7/25/14

"Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge opens in Berkeley" sfgate.com.

"A brewpub, we're accustomed to think, is an echoing warehouse where humans drink in constant reminder of their place in the industrial world, dwarfed by silver tanks the size of a brontosaurus. They're cavernous in the way that is meant to put Americans at ease. We can sprawl out, shout at basketball games on giant televisions and eat 43 species of fried potatoes.

Not Viet Vu's Hoi Polloi Brewpub and Beat Lounge in South Berkeley, which squeezes a three-barrel brewing setup into a space the size of a bodega. Hoi Polloi only owns 20 stools, and if they're all in use, everyone hugs the marble bar and their neighbors real tight.

Vu, 39, opened Hoi Polloi with his brother and wife three months ago. Slim, laconic and ridiculously youthful-looking, Vu is a second-generation brewer. His father, Thanh, ran breweries in three states, and the two planned for years to go into business. Then Thanh died four years ago. For a time, the idea collapsed.
But Vu couldn't shake it."

 

 

 

 

 

air quality

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.

Friday 7/25/14 8:03 AM--an air sample in front of our door showed 212,300 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This, by industry standard is VERY, VERY POOR or (very very dirty) air. The industry threshold for very bad air is 100,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/26/14

air quality

Friday 7/25/14 8:03 AM--an air sample in front of our door showed 212,300 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This, by industry standard is VERY, VERY POOR or (very very dirty) air. The industry threshold for very bad air is 100,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot.

 

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

 

 

 


"The Effects of Air Pollution on Prenatal Health" care2.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 


"Protect honeybees, nature's migrant workers " Tamara Zakim, sfexaminer.com.

"Why do we care about honeybees? Just browse the produce section of your local Trader Joe's or the football-field-long Berkeley Bowl to get a quick answer. It's estimated that one in every three bites of food we eat depends on honeybees for pollination, and they happen to be the healthiest bites, too. Without honeybees, the apples, avocados, almonds, blueberries, strawberries, melons and many other nutritious, California-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables we eat every day wouldn't exist.
Today, these complex and normally resilient creatures, which have inhabited the Earth for 40 million years, have been dying at an unprecedented rate. In what is called colony collapse disorder, one-third of honeybee hives have failed each year over the past decade. The message from honeybees is clear: Our current agricultural practices demand reform.

Honeybees are a fascinating species. They practice associative learning and preventative health care in their colonies. They smell pheromones and see ultraviolet colors. Their hives are super-organisms with highly specialized divisions of labor. And they are nature's ultimate migrant worker, shipped by the millions in tractor trailers across the country to pollinate crops and orchards. Across the United States, pollination contributes $20 billion to $30 billion in agricultural production annually."

 

 

 

 

 


"Goats are used to eat grass on hills outside of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory" campusreform.org.

"Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is managed by the University of California - Berkeley, brought in 500 goats to be "eco-friendly lawn mowers" this month.
For the past 17 years, Berkeley Lab has brought goats from a local company called Goats R Us to eat grass on the hills outside of the building, according to an article published in The Daily Californian, the school's official student newspaper."

 

 

Years ago Billy Goats were used to graze the to-be Berkeley Bowl site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"Cal Shakes' 'Pygmalion' opens Wednesday" Sally Hogarty, .mercurynews.com.

"Everyone takes pride in a job well done, but when that job involves turning a young woman's life upside down and then leaving her flat, there are bound to be problems.
Luckily for local theater lovers, those problems result in a wonderful evening of entertainment when California Shakespeare Theater presents 'Pygmalion,' George Bernard Shaw's sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system and commentary on women's independence. It runs July 30-Aug. 24 at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda.

'This play is an extraordinary piece of writing -- comic, political, provocative and surprisingly moving,' said director Jonathan Moscone. 'Shaw never ceases to amaze me in how passionate and relevant and genuinely witty his thoughts are on the subjects of society and relationships.'

Based on the Greek myth of the sculptor who falls in love with the statue he creates, 'Pygmalion' tells of the Cockney flower girl and Professor Higgins' wager to transform her into a duchess by teaching her to speak correctly. Adapting the play for film in 1938, Shaw became the first person to ever win the Nobel Prize for literature and the Academy Award. It went on to inspire the 1956 musical 'My Fair Lady,' adapted to film in 1964, which starred Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.
But the original play has always drawn my attention and, given the cast and creative team Moscone has put together, I'm sure I won't be disappointed in this latest production. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/27/14

air quality

Friday 7/25/14 1:11 PM--an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 217,100 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This, by industry standard is VERY, VERY POOR or (very very dirty) air. The industry threshold for very bad air is 100,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. 7/25/14 7:56 PM--an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 117, 300 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. 7/25/14 8:40 PM--an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 102, 200 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. Saturday 7/26/14 1:17 AM--50 % increase in particulates (particles) in front room, dry dirty air, overrides HEPA filters, cough, burning eyes. 4:19 AM--similar.

 

Saturday 7/26/14 6:05 AM--an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 240,200 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This, by industry standard is VERY, VERY POOR or (very very dirty) air. The industry threshold for very bad air is 100,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. (During sampling, have SERIOUS burning watery eyes, cough. )

Saturday 7/26/14 2:21 PM--an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 182, 300 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. Worker at neighboring manufacturer. By industry standard this is VERY POOR or (very dirty) air. The industry threshold for very bad air is 100,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. (Dry dirty air during sampling, mucus membrane irritation. )

Saturday 7/26/14 11:01 PM--an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 201, 700 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is VERY VERY POOR or (very very dirty) air. The industry threshold for very bad air is 100,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. (Dry dirty air during sampling, mucus membrane irritation. )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the to-be Berkeley baby's gym in Potter Creek on 7th Street. It is their second facility, the first being We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym in Southern California.

link courtesy Steve Smith

"We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. Through our nonprofit My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation, we provide social skills groups and activities for children across the spectrum.

We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym provides children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behavior modification, social interactions, and self-care skills. Our unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development.

Our activities, programs and retail location 'The Rock Shop' make it possible for us to provide social and physical opportunities through state funded programs. As a result WRTS is an amazing example of how we can help all children grow and develop by providing an all inclusive environment."

 

 

 

 

 

 


"Berkeley's Great China Restaurant is Back With A Vengeance" Narsai David, sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com.

"The Great China restaurant in Berkeley has certainly settled into its new restaurant space beautifully, but it took a long time. A fire in their old location destroyed and shut the eatery down in January 2012.

The new, larger building at the corner of Oxford and Bancroft- after several permits and remodeling, has been completed for several months. They have a complete liquor license and everything seems to be coming together very well."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Berkeley Garage Keeps Vintage VW Buses on the Road" Alejandro Rosas, californiareport.org.

"If you're road-tripping through California this summer, you might spot the occasional Volkswagen Bus. Back in its heyday, in the 1960s and '70s, this portable camper was everywhere.

Fewer ply the roads today, but devotees invest time and money to keep their VW Buses alive and ticking. In Berkeley, there's a place that focuses on getting them road-ready again. It's called the Buslab. 'Here at the Buslab we're also known as the guys to call you and tell you it's gonna cost a million dollars to fix your car,' jokes Buslab employee Sean Roberts. He's had a passion for VWs for 25 years. 'Dude! I have so much fun,' he exclaims. 'None of my cars have radios. So I listen to the engine. I listen to the wind. I listen to the road. I kinda go off to my own little world and just be me.' Fans like Roberts say the Volkswagen Bus isn't your average car, citing its roundish curves, spacious interior and cool vibe. The story behind the invention of the VW Bus goes something like this . . ."-

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Cars that will be gone in 2015" at christiansciencemonitornewsletter.com.

"As the auto industry adds on more cars, others have to go. Here is a breakdown of which cars will be gone in 2015, which ones are changing into different models, and which ones are on hold for now."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/28/14

Sunday 7/27/14 6:23 AM--an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 226, 300 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is VERY VERY POOR or (very very dirty) air. The industry threshold for very bad air is 100,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. (Dry dirty air during sampling, mucus membrane irritation. )

 

 

 

 

 

Aw jeez "Global wildlife decline driving slave labor, organized crime" sciencecodex.com.

"Global decline of wildlife populations is driving increases in violent conflicts, organized crime and child labor around the world, according to a policy paper led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The authors call for biologists to join forces with experts such as economists, political scientists, criminologists, public health officials and international development specialists to collectively tackle a complex challenge.

The paper, . . . highlights how losses of food and employment from wildlife decline cause increases in human trafficking and other crime, as well as foster political instability."

 

 

 

 

 

 

a regular reader emails of recent links

New Berkeley Whole Foods and Hoi Polloi - Nice links!
They are an interesting part of the transition of West Berkeley from terminus of underutilized  parcels in the urban core of the Bay Area to a mix of vibrant and appropriate retail and small manufacturing businesses, bringing a real pulse to the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just found, belatedly, that old high school buddy, Ralph Glatzel, passed. Ralph was a really sweet guy.

And, . . .

images photo

in his Sophmore year , bought a 1938 Graham sedan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Discovering Berkeley's Hidden Pathways" Mary Corbin, yourberkeley.com.

"Whether you're a dog walker, living car-free or simply love discovering hidden pathways, Berkeley has an amazing network of signed hiking trails for the urban hiker.

Start flat and wind your way into the hills past gardens and granite boulders; between architecturally delightful homes and historical spots; or shortcut your way down to your favorite café."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/29/14

air quality

Sunday 7/27/14 11:36 AM--an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 134, 700 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is VERY VERY POOR or (very very dirty) air. The industry threshold for very bad air is 100,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. The poor air threshold is 35,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. Very poor air has 2 to 3 times the micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. (Dry dirty air during sampling, mucus membrane irritation. ) 6:27 PM--an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 118,100 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is VERY VERY POOR or (very very dirty) air.

Sunday 7/27/14 11:36 AM--an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 134, 700 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is VERY VERY POOR or (very very dirty) air. The industry threshold for very bad air is 100,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot.

 

Monday, 7/28/14 4:37 PM--an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 112, 200 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is VERY VERY POOR or (very very dirty) air. The industry threshold for very bad air is 100,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. 10:15 PM to 10:30 PM--similar with burning dry dirty air, watery eyes, hacking cough.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/30/14

"'Monsieur Chopin' fascinating look at famed composer at Berkeley Rep" Georgia Rowe, mercurynews.com.

"When Frederic Chopin played the piano, the ladies swooned. So did much of Europe. Robert Schumann, on hearing the great 19th-century composer perform, responded with one of the most ringing endorsements in musical history: 'Hats off, gentlemen -- a genius!'

Hershey Felder clearly agrees. The acclaimed playwright-performer is back at Berkeley Repertory Theatre with a one-man show devoted to Chopin, an often captivating bio-drama celebrating the composer's life and works.

'Monsieur Chopin,' which plays through Aug. 10 on the company's Thrust Stage, adds to Felder's gallery of shows based on famous musicians. (He performed 'George Gershwin Alone' at Berkeley Rep in 2013, and 'Maestro,' about Leonard Bernstein, earlier this year; Felder also directed 'The Pianist of Willesden Lane,' starring Mona Golabek, for the company last October.)

Briskly directed by Joel Swick, 'Chopin' blends music and anecdote, history and humor, as Felder, in character as Chopin throughout, recounts the story ?'-- or, at least, hits the highs and lows, from the Polish composer's birth, in 1810 near Warsaw, to his death, at age 39, in Paris. It's an intriguing glimpse into the Romantic era, and an opportunity for Polish pride."

 

 

 

 

 

"Townie, a New American restaurant" mercurynews.com.

"Townie, a New American restaurant, has moved into the former Caffe Venezia in Berkeley, serving small plates prepared by executive chef and Boston native Dana Ryan (State Bird Provisions, Gather) using seasonal ingredients and high quality meats and seafood.

Debut items ($5 to $15) include potato croquettes with Serrano ham and Gruyère cheese, Tempura Green Beans and Pork Belly Banh Mi. Lead bartender Diana Krell has curated a cocktail menu showcasing classic and original libations such as the Ginger Thistle (Cynar, Citadelle gin, lemon juice, Bundaberg Ginger Beer and a lemon twist) and Barley Flower (Bols Genever, Lillet Blanc, St-Germain, orange bitters and a cherry). Sixteen domestic craft and imported beers plus an international wine list round out the libations."

 

 

 

The whiskey distillery is moving to Potter Creek this Thursday, July 31st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

air quality

Tuesday, 7/29/14 5:57 AM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 14,300 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is POOR/FAIR air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/31/14

"Hans Hofmann's works to be shown at Cal museum" Julian Guthrie at sfgate.com.

Summer Bliss (1960), oil on canvas; gift of the artist, Hans Hofmann, to the Berkeley Art Museum in memory of Worth Ryder.

"German American Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann credited his time teaching painting at UC Berkeley in the early 1930s for his 'start in America as a teacher and artist.'

Hofmann thanked the university with a gift of nearly 50 paintings representing the breadth of his life work, from Surrealist-influenced compositions to more physical and abstract images. The paintings are on display at the UC Berkeley Art Museum through Dec. 21 and represent the largest collection of the noted painter's work in any museum. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's read a play!

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tuesday Aug 5 7:00pm, South Berkeley Library.

"And by read,'I mean 'voice act.' To be the drama, make it real for everyone else in the room, and maybe even develop some acting chops in the process.
Anyone welcome, no experience required, just have an earnest desire to read/act."

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Hour Stories is story time ­ for adults.

Happy Hour Stories, Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 7:30 pm, FREE, Pegasus Books (Solano) | 1855 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA

Every last Tuesday, starting at 7:30 pm, listen to a selection of short stories on a selected theme read aloud by Pegasus employees and friends, while enjoying a cool drink and light snacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Philz Coffee opens its 2nd Berkeley location, and it's great" Vasudha Doijode, dailycal.org.

"We all go through America's daily grind: wake up, drink coffee, sleep and repeat. Coffee caters to the lives of all Berkeleyans, serving as a refreshing morning pick-me-up or a necessary late-night study tool. Coffee unites, engaging colleagues in steamy conversations over steaming lattes. It excites, jolting awake passivity and promoting alertness -  it's no wonder that Berkeley coffee shops are hot spots for students, professionals and citizens alike.

We at the Clog love perusing coffee shops as much as you do. This week, we attended the opening of Berkeley's newest coffee shop - Philz Coffee on Gilman Avenue - to bring you a feature of its flairs and flavors."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"California's new Middle Class Scholarship awards delayed" latimes.com.

"UC and Cal State students anticipating financial aid from the state's new Middle Class Scholarship program are going to have to wait until September to learn how much they will receive, a top administrator said Tuesday.

As a result of the delays, most students will not be able to apply the grants to their fall-term tuition bills but will be able to use the entire year's amount for their winter and spring tabs."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big part of New Berkeley!?

"A new model for impact-driven technology innovation" m37.lbl.gov.

"M37 is an entrepreneurial R&D program -- a home for top innovators to develop high-impact energy technologies.

Developing energy technologies isn't easy. It involves tough science, long validation cycles, and brutal economics. Creating options for our energy future depends on serious researchers -- ones with the skills and creativity to reinvent our physical world, and the drive to bring their technologies to market.

M37 provides a home for top impact-driven researchers to advance technologies until they can succeed beyond the research lab. Its purpose is to support critical technology development and identify the most suitable path, partners, and financing mechanisms for long-term impact. 

As part of M37's founding cohort, you will work side-by-side with other star innovators, each advancing his or her technology vision for a more sustainable world. You'll draw inspiration from one another: tearing down, rebuilding, and strengthening one another's ideas. With Berkeley Lab as your workspace, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with the world's best scientists in one of the world's most advanced research campuses. And you will gain access to a broad network of energy experts in technology, business, and policy from across the country and beyond.

We are seeking 5 top innovators for M37's founding cohort. Learn more about the program here."


 

 

 

 

 

   air quality

Wednesday, 7/30/14 2:12 AM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 36,600 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is POOR air. 2:17 AM-40,800-micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is POOR air. 2:25 AM-46,800-micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is POOR air. (Dry dirty air during sampling, mucus membrane irritation. )
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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.

http://gethuman.com/

 

 

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."

 

 

 

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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