second day

of our cactus flower bloom






"Steamworks Baths Completes Rebranding with New Logo, Website Design"

"Steamworks Baths, a chain of men-only bathhouses across North America, launched its newly designed website and logo today.
The new brand identity reflects the more than 35 years Steamworks Baths has been in business, starting from its first location opened in 1976 in Berkeley, Calif."



" Studies uncover youths' views on privacy" Patrice Apodaca at

"Are young people really less concerned about privacy than the rest of us?

There's been a lot of discussion about that question in this digital age of ours, but the debate has intensified in recent weeks thanks to revelations by a renegade former U.S. intelligence worker that the government has been collecting massive amounts of digital data on pretty much everyone.

The assumption in some quarters seems to be that today's youths, accustomed as they are to sharing the most intimate details about themselves on social media sites, would collectively shrug at the disclosure by the world's most infamous asylum seeker, Edward Snowden. But just as quickly, others posed themselves as contrarians, arguing that just because younger folks are more comfortable with technology doesn't mean they're any less concerned about their privacy."




"Sleep Loss Increases Anxiety - Especially Among Worriers" Rick Nauert PhD at

"Are you tired and grumpy and feel on the edge? Do you catch yourself worrying more?"







"Artisanal Fast Food" by Anneli Rufus,

"For my parents, going to McDonald's felt like living in outer space. So clean! So cheap! So safe! So instantaneous! Within the time it took for Neil Diamond to sing halfway through 'Sweet Caroline,' you could order and receive a complete meal without exiting your car!

That was the last stage of the first phase of fast food. After 'fast,' it really had nowhere else to go. A few faint-hearted ventures into Diversityland and Saladland, but classic fast-food fans still want the same menu their forebears wanted when Superballs were new.

And classic fast-food franchises attract only a certain sector of the populace. A big sector, but still: For those millions who would rather starve than bite into a Bonus Jack, 'fast food' does not exist. Their brains are wired to block it out. Place them, desperately hungry, on a street dotted with Taco Bells and Burger Kings and they will wander, arms flailing, until they starve to death.

It's weird how the intersection of food, speed and convenience went from being a high-class thing (Wonder Bread as the pure, perfect, pre-sliced alternative to rough, hard, rise-and-punch-for-five-hours home-baked bread) to being a low-class thing.

But artisanal foods, too, can be 'fast.' Advances in technology are transforming the field, making luxuries such as small-batch coffee and forbidden rice with sun-dried mangoes instantaneous or nearly so."




"Sixth Annual Downtown Berkeley MusicFest Free Kick Off Celebration Concert"

"To commence the festivities for Downtown Berkeley Association's sixth year MusicFest, Bay Area a cappella singers Talk of da Town (who appeared on NBC's "The Sing-Off") perform sizzling renditions of R&B, Motown and doo-wop hits. Their warm and joyful music will charm your socks off :) Feet at the ready you can then(as Clifton Chenier once said about Zydeco) ", your aches and pains will disappear" to the sounds of Grammy nominated virtuoso accordionist Andre Thierry & his band Zydeco Magic. Andre and the band are cooking up a soulful bubbling cauldron of Zydeco Creole music that is stewed and imbued with hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock mastery! Both groups are performing in a free concert on Thursday, August 1st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza. "






"Berkeley lab looks to cloud for large scale energy savings" Lou Fancher,

"A six-month study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the request of Google has discovered a way to save 326 precious Petajoules. No, Petajoules are not a highly-endangered species you've never heard of--they're energy, as in electricity.

And in today's power source-hungry Internet world, where data centers account for 1 to 2 percent of global electricity use, a savings equivalent to 23 billion kilowatt hours (equivalent to the amount of electricity used annually by a city the size of Los Angeles), is significant. There's no magic wand: all it takes is moving three simple business applications from local computer systems from desktop to being hosted remotely via the cloud.

Working with Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, LBNL principal investigator Lavanya Ramakrishnan and her team evaluated the effect of moving email, productivity software (word processing and spreadsheets), and customer relationship management software (file sharing) to cloud-based servers. To get the big numbers, they plugged best-estimated usage values representing the 86.7 million United States workers using these three most-common applications.

'We looked at the carbon footprint, the environmental benefits of moving these business services,' said Ramakrishnan, in an interview after the study's findings were announced."







Another coffee roastery is planning to open in Potter Creek, this one at 2701 8th. They've applied to Bay Area Air Quality for permission.


And, we're not in Ocean View any more. Time for SERIOUS parking mitigation !



Kubik emails

A photon checks into a hotel and the porter asks him if he has any luggage. The photon replies: "No, I'm travelling light."


















"Heart of Glass" at

link courtesy Sally


The Classic Glass Designs of Annie Morhauser   

This week I'm presenting-and applauding-the great California glass designer, Annie Morhauser, who is celebrating thirty years of success for her tableware company, Annieglass. She founded her privately owned glass company (with a $200 kiln) in 1983 in Santa Cruz-and has been making glass tableware with great success ever since.


I first met Annie at her Santa Cruz studio ages ago-and I've been following her swift career success every since.

Annie fell in love with glass when she was a nineteen year old art student, and was introduced to the art of blowing glass. She was instantly hypnotized by the undulating half-liquid, half-solid material that seemed to be a melding of art and dance, and decided to make it her medium. . . .

Immediately hooked, Annie got a scholarship to California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she was fortunate to study under renowned glass artist Marvin Lipofsky, one of the main catalysts of the American studio glass movement and founder of the Glass Art Society. Lipofsky's work is displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At that time, art glass was the focus-and fine glass tableware did not exist.

Lipofsky, a demanding teacher, helped her to perfect a range of glass techniques, and pushed her to explore what has become her trademark technique of slumping when everyone else at the time was blowing glass. (With slumping, a shaped piece of flat glass is fired at ultra-high heat over a mold, and it takes on the shape of the mold, a bowl, a platter, or a cone.)

'I was fascinated by way the light passes through glass,' she recalls.' I wanted to manipulate it.'

She once tried the slumping process on wood and set the school's ovens on fire. Once she put so much cobalt in her glass that she turned the furnaces blue. On a lark she once made an entire evening gown out of glass (which led her to receive a humorous award for 'Best Dressed Glass Artist' by the Glass Arts Society).

Annie planned to be a fine artist, but then a few years later decided to make an unusual dinner plate. In a spoof of traditional fine china, she decided to create a collection of thick glass with widely painted rims of pure 24K gold, inspired by the Italian relics she studied in museums. She took them to a trade show in 1983. Today, her 'Roman Antique' collection is an industry icon."





"Radio Day by the Bay Happening this Saturday in Berkeley"

"San Francisco Bay Area radio junkies can look forward to the California Historical Radio Society's (CHRS) annual Radio Day by the Bay this Saturday, July 20. I attended for the first time last year and I was amazed by all of the exciting sights and sounds for radio fans.

This year there will be a large auction of vintage radios, live jazz music, a live radio drama re-enactment on stage, interviews with radio luminaries, a KSAN reunion, a vintage electronics flea market, and more.

Taking place at the historic KRE building in Berkeley, the event could be bittersweet as the CHRS may have to vacate its beautiful art deco radio building headquarters this year. Today the building houses not only the CHRS, but also collections from the Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame as well as amateur radio station W6CF.

Although the non-profit has been raising funds in order to hopefully purchase the KRE building, that plan is in doubt now that a new owner is set to acquire the building. Home to KVTO-AM, the Berkeley site will be changing hands shortly, as the FCC just granted the assignment of the station license to new owner Pham Communication today. According to FCC documents, this transaction must be consummated by August 1, 2013 (largely because California radio station license renewals are due by this date) or else it cannot be consummated until after KVTO-AM's license is renewed.Vintage Radio

KRE is located on Ashby Street in Berkeley. Doors open at 9am this Saturday, July 20 for Radio Day by the Bay, with the event starting at 10am.

It will be a great opportunity to tour KRE (did you know that KRE appeared in American Graffiti too?) and connect with other radio fans. You can catch a sneak preview of the vintage radio auction catalog (PDF) on the CHRS website."






"UC Berkeley Extension Announces Fall Enrollment, New Website" at

"UC Berkeley Extension welcomes students to enroll in more than 500 fall 2013 courses. The continuing education branch of the University of California, Berkeley, UC Berkeley Extension offers professional development and personal enrichment in the classroom and online for adults in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Facilitating fall enrollment is a redesigned website with enhanced customer service features for students."





"UC Berkeley alumna to host new KQED program" at

"Thuy Vu, a UC Berkeley alumna, acclaimed journalist and former writer for The Daily Californian, will be the host of a new Friday evening news program, 'KQED Newsroom,' which premieres this October.

The show will replace 'This Week in Northern California,' a weekly public affairs roundtable news segment by KQED. "This Week in Northern California" has been led by veteran Bay Area journalist Belva Davis for the past 19 years.

'KQED Newsroom' - which honors the KQED groundbreaking news program of the same name that aired in 1968 - will deliver interviews with newsmakers, debate segments and field reporting to viewers in both televised and radio formats."






















Pedestrian traffic-mitigation is underway on Heinz in front of the Bowl entrance with the sidewalks being widened in front of the Bowl entrance and the parking lot across the street--and more.


Work on the 9th Street French School campus includes making a garden in the courtyard between the buildings, and a remodel of the office complex.





Bay Area Air Quality Management District mailer (excerpts)

Ruby's Roast LLC, 2701 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 has applied for a permit, #25214, as a "source of air pollution." They want "Authority to Construct and/or Permit to Operate a Coffee Roaster"at this location.
"There is a 30-day period for pubic response to this proposal."
"If you would like to comment on the proposed project, use this contact information."

Ruby's Roast LLS (A/N 25214)
Public Notice Response
Engineering Division
939 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Attn: Carol Lee


Telephone (415) 749-4907

Public comment for this project ends on August 12, 2013.

"This District has evaluated the permit application . . . and has made a determination that the project is expected to comply with all applicable District, state, and federal air quality related regulations . . ."

The complete mailer information is available at




Community Information Alert 
Berkeley Police Conducting Training 
The City of Berkeley 
Police and Fire Departments will be conducting several training 
exercises designed to prepare first responders for a Mass 
Casualty Incident (MCI).   
These exercises will take place at Berkeley High School (BHS), 
1980 Allston Way on July 18, 2013 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 
p.m. and again on August 15, 2013 between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 
The neighborhoods surrounding BHS can expect to see police and 
fire vehicles and associated crews in the area during the 
We would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of the Berkeley 
Unified School District for their assistance during the planning of 
this training exercise and the use of their facilities. 
Ofc. Jennifer Coats 
Public Information 
(510) 981-5780 





the Moore News from our Councilman, Darryl Moore (excerpt)

West Berkeley Design Loop

Saturday, July 20th, 2013, 9am to 5pm, Throughout West Berkeley.  Check out the website to find out when and where specific workshops are being held.

This alliance of more than 25 independent home improvement businesses has everything you need for your home improvement project- unique products and expert advice in a convenient location.

Saturday, July 20, participating businesses will host "Get in The Loop!" This festive day features free do-it-yourself workshops to learn skills to tackle your own home improvement project plus a shopping spree sweepstakes! 
Free DIY Workshops
Knowledgable builders and designers will teach mini-classes, answer questions, and share tips and tricks with you. 
Get a whole host of DIY skills from a variety of workshops throughout West Berkeley.  Check out the West Berkeley Design Loop's website for a complete schedules of all the workshops.
Shopping Spree Sweepstakes
Members of the Loop have contributed over $1500 in gift certificates and prizes to be awarded to three lucky winners. You can enter to win one of these three $500 shopping sprees at any participating store on the day of the event. The more stores you visit, the more times you can enter. There is no purchase necessary; just come in and fill out a ticket. 


"Dynavax Appoints Robert Janssen, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer"

"Dynavax Technologies Corporation DVAX -0.78% announced today the appointment of Dr. Robert Janssen, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Clinical Development. Dr. Janssen most recently served as Dynavax's Vice President, Medical Affairs since November 2012 and was previously Senior Director, Clinical Development at Dynavax from 2010 through 2012, during which time he was extensively involved with Phase 3 clinical development of HEPLISAV(TM) and its US and European licensing applications. "     






Councilman Capitelli emails

District 5 News

In this issue:
A Note from Councilmember Capitelli
New Plastics Recycling
Sundays on Telegraph
National Night Out August 6
Solano Stroll
Sunday Streets is Back
The Hayward Fault: Lessons from 1868
Do Not Feed the Wild Turkeys
City Contacts and Resources







"Pilot Program for 'Parklets' in Berkeley Approved"

"The Berkeley City Council has approved a new pilot "parklets" program, intended to follow the paths of San Francisco and Oakland in transforming a limited number of parking spaces into privately constructed miniature parks."




"Berkeley council wants Alta Bates charity care numbers" by Judith Scherr,

"Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation, is exempt from millions of dollars in property, income and sales taxes.

In exchange, the hospital is obligated to provide benefits to the community.

But at its July 16 meeting, the City Council expressed frustration at not knowing precisely what those benefits are. How much of the community benefits reported by the hospital goes to charity care, and how much of that is targeted to low-income Berkeley residents, council members asked.

'Community benefits can be anything they decide,' Dan Johnston, a researcher with the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, the research arm of the California Nurses Association, told to the council.

The council voted 7-1, with Mayor Tom Bates absent and Councilman Gordon Wozniak voting in opposition, to ask the hospital for an annual report detailing its delivery of charity care to Berkeley residents and to hold a workshop with Alta Bates and the city's Health Commission in September to get answers."







"Will students fork over $60K for UC Berkeley's new online master's degree in data science?" by Ki Mae Heussner,

"The University of California at Berkeley is the latest institution to offer a masters degree in data science but, along with education technology company 2U, it will offer the entire program online."




"Best Marijuana Strains: Tangelo Kush (CRAFT Collective Berkeley)"

"These THC levels are too damn high!" complain many new medical cannabis patients in California. And they're right.

Weed bred solely for maximum stoniness ­ as measured by its levels of active ingredient, delta-9-THC ­ is too strong for occasional users. One of the chief benefits of a legal, regulated marketplace is lower-THC strains that smell, taste and feel better than maximum potency cannabis.

CRAFT Collective in Berkeley's Tangelo Kush is the perfect example of this next wave of legal weed. Keeping with new East Bay delivery service's "clean, elite, organic" motto ­ our sample of greenhouse-grown Tangelo Kush looked divine and smelled incredible, yet its medium-strength effects were akin to three glasses of wine. Think: chatty, and relaxed ­ as opposed to crawling up the wall."






 "American youths trace Vivekanada footsteps in US"

"A group of Indian American youths including students and young professionals are marking the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda by visiting places in US that is associated with the spiritual leader.

According to a statement by the Hindu Swyamsevak Sangh (HSS) of US that is facilitating the trips under a project named 'Vivekananda Express,'will take the group of nearly 100 youths to the First Unitarian Church of Oakland where Swami Vivekananda delivered a speech in the year 1900.

The speech is known to have brought many residents of Berkeley in contact with his message and later led to the establishment of the Vedanta Society at Berkeley. "




"Berkeley, A Look Back: Lions Club chapters hold gala convention in 1938" by Steven Finacom,

"Lions roared 75 years ago at Edwards Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus July 21, 1938, reported the Berkeley Daily Gazette. Well, not real lions, the fraternal sort.
An estimated 10,000 "Lions from eight countries and their wives" were attending a convention in Oakland, and came to Berkeley for their "outdoor musical festival, band contest and drum and bugle corps exhibition." Bands came from as far away as Utah and Arkansas."






"Albany: Occupy the Farm returns to the Gill Tract -- legally" Judith Scherr,

"Occupy the Farm activists grabbed headlines last year -- and earlier this year too -- when they forced their way onto University of California-owned land here known as the Gill Tract to set up community farmland.

But Occupy the Farm doesn't have to mean confronting police to take hold of underused land said David Grefrath, an organizer for the group. Grefrath and around 30 other would-be urban farmers, most of them veterans of Occupy the Farm actions, gathered July 13 at Urban Adamah, a one-acre nonprofit farm on San Pablo Avenue in southwest Berkeley, to talk about farming on the Gill Tract -- this time, with the university's blessing.

They will be part of a research project directed by UC Berkeley Professor Miguel Altierri, a staunch supporter of the Occupy the Farm movement.
Seated on straw bales and benches, sheltered from the noonday sun by a large canopy erected near lush rows of kale, squash, tomatoes and more, Tiffany Chung explained the project: Participants will form 10 teams of four people; each team will be given a plot of 15 six-yard rows to plant. Teams decide which crops to plant, what companion crops, if any, to plant in order to increase yield, and whether to keep or remove the bean plants already planted by Altierri's graduate students. Planting begins in August."




"Man killed in Berkeley's 2nd homicide of 2013" Henry K. Lee,

"A man was shot and killed in Berkeley on Thursday [Wednesday] night, police said.

The victim, whose name wasn't immediately released, was shot on the sidewalk on Derby Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Way about 6:52 p.m."





This week Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee features Chris Rock talking with Seinfeld.

The car is the

Lambroghini Miura.










"Fabulous Fab" fraud trial: Wall Street villain or scapegoat?"

"Former Goldman Sachs banker Fabrice Tourre has been charged with civil fraud, accused of selling subprime mortgage securities he knew were doomed to fail but some say he may be a low-level scapegoat. Bethany McClean, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, discusses the case with the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts."









Bethany McLean

the author, along with Joe Nocera, of "All the Devils are Here."



You can mess with your mind or just get some insight into our ruling class by carefully watching Charlie Rose converstion with authors Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean, They talk about their new book "All the Devils are Here:The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis" and more.

Rose is curiously ill-at-ease. Maybe because as he hints, McLean knows more than he does, or more darkly, because some of "the devils" are his friends and acquaintances.




"Following are links to Bethany McLean's Miller Center Forum and her 2001 Fortune article 'Is Enron Overpriced?' that helped bring Eron down.

'Is Enron Overpriced? In March 2001, Fortune pointed out that Enron's financial statements were nearly impenetrable.

(Editors note--Remember when it seemed outrageous to suggest that Enron shouldn't be the golden child of Wall Street? Before the congressional hearings, before Arthur Andersen was indicted, before the SEC and the DOJ got involved, Fortune's Bethany McLean asked whether a company that traded at 55 times earnings should be so opaque. Here is what she wrote.)

"Is Enron Overpriced?

It's in a bunch of complex businesses. Its financial statements are nearly impenetrable. So why is Enron trading at such a huge multiple?

In Hollywood parlance, the 'It Girl' is someone who commands the spotlight at any given moment -- you know, like Jennifer Lopez or Kate Hudson. Wall Street is a far less glitzy place, but there's still such a thing as an 'It Stock.' Right now, that title belongs to Enron, the Houston energy giant." ' "



Paul Solman gives a hard-hitting interview, largely a product of tight editing, with Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean on the PBS News Hour. Brief and succinct, it is here



















I just received an email from old friend Nick Despotopoulos that his father has died. "My Father passed away in the Hospital in Kalamata, Greece. He was 75" Nick wrote. His Dad died of Emphysema.



our Berkeley Bowl Heinz Street

crosswalk construction

The outcroppings are the width of a parking space. This construction plus the parking lot landscaping will cost the Yasudas over 100K.


It'd be nice if Acme planted trees along their 8th and Pardee parking lot. Blossoming fruit perhaps.







"Creator Of Sustainable 'Dumpster Home' To Display New Works At The Wooden Duck" at

"The Wooden Duck is pleased to announce that Berkeley-based artist Gregory Kloehn will be displaying his unique 'Dumpster Home"'creations during the annual summer sale. Kloehn's most recent creations will be on display at East Bay furniture store The Wooden Duck in Berkeley, CA starting during the retailer's annual summer sale July 19-21.

Kloehn creates fully equipped studio apartments built inside of a dumpster and bicycles that clean and dry dishes. New works will include a shopping cart mobile home and a rolling walker with a functioning grill. These may seem like the fantasies of the active urban imagination, and they were, until Kloehn brought them to life."























Going though our archive stats, I found that the page containing July 21, 2012 now has just over 18,400 hits. I wondered why so I clicked and browsed. I'd recommend this to all.



Ordinarily I wouldn't post Yelp reviews but they do seem to capture Nina's.

"Nina loves to cook for her customers. She will not hesitate to take control of the situation and convince you of what you would most likely enjoy. I've not been disappointed in two visits.

It probably doesn't matter anyway, because everything she makes is delicious and fresh.

From the curry burrito or bowl, to lentil soup and chicken & artichoke panini, she can do no wrong.



our Nina's Cafe

2703 7th St, Ste 159-160, (between Pardee St & Carleton St), Berkeley, CA 94710, (510) 845-8584


Most mornings we see Nina walking past with the day's to-be-prepared groceries after shopping the Bowl.





There is a Planning Commission meeting this Wednesday, July 24th. West Berkeley zoning is on the agenda with action to-be-taken.

Interestingly, the West's business community is taking more interest in these meetings==organizing, attending and expressing. The west-Berkeley home improvement retailers have also organinzed. See West Berkeley Loop.






"Appeals denied, Berkeley Post Office for sale" Judith Scherr,

"Despite appeals from a united City Council, state legislators, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee and dozens of community groups and individuals, the United States Postal Service announced July 18 that it will sell the historic downtown Berkeley Post Office."






"Q&A: A Year After Refinery Fire, No 'Culture of Safety' at Chevron"

"Last August, an explosion and fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif. sent a vaporized plume into the sky and into surrounding communities that reportedly sent 15,000 people to emergency rooms. The fire and toxic release sparked both state and federal investigations that traced the root-cause to corroded pipes, and found that the company failed to fix the problem. A state working group on refinery safety that formed after the Chevron fire released its recommendations yesterday on how to increase public and worker safety and strengthen emergency preparedness in the event of a future disaster. One state policy currently being debated in Sacramento is Senate Bill 691, authored by State Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland). The bill would raise civil penalties for one-day air quality violations, such as the Aug. 6 Chevron refinery fire. NAM's Nicole Hudley spoke with Senator Hancock about the status of safety reforms."







"Campus cyber-attacks take national spotlight" Tanya Jansen, OCIO Communications.

"Research universities across the nation are noticing a rising trend of cyber-attacks. According to the New York Times article, Universities Face a Rising Barrage of Cyberattacks, 'Campuses are being forced to tighten security, constrict their culture of openness and try to determine what has been stolen.' " 




"Smartphones Become Even Smarter"

"The world's 900 million Android devices may now contribute to world-class research and discovery.

With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) recently developed software that provides new opportunities for Android-based smartphone users to participate in citizen science efforts. "












"Yes, this ceramic fruit bowl came out of a 3D printer" Scott Kirsner,

"This ceramic fruit bowl showed up at the Globe recently, addressed to me. It's a product sample sent by Figulo, a South Boston company. And it's the first 3D printed item I've seen that I could imagine using in my daily life... as opposed to chalky, fragile prototypes or 'toys' that only last if they're kept on a shelf."




"Is 3D printing an environmental win?" by Jeremy Faludi,

"Technophilic environmentalists, including myself, tout the 3D printing revolution as a boon that could eliminate waste in manufacturing. But is that really true? Even if it is true, does it matter compared to the extra energy used? And what about toxins - does it release more, or less?

No one has done this comparison before in a comprehensive, quantitative way, so some colleagues and I in the UC Berkeley mechanical engineering department set out to find the answers. The results were tricky and surprising. "





"Upward Mobility Across U.S. Metropolitan Regions" by  Reihan Salam,

"David Leonhardt reports the findings of an ambitious new study of upward mobility across U.S. metropolitan regions. The results resonate with my ideological priors, and so I'll be very interested to see how they'll be interpreted in the weeks and months to come.

The team, led by Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren of Harvard and Patrick Klein and Emmanuel Saez of UC Berkeley, sought to assess the impact of tax policy across regions. They began by analyzing earnings data with an eye towards assessing the impact of tax policy on intergenerational mobility. They found that the level of upward mobility for children raised in households in the bottom fifth of the income distribution varies considerably across regions, and there is even wide variation among regions with similar average incomes.

Yet while Chetty et al. found that larger tax credits for poor households and higher taxes on affluent households have a somewhat beneficial impact on upward mobility:
The researchers concluded that larger tax credits for the poor and higher taxes on the affluent seemed to improve income mobility only slightly. The economists also found only modest or no correlation between mobility and the number of local colleges and their tuition rates or between mobility and the amount of extreme wealth in a region.

They identified several other factors that appeared to matter a great deal. . ."



















Aw jeez.

Diamorphine, also known as heroin, was first synthesized for commercial use in 1897. The men who discovered it, Felix Hoffman and Arthur Eichengrun, had also, a couple of weeks earlier, invented aspirin; for some years, heroin could be bought over the counter and aspirin required a prescription. . . .





"Berkeley Kite Festival"

"The skies over the Berkeley Marina will fill with kites big and small during this weekend's 28th annual Berkeley Kite Festival. With some of the larger, more elaborate contraptions resembling the giant inflatables found at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, there will be a veritable menagerie of airborne creatures at the event organized by East Bay shop Highline Kites."





"Astronomer uses Kepler telescope's data in hunt for spacecraft from other worlds" Peter Brannen,

"In the field of planet hunting, Geoff Marcy is a star. After all, the astronomer at the University of California at Berkeley found nearly three-quarters of the first 100 planets discovered outside our solar system. But with the hobbled planet-hunting Kepler telescope having just about reached the end of its useful life and reams of data from the mission still left uninvestigated, Marcy began looking in June for more than just new planets. He's sifting through the data to find alien spacecraft passing in front of distant stars."





"Helping Robots Become More Touchy-Feely"

"A new milestone by engineers at UC Berkeley can help robots become more touchy-feely, literally.

A research team led by Ali Javey, UC Berkeley associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, has created the first user-interactive sensor network on flexible plastic. The new electronic skin, or e-skin, responds to touch by instantly lighting up. The more intense the pressure, the brighter the light it emits."

This is a link to an Iranian site and is not always live.






"Berkeley: $15,000 reward offered for information in fatal hit-and-run" by Erin Ivie at

"A $15,000 reward is being offered by the city for information leading to the driver in a July 15 hit-and-run crash that killed 46-year-old John Patrick Miller.
Berkeley police discovered Miller's body at 5:10 a.m. on the University Avenue overpass near 6th Street and determined he had been hit by a car, Officer Jennifer Coats said. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene after firefighters were unable to revive him. "



Landscaping crew are now planting the border of the Berkeley Bowl Heinz Street parking lot.













"Why Is the United States So Sick? The director of a massive new study says, 'It's almost everything' " Laudan Aron at

"In the wake of a startling report highlighting the United States' poor health compared with other wealthy nations, the report's director searches for answers.

Americans die younger and experience more injury and illness than people in other rich nations, despite spending almost twice as much per person on health care. That was the startling conclusion of a major report released earlier this year by the U.S. National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine.

It received widespread attention. The New York Times concluded: 'It is now shockingly clear that poor health is a much broader and deeper problem than past studies have suggested.' "





"Homeless pay for haircuts with hugs in Conn. town" a video report at

"Every Wednesday afternoon, 82-year-old Joe Cymerys gives haircuts to the homeless in Hartford, Conn. free of charge. Steve Hartman reports."










7/14/13--10:07 PM---serious irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty burning air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, light head, nausea, burning eyes, wear respirator.

7/19/13-8:38 AM---serious irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty burning air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, wear respirator. 11:28 PM--similar.

7/20/13--11:53 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 12:20 PM--Marsha, similar. 12:35 PM--Acme worker in adjacent lot, similar SERIOUS!

7/21/13--9:13 AM---irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty burning air, mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator. Similar off-and-on all AM. 1:02 PM--similar. 9:10 PM--similar.

7/23/13--9:05 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty burning air, mucus membrane irritation, cough, short breath, wear respirator.Marsha,similar. Similar off-and on 24/7.

7/24/13--7:53 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty burning air, mucus membrane irritation, cough attack, short breath, wear respirator. 8:10 AM--similar. Similar off-and on 24/7.








eternally useful links


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

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.



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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from

Bay Area foreclosures from


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

Darryl Moore, City Councilman

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


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