Mikka Tokuda-Hall's

photo prints



Publishers Weekly features a conversation with our Sarah Klise and her sister Kate about their children's books and "just a little more."

"Berkeley Playhouse presents its next TeenStage production, 'Into the Woods,' " broadwayworld.com. "August 3-5, 2012, and its next YouthStage production, 'Into the Woods jr.', August 10-12, 2012, both with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

One of Stephen Sondheim's most popular works, 'Into the Woods' is a timeless modern classic. Intertwining such classic fairytales as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack and the Beanstalk with the story of a childless baker and his wife, who attempt to reverse a curse on their family,"


Also at broadwayworld.com "Berkeley Repertory Theatre Announces 16 Fellowships

Friday, Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that 16 college graduates ­ including six California natives ­ have been awarded fellowships for the upcoming season. Each year, young leaders from across America are selected for this prestigious training program and proceed to learn their craft alongside accomplished professionals."



"The Wire's Sonja Sohn on Criminal Justice Conversations" is at law.berkeley.edu.
"Actress Sonja Sohn, known for her role on the HBO series "The Wire," talks with host David Onek about her work as co-founder of Rewired for Change, a nonprofit supporting at-risk youth in Baltimore. She also discusses how her personal life has shaped her commitment to ending children's exposure to violence, the power of leveraging celebrity to fuel social change and much more."   







Suspicious  Envelope Containing White Powder at Public Safety Building in the City of Berkeley.
On Friday, July 20, 2012 at about 2:17 p.m., a member of the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) professional staff opened a letter delivered to the Ronald Tsukamoto Public Safety Building (PSB) located at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley. The PSB houses Police and the Fire administration.
When the staff member opened the envelope, it contained a white powder. She was immediately concerned and alerted
her chain of command. Members of the BPD called upon City of Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) to institute a collaborative protocol regarding suspicious substances. BPD and BFD began a partial evacuation of the PSB. Personnel cleared two floors and others were directed to shelter in place. (BFD Chief G. Dong can speak to the Hazmat response)
BPD detectives quickly began a criminal investigation. BFD and Alameda County Fire Hazmat personnel safely collected the envelope and deemed it "non hazardous." We are not yet sharing the specific details as to the type of envelope, who it was addressed to or how it was delivered as we are actively investigating the incident.
BPD was in communication with another Alameda County police agency who experienced a similar incident today.
Sergeant Mary C. Kusmiss















"Tiny apartments in S.F. worth a try" opines the Chronicle at sfagate.com.

"San Francisco's lopsided housing market - sky-high rents and an invasion of young workers - has experts thinking: Why not drop the minimum size of new apartments to the equivalent of a one-car garage?

It's an idea worth exploring and encouraging, but the results will hinge on the appeal and convenience of the finished product. Financing, the job market and even housing politics could all play a role in a helping or hurting a promising idea.

Initial designs feature a foldaway bed, galley kitchen and bench seats along a window for a grand total of 220 square feet, below the city minimum of 290 square feet. In theory, there's a ready market since 41 percent of the city's residents live alone.

Putting more apartments into the same building space could lower costs and possibly rents or sales prices. As new construction, the mini-me apartments would be exempt from rent control. The snug quarters might take pressure off existing multi-bedroom housing that families and couples now compete for.

The city is already nipping at conventional housing rules via building loft apartments in industrial areas and dropping parking requirements. The next frontier could be super-small apartments for singles or very well-adjusted couples looking to live inside an Ikea catalog."


"Micro-apartments next for S.F.?" writes Carolyn Said about Patrick Kennedy's proposed project at sfgate.com.

"Are itty-bitty apartments the next wave for urban dwellers in San Francisco?

The city is considering shrinking the minimum size of rental units, prompted by a demographic shift toward one-person households along with rising rents and an acute housing shortage.

'This seems like a logical, necessary response to housing in an extremely high-cost market like San Francisco,' said Tim Colen, executive director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, a largely developer-backed nonprofit that is 'solidly behind' cutting the size of the smallest allowable apartment by about a third."


I had breakfast with Patrick last week at 900 GRAYSON. The man' s timing continues to amaze! I cannot fault his project, though I am skeptical of an economy that makes it timely. Still, his plan and what I believe to be his quality, will assure a project that will successfully, and with style, fill a need.


Last Tuesday in Sacramento, there was a public tour of a model of Patrick Kennedy's proposed mini-unit.




And on my bike ride around Potter Creek yesterday morning I found delivery trucks of all shapes and sizes aplenty, business parking lots filled to the brim, more than a few commercial remodels, some new building, and at the finish . . . a 900 GRAYSON packed to overflowing.




Wendy Tokuda, a Bay Area news-caster-journalist, is a bonafide Bay Area personality and yet her lasting importance may come from her Students Rising Above, success through education.

"Students Rising Above invests in low-income, first generation college students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to education and strength of character in overcoming tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness, and neglect. We help each student to realize his or her potential by guiding and supporting them through college graduation, and into the workforce. Our graduates are breaking the cycle of poverty within their own families, serving their communities, providing a new generation of employees and leaders from diverse backgrounds, and accelerating positive change. The SRA Community is dedicated to impacting the future through the cultivation of extraordinary youth."

In this time of quicky reads, her site is worth savoring.





"SFPD horse rides off into the sunset" Kevin Fagan, at sfgate.com.

"Riddler happily drooled his carrot munchings Wednesday all over the sidewalk near Union Square, which usually is not becoming behavior for a working member of the San Francisco Police Department.

But he was entitled, agreed those watching the drooling.

Riddler, a mounted-police horse, was enjoying his last day on the job. Immediately after the drooling and some heartfelt odes from his human workmates, he was whisked off to retirement at a 40-acre pasture in Sonoma County. That's where he will live out the rest of his days, gamboling saddle-less in the grass."

Yet once again, a favorite paragraph of mine.

Uncle Don -- An Appreciation

In a time when tall men were 5'10" my Uncle Don was over six-feet. My Mom's oldest brother, Uncle Don was a Milwaukee policeman. But not just any policeman, he was a member of the Mounted Patrol--horse mounted police used downtown for traffic control. (Uncle Don had learned how to handle horses working for my Grandpa delivering ice and coal in horse-drawn wagons.) But that evening during the Christmas rush, when my Mom took me shopping with her at Gimbel's, I didn't know that he was in the Mounted Patrol. Gimbel's was on the busiest corner Downtown, and that night, a corner so filled with people that as a small boy all I could see were shoes, legs, pants, and skirts. My Mom pulled me through the crowd as we crossed the street, and as we reached the opposite curb, a dark figure appeared towering above not only those shoes, legs, pants, and skirts, but above all the people they belonged to. In a huge Great Coat, there was a man who seemed to be a policeman sitting atop a big brown horse. I stood there in awe. We stopped at the side of the horse and its rider, and my Mom asked "Do you know who this is"? Looking up not at all sure, I struggled for an answer. Uncle Don was big and was a policeman. Yet at first, no matter how hard I looked, all I saw was the big coat and the dark horse. But slowly the face above the coat became familiar. "It's Uncle Don" I said with some relief. I don't remember if he said hello, but I know he said that it was all right to touch his horse. After he and my Mom talked a little, we left --a lot of other kids, moms and dads wanted to pet his horse, too. Uncle Don moved to California some years later and I didn't see him for a long time. Then, one Summer afternoon as my cousin MaryAnn and I were sitting on our front steps, a tall man in a raincoat came up to the front of our house and asked. "Do you know who I am?" "You're my Uncle Don" I said.









builder, Patrick Kennedy and staff

lunch, 900 GRAYSON Wednesday

















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

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

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



The East Bay Express
offers "Best Thing to Happen in Berkeley this Millennium is

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

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









our Potter Creek Commercial Kitchens remodel

of the old Nexus Building, 8th and Carleton


Ah, Summer fun-in-the-sun. Our site received just over 5,000 hits yesterday. Must be that Patrick Kennedy stuff, damn. Well, . . . he is good-lookin'.







"Calif. lawmakers hand out pay raises amid cuts" by Juliet Williams is an AP report at sfgate.com.

"California lawmakers have handed out raises to more than 1,000 employees of the Legislature in the last year, even as they made deep budget cuts and trimmed pay for other state workers. The news comes as Democrats promote a November ballot initiative seeking to temporarily raise income and sales taxes to help ease California's ongoing budget woes.

Newly released documents show that officials in the state Assembly and Senate approved raises as high as 10 percent for some top-level staffers. More than 110 of the 1,090 raises given out in the last fiscal year went to legislative employees who were making salaries above $100,000, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the raises."



"UC to hike professional degree fees. Regents OK increases of up to 35 percent" Nanette Asimov at sfgate.com.

"Over the objections of student protesters, the University of California regents hiked fees by up to 35 percent for dozens of professional degree programs - from nursing to business - even as the board agreed to freeze this year's undergraduate tuition if voters approve a tax measure on the November ballot."



















Potters Pete and David Silverberg are reediting their Peter Hurney ukele document for TV.



BPD Ofc Cesar Melero emails

Lieutenant Dave Frankel of the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him at Nina's Café, 2703 Seventh Street, St. 159, Monday, July 30, 2012, from 2:30 to 3:30pm.


Councilman Capitelli emails

Coffee and Impromptu Discussion with Council member Capitelli, Wednesday, July 25, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m, Café Roma, 1549 Hopkins Street (across from Monterey Market).
I will be having coffee and holding a discussion with local residents. Please join us and bring your questions, comments and suggestions.


BerkeleySide has discovered 900 GRAYSON. At 4:30 today, Sarah Henry will interview 900 co-owner, Chris Sulnier.


"Mountain lion, cubs spotted near Berkeley's Greek Theatre" Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.








900 GRAYSON food server

Courtney Bean, at an event

Well, Ok then!


Hunk of the Year

Gary Williams







"Berkeley Joins Harvard, MIT Offering Free Online Classes" Jeanna Smialek, bloombergnews.com.




"Hispanic Ph.D.s Jump as Fastest-Growing Minority Gains" from bloomberg at businessweek.com.

"Marialena Rivera learned a lesson growing up in San Antonio, Texas, when her family struggled to make ends meet before her parents went to college.

'As soon as my parents got their degrees, everything changed for us,' said Rivera, 27, who's seeking her Ph.D. in education policy at the University of California, Berkeley. 'They got better jobs. We moved into a gated community. We had a pool in our backyard.'

Rivera's studies come as the number of Hispanics with doctorates jumped 161 percent from 1990 to 2010, almost double the non-Hispanic rate of 90 percent, according to U.S. Census data."
















"Hundreds March for Harborside" David Downs, eastbayexpress.com.

"Several hundred medical marijuana patients and their allies took to the streets of Oakland Monday in an unprecedented show of support for besieged dispensary Harborside Health Center. Timed to coincide with an East Bay fundraising stop by President Obama, the rally to protest the nine-month-long federal crackdown on medical marijuana drew many of the major leaders of the movement and a broad show of support from Oaklanders.'


"LA City Council votes to ban marijuana shops" js an AP report at sfgate.com.

"Unable to rein in hundreds of medical pot shops that blossomed around the nation's second-biggest metropolis, the Los Angeles City Council banned them Tuesday until the state's highest court weighs in.

The 14-0 vote drew an angry, profanity-laced response from some medical marijuana advocates who attended the council meeting."

Our last night's city council meeting was postponed 'cause the elevator didn't work.







Da Boz et al, 11 o'clock Tuesday morning

touring our

Potter Creek Acme Bread

you know, I think Da Boz and the lady facing him are dancing together


"Dellums should take some cues from Mayor Bates" writes Chip Johnson at sfgate.com.





"Colorado shootings add chapter to long, unpredictable story of U.S. mass murder" Joel Achenbach, washingtonpost.com.

"The United States is a less violent country than it was two decades ago. The homicide rate, which hit a peak in the early 1990s at about 10 per 100,000 people, has been cut in half, to a level not seen since the early 1960s.

But there has been no corresponding decline in mass murder - these sudden, stunning eruptions of violence with multiple victims, often perpetrated by gunmen whom researchers refer to as 'pseudo-commandos.' " 


















Tameka Lim photo






Berkeley PD Capt Andrew Greenwood emails a link to berkeleyplaques.org.

The Berkeley Historical Plaque Project awards the now closed Buttercup Bakery of 3201 College Avenue an e-Plaque.

"While well-loved for its breakfasts and baked goods, the Buttercup Bakery should also be remembered for four people who exemplify Berkeley's role in the strange and sudden transition from the anti-establishment counterculture of the 1970s to mainstream business successes.

The personal finance industry took off in the 1980s, and Suze Orman-a financial guru and popular television personality-has personified that industry. Orman, however, started her career as a waitress at the Buttercup in 1973, where she learned how to listen with compassion. . . .

The Buttercup is also linked to the rise of the biotechnology industry. Kary Mullis, a Berkeley Ph.D. in biochemistry, worked as a manager at the Buttercup in the mid-70s. Later, he took a job in Berkeley at Cetus-one of the early biotechnology startup firms-where he and his team developed PCR (polymerase chain reaction). PCR facilitated the rapid replication of a single strand of DNA, and in recognition of the significance of his work in this area, Mullis was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993."


my memories of the 'Cup written some time ago

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

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

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

Years later, when Mike and Richards lived together, Richards would make Mike's favorite, adding her own Georgian touch. An excellent cook from the South, Richards was well aware of the hearty country breakfast.
So in the '70s, when they bought the Buttercup Bakery and Coffee Shop on College Avenue and made it into a bakery and restaurant, it was only natural for them to make it into a breakfast-restaurant. (Understand, at that time there were coffee-shops and diners but not proper breakfast restaurants.) Simply, Richards knew about the Southern country breakfast and Mike loved breakfast best. This was the start.

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

Then, I suppose if you own a bakery-restaurant it's natural to offer fresh baked-goods with the meal: And early-on you could substitute a pastry for toast. Bagels and croissants were also offered, but bagels and croissants were still popularly thought of as foreign food and breakfast is a very American meal. Also, it is important to remember that at this time breakfast out was pretty much a meal you had--often rushed--before your day's work. It was not so much a special meal--and social event--as it was just a way to get food before working.

Kruse Plumbing was then down the street, and I remember some of the original customers were plumbers having breakfast before going to a job. There were also truck drivers who stopped before their run as well as milkmen taking their break.
(Perhaps the fruit garnish was added when it became apparent to all that breakfast was now social, even special.)

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

Of course not.

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



A Note From Councilmember Capitelli
Early fall has become the season of our "passeggiata." In Italy this is the daily ritual of taking an evening stroll in the street where neighbors connect, children play and young people flirt. In Berkeley, we rely on more formal events such as National Night Out or the Solano Stroll to entice us into the streets with our neighbors. Soon we will add one more opportunity, Sunday Streets, inspired by a San Francisco program. On October 14 Shattuck Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Haste Street to Rose Street, transforming it into a park where residents can walk, run, dance, stroll or just hang out.

Berkeleyans' desire to congregate and socialize in our public spaces is no secret. Making those spaces safe and beautiful and inviting is an investment in our local economy, but more importantly in the social and cultural fabric of our community.

This is why I am so excited about two upcoming projects in North Berkeley. "Parklets" turn street parking into temporary, small public spaces. The North Shattuck Association is working with a group of designers from San Francisco to develop three such spaces on North Shattuck. Combined with a new parking restriping plan, the business district predicts no net loss of parking.

I am also excited about the possibilities for transforming Solano Avenue. Last week, the newly formed Solano Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) Advisory Board met and entertained a broad range of ideas presented by local resident and landscape architect John Roberts. His vision is to create pedestrian-friendly amenities, to develop "outdoor living rooms" that welcome our residents and visitors to the district and invite them to stay awhile.  Full story here.




a reader emails

Saturday, July 28 11:00 am 

Walking Tour with Berkeley Historian, Richard Schwartz

"A Berkeley Magical History Tour" Ocean View Part 2

After the wonderful turnout to our initial West Berkeley Walking Tour and continued demand for more, we are scheduling a continuation tour, "West Berkeley's University Avenue and San Pablo Walking Tour."

Learn about Berkeley's first fire house, first jail, the amazing general store and Bay Area horse racing attractions in West Berkeley, Berkeley's first City Hall in the West end area, the area's first school in the 1850s, the history of San Pablo Ave. from early Spanish times and before and much more. You will never see the area in the same way again after this tour rehydrates the old worlds, people, buildings, and events. You will be transported to an earlier time and we believe part of you will stay there! Join the excited repeat tour-takers to Richard Schwartz's "Magical History Tour".

$10 Tour Charge, RSVP 510-845-6874








"California Developers Set to Merge" at housingfinance.com.

"Two Northern California nonprofit affordable housing developers are joining forces.

Satellite Housing and Affordable Housing Associates (AHA), both based in Berkeley, expect to merge their operations this year, with the goal of launching the new Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) organization at the start of next year."















Ex Buttercup night manager and Noble Prize recipient, Dr. Kary B Mullis

Check him out here.

And while there, check out his book on Mendocino and more in The Day, "Dancing Naked in the Mind Field." If you read it carefully you'll find some references to me, . . . really carefully.


And Buttercupper, Patrick Treadway remembers The Cup, Suze Orman and more.

a Dean Davis photo

Patrick worked under Kary

Patrick Treadway is now in the movies and has a IMBb profile and more.



Dan Finch was never a Buttercuper, but was the owner of Potter Creek's Industrial Testing Lab on 8th Street. Dan designed and tested the well known WW II blackout tail lamp.

Dan also was the designer of space shuttle lighting and roadway delineation reflectors. Dan designed the reflectors in his 8th Street lab for Elgin Moulding Plastics. He got the idea from the electric airplane runway lights used by the RAF and USAC in England in WW2 but used bicycle pedal reflectors for his models. Our Richard finch, Dan's son still remembers their Elgin Plastic demonstration.








Sunday afternoon Sally had a party for Norma Finch, Richard's Mom. (Norma who turned ninety-one has just passed her drivers test.) Though the La Farine hazel-nut, almond, chocolate, cherry torte was unexpectedly delicious, Norma's story about meeting her husband, Dan was even more so. In the 1930s, Dan, an inventor, was driving around the country with his cousin testing a current invention, a multiple-fuel '36 Buick. (It'd run on whiskey, Richard chimed in.) Seems the boys stopped in Haywarden, Iowa to visit some of cousin's relatives. And, it happened at that time Norma was visiting back home from Takoma Washington, where she was working. During their stay down the street, the boys would often walk past Norma's house. But Norma says that it was her Mother who noticed them and asked Norma to invited them in. Well, she did. So, Norma invited Dan and his cousin in. They came in through the back--the kitchen--door. Lots of good food and talk were had in kitchens. Among other things, they decided they'd meet the next day at the Sand Pit--the swimming hole. They did, and over the days in Haywarden they got to know each well enough that they wrote to each other after they left--Dan went to Harvard and Norma back to Tacoma. After some time away they met again in Haywarden and then-SCANDALOUSLY--took the train together to meet Dan's parents in Glendale.

Dan and Norma







"California investigates up to $2.3 billion in public funds hiding in plain sight" at contrcostatimes.com.

"A week after uncovering a hidden-funds scandal at the state parks department, finance officials are now trying to piece together why the balance sheets for similar 'special funds' are off by $2.3 billion -- money that appeared to be right under their noses amid California's financial meltdown."


















Former Buttercupper, Patrick Treadway emails


I hope this finds you well

a photo album of pics I found and scanned of a couple of Hat Nights at the Buttercup in 1981:


Ah, seems like yesterday- sort of




Miltiades Mandros entered this year's Bulwer-Lytton Bad Writing Contest. This is one of his entries.

Through the window of his sawbuck-a-month Los Angeles walk-up, the "Ames otel" sign blinked lazily on and off as Norris, a Camel at his lips and a half-empty bottle of Scotch by his side, pecked feverishly away at his ancient Smith-Corona in the desperate hope the producers would accept this version of his screenplay about a world-weary high school geometry teacher (to be played by Humphrey Bogart), entitled "Here's Looking At Euclid."







"'Greater Tuna' a treat for playgoers" Sandra Hosking Correspondent' at Sopkane's spokesman.com reviews Patrick a couple weeks ago.

"Patrick Treadway and Michael Weaver once again comically bring to life the residents of the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, population 67, in Interplayers Professional Theatre's production of 'Greater Tuna.' "

Then there's Patrick the Puppeteer.








"Meeting lays out vision for national lab in Richmond" by Robert Rogers, Contra Costa Times.

"Even the longest journeys start with a single step.

That was the gist of the first of what officials promise will be a series of public meetings ahead of construction of a new Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory campus on Richmond's southern shoreline.

About 300 people, including leaders from the city and UC Berkeley, attended the first community workshop aimed at sharing information about the massive project and drawing community input."




"Facebook stock pounded, wiping out billions in shareholder value" by Brandon Bailey at contracostimes.com.

"Facebook continued taking a pounding on Wall Street Friday, as its stock price hit a new low, wiping out billions in shareholder value after a week of bad news for the social networking giant.

Facebook's market value is now close to half the record $104 billion valuation that the company set when it began selling shares in May. And other social media companies are also struggling, despite early excitement over what was expected to be a new "hot" industry. Zynga, Pandora and Groupon are all trading far below their initial public offering price."



















Sarah's favorite

Potter Creek curbside flower bed, 10th and Heinz




Wellness Center "specializing in women's health, fertility, and pain management" is new to Potter Creek and is at 2831 7th Street.




932 Parker

is still the future home of the Potter Creek micro-brewery according to neighbors.

"Neighbors talked to included small-business owners who are concerned they will not be able to buy business property here because of West-Berkeley ' land barons.' They seemed particularly concerned of the Goldin brothers, ironic of course, as the brothers are among the most community-oriented of the larger property owners. (Maybe not relevant?)" Marsha W contributed to this mini-report.








Jerry Landis, a person who's spent a lot of time with Berkeley's creek issue, believes that we really don't know exactly where are culverted creeks are.


So now just where is our namesake, Potter Creek? According to City of Berkeley, Department of Engineering 1990 Map, it runs underground in a 2 ft culvert entering Potter Creek, the neighborhood, at the southwest corner of San Pablo and Heinz, runs along Heinz under the proposed Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl site and directly under the Scharffen Berger factory, turns southwest at just before the corner of Heinz and 7th, and leaves Potter Creek at Potter and the railroad right-of-way.


I first posted this map in 2003.

The Berkeley Bowl lot begins roughly where the Creek line parallels HEINZ and ends after it turns southwest.


Seems to me putting creeks in sewer pipes disturbs the natural drainage system. Gound water can't natually run off into our culverted Potter Creek. So is that one of the reasons why the water table is so high in here?
















"'Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake' "

is a nytimes.com review of our Sarah and her sister Kate's new book and more.



Elena Kadvany updates a story I broke 2/8/12 with her "Rejuvenation lighting comes to Berkeley" at sfgate.com.

"Bay Area homeowners, prepare to be rejuvenated. Customers familiar with the online version of Rejuvenation, the nation's largest manufacturer of period-authentic lighting and house parts, can now explore the collection in person at the company's fourth and newest retail store on Fourth Street in Berkeley.

'We've been looking for space in the Berkeley market for a long time,' said store general manager Christopher Cornett, who ran Rejuvenation's Seattle store for a couple of years before relocating to help open the Bay Area outpost. 'It seemed like a natural fit from the housing stock that's here, the average income level and the style of customer and homes.'

All of which are important, because Rejuvenation is not your typical lighting store.

Founded in 1977 by owner Jim Kelly, Rejuvenation is about preserving, restoring and manufacturing true time-period pieces. Their model is about staying true to the past, but the option of handcrafted, made-to-order lighting also allows clients to custom-design fixtures to their taste.

At the 5,600-square-foot store formerly occupied by nonprofit artist co-op 4th Street Studio, clients can take advantage of in-store consultations and a team of design experts. The store's layout is dictated by lighting, with sections dedicated to specific eras - MidCentury Modern, Art Deco, classic revival - and products - period basics, hardware, bath ware, outdoor lighting, restored antiques. Each section is accessorized with vintage items such as green jade milk glass serve ware, antique world globes, globe lights covered in chicken wire, even a giant papier-mache clown head. "









Rejuvenation Lighting is coming to Fourth Street.

The retail outlet for their newly manufactured antique and vintage light fixtures will be just across the street from California Closets at 1717 Fourth. They plan to open around June 1st, possibly sooner.




Also new to Fourth Street is

Rachel Adler's acting studio at 2020 FourthStreet



And the 4th Street Studio, an art collective, is moving from its old Fourth Street location to its new one at 2000 Fourth.












from our log

7/20/12--9:05 PM--burning dirt dry air in wasrehouse front and IMMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation.

7/21/12 -8:05 PM--irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation.Off-and-on all PM, similar.

7/22/12--8:50 AM--SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, burning, dry ,dirty air. Similar all AM. 9:26 AM--VERY STRONG irriant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. 9:48 AM--leave.

7/23/12--7:40 PM-- SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning, dry,dirty air, wear respirator.

7/26/12--8:22 PM--burning dirt dry air in front room, "hot asbestos" odor, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, overrides 3 HEPA filters, wear respirator.

7/27/12--11:47 AM--dirt dry air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, watey eyes, overrides 2 HEPA filters. 12:14 PM--similar, light head, nausea, Marsha same.

7/28/12--7:12 PM--dirt dry air in front room, mucus membrane irritation, watey eyes, light head. Similar off-and on all afternoon.





eternally useful links

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.



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.




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.



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



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



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, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

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

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

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






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