, Chronicle
"Travis Eugene Churchill,
charged in an arson fire in Berkeley.
A habitue of People's Park
has been arrested and charged with setting a fire outside a market
near the UC Berkeley campus, one of more than a dozen small blazes
that have been set recently near the university, police said today.
Travis Eugene Churchill,
26, was filmed by a surveillance camera as he was walking near
Sam's Market at 2312 Telegraph Ave. moments before a fire broke
out in a recycling bin outside the business shortly before 4 a.m.
Tuesday, police said.
Police found Churchill in
People's Park at about 5 p.m. that day. He was wearing the same
clothes as the person caught on tape, police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss
David "the Lance"
on his way to Coleen's Saturday
afternoon party where some folks gathered down the street for
Coleen put on the whole thing
herself, next year let's give her some help.
And, if you can't wait, the
neighborhood small-home-owners-et-al group are planning a late
September event, and of course, I have something up my sleeve.
"Getting angry can harm business negotiations
in Asia" is a story
"Getting angry might
help business negotiations with European Americans but losing
your temper with Asians is likely to also lose you the deal, according
to a study on how different cultures react to anger.
Researchers from INSEAD in
France and from the University of California, Berkeley, set out
to see if anger was a good strategy in negotiations after several
studies showed it could be an effective strategy as it was seen
as a sign of toughness.
For the study volunteers
at the University of California were split into two groups --
with 63 Americans of European background and 67 American Asians
or Asians -- and put into a hypothetical negotiation situation
as a salesman."
"US police fatalities increase 43 percent"
by Nafeesa Syeed, Associated Press
"A nonprofit group in
Washington says the number of police officers who have died in
the line of duty is up 43 percent so far this year."
"Oakland Schools Struggle, but Emeryville
May Point a Way Up"
"In his five-year plan
to turn around the lowest-performing schools in the Oakland Unified
School District, Superintendent Tony Smith does not mention teachers,
textbooks or test scores.
The Bay Citizen
A nonprofit, nonpartisan
news organization providing local coverage of the San Francisco
Bay Area for The New York Times. To join the conversation about
this article, go to baycitizen.org.
Instead, Mr. Smith said his
students most urgently needed social and health services, engaged
parents and activities outside the classroom.
Whether Mr. Smith can overhaul
the schools in Oakland is a subject of intense interest among
Bay Area educators. Oakland Unified has lost $122 million in financing
in the latest cuts to California's embattled public schools. The
city's endemic problems, particularly poverty and crime, have
had a dramatic effect in the classroom.
But Mr. Smith has a record
of reform: As a young superintendent in Emeryville in the early
2000s, he enlisted social workers from California State University
and nurses from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. Students interned
at Pixar and made street projects with Seyed Alavi, the conceptual
Soon, test scores districtwide
began to improve. "
"A study by the University of California,
Berkeley School of Law found law schools hire more 'openly liberal
professors' than conservative ones" the National Law Journal reported.
"Blocking California's Clean Energy Law
Will Be Costly"
"More than 100 economists
with expertise in California energy and climate issues have released
an open letter, warning against any delay in the implementation
of California clean energy policies. The letter was organized
by the Union of Concerned Scientists."
"Fuels from the sun? LBL, Caltech, Stanford
get $122 million for research"
part of a broad effort to achieve breakthrough innovations in
energy production, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman
today announced an award of up to $122 million over five years
to a multidisciplinary team of top scientists to establish an
Energy Innovation Hub aimed at developing revolutionary methods
to generate fuels directly from sunlight."
"California Team to Receive up to $122
Million for Energy Innovation Hub to Develop Method to Produce
Fuels from Sunlight"
is the DOE press release.
"Is Another Economics Possible?" by Nancy Folbre at nytimes.com.
Nancy Folbre is an
economics professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
" 'Another World Is
Possible' is the slogan of the World Social Forum, an event first
convened in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2001 as a challenge to the
World Economic Forum, the annual gathering of the world's political
and corporate leaders in Davos, Switzerland.
The possible world imagined
in Brazil (and at subsequent gatherings of the World Social Forum)
is based on more cooperative, sustainable, egalitarian and democratic
institutions than those favored at Davos. It is designed and implemented
from the bottom up rather than the top down, in opposition to
both authoritarian state planning and capitalist profit maximization."
Aw cheez, "Navy
shoots down drones with frickin' laser beams"
by David Gewirt at zdnet.com.
"When it comes to wonderful
toys, the United States Navy has some of the best evar. For example,
the Navy now has lasers that can shoot down drones."
Nick Despotopoulos emails
a link to his
new Groovy Collectibles site. And
Steve Smith emails a
link to Overland Journal's site. His bio-fuel Mercedes G-Wagon
is featured in their current issue.
And Kubik emails a link to
Pulse of the Nation:U.S.
Mood Throughout the Day inferred from Twitter.
First Berkeley PD Chief
Vollmer on drugs from wikipedia.org
"Vollmer was against police involvement with the problem
of drug addiction.Vollmer wrote that enforcement of moralistic
vice laws leads to police corruption and 'engenders disrespect
both for law and for the agents of law enforcement.' Vollmer supported
the establishment of federal distribution, at cost, of habit forming
more at wikipedia.org
"[August }Vollmer was
born in New Orleans to German immigrant parents, John and Philopine
(Klundt) Vollmer. His father saw to it that he learned to box
and swim, both of which he excelled at. Upon his father's death,
his mother returned to Germany with her children for two years,
after which she returned to New Orleans in 1886, but soon thereafter
decided to move her family to San Francisco. In July 1890, the
Vollmer family moved across the bay to Berkeley. . . .
Drawing on his military experience,
and his own research, Vollmer reorganized the Berkeley police
force. Vollmer had discovered that very little literature existed
in the United States on the subject of police work, so he located
and read a number of European works on the subject, in particular,
Criminal Psychology, by Hans Gross, an Austrian criminologist,
and Memoirs of Vidocq, by Eugène François Vidocq,
head of the detective division of the French police in Paris.
He then set out on a program of modernization. He established
a bicycle patrol and created the first centralized police records
system, designed to streamline and organize criminal investigations.
He established a call box network. And he trained his deputies
in marksmanship. . . .
Vollmer was also the first
police chief to create a motorized force, placing officers on
motorcycles, and in cars so that they could patrol a broader area
with greater efficiency. Radios were included in patrol cars.
He was also the first to use the lie detector, developed at the
University of California, in police work. Vollmer supported programs
to assist disadvantaged children, and was often criticized for
his leniency towards petty offenders such as drunks and loiterers.
He also encouraged the training and employment of female and African
American police officers. . . .
In the ensuing years, Vollmer's
reputation as the 'father of modern law enforcement' grew. He
was the first chief to require that police officers attain college
degrees, and persuaded the University of California to teach criminal
justice. In 1916, UC Berkeley established a criminal justice program,
headed by Vollmer. At Berkeley, he taught O.W. Wilson, who went
on to become a professor and continued efforts to professionalize
policing. This is often seen as the start of criminal justice
as an academic field. . . .
In 1921, Vollmer was elected
president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Vollmer left the Berkeley Police Department for a brief stint
as police chief of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1923-24,
but returned upon being disillusioned by the extent of corruption
and hostility towards leadership coming from outside the department.
. . . "
The Vollmer Papers are at
the Bancroft Library.
444 is a 1920s movie with Vollmer playing himself.
"From the Fryer to Your Fuel Tank:If This
Is Possible, Anything Is Possible" by Jennifer Radtke at healthyliving.msn.com.
"I fell in love with biodiesel because it's possible to make
it in your backyard. It's an amazing thing to learn that you can
fuel your car with vegetable oil and that you can make the fuel
yourself. I felt empowered and it opened up my mind, because if
this is possible, then anything is possible. My dream was to start
my own business, and biodiesel gave me the confidence and inspiration
to do it.
I co-founded the BioFuel
Oasis in Berkeley, California, in 2003 to give people who didn't
have time to make their own fuel a retail place to buy it. Switching
to biodiesel proved to be an empowering, life-altering experience
for many of our customers. I remember one customer crying when
filling up with biodiesel for the first time, because it was the
first time the person felt like purchasing fuel wasn't supporting
the war over petroleum. We know many of our customers by name
and have nurtured community among them as they wait in line."
"Building boats and building lives" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"Like many young, idealistic
people who move to the Bay Area from small town America, Amber
Rich's story is not uncommon.
But unlike a lot of those
who come here to be free from the confines of their hometowns,
Rich, 28, of Berkeley, is making a difference-one troubled inner-city
kid at a time.
Rich is the executive director
of Waterside Workshops in Berkeley, a nonprofit that teaches children
how to build boats and bikes. And with the addition of a coffee
shop, youngsters are now learning how to work in the service industry."
"Dance camp teaches steps and life lessons" by Martin Snapp, Berkeley Voice.
" 'One, two, three,
four, five, six, seven eight!' shouted Derrick Minter last week.
'Up! Down! Up! Down! Break! Break! Break! Break! Good job! Good
Minter, a modern dance professor
at the University of Oklahoma, was working with a younger group
this time - middle-schoolers, ages 11-14, from Berkeley, Oakland,
Albany and Richmond.
The sweat was pouring off
the dancers as Minter put them through their paces. He was demanding
nothing less than their best, and they loved it.
'He doesn't treat us like
kids; he treats us like professional dancers,' said Azisa Todd,
12, from Oakland. 'He gives you a challenge, but he breaks it
down so you can understand it. It's really challenging, but it's
The kids are campers at the
Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp, a free program sponsored by UC Berkeley's
"Beloved Berkeley video store closes"
by Damin Esper, insidebayarea.com.
Reel Video video store has closed, a victim of the hard economic
"India unveils prototype of $35 tablet
computer" by Erika
Kinetz at statesman.com.
"It looks like an iPad,
but it's only 1/14th the cost.
India has unveiled the prototype
of a $35 basic touch-screen tablet computer aimed at students,
which it hopes to bring into production by 2011."
More about Officer
444 a 1920s movie serial with our first Berkeley police chief,
AugustVollmer, playing himself-- with much more.
This is a ten part cliff
hanger with episodes lasting about twenty minutes. The first episode,
The Flying Squadron can be viewed here,free.
(Check out the nifty Flying Squadron shoulder patches.) The full
ten episodes are available on DVD from Amazon
for $19.95 plus shipping. Used copies are available on eBay
Buy Now for $7.95 or best offer.
(Filmed in Berkeley, see
if you can recognize the locations. I think some of the first
episode scenes are in here west-Berkeley.)
Of the movie, critic Hans
J. Wollstein writes at answers.com.
"The popular silent
screen action team of Ben Wilson and Neva Gerber star in this
rare surviving serial, released in 10 chapters by Goodwill Pictures
in 1926. Officer '444' (Wilson) and his comrade-in-arms, Officer
Casey (Jack Mower), go up against The Frog, an apparently disfigured
master criminal out to steal the formula for Haverlyite, a secret
and deadly gas invented by James J. Haverly (Arthur Bickel). The
latter is killed along the way and his young heir (Phil Ford)
disappears with the formula. Aided by The Vulture (Ruth Royce),
The Frog will leave no stone unturned to get his hands on the
secret ingredients but he is at all times opposed by Officer '444'
and his legendary boss, Berkeley Police Chief August Vollmer,
who use the latest in police detection to track him down. There
are sundry other interested parties lurking about, including the
obviously disguised figure of "Professor Kalium," who
heads The Amalgamated Society of Scientists; the mysterious and
sinister Dr. Blakley (Al Ferguson; Dago Frank (Frank Baker), another
associate of The Frog; and Snoopy (Harry McDonald), a newspaperman
who, a title proclaims, "didn't know what the word 'news'
meant as he left school before they came to the 'Ns'." Officer
444 was the last of nine serials to star Ben Wilson and Neva Gerber,
the latter a Chicago socialite. A tenth chapterplay, the talkie
The Voice From the Sky (1930), has been rumored to exist but may
actually never have been made.
Directed by Francis Ford, the older brother of John Ford, and
produced by its star, Ben Wilson, Officer 444 is a great deal
better than its tattered reputation. Although seemingly made up
as the filmmakers went along, this action serial has everything
a silent melodrama should have: a dashing hero, a beautiful and
intrepid heroine, a bumbling sidekick, a femme fatale and a mystery
master villain. The latter, complete with hideous glass eye and
hunchback, is in the fine tradition of Lon Chaney and the actor
behind the disguise -- whose identity shall remain a secret --
actually manages to give this legendary star a run for his money.
And if all that weren't enough -- and it certainly ought to be!
-- Officer 444 also features a Keystone Kop-like police force
and a guest appearance by a true legend of American crime detecting,
August Vollmer, the real-life Berkeley, California, Chief of Police
from 1909-1932. Granted, Mr. Vollmer's scenes appear to have
been filmed in one brief session but his presence added to the
serial's topicality in 1926. The action is plentiful -- and as
absurd as one has come to expect from such fare -- and if the
fisticuffs aren't quite up to par with more polished later donnybrooks,
well, they certainly are plentiful." (underlining mine)
Understand that as a kid
I looked forward to the Saturday afternoon movie matinee at the
Fren, a local theater that charged 10 to 25 cents for an afternoon
of westerns, cartoons and cliffhangers.
Now I'm looking forward to
reading The Berkeley Police Story, an early 70's book about the
history of our department. The late Sixties early Seventies was
a time in which the force was politicized by our then new radical
administration including our current State Senator and current
mayor Tom Bates' wife, Loni Hancock. The attempted radicalization,
by the way, was accompanied by the mass exodus of many trained
our Jarad emails
Between 4-5pm today [7/26/10]
at 10th & Bancroft a couple of guys on foot were running and
shooting at each other. BPD was on the scene quickly, blocked
off the intersection, have some information from witnesses &
might have some leads.
I'm trying to be patient,
but am getting anxious for Chief Meehan to start putting Jack
Maple's field tested crime fighting techniques into action. That
shootout happened a mere 60 seconds after I drove through that
intersection. Innocent people are going to get killed if we can't
get things to change down here.
Already this year my wife
and I have seen a murdered guy on the sidewalk in February before
BPD arrived as we were on the way to a play downtown. Today by
sheer luck I went through an intersection a minute before a shootout.
This is starting to get uncomfortable...again.
"NBC's 'Parenthood' has little love for
the 'real' Berkeley"
Chuck Barney, mercurynews.com.
"The TV critics' summer
press tour was only a few hours old when it suddenly hit me: I
had traveled more than 300 miles only to wind up in ... Berkeley?
Yes, there I was - roaming
about the Craftsman-style bungalow of Berkeley residents Adam
and Kristina Braverman. Lovely artwork lined the walls. A sense
of eclectic quirkiness permeated the place. And check out that
really cool sunken bathtub ...
'What would you like to see?'
Adam asked. 'We don't give tours of our home very often.'
'Adam,' of course, was really
actor Peter Krause, and the 'house' was just a set on the Universal
Studios backlot for NBC's sprawling multigenerational family drama,
'Parenthood.' But if you suspended belief for a bit, you could imagine being in what one set
decorator called a 'mythological area of Berkeley.'
How Berkeley are they?
Some annoyed East Bay viewers
regard the setting for 'Parenthood' as just that - a myth. Since
the series debuted earlier this year, nit-pickers have repeatedly
knocked the show for getting Berkeley wrong."
"Ed Roberts, disability-rights leader and
Cal alum, gets his own state day" by Wendy Edelstein, berkeley.edu.
"January 23 has been
named Ed Roberts Day in California, in honor of the Cal alum who
pioneered the disability-rights movement on campus and nationwide."
Well, Ok then!
"AVAVA Systems Proves Speed of New Framing
"A newly patented construction
technology was demonstrated last Friday in Berkeley, California
in the form of a third-story addition to an existing single family
house. What would have taken 2-3 days was completed in less than
"Pesticides, hormones, and health"
Linda Riebel, examiner.com.
"Tonight at the San
Francisco headquarters of the Center for Biological Diversity
http://www.BiologicalDiversity.org, Tyrone Hayes, a biology professor
at University of California, Berkeley, who studies developmental
endocrinology , explained some classic and recent research on
how pesticides harm animals and humans. Even at supposedly 'safe'
levels, Hayes and his colleagues have repeatedly shown that exposure
to this chemical feminizes a percentage of male frogs, so they
develop with sex organs of both sexes and don't behave like male
frogs. Others that develop into males don't behave like normal
limits number of pot clubs to three, puts tax measure on November
ballot" by Katherine Tam, Contra Costa Times.
"Richmond reversed course
Tuesday night, capping the number of medical marijuana dispensaries
it will allow at three and reviving tougher regulations it nixed
a week ago.
Pot clubs will be restricted
to regional commercial districts, which are major shopping hubs
such as Hilltop Mall. The police chief will review applications
and grant the permits after holding public hearings."
"Immigration: the 250-year perspective" opines Peter Schrag at washingtonpost.com.
"A federal judge on
Wednesday opened the latest chapter in the tale of Arizona's controversial
immigration law, ruling on several provisions in favor of opponents
of the legislation. As the battle ensues, it seems a good time
to look back at U.S. immigration and ask, What's different now?
Peter Schrag, a visiting scholar at the Institute of Governmental
Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, explores
the immigration debate throughout American history in his book
"Not Fit for Our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America,"
recently released by University of California Press. Schrag finds
that the fear and loathing Americans now have of newcomers isn't
terribly different from the sentiments long abroad in the land.
The echoes are eerily familiar.
Immigrants, legal and illegal, take American jobs, undercut wages,
bring crime and disease, and burden medical and other social services.
They don't learn our language and customs; their kids drag down
the schools. The arguments come from radio and TV talkers, from
FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, from scholars
like the late Samuel Huntington of Harvard, and, of course, from
politicians of almost every stripe.
But what they're saying today
-- mostly about Latinos -- was said a century ago about Italians,
Slavs, Greeks, Jews, Armenians and Turks, and, before them, about
the Irish and the Germans, many of them the same people from whom
today's immigration restrictionists are descended. The Chinese
and Japanese, ironically, were to be excluded because they worked
"Meet the world's next growth engine"
While the developed world
grapples with the mass retirement of its baby boom generation,
India is just welcoming its boomers into the workforce.
There, a demographic bulge
will lead to an enormous labour force spike in the coming years,
presenting India with a profound opportunity for economic growth.
"Poll Finds Dwindling Support for Govt" by Omid Memarian, ipsnews.net.
"A recent poll conducted
by a credible Iranian university centre concerning the post-election
events of 2009 has found that 56 percent of participants believe
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's popularity has declined over the
past year, while just 22 percent believe it has increased.
Opinions of Ahmadinejad in
the capital Tehran declined, despite the fact that the president's
cabinet enjoys a monopoly over state television and radio stations.
Over the past two years,
dozens of reformist publications have been shuttered, and journalists
and political activists critical of the government's policies
have been arrested and imprisoned.
According to the poll, conducted
in Tehran in June by the Iranian Student Polling Agency (ISPA),
two-thirds of the 1,172 people surveyed believe that dissatisfaction
with the government remains widespread, if largely covert.
has been in question since before the election last year, and
the main reason for that is the perception that his administration
has mismanaged the Iranian economy," Jason Rezaian, a Tehran-based
journalist, told IPS. 'Given the deteriorating financial situation
of most Iranians, it's increasingly hard to argue otherwise.'
our Councilman, Darryl Moore
13th Annual Bay to Barkers
Dog Walk & Festival
North Parking Lot of Golden
Gate Fields, Albany
The Berkeley East Bay Humane Society will be putting on their
single biggest fundraiser for the year, the "Bay to Barkers"
on August 1.
Come and help the Berkeley-East
Bay Humane Society recover from the devastating fire of May 2010,
by walking to raise funds at the annual dog walk & festival
fundraiser. This fun event features a 1-Mile Dog Walk (with views
of the Bay), the Lead Dog Contest, Doggy Olympiad games, "Do
You Look Like Your Dog?" and other contests, spa time for
canines and people, craft activities for kids and dogs, and the
Pet Festival with booths hosted by community groups and pet supply
Just added: Musical performance by Tippy Canoe!
(If it's THAT Tippy, she
plays one of Pete Hurney's ukes.) RP
Check out the event website for more information:
Also, event organizers are looking for volunteers to help
set up the event between 6:30 am and 8:30 am at the North parking
lost at Golden Gate Fields in Albany. This entails unloading the
truck with the booth supplies, helping set up the a few booths
If you want to help out, please call (510) 845-7735 ext. 216 or
email Cindy email@example.com.
There are also a few furry friends that need a temporary foster
home while the Humane Society gets back on their feet. If
you're interested, firstname.lastname@example.org.
25th Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships
July 31st & Aug. 1st 2010, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cesar E. Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina
Parking in the Marina all day for the low flat rate of only $10
Includes shuttle service from the parking area to the Festival!
Kites aren't just for kids any more. Experience the excitement
and artistry of modern kite flying. You'll find something for
everyone at the Berkeley Kite Festival. From the Giant Creature
Kites as big as houses, to the free Kite Making and Candy Drop
for kids, you don't want to miss this year's Annual Berkeley Kite
Free Kite Making, 11:00-1:00
Free Candy Drops, 2:30
Free Kite Flying Lessons, 11:00-4:00
Free Rokkaku Battle
The Berkeley Kite Wranglers & Friends
Gomberg Kite Productions International
Sode Cho Kite Team of Hamamatsu Japan
Brian Champie's King of the Hill Gang
Worlds Largest Octopus Kite
Humongous Kites: Bigger than a house and longer than a train!
Team Kite Ballet
The Berkeley Kite Wranglers & Friends
West Coast Kite Championship competition presented by BASKL
20,000 sq. ft. of Giant Creature Kites from New Zealand!
Japanese-Style Rokkaku Kite Battle for the Skies
Giant Kite Sales Tent
Free Kite Making, Kite Flying Lessons and Candy Drop!
Great Food & Music!
Arts & Crafts Booths
Sunday Evening Dinner Cruise on the Empress Hornblower Dining
"2010 College Football Predictions:
The California Golden Bears"
is at bleacherreport.com.
"The Cal Golden Bears
will try and build on their 8-5 season in 2009 with plenty of
experience returning along with a nice mix of new players. Many
projections have the Bears finishing in the middle of the Pac-10
this season, but with a few breaks they could be challenging rival
USC for the conference crown."
"The 2010 Berkeley Open on the 2010 JOOLA
North American Tour" at
"Berkeley, CA is famous for it's diversity, tolerance, and
creativity and thus is an ideal location for our second California
tour stop of the season!"
"Eight UC Berkeley students receive Fulbright
"Eight students from
the University of California, Berkeley, have received Fulbright
scholarships to travel and study abroad for the 2010-11 academic
school year. "
"Three UC Berkeley students awarded Switzer
environmental fellowships" a
press release by Andrea Hicklin, berkeley.edu.
"Three University of
California, Berkeley, students have been awarded the 2010 Switzer
Fellowship. The Switzer Fellowship is given to outstanding environmental
scholars who are pursuing graduate degrees in a variety of ecological
"ArnieVille tent city protest closes down
in Berkeley" by
Sean Maher, Oakland Tribune.
"The tent city known
as ArnieVille has packed it in for now.
The encampment formed in
late June to protest Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed cuts
to Medi-Cal and In-Home Supportive Services. Organizers had put
up tents and a papier-mâché statue of Schwarzenegger
on the central divider island of Adeline Street near Russell Street,
but they took everything down Friday.
Many inhabitants of the camp's
17 tents and other volunteers were disabled and in need of regular
in-home assistance, including nursing care and basic home upkeep.
They said they felt the cuts attack their well-being and home
released in May, included a General Fund reduction of $637 million
in spending on IHSS and $4.2 billion in spending changes on Medi-Cal.
'It's been a month. We slept
under the streetlights, marched, and protested the California
budget cuts to disability programs in every way we could think
of,' organizer Adrienne Lauby said in a statement.
'So we've decided to change
tactics.The people who brought you ArnieVille '.. won't be washing
tin plates and sweeping the cement anymore.'
Lauby didn't respond Tuesday
to requests for details, but said the next effort 'will draw on
the energies of people around the state to turn up the heat on
Berkeley police spokeswoman
Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said the encampment was a peaceful presence
in the city, prompting far more calls of curiosity than complaints.
"A New Risk Factor: Your Social Life"
by Tara Parker-Pope at
"Social relationships are just as important to health as
other common risk factors like smoking, lack of exercise or obesity,
new research shows.
·Numerous studies have suggested that strong social ties
are associated with better health and longevity, but now a sweeping
review of the research shows just how important social relationships
really are. Researchers from Brigham Young University reviewed
148 studies that tracked the social habits of more than 300,000
people. They found that people who have strong ties to family,
friends or co-workers have a 50 percent lower risk of dying over
a given period than those with fewer social connections, according
to the journal Plos Medicine."
"Governor calls for public salaries to
be better publicized"
a report at mercurynews.com.
"The information has
been public record in California since a 2007 state Supreme Court
decision in a case brought by Bay Area News Group, but many cities
and counties don't make the information easily accessible for
the public - and some governments are still balking at providing
it in transparent formats. . . .
That could change if the
state Legislature moves ahead with proposals being drafted by
the League of California Cities to publicize the salaries of the
highest-paid public officials in the state.
About 40 city managers discussed
the issue Thursday at the league's annual meeting in Sacramento,
where the situation in Bell topped the agenda.
The city's chief administrative
officer, assistant city manager and police chief resigned last
week after The Los Angeles Times reported each was being paid
The chief administrative
officer was the highest paid, at $787,637 a year, for overseeing
a city in which 17 percent of the 40,000 residents live in poverty.
The salary is twice what President Barack Obama is paid.
Four of the five members
of the Bell City Council were paid about $100,000 annually before
they cut their salaries earlier this week. In Los Angeles County,
the district attorney and the state attorney general have opened
investigations into the pay of the Bell officials.
The highest 2009 government
salary in the news group's database was the $847,811 paid to Nancy
Farber, chief executive officer of the Washington Hospital Healthcare
System in Fremont. The highest-paid city manager in the database
was Herb Moniz, of San Ramon, at $356,541; the highest-paid police
chief was Berkeley's Douglas Hambleton, at $386,440. The highest-paid
mayor was Gavin Newsom, of San Francisco, at $250,903; in the
East Bay, Oakland's mayor, Ron Dellums, of Oakland, was paid $192,397."
Understand, our current Chief,
Michael Meehan, is not paid that amount--my memory is he gets
somewhere over 200K. And hell, he's a police chief in a town that
in it's recent past hasn't been all that fond of law and order.RP
"Akamai Looks at the State of the Internet:Asian
countries are the speed leaders, while Alaska offers America's
slowest connections" by
Troy Dreier streamingmedia.com.
"Content delivery network
Akamai is in a unique position to survey the health of the Internet
in various locations given its global network of servers, and
the company's quarterly State of the Internet report is a trove
of useful information for registered users. The first quarter
2010 report is now available for download, and it provides interesting
information about the fastest cities and average speed connections."
"Wind farm 'mega-project' underway in Mojave
Desert" at latimes.com.
"The Alta Wind Energy
Center - with plans for thousands of acres of turbines to generate
electricity for 600,000 Southern California homes - officially
breaks ground Tuesday."
"Porsche 918 Spyder approved for production" at autoweek.com
"It's going to happen.
Porsche's instant icon, the 918 Spyder concept revealed at the
Geneva motor show, has been green-lighted for production, the
company said on Wednesday.
Porsche's supervisory board
approved the mid-engine, plug-in supercar as a result of 'overwhelming
response' from the public.
The two-seat 918 Spyder is
a successor to the Carrera GT. It pairs a 3.6-liter V8 that works
with air-cooled lithium-ion batteries that power brushless electric
motors. Total power is estimated to be about 680 hp."
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 isworse than 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.
irritant IMMDEIATELY in front of warehouse, nasal congestion,
dim. 6:41 AM--dry heavy burning air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
in front of warehouse, burning eyes, light head. 3:34 PM--irritant
in front room, cough, dry eyes, nausea. 6:48 pm--irritant in warehouse
front, dry heavy air, Marsha has coughing spell.
7/21/10 --7:30 AM --irritant
in front room, dry heavy air.
in front room, burning eyes, melting plastic odor.
dim. 7:32 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front
of warehouse, dry heavy air, light head.
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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Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
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.
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
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
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.
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
AND check out BPD feature
are these Crooks."
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 email@example.com
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
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