after 7/25/14 here



"Handlebar, new to the West"

"The old Templebar space in Berkeley is now Handlebar, a joint project from the folks behind Acme Bar and 510 Burger.
The immediate good news is that the old teak bar is still in use."







"After the Game, Reality Sinks In for a Lineman"

"Kendrick Payne picked up a passenger in his silver Nissan Altima one afternoon last week in downtown Oakland, across the street from the federal courthouse. Payne, a former defensive lineman at the University of California, wore an old Bears workout shirt with his No. 96 printed on the back. His N.F.L. dreams all but gone, he works as a driver for Lyft, a ride-sharing company.

Payne looked out the window at the courthouse.

'So that's where the trial's happening,' he said.

He looked down at his shirt'

'Still representing,' he said. 'I gave up blood, sweat and tears for these clothes, but I'm rooting for the players now.'

Payne, 24, graduated from California in December 2012 and watched the Ed O'Bannon case unfold from just a few miles away. O'Bannon, a former U.C.L.A. basketball star, and a number of other former college athletes sued the N.C.A.A. for not allowing them to be paid for their names and images. The three-week bench trial ended Friday, and a decision, which could significantly reshape college sports, is expected this summer."









"Anthology of Fil-Am writings to be launched in Berkeley"

" The Filipino American National Historical Society, East Bay Chapter, is launching a new anthology entitled Beyond Lumpia, Pansit and Seven Manangs Wild: Stories from the Heart of Filipino Americans, Saturday July 26, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at Eastwind Books, 2066 University Ave., Berkeley.

Editors and contributing authors will participate in a book talk and story readings: Evangeline Canonizado Buell; Eleanor Hipol Luis; Edwin Lozada; Evelyn Luluquisen; Tony Robles; Myrna Ziálcita.

Beyond Lumpia, Pansit, and Seven Manangs Wild features many stories about our second, thir, and fourth generation Filipinos, their experiences on how they identify or not as Filipinos in America. "















"AC Transit puts end to paper bus transfer payments"




"Berkeley Council Votes to Stop Feeding Squirrels"







"Berkeley's Oldest Cafe, Caffe Mediterraneum, For Sale" Sarah Medina,

"It's hard to imagine Berkeley's Caffe Mediteraneum-frequented by Beat legends Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and featured in the classic '60s film The Graduate-as anything other than the local watering hole and hub of activism that it's been for the last 50 years. However, the legendary cafe just announced that it's for sale. "







"The Man Who Branded Berkeley" Elizabeth Segran,

"On a quiet, tree-lined street in North Berkeley, there is a shop called St. Hieronymus Press. You could easily walk right past it. The storefront is unremarkable, but a closer look through the windows reveals a curious sight: enormous turn-of-the-century lithography machines next to drafting tables strewn with books, wood carvings, typewriters, a stray mannequin's hand, and wine bottles. Welcome to the studio office of David Goines.

Goines has left an indelible artistic imprint on Northern California, creating brand identities for it's most iconic institutions, including Peet's Coffee, Ravenswood Wine, Chez Panisse, and Domaine Chandon.

In 1966, shortly after his 20th birthday, Goines took an apprenticeship with a printer who had just moved into this store. As I sit in his studio, surrounded by timeworn machines methodically thumping away, he explains that his introduction to the art of printmaking was not particularly romantic: after being unceremoniously expelled from the University of California, Berkeley, for his role in the Free Speech Movement, he needed a job and this one fit the bill. "








"West Coast Cocktail Culture Preserved at UC Berkeley"

"A cocktail is more than just a drink. It is a conjugate of history, and a deliciously intoxicating storyteller of American life. Until recently, however, the majority of stories behind drinks were never transcribed. Bartenders are too busy and guests often too tipsy to remember and write them all down. 

But UC Berkeley's Regional Oral History Office recently started a new project to archive these sorts of stories, specifically those behind West Coast cocktail culture. Former NYC bartender and current historian Shanna Farrell founded the project as means of collecting stories to gain a further understanding into the everyday lives of Americans."






"UC Berkeley chefs go for glory at Gilroy Garlic Festival" Carol Ness,

"Anyone who's ever hankered for a little garlic and bacon in their whoopie pie can satisfy that craving at this year's Gilroy Garlic Festival Garlic Bowl, where two of Cal Dining's top chefs will go up against three other universities in a cook-off featuring - what else? - lots of garlic.

Berkeley's dynamic cooking duo - Jennifer Albers, executive chef at Foothill, and Mary Ferrer, executive chef at Café 3 - will also be chopping, julienning, searing and frying their way to a beef tenderloin with a garlic gastrique on a bed of garlic fried rice with green onion slaw. More than 20 cloves of garlic, plus garlic oil, will provide a pungent assist.

Their two cook-off recipes evolved over multiple iterations of trying and tasting, according to Albers, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school before going to work, first at UC Davis and for the last four years at Berkeley."







   "UC launches Global Food Initiative" by Alec Rosenberg,

"University of California President Janet Napolitano and chancellors from all 10 campuses are joining forces on an audacious and far-reaching goal: harnessing the collective power of UC to help put the world on a path to sustainably and nutritiously feed itself.

President Napolitano announced the UC Global Food Initiative . . . at the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley and provided more detail later in a presentation to California State Board of Food and Agriculture.

"The initiative brings together the university's research, outreach and campus operations in an effort to develop and export solutions throughout California, the United States and the world for food security, health and sustainability, Napolitano said during the morning briefing."












2013 Morgan 3 Wheeler

"Three for the Road: We pry open the abandoned desert towns of California" Car and Driver.

"All myths aside, the Golden State is a lonely, hard place at the edge of the continent, low on water and high on stretches of desolation. Little is preserved here; it falls into disrepair and uselessness and it's either left behind to rot or it's razed and replaced-sometimes with something better, sometimes not. Space isn't what's at a premium here; California's got plenty of it if you prefer to live somewhere inconvenient and desperate. The high costs come because 32 million people are trying to squeeze as closely as possible to the verdant coastline, where the weather is much better.

A long-running outfit from England has produced a machine that promises to up the quality of anyone's lifestyle. You won't be shocked to learn that it's also expensive. On paper its credentials are shaky: It lacks a top, a radio, and, most notably, a fourth wheel. Yet it proves a surprisingly effective vessel for ?surveying California's interior, an open landscape that begs exploration. The new Morgan 3 Wheeler, an outmoded concept in which you are inches from the ground and never not outside-climate control by the sun, wind, and rain-seemed perfect for discovering démodé California.

Perhaps nothing is as quintessentially British, a finer embodiment of stiff-upper limeyness, as a Morgan trike. It looks as if it were assembled out of bombast, bicycles, and scraps of Sopwith and Handley Page aircraft. "






"UC Berkeley, Girls in Engineering, V4"

"A pilot program at the University of California for girls from Oakland and Berkeley middle schools" produced and edited by Matt Beardsley .







The Inlite building--9th and Gratson--has been sold. Inlite will continue its operation there, though in a reduced space. The new owner will occupy about half the area for his tinkering.



A new street light at the corner of 8th and Pardee really lights up the area. Check it out!
















Silent Drill--a must see video












Berkeley PD emails

Celebrate Independence Day Safely

As our community prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Berkeley police and fire departments want to remind everyone that all fireworks ­ even those labeled "safe and sane" ­ are prohibited in the City of Berkeley. Fireworks not handled and monitored by professionals can pose a fire hazard and safety risk. 

To enjoy fireworks, the City of Berkeley hosts a celebration at the Berkeley Marina, where an approximately 30-minute display is set to begin at around 9:35 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from the Berkeley Pier at the foot of University Avenue. 

If you plan on attending the celebration in the Marina, be advised that the roadways will be closed into the Marina at around 7:00 p.m.  Vehicles parked in the Marina after 7:00 p.m. must remain parked until after the fireworks and until all pedestrians have left the Marina.  Parking space is limited, and the lots fill up quickly.

Consider using public transportation if you plan on attending the celebration.

Public consumption of alcohol, possession of an open alcoholic container or the use of fireworks are prohibited and violators could be cited and/or arrested.  The Berkeley Police Department will have extra officers working on the 4th of July and will be watching for violations. 

Community members can turn in illegal fireworks at the following locations:

Fire Station 1 ­ 2442 8th Street
Fire Station 2 ­ 2029 Berkeley Way
Fire Station 3 ­ 2710 Russell Street
Fire Station 4 ­ 1900 Marin Avenue
Fire Station 5 ­ 2680 Shattuck Avenue
Fire Station 6 ­ 999 Cedar Street
Fire Station 7 ­ 3000 Shasta Avenue
Public Safety Building ­ 2100 Martin Luther King. Jr. Way

The Berkeley Police Department and Berkeley Fire Department would like to wish you a safe and happy 4th of July.  You can report fireworks complaints to the Berkeley Police Department, by calling (510) 981-5900.  You can help keep our community safe by not using fireworks and by reporting use of fireworks by others. 







"Land of the free? Not so much. Americans' sense of freedom drops, poll finds" Christian Science Monitor Newsletter.

Measured by number of laws, California is the least free state in the union, New Hampshire the most free. RP








Seems Scrambled Eggs has had over 15 million visits since its launch!?















"Congresswoman tours campus research facilities"

"Rep. Barbara Lee visited three research facilities Wednesday at UC Berkeley, her alma mater, to learn about advanced manufacturing and innovation on campus, which may receive additional federal funding under legislation she co-sponsored.

Laboratory managers showed Lee their recent projects such as 3D printing, laser cutting and nanofabrication. Though impressed, she was concerned about the lack of diversity in campus science programs. Since attending UC Berkeley for her master's degree 39 years ago, she said, the percentage of underrepresented minority students on campus has fallen.

'It's very important that black and Latino kids are able to participate as interns and attend these programs,' Lee said. 'Because of government cutbacks, these resources aren't at most public schools.'

Lee toured the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society's invention lab and Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory, as well as the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability."




"Who Made That Wet Suit?"

"In 1951, a U.C. Berkeley physicist named Hugh Bradner devoted some 'weekend time' to improving gear for Navy frogmen. Bradner was a veteran of the Manhattan Project who helped develop the trigger mechanism for the atomic bomb; he was also an avid swimmer and diver. At the time, Navy divers wore constricting rubber "dry suits" over long wool underwear. When they leaked, the wool got wet and lost its warmth."








"California Auditor Finds Fault With Public Universities' Handling Of Sexual Assault"

"Public universities in California are failing in notable areas when handling sexual assaults on campus, often leaving survivors in the dark about their own cases, an investigation by the state auditor concludes.

The auditor's office released a critical report Tuesday examining the sexual violence policies at the University of California, Berkeley; UCLA; California State University, Chico; and San Diego State University. While the report concluded that each of the four public universities has an 'adequate overall process for responding to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence,' it pointed out several 'key areas' in which they need to improve,"







"Some colleges deferring admission until spring to make room for more freshmen" by Isabel Sullivan,

"May 1 is National Decision Day for high school seniors committing to colleges for the 2014-15 school year. Because not all eligible applicants to prestigious universities fit into the limited number of seats they have to offer, some admittants are deferred to spring admission.

According to UC Berkeley's Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the school received 73,752 freshman applications and admitted 12,813 students, 2,408 of which will start in the spring.

'UC Berkeley receives tens of thousands of applications each year, but there isn't enough space to accommodate all of the highly qualified applicants in the fall. Consequently, some applicants are offered spring admission,' according to the UC Berkeley Fall Program for Freshmen.

Also, according to the UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admissions, a spring admission does not reflect the student's academic abilities or performance during high school compared to a student who received a fall acceptance."









"Give Free Pot to Sick Poor"

"After a vote on Tuesday, Berkeley, California will require medical-marijuana dispensaries to give a percentage of cannabis sold each year to low-income patients for free."
















"Oakland filmmaker's documentary on burning of California mosque making television debut" Chris Treadway, Contra Costa Times

"The burning of a mosque in Yuba City and that community's response to the hate crime are the subject of a Oakland filmmaker's documentary airing on PBS stations this month.

The half-hour film 'An American Mosque' recounts the 1994 arson, largely unreported by mainstream news outlets, that burned the Islamic Center in a rural Northern California town to the ground."
It will be shown at 9 p.m. Tuesday on KRCB and at 8:30 a.m. July 19 on the KQED World channel







"Genetic mutation in Tibetans helps them thrive in high altitudes"

"Researchers from UC Berkeley analyzed and compared genome of Tibetans to genome of Denisovans, close relatives of Neanderthals, and found nearly identical match of gene mutation for surviving extremely high altitudes.

If you've ever climbed to very high altitudes you may know the difficulties that sometimes occur in such environments. The low partial pressure of oxygen up there can cause headaches, fatigue, dizziness and other unpleasant symptoms. 

If you're a native of Tibet, chances are, you have never experienced such sickness in your life.

Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that Tibetans have a different form of the gene most responsible for regulating the blood's oxygen-carrying molecule, hemoglobin. At incredibly high altitudes, most people's blood thickens with increased hemoglobin in response to low oxygen pressure. This thickening is what causes some of the more serious cardiovascular problems and, on occasion, deaths, at extremely high altitudes.

But Tibetan's have a variant of this gene that allows them to survive and thrive in environments 13,000 feet above sea level and beyond. "









"Fed is not just U.S., but the world's central bank"

"The U.S. Federal Reserve these days is broadly happy with its monetary policy. But, since mid-2007, its policy has been insufficiently expansionary. The policy most likely to succeed right now would be analogous to that implemented by the Fed in 1979 and 1933, Great Britain in 1931, and Shinzo Abe today.

Those of us who fear that the Fed's approach has greatly deepened the U.S. economy's malaise and is turning America's cyclical unemployment into permanent long-term structural non-employment have lost the domestic monetary-policy argument. But there is another policy argument that needs to be joined. The Fed is not just the U.S. central bank; it is the world's central bank.

America's current exchange-rate regime is one of floating rates ? or at least of rates that can float. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, economists like Milton Friedman assumed that a global regime of floating exchange rates would be one in which currency values moved slowly and gradually alongside differences in the economy's inflation and productivity-growth rates.

In the 1970s, the economist Rudi Dornbusch (and reality) taught us that that was wrong."





"UC Berkeley is Hiring a Program Manager for Crowdfunding"

This might be a first! UC Berkeley is a school most dream to go to and rightfully so, it is an incredible academic powerhouse. They are leading the charge and recognizing the power of crowdfunding by seeking to hire a program manager for crowdfunding. What's more? Every crowdfunding media source is reporting about it, so way to recruit UC Berkeley!"

















Perry Yan, Magician at the Berkeley Public Library , Friday, 11 July, 2014 04:00 PM - 04:30 PM- Claremont Branch.

Sleight of hand magic, comedy, and audience participation. All ages are welcome to enjoy this fun show!


Hardly Perry Yan

but 17 year old me as PENNDORF THE GREAT

My memory is that here I'm rehearsing for my high school variety show. (My assistant is holding her ears lest the Chinese Head Chopper illusion fails.)

I closed my stage act with this, where, before placing an audience member in the stock, I cut a cabbage in half to demonstrate the chopper was sharp and effective. After that, I had an audience volunteer put themselves in the stock. Then I locked then in and after they were secure slammed down the blade."Eureeka!" no head fell to the floor and rolled away.

(I opened the act by changing a dress walking stick into silks and proceeded with the Vanishing Die in the Box, the Chinese Linking Rings, I took silks from an empty tube and more, now lost in the mists of the past.)









" Standard Fare Launches Curbside Takeout Service " by Luke Tsai,

" West Berkeley's newest lunch option isn't a restaurant or a food truck, but a food delivery service offering "curbside delivery" during lunch hours to customers who use an app to order and pay ahead of time.

Standard Fare, the brainchild of former Chez Panisse chef Kelsie Kerr, is best known for its eco-friendly, ceramic-pot-packaged, bike-powered dinner delivery service, which launched in April. While the company waits for the City of Berkeley to approve its retail permit, Kerr wasn't able to offer anything to potential customers who didn't have the foresight to place an order for dinner pickup or delivery a day in advance.

But thanks to Square Pickup, a new feature of Square (the now-ubiquitous mobile payments processor that allows all kinds of businesses to swipe your credit card using an iPad), Standard Fare customers can now place a lunch order (and pay for it) online or via mobile app, receive a text notifying them when their food is ready, and then pick it up at the company's commercial kitchen space at 2701 Eighth Street, where an employee will bring the bagged lunch out to the curb. The whole process, from the moment the order is placed to when the food is delivered, takes less than fifteen minutes.

Standard Fare is currently offering lunch service Tuesday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. And while the company's dinner menu features more elaborate entrées, lunches are of the quick, grab-and-go variety - sandwiches, salads, and soups. Prices are $10 for the daily meat-centric sandwich and $9.50 for the vegetarian option - not exactly inexpensive for a picnic-style sandwich that's served at room temperature, but the quality is on par with what you'll find at other Berkeley-based slingers of fancy sandwiches such as Local Butcher Shop or Bartavelle. All of the ingredients are well sourced and mostly organic, and the menu changes every couple of days. "






"The Daily Clog presents: Berkeley's summer food bucket list"

Pancakes from La Note

This charming little brunch spot features a French-influenced menu. The variety of flavors and ingredients in its dishes makes casual brunch with friends something of an adventure. Try the lemon gingerbread and poached pear pancakes for an interesting take on the breakfast classic. The tart of the lemon, combined with the tangy gingerbread, rounded out by the sweetness of the pears, will surely surprise you."













AmazonFresh is now available in your neighborhood!

Enjoy free same-day and early morning delivery of fresh groceries, everyday essentials, and more than 500,000 Amazon items with AmazonFresh. To get started, sign up for a FREE 30-day trial of Prime Fresh, a new level of Amazon Prime that includes all the benefits of Prime, plus access to AmazonFresh.


The Food Librarian's review







UC Berkeley Extension Opens Fall 2014 Enrollment

-UC Berkeley Extension welcomes adults in the Bay Area to enroll in more than 500 fall 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. Most Extension courses take place in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate the busy schedules of working adults.





Haas Energy Study Commissioned by California Air Resources Board Recommends Three Reforms

















our readers viewing habits

The day of posting, our site receives about 3 thousand to 4 thousands visits. Within 24 hours, this increases to 5 thousand to 7 thousand visits.







"Chilly redwood entertainment brings music to warm the soul"

"During the chilly summer evenings in the East Bay area, families and students alike search for local and affordable activities. The UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley offers some sought-after local entertainment for these long weeknights. Every Thursday throughout the summer, the Botanical Gardens' Redwood Grove hosts a variety of concerts to enliven the Berkeley community.

The events showcase a mix of bluegrass, folk, classical and rock music at a small venue surrounded by breathtaking redwoods. These redwoods carry the music upward and around, creating a one-of-a-kind musical experience. The concerts make for an affordable time as well, with tickets ranging from $10 to $20 and all profits going toward the nonprofit research of various plants at the garden and museum for UC Berkeley."









"Agilysys Inventory and Procurement System Streamlines Operations at Cal Dining at UC Berkeley"

"Agilysys, Inc . , a leading provider of innovative information technology and hospitality software and services, . . . announced that Cal Dining at the University of California, Berkeley, has selected the Agilysys Eatec inventory and procurement solution to streamline its campus foodservice operations. Cal Dining uses the solution in 21 locations, including residential dining halls, campus restaurants and retail markets. They also use the Eatec system to support on-campus catering as well as concessions at sporting events."






"UC Berkeley creating new Student Information System"
by Madeleine Pauker,

"UC Berkeley is creating a Student Information System that will replace Tele-BEARS and other online systems by consolidating admissions, enrollment, financial aid, student accounts and advising.

The project started in August and is still in its beginning stages."









"Annual UC payroll data reveals gender wage gap, below-market employee compensation" Angel Grace Jennings,

"The University of California released last year's payroll data Wednesday, illuminating both salary increases and a continued earning gap between male and female faculty salaries."











"Lawrence-Berkeley Flexlab Researches Buildings"

"In the hills above Berkeley, Cindy Regnier steps into a small office with sweeping views of the bay and urges visitors to watch their feet.

'We are actively testing here,' she says, her voice hushed. 'Try not to knock over any sensors - please!'

The office looks like any other corporate nest, with nondescript desks and chairs arranged across a well-lit floor. But the desks are empty of papers or people. Instead, a series of slender poles - some knee-high, others reaching to the ceiling - hold instruments that constantly monitor air temperature and light levels. White metal tubes stationed near the desks give off a small amount of heat - the same amount as a human being.

The 'office' is really a laboratory, created to help buildings save energy. It is the only facility of its kind in the world. And as California tries to cut the amount of electricity that buildings use, the Flexlab at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory could be a game-changer."










"UC Berkeley Extension Opens Spring 2014 Enrollment" extension.berkeley.ed.






"Berkeley officials push for legislation deterring cell phone theft"











"Conservatives, liberals not as polarized as commonly perceived, study finds" Octavia Sun,

A UC Berkeley graduate student published a study this month that found that conservatives and liberals are not as polarized as they appear to voters.
In the study, called "Self-FulÞlling Misperceptions of Public Polarization" and published in the Journal of Politics, political science graduate student Doug Ahler surveyed 2,444 California voters to see whether they perceive those on the different ends of the political spectrum to be more or less extreme than they actually are.








"Berkeley declares homeless camp a nuisance, plans crackdown" Doug Oakley,

"The city has declared a homeless camp under Interstate 80 on Gilman Street a public nuisance and has given residents until Tuesday to clean up the growing mounds of trash or crews will remove all the property there.

The homeless camp under the freeway sprung up in May after neighboring Albany pushed out a long-standing group of campers who had been on bay front land near Golden Gate Fields for years.

The area on either side of Gilman Street under the freeway overpass is piled with food waste, old bikes, shopping carts, tents, tarps, mattresses and sleeping bags. The population of the camp varies by day as people come and go. The California Highway Patrol also has posted a notice at the camp telling people they need to go or face 'citation or arrest.'

Trash from a homeless camp under Interstate 80 at Gilman Street in Berkeley, Calif., is piling up on Wednesday July 9, 2014. The city has given campers until July 15 to clean it up.'

A letter from Berkeley's Environmental Health Division posted on cement pillars of the overpass said: "The accumulation of food waste, trash, debris, personal belongings and animal waste must be removed completely and disposed of properly.'

It also cited a growing rat problem in the camp."










"Popular password protection programs p0wnable. LastPass, RoboForm, My1Login, PasswordBox and NeedMyPassword all flawed "

"Researchers have detailed a series of quickly patched vulnerabilities in five popular password managers that could allow attackers to steal user credentials.
'Critical' vulnerabilities were discovered and reported in LastPass, RoboForm, My1Login, PasswordBox and NeedMyPassword in work described by the University of California Berkeley researchers as a 'wake-up call"'for developers of web password vaults.

'Our attacks are severe: in four out of the five password managers we studied, an attacker can learn a user's credentials for arbitrary websites, . . .' "




"Campus privacy officer position created to protect information security" G. Haley Massara,

"UC Berkeley is looking for applicants for the position of campus privacy officer, a position created in line with an initiative to tighten university cybersecurity and information autonomy."





"These Berkeley Students' App Solved a Big Problem" Wayne Lam,  

"Today, you can use an app to hail a cab or to have groceries delivered within an hour, but college students still use outdated academic services for even simple tasks like signing up for classes, arranging college housing, and paying tuition. Frustrated with such outmoded tools, three UC Berkeley undergrads created an intuitive application to solve a central academic challenge for students there (and at most schools): finding the classes that best suit them.

Developed by Yuxin Zhu, Noah Gilmore, and Ashwin Iyengar, Berkeleytime is an interactive website that provides all of the school's curricular information in one place. Techonomy asked Zhu, a rising senior at UC Berkeley, how the site supplements Berkeley's current online resources and saves students time and effort in planning their college careers. "









"Pro-tenant slate chosen for Berkeley rent board race"

"At a convention Sunday afternoon, more than 100 Berkeley residents elected five candidates to run for rent board on the pro-tenant slate this November.
At the Berkeley Tenants Convention, incumbents Katherine Harr and Jesse Townley, along with James Chang, John Selawsky and Paola Laverde, were elected from a pool of seven candidates - although one dropped out right before voting - to the Affordable Housing slate. For more than a decade, the convention has been held to choose a slate of pro-tenant candidates."





 "Berkeley Okays Fourth Dispensary, Free Weed"

"The Berkley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to raise its cap on licensed medical marijuana dispensaries from three to four, part of a positive East Bay trend.

Berkeley's fourth licensed club could be open by next year, said Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission member Charles Pappas. The council also tasked the Planning Commission with looking at the option of Berkeley having six licensed dispensaries."








"Flipping the switch on Lawrence Berkeley Lab's smart-energy centerRon Leuty" San Francisco Business Times.

"It won't necessarily take you around the world, but Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's new FlexLab facility wants to give companies fresh views - literally - on how to boost energy efficiency.

The $15.9 million facility in the hills above the University of California, Berkeley, campus was officially unveiled Thursday in a ceremony highlighting actual commercial space users, builders, energy companies, academic researchers and government officials.

The project was funded by Recovery Act funds through the U.S. Department of Energy."











"Aldous Huxley UC Berkeley Speech 1962 Full Length Video plus Q & A Session Video"

"Slavery by consent.

You're being made to enjoy your servitude.'Only a large-scale popular movement toward decentralization and self-help can arrest the present tendency toward statism. A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers.' "
















"Spark 2.0: art, inventions and a giant kinetic bear"

"Ever considered going to the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert? On July 19, you can experience Berkeley's own twist on the Burning Man festival, right in the comfort of Civic Center Park. In its second year, the Berkeley Spark festival combines everything we love about Berkeley - the art, music, food and creativity - and puts it into one free, jam-packed day full of activities, exhibits and unleashed imaginations. We sat down with event organizer Kat Parkin, who told us more about the festivities. 'There's so much music, so much theatre, performance art, dance, creativity, and we're just taking a sliver of it and just bringing it to the surface,' Parkin said."





7/19/14 is the Berkeley Marina Shoreline Clean-up! 

Berkeley Marina Shoreline Clean-up, Saturday: July 19, 9 - 11:30am




Berkeley Kite Festival, Cesar E. Chavez Park

Berkeley. Sat, Jul 26 - Sun, Jul 27, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.






"San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Theodore Bikel to be honored" Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News.

"In its 34th year, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival continues an annual tradition of sel'cting a diverse slate of films that enlighten and entertain.

The festival kicks off July 24 with a screening of Nadav Schirman's award-winning 'The Green Prince,' a documentary detailing how Palestinian Mosab Hassan Yousef became an informant for Israel's security service, Shin Bet. The festival runs through Aug. 10 and will feature 67 works, a number of which showcase the craftsmanship of Bay Area filmmakers. Movies will be shown in Oakland, Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Francisco and San Rafael. In the East Bay, Berkeley Repertory Theatre gets into the act by hosting the 'Berkeley Big Night' on Aug. 2, with a screening of 'The Sturgeon Queens,' a warmhearted documentary about New York City's beloved Russ & Daughters store, which is marking its 100th anniversary. After the film, a reception follows in the theater's courtyard."

For many, the grandest event arrives when organizers present their 2014 Freedom of Expression Award to actor, singer and activist Theodore Bikel. Best known for his portrayal of Tevye onstage in 'Fiddler on the Roof,' the 90-year-old will attend the Jul' y 31 screening of the documentary 'Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem.' "







"Berkeley seeks health-warning stickers for cellphones"

"Berkeley is planning to consult a Harvard University law professor to draft the sticker language so it meets First Amendment guidelines."










Berkeley PD emails

The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) would like to announce the arrest of a suspect in the June 26, 2014 shooting that occurred in the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue.  Arthur Palmer, 50 years old, of Berkeley, was arrested and booked into the Berkeley City Jail on July 14, 2014, charged with attempted murder.

On Thursday, June 26, 2014 at approximately 9:54 p.m., the Berkeley Police Department received a report of a shooting from the 3000 block of San Pablo Avenue.  It was reported that a male victim was there suffering from gunshot wounds.  Officers arrived on scene and located a 38 year-old male suffering from serious injuries.  The Berkeley Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. 

Detectives have been gathering evidence and pursuing leads in relation to this investigation.  Based on the investigation, they identified Palmer as a suspect, and obtained a warrant for his arrest.  On July 14, 2014 at approximately 5:15 PM, Oakland PD officers contacted Palmer at 14th Street and Broadway, where they arrested him for the outstanding warrant. Palmer was turned over to Berkeley Police officers, and booked into the Berkeley City Jail.            

BPD would like to thank the Oakland Police Department for their assistance during this investigation.  







Tak Nakamoto emails

I've been enjoying the new LED street lights being installed in the neighborhood. The visibility is ever so much better, though the light feels a little harsh. I suppose that we will become accustomed to them.

I have noticed that some of the newly installed lights are not working. In the area south of Dwight Way, I have found three thus far. One in front of Westside Bakery, one in front of the Humane Society and one last night on Pardee next to the Acme parking lot. When I contacted Berkeley Public Works about the one in front of the café, it was fixed in a day or two. I've contacted them again about the other two which I found later.

The staff at Public Works and the private contractors aren't on the job at night. So they can't know about the lights that are broken unless we tell them. We should get the contractors to fix the new lights while they are still working in the area.

The email for Public Works is:












"Berkeley will have to reduce spending, according to new report"

"Berkeley will have to reduce services and employee compensation to remain financially sustainable because of unfunded pensions and infrastructure, according to a report presented at the Berkeley City Council meeting last week."















our current air quality

On Saturday, 7/19/14, at about 9:40AM with a worker at neighboring manufacturer an air sample at our front door showed 56,500 micro particulates per cubic foot. This, by industry standard is POOR or (dirty) air.

Without neighboring manufacturer operating, a sample showed 5,600 micro particulates per cubic foot (1/10th of my Saturday sample) or GOOD/VERY GOOD air.






  "UC Berkeley researcher invents flexible, printable batteries" Kristian Markus,

"Recent UC Berkeley graduate student Christine Ho invented a zinc-polymer battery that is flexible, printable, and rechargeable.  Even more impressive has been her ability to bridge a gap research scientists commonly refer to as the 'Valley of Death,' the often impossible distance that exists between the development of innovative materials and their incorporation into actual products to better society.

When Ho began her project, she had to address and overcome two issues." 






"Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity"

"New technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley, could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition.

A team of researchers led by Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering, has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor to detect incredibly minute concentrations of explosives. They noted that it could potentially be used to sniff out a hard-to-detect explosive popular among terrorists."









"Richmond incubator near future UC research site targets growing companies"

"At full capacity, TopLine incubator in Richmond could hold 10 to 15 companies with 25 to 40 employees each."







"Crowdfunding's New Self-Serve Options and Tools"

"Earlier this month the University of California, Berkeley posted a job on its career board for a crowdfunding project manager. The post advertised for a crowdfunding expert to help launch and manage a new campus-wide crowdfunding platform under development and to guide users to execute successful fundraising campaigns.
More individuals and organizations are moving away from the well-known third-party crowdfunding platforms and are opting to host their fundraising campaigns on their own websites. Widely available tools (called white-label crowdfunding software) allow these self-hosted campaigns to thrive."











"Researchers use game theory to show link between government surveillance and corruption"
















Sarah Klise' brother James writes of their father, books, reading and more in "Higher Order" a story in the Chicago Tribune.

" . . . on a blustery October morning, I drove across the city and met Ellen at the school. The library was filled with books - many thousands - in cardboard boxes, in plastic grocery bags and milk crates, some piled on tables and on the linoleum floor. A swamp of unsorted, damaged, outdated books.

The work went quickly. It was easy to spot the few usable books, the ones we would place into the hands of students.

One book stopped me, mostly because it looked so very ancient. A small volume with a dark green cover, deeply wrinkled, as if salvaged from a shipwreck. The title said "Cicero de Senectute." Publication date: 1895. I opened the cover and found a comic pencil drawing: a man who looked like Humphrey Bogart, smoking, with a hand resting in the pocket of his dapper jacket. Amused, I examined the ornate bookplate: "EX LIBRIS Name: Tom Klise, St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa."

I blinked and stared. This weird little book had belonged to my father in the 1940s."
















Full Lecture and Reading List From Sun Ra's 1971 UC Berkeley Course, 'The Black Man in the Cosmos'

A pioneer of 'Afrofuturism,' bandleader Sun Ra emerged from a traditional swing scene in Alabama, touring the country in his teens as a member of his high school biology teacher's big band.

While attending Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, he had a out-of-body experience during which he was transported into outer space. As biographer John Szwed records him saying, 'my whole body changed into something else. I landed on a planet that I identified as Saturn.' While there, aliens with 'little antenna on each ear. A little antenna on each eye' instructed him to drop out of college and speak through his music. And that's just what he did, changing his name from Herman Blount and never looking back.

Whether you believe that story, whether Sun Ra believes it, or whether his entire persona is a theatrical put-on should make no difference. Because Sun Ra would be a visionary either way. Combining Afrocentric science fiction, esoteric and occult philosophy, Egyptology, and, with his 'Arkestra,' his own brand of free jazz-futurism that has no equal on earth, the man is truly sui generis.

In 1971, he served as artist-in-residence at UC Berkeley and offered a spring semester lecture, African-American Studies 198, also known as 'Sun Ra 171,' 'The Black Man in the Universe,' or 'The Black man in the Cosmos.' The course featured readings from-to name just a few-theosophist Madame Blavatsky, French philosopher Constantin Francois de Chasseboeuf, black American writer and poet Henry Dumas, and 'God,' whom the cosmic jazz theorist reportedly listed as the author of The Source Book of Man's Life and Death (otherwise known as the King James Bible).















our current air quality

Monday, 7/21/14, at 8:31AM an air sample in one of our front rooms showed 119,100 micro particulates per cubic foot and 32,700 macro particulates per cubic foot, with HEPA filters operating. This, by industry standard is VERY POOR or very (dirty) air.

Tuesday, 7/22/14, at 8:11 AM an air sample in one of our front rooms showed 20,900 micro particulates per cubic foot and 700 macro particulates per cubic foot, with HEPA filters operating. This, by industry standard is FAIR air quality. Without operating HEPA filters the count is considerably higher with POOR air quality.

Wednesday 7/23/14 at 11:57 AM an air sample in front of our door showed 28,300 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This, by industry standard is FAIR/POOR or (dirty) air.

Thursday 7/24/14 8:23 AM--an air sample in front of our door showed 64,300 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This, by industry standard is POOR/VERY POOR or (very dirty) air. 8:46 AM an air sample in one of our front rooms with HEPA filters operating showed 4,300 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot , watery burniing eyes, hacking cough, dry itchy skin.


CBS News 60 Minutes Indoor Air Qualiity, a short video.








Rhythm Camp outdoor percussion workshop & jam

Sunday Jul 2712:00pm
free music workshop, all ages & experience levels welcome.
Come rhythm with us under the afternoon sun!




"Block party celebrates second stage of new BAM/PFA construction"

"The University of California entered the second half of construction last Thursday for the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) on Oxford and Center St. A midpoint 'topping off' celebration at the new site presented the last steel beam to the public, decorated with a Cal flag on one end and a Plant Construction Company flag on the other, on which attendees signed their names permanently into a piece of the building's infrastructure.

At the block party, which closed the Addison St. block between Oxford and Shattuck, BAM/PFA gallery attendants displayed a first-look television slideshow of concept photographs for the new museum's interior, including a simulated image of the monochromatic, sleek, high-ceiling lobby. "







"New Berkeley Whole Foods to open in November" Doug Oakley,Oakland Tribune;

"A Whole Foods store will open on Gilman Street Nov. 4, the company said Wednesday.

Whole Foods was previously planning to open in nearby Albany but decided on Berkeley after Albany residents protested a development plan on UC Berkeley land a few blocks away on San Pablo Avenue.

The new 47,800 square-foot store will be the second in Berkeley, adding to the brand's Telegraph Avenue store. The new store is currently under construction at the corner of 10th and Gilman streets."










"In new book UC Berkeley historian Waldo E. Martin, Jr. takes Black Panther Party's point of view"

"Black Panthers 1 16 5 by Ron Briley

(Mr. Briley is Assistant Headmaster, Sandia Preparatory School.)

The Black Panther Party (BPP) is a growing topic of interest for scholars with numerous dissertations being produced on various party programs and local activities, but in Black Against Empire, Joshua Bloom, a Fellow at the Ralph J. Bunche Center at UCLA, and Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Professor of History at the University of California Berkeley, seek to provide a synthesis of Panther political history-focusing upon the meteoric rise and fall of the BPP between 1967 and 1972. This is a well written narrative and analytical history that does not overwhelm the reader with theoretical references, but it is also a book that may antagonize some readers with its sympathetic portrayal of the BPP and its revolutionary ideology. Essentially, Bloom and Martin write their history from the perspective of the BPP, relying upon oral histories of the party as well as a close reading of the party newspaper, The Black Panther. The authors also devote considerable attention to the turbulent historical context in which the Panthers rapidly grew and declined. Bloom and Martin argue that the core ideological construct provided by the party's founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale was the concept that black Americans in the nation's inner cities constituted internal colonies exploited by capitalism and controlled by the police."









eternally useful links


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



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

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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.



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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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