a favorite

Wareham walkway

though a touch somber in the early morning gray




a repost of our Ofc Karen Buckhiet's s' long email

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let you know that my assignment as the Area 4 Coordinator is up, and I will be rotating back to patrol the week of July 10th. The new Area 4 Coordinator is Ofc. Cesar Melero Badge 95. You will be able to reach Ofc. Melero at the same extension I had, (510) 981-5774. Officer Melero is a veteran officer with a high level of professionalism, knowledge and experience and I'm sure you will enjoy working with him.

It has been a pleasure working with all of you.


Ofc. K. J. Buckheit Badge 135


Any request I've had of Ofc Buckheit has been addressed promptly, professionally and with a quiet confidence.



Our Berkeley-Oakland Humane Society is planning to rebuild their Potter Creek shelter and are looking for temporary west-Berkeley quarters.


The Roda Group of our 8th and Parker Roda Building continues to actively finance startups.


Kava's new office at 8th and Grayson is now open--quite impressive.



"Grocery Outlet Helps Feed People Facing Hunger With 'Independence from Hunger' Campaign" is a story release at prnewswire.com.

"For one in six Americans, hunger is a reality.  Grocery Outlet is proud to announce the Independence from Hunger campaign, a month-long, company-wide campaign throughout July, which will bring together Grocery Outlet stores and their customers to help feed people in their local communities who are facing hunger and food insecurity."




Appears our Fourth Street Culture will be moving south of University Avenue with the the sooner-than-later leasing of the café at 4th and Addison.





"Berkeley Labs announce public meetings in Bay Area" Roshni Oommen, Oakland Tribune.

"A schedule of public meetings for the proposed sites of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's second campus were announced Monday.

The meetings will include presentations from lab representatives and recommendations from community members.

They will also examine the potential each site has for the development.

The finalists in the running for the second campus are Alameda Point in Alameda; Berkeley Aquatic Park West in West Berkeley; Brooklyn Basin in Oakland; Emeryville/Berkeley, on property occupied by the Berkeley Lab; Golden Gate Fields, spanning Berkeley and Albany; and Richmond Field Station, a site owned by the University of California, which runs the Berkeley Lab.
The second campus is intended to consolidate existing laboratory programs around the East Bay.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the meetings:

Alameda Point, Wednesday, July 13, 7-9 p.m., Auctions by the Bay Theater, 2700 Saratoga St., Alameda.

Richmond Field Station, July 21, 7-9 p.m., City Hall Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.

Brooklyn Basin, July 27, 7-9 p.m., Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero, Oakland.

Golden Gate Fields, Aug. 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Avenue, Albany.

Aquatic Park West, Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m., Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park St., Berkeley.

Wareham Emeryville/Berkeley, Aug 8, 7-9 p.m., Emeryville City Hall, 7-9 p.m, Emeryville.


I emailed the original notice Monday, after which a "highly placed" adminstration official sent an addition and a correction making this Scrambled Eggs agenda more accurate than the original.



Related is"UC Berkeley Selects SKS Investments as Richmond Field Station Developer in Competition for Lawrence Berkeley National Lab ProposedSecond Campus Project" at businesswire.com.

"SKS's Success in Developing and Master Planning Research Facilities in the Bay Area Were Key Attributes that Contributed to Selection
Officials from the City of Richmond announced today that the San Francisco firm, SKS Investments, has been selected by the University of California, Berkeley as developer for the Richmond Field Station for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (LBNL) second campus selection process. The Richmond Field Station, located on the shores of the San Francisco Bay, is owned by the University of California and is one of six sites under consideration by the Lab for its second campus. "




"Federal marijuana decision may prove problematic for Berkeley efforts" Anny Dow, DAILY CAL  Staff.

"A recent federal decision determining that marijuana has no accepted medical use and should be classified as dangerous as heroin may prove to be another obstacle for Berkeley's Medical Cannabis Commission as it prepares for its first meeting.

The commission, which will meet July 21 for the first time since its reconstitution, is responsible for making recommendations to the Berkeley City Council regarding the implementation of Measure T. The measure was approved by 64 percent of voters last November and allows for the opening of six 30,000-square-foot cultivation sites as well as a fourth dispensary while also calling for the commission's reconstitution.

However, the commission's plans may come into conflict with the position of the federal government.

On Friday, the Drug Enforcement Administration concluded that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, has no currently accepted medical treatment use in the United States and lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision. The decision comes nearly nine years after supporters of medical marijuana requested that the government reclassify the drug."



And related is the Berkeley Patients Group lawsuit in "Group responsible for 4 Maine marijuana dispensaries sued by backers" by Meg Haskell, at bangordailynews.com.

"California-based Berkeley Patients Group, which provided financial backing and business support for developing four of Maine's eight licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, has filed a lawsuit against former director of the Maine program, Rebecca DeKeuster, and the Northeast Patients Group organization she headed up.

The lawsuit, filed last week in Cumberland County Superior Court, charges DeKeuster with breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty and seeks $632,000 in lost investment.

According to the court filing, DeKuester resigned from her position with Berkeley Patients Group in February shortly before entering into an agreement with another backer."




Charlie Rose "Rebroadcast of New York Times Columnists Tom Friedman, David Brooks, David Leonhardt, and Roger Cohen" of last June is absolute-must viewing. If only for their general agreement that a third party is necessary because the current two party system simply no longer works--it cannot govern-- and that presently the only effective third party is the Tea Party.










Quote of the day, Groucho Marx

I find television very educating. 
Every time somebody turns on the set, 
I go into the other room and read a book.


Kubik forwards an email from our Michael Kaplan (excerpts)

We know there are a number of other artists who are [in Potter Creek] as property owners and who are very committed to the neighborhood.  This is a good stabilizing factor and one of the reasons why the arts will always be an important part of the West Berkeley fabric.
Just wanted to also say that I appreciated your comments the other night.  Nice to have residents like you speak up and talk from a place of hope and positivity rather than fear.

Michael J. Caplan
Economic Development Manager
City of Berkeley








"Raspberry Pi: Rise of the $25 computer" Chris Gaylord at csmonitor.com.

"British group Raspberry Pi aims to inspire young programmers with a computer so inexpensive that schools could hand them out to students free of charge.

David Braben has a big idea crammed into a tiny frame. He and fellow members of the British nonprofit Raspberry Pi have designed a rugged computer powerful enough to perhaps inspire a generation of future programmers, yet cheap enough that schools can hand them out free of charge.

·Science and Technology Computer Technology Software Software Development Software Engineering Video Games Hobbies and Pastimes

The machine isn't much to look at. It's little more than chips on a stick. But Mr. Braben says that by next year, this ugly duckling of a prototype could grow into $25 computers tailored to students across Britain."













Sarah's painting class playing ball


at recess on my playground









"Making an oasis in a gritty part of Berkeley" observes Laura Thomas keenly in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"On Ninth Street in Berkeley, where small working-class homes remain largely untouched by remodelers' zeal, one two-story house stands out for its clean paint job and simple front yard. And behind it sits an unusual garden, done by a man seeking an oasis for his wife, his family and his soul."

But it's not the only oasis in Potter Creek


Sarah hosts a garden get-together for fellow children's-book illustrators at her, Byron and Milo's, this morning.













Sunday morning in Potter Creek

our cactus flower





"Failed actress Martha T. Lipton keeps on trying" writes Meredith May at sfgate.com.

"Most drag queens on the San Francisco circuit want to teach you to adore them. Martha T. Lipton wants to school you in the proper way to fold a towel."




"Theodore Roszak, scholar of '60s counterculture, dies at 77" an obituary at bangordailynews.com.

"Theodore Roszak, a historian, social critic and novelist who saw the youth rebellions of the late 1960s as a movement worthy of analysis and its own name - the counterculture - died July 5 in Berkeley, Calif. He was 77.

The cause was cancer, said his wife, Betty Roszak.

Roszak was an author and longtime professor at California State University-East Bay whose best-known work defined an era: He wrote 'The Making of a Counter Culture' (1969), a nonfiction best-seller that popularized the word "counterculture."

Drawing on the works of influential thinkers such as Herbert Marcuse, Paul Goodman and Alan Watts, the book examined the intellectual underpinnings of the social tumult that began in the mid-1960s and extended into the 1970s - the campus protests, love-ins, rock music and psychedelic drug fests that infected masses of young people and bewildered their elders. The youths comprised 'a cul ture so radically disaffiliated from the mainstream assumptions of our society,' Roszak wrote, 'that it scarcely looks to many as a culture at all but takes on the alarming appearance of a barbaric intrusion.' "





"Celebrating Gertrude Stein" by Jennifer Modenessi at mercurynews.com.

"Nearly 65 years after her death, Gertrude Stein is suddenly everywhere."





O my gosh, our State Senator Hancock makes foxnews.com.

"California Debates Whether to Abolish Nation's Most Populous Death Row" by Stephen Clark.

"Opponents of California's death penalty are working on a bill to abolish capital punishment in the state, which if signed into law and approved by voters next year could help California save millions of dollars by taking hundreds of prisoners off Death Row.

The bill from state Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley would amend state law to require life in prison without parole for those convicted of what are now capital crimes, including people currently facing execution. If passed by the Legislature, the question would be put before voters on the November ballot."





















"Pranab Bardhan is professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and has undertaken rigorous field research on rural institutions in poor countries, on political economy of development policies, and on international trade" writes Anil Padmanabhan at livemint.com. " In New Delhi recently, he spoke to Mint on the political economy of a new India and the attendant challenges."


And "Pranab Kumar Bardhan , Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, is known for busting many myths about India and China" at indiatimes.com.


Like any Third World country we find "Economic bright spot: bargain-hunting foreigners flocking to US" at csmonitor.com.














"What's New: tea at Moe's," Lisa Wallace at sfgate.com.

Paul Chinn photo, sfgate

"Moe's Books in Berkeley is now offering its own blend of tea.

What better to pair with a good book than a hot cup of tea?
Doris Moskowitz, a Berkeley resident and owner of historic Moe's Books, says she can't think of anything.
That's why the Berkeley store is now offering 'Moe's Breakfast Tea,' a black tea blend developed for the bookstore by the Lhasa Karnak Herb Co., a Berkeley firm that specializes in organic teas and spices."



Then there' s our NOW OPEN new-to-Potter Creek

Far Leaves Tea

2626 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 9470

older videos from the owner




new 8th Street office space





"Richmond looking to snag new UC laboratory" is at insidebayarea.com.

"Richmond has already gained a measure of regional prestige as one of the six finalists for a second campus of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, but the project has the potential to bring the city so much more, City Councilman Jeff Ritterman said.

He sees the project as a catalyst for jobs, new business startups and educational opportunities, not to mention the potential technologies that could emerge from operation of a new site at the UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station on the south Richmond shoreline."


And "FAQ About Golden Gate Fields and the Proposed Second Campus for Berkeley Lab " are answered at albany patch.com.




Berkeley Police Department 

  2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704  
Berkeley, California (Thursday, July 14, 2011) ­ As was the trend when 
walkmans and CD players, then MP3 players and iPods became popular in the 
City of Berkeley community, crime suspects are now focusing increased 
attention on smartphones, especially during street robberies, the iPhone 
emerging as the most popular.  
This crime trend is not unique to Berkeley, as most metropolitian areas 
throughout the U.S. have seen an uptrend in the numbers of smartphone and 
iPhones stolen. They are taken during robberies, auto burglaries, burglaries, 
theft and when left unattended.  
The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) would like to remind and 
encourage community members to employ a few crime prevention measures, 
simple lifestyle changes, that can help reduce your risk as well as discourage 
those who commit these crimes.  

 Be alert to your surroundings and people around you.  

 Do not lend your phone to anyone you do not know or take it  
out of your purse, pocket or bag to give someone the time, if asked.  
 Whenever feasible, walk, jog or travel with a friend or friends. 
 Walk confidently and at a steady pace.  
 Don't talk on cell phones or listen to iPods when alone, as they 
significantly limit awareness.  
 Be aware of locations and situations, which make you more vulnerable 
to crime such as alleys, doorways, parking lots and stairwells.  

 Call BPD to report suspicious persons or activity. 
 If you are the victim of a robbery, immediately call the police.  An 
immediate report,  including the suspect description, direction of 
flight, any associated vehicles and vehicle license plate # gives 
responding officers the best possible chance of locating the suspect, and 
ultimately making a successful case.  
BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this type of crime to call 
the BPD Investigations Division ­ Robbery Detail at (510) 981-5742 or the 24 
hour BPD Non Emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member 
wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area 
Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). All calls to BACS are 
completely confidential. Any information may be critical to solving this type 
of crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the 
key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime. 
 Sgt. Kusmiss S6 
Public Information 
Officer (PIO) 
(510) 981-5780 





cactus flower

mixd use






"UC Berkeley asks incoming students to say more than 'hello'" at latimes.com.

"5,800 Berkeley freshmen and transfer students are asked to record their voices and accents, which will be mapped and compared to other students' samples. The project is part linguistic experiment, part social science and part ice-breaker."















Vintage European Posters July Pop-Up Weekend

July 23-24
Saturday 11-6, Sunday 11-5
2201 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

details here





The new listener supported KDFC is a classical music station now with complete performances, even of longer works, and of a varied well chosen repertoire.

Broadcast and streamed in very good sound, it is very much worth listening to!



a Buy Local email about their memebership event is here.



And the City of Berkeley news page is here

with information about among other things

"National Night Out is August 2. . . . Learn more about how your neighborhood can be involved."




now has a "News Room"

It is here.











Scrambled Eggs' "Hunks and Babe(s) for 2006" are our Berkeley PD Motor Officers---don't have any photos of the officers, but here are their motors.














Recently the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency audited our Pacific Steel work force. Many of 600 Pacific Steel workers are now waiting for the result of this audit. ICE clams as many as 200 of the foundry workers are illegal immigrants. The union claims that they are hard working, productive residents, and Pacific Steel believes their firing would "devastate" the local economy. Berkeley council members have written to the Obama administration expressing "support for the workers."



"Alameda Maneuvers for Coveted Lab" is a story at wsj.com.

"After Years of Failed Attempts at Redevelopment of Former Naval Air Base, City Puts Forth Vision for High-Tech Campus."


"Let's Get Ready to Rumble (For the Lawrence Berkeley Lab)" at eastbayexpress.com.

"This year, one item on every East Bay city's wish list is the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's proposed second campus. 

Ah, the romance! Beyond improving the Port of Oakland and keeping the A's stadium, Mayor Jean Quan hopes a new lab at the Brooklyn Basin along East Oakland's waterfront could be the big-ticket item to win Oakland's future.

Meanwhile, Alameda has an eye on the lab for some prime property at Alameda Point, always on the brink of development but never quite there. Albany hopes to join the big leagues with a lab at Golden Gate Fields, which would entail razing and relocating the horse track, while Richmond thinks it's got a leg up with its Richmond Field Station, a bayside plot already owned by the University of California.

But that's not all! Berkeley has offered up."



Startups, LightSail Energy and JCAP have moved to Potter Creek. LightSail Energy at 2865 7th St Berkeley, are taking "all the space" occupied by the old chocolate factory--a space I had previously reported would be shared with other startups. They have financial backing researching "energizing compressed gas" among other projects.

"LightSail Energy, Inc "is a venture capital-funded start-up in the $100 billion field of energy storage. We are gathering a small, elite technical team to help bring our system from experiment to market".


JCAP at 2929 7th are partnered with LBNL. JCAP is an acronym for Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis.

"The Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis is a DOE Energy Innovation Hub-a research effort built on the premises that a critcal mass of creative scientists and engineers working side by side can accomplish more, faster, than researchers working separately, and that a proactive approach to managing and conducting research is essential.Led by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in partner- ship with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and a select group of universities, JCAP will involve scientists and engineers nationwide. JCAP will keep the United States at the forefront of solar-fuel research " reports solarfuelshub.org. More information on this webpage.




"Twinkle Twinkle ­ A New and Noteworthy iPad and iPhone Book App" is a story release at appmodo.com.

"Twinkle Twinkle, an iOS universal app, has earned a place in Apple's New & Noteworthy Books categories for both iPad and iPhone. The app brings together an interactive children's book, music videos and a counting exercise around the theme of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It is a co-production between Super Simple Learning, an educational company based in Tokyo, Japan, and See Here Studios LLC, a rich media digital book developer in Berkeley, California."



"Twin NASA probes successfully enter lunar orbit" reports newstrackindia.com.

"After two years of space travel in the Earth's orbit, the twin NASA probes have finally reached the Moon.

The probes, that had been used to study space weather, will now study the Moon's interior and surface composition.

The first of the two probes built by the University of California, Berkeley, and part of NASA's five-satellite THEMIS mission entered the lunar orbit on June 27, and the second on July 17.

The spacecraft, called Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence andlectrodynamics of the Moon's Interaction with the Sun (ARTEMIS), began their journey away from Earth's orbit in July 2009."









"UC's little-known Pavement Research Center results in smooth, safe and silent rides" by Lisa M. Krieger, mercurynews.com.

"Pavement Research Center knows it's done a good job when you don't notice."







"Bipartisan Bid To Revive PACE Solar Financing Program" at forbes.com.

"It doesn't exactly mark the Age of Aquarius, but amid the partisan rancor paralyzing Washington, two Republicans and a Democrat have joined forces to introduce legislation to revive a popular residential solar financing program scuttled by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac last year.

Called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, the program pioneered by the city of Berkeley, Calif., allows municipalities to float bonds to finance the installation of home solar arrays and other energy efficiency projects. Homeowners avoid the five-figure upfront cost of going solar and pay back the money through an annual surcharge on their property tax bill, typically over 20 years. If an owner sells the home, the surcharge rolls over to the buyer."




"Time for California to get rid of death penalty" opines Byron Williams, Oakland Tribune contributing columnist .

"The economic downturn in California has possibly raised a moral question for the electorate: How important is the death penalty?

f that question is posed during a high-profile criminal case, I suspect it would most likely yield an overwhelming response in favor of capital punishment. But what about during challenging economic times such as the current crisis?

Would there still be support, especially when presented the reality that the capital punishment in its present state must come at the expense of other policies?

Support for capital punishment has long ridden a wave of support undergirded largely by emotion and conjecture. If SB490, authored Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, successfully makes it through the Legislature, voters will have an opportunity in 2012 to decide whether capital punishment is to remain part of our public policy.
SB490 would repeal capital punishment replacing it with life without the possibility of parole. Hancock contends, and I concur, the death penalty is an ineffectual public policy that wastes taxpayer dollars."





from my log

7/17/11--7:04 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning watery eyes. 7:26 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

7/19/11--7:56 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, headache, light head. 8:27 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, burning watery eyes, cough attack, short breath, wear respirator.

7/20/11--7:23 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

7/21/11--6:19 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, headache, light head, watery eyes, short breath. 6:52 AM--similar, wear respirator. 4:45 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, "melting plastic odor, watery eyes.

7/22/11--5:45 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, headache, light head, watery eyes.

7/23/11--10:27 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, headache, light head, watery eyes.




eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com


Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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

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


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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


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

useful link

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



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


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



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


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

Crime Log for 94710 is here

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


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

The contacts are below:

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

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

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

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


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

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



The original owner of all posted material retains copyright. The material is used only to illustrate.