after 8/7 here after 8/16 here 8/22 here

by Swerve

seating at the new Freight & Salvage




Ya know I bin thinkn, maybe I'll run for mayor. . . . it's the fumes, I'm a lttle light-headed.

I'll get back to you on this.



our Geralyn emails

Aloha Kakou!
I just wanted to remind you that the 15th San Francisco Aloha Festival is happening this weekend. The halau I belong to, Hui Hula O na Pu'u I Ka Noe, will be dancing on Sunday, August 2 at 10:30 am. Here's the link I hope to see you there!
You may have heard rumors that I will be going to Berlin and Prague, along with my hula sisters and brother, to participate in a hula competition and to do some exhibition dancing. Well, it is true and we're all very excited about it, as you can imagine.
But, like the song goes, "money's too tight to mention", so we're having a cookie sale to help subsudize our trip. Anthony and Christopher of our neighborhood's renown fabulous ( or is it fabulously renown?) cafe, 900 Grayson, have been very gracious to offer to sell our
cookies at the front counter. These are the Hawaiian "School Kine" cookies. Very "ono" and only $6.00 a bag! The flavors are: shortbread, vanilla macadamia nut, chocolate chip macadamia nut, and chocolate chip. Pop into 900 Grayson ( 7th St and Grayson in West Berkeley, Mon- Sat 8am-3pm) have a meal, and grab a bag of cookies for dessert. Or you can contact me with your order.
If you'd like to watch the festivities in Berlin, look for the link that will stream the action live on the internet at
I don't have much information on Prague except that we will be dancing in the Old Town's square on August 21.
Mahalo again for all of your support. I and the halau appreciate your "kokua".
A hui hou
Geralyn Keolani

I love shortbread and these are the best. RP



Ryan Lau emails

National Night Out
Just a quick reminder, National Night Out is fast approaching, Tuesday, August 4th.  If you haven't already done so, today is the last day to officially register your group's event with the City so that Fire, Police, City Manager's staff and our office can come around and meet the neighbors.  You don't have to be an official neighborhood watch group to register and it is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and City staff.  If you'd like to find out more about National Night Out or want a copy of the application, please visit <>.  If you are not able to send in the form today, try and get it in as soon as possible, sometimes they allow late submissions.  Also, please let us know as well.  If your event doesn't make it onto the official list, we'd still like to try and stop by.

Street Tree Planting
West Berkeley received some grant funding to mitigate some of the impacts of the freeway, specifically by reducing pollution by planting trees.  We encourage people to submit tree-planting applications so we can plant in the area. 
This year the City is focusing on a mutltidepartmental effort in a "Place Based Initiative" with a program called "Heart to Heart" in the block around McGee, Russell, Oregon and Dohr.  It is a special effort to address the problem of "premature death" from chronic diseases. The Parks Dept's contribution will be to focus on tree-planting in the area.  If you are interested in having a tree in front of your home please call 681-6660.

Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2


Kubik emails Ryan

How about planting trees between the freeway and Aquatic Park?  Some thing was supposed to have been done there years ago and so far NOTHING! 


Ryan replies

Are you referring to the "Living Wall" project?  I'm not quite sure what ever happened to that, but I think alot of it had to do with CalTrans not liking the idea.  Since the project required a CalTrans encroachment permit, we were sort of stuck at an impasse.  I can check in about the project, but my understanding is that CalTrans was adamant that they did not want anything to do with it.  In any case, how have you been, Bob?  Pumpkin patch time is just around the corner, huh?


Bob replies

If Caltrans doesn't like the idea of trees what do they propose?  We need and have needed some separation.  Yes, would you check into it? 

 Carol and I are doing fine - shopping at the new Berkeley Bowl every day.  We were totally wrong about traffic congestion - what we have seen is many more folks walking and biking to get their groceries.  That has made a much more neighborhood feeling. 





The only source that got so-far-traffic right was Lipofsky. "Won't make much difference" he said. "Supermarket traffic trickles in and out, not like a school with traffic bunching up when kids are dropped off or picked up." RP

Who so far got it wrong in varing degrees? Rick, Sarah, John V, Ron P, Bob, Carol, etc, etc, etc.

And, the neighbors almost to a person figured the Yasudas hadn't learned anything from their experience of the Downtown Bowl and so somehow would repeat it.

Go figure!

Also, the traffic consultants hired by our city-workers got it right so far.



 this morning

Marvin's work was picked up for an exhibition at the Concourse Gallery at 555 California Street, San Francisco. 





Oakland City Council action taken at 7/29/09 Council meeting. The Council approved

29 Subject: Enterprise Zone - Expand Boundaries
From: Community and Economic Development Agency
Recommendation: Adopt A Resolution Approving The Expansion Of The Boundaries Of
The Oakland Enterprise Zone Into Portions Of Emeryville And West Berkeley


City of Oakland Community Economic and Development Agency information on their Enterprise Zone.

Financial Incentives

Offering business incentives is one way Oakland remains competitive in the regional marketplace. The incentives range from Enterprise Zone tax credits to assistance with locating space and identifying workforce needs.

Oakland takes full advantage of state and federal programs to provide a full set of incentives and has a municipal lending unit to assist businesses looking for capital, technical assistance, and training. Incentives are also provided for environmentally-friendly businesses.

Enterprise Zone Tax Incentives
Industrial Development Bond Program
Manufacturers' Investment Credit
Retail and Entertainment Catalyst Tenant Improvement Program (TIP)

Enterprise Zone Tax Incentives

California's enterprise zone program is an innovative partnership comprised of state government, local government and private businesses. The State of California re-designated Oakland on January 31, 2008, for an additional 15 years. Oakland businesses in the Zone - from large manufacturing companies to small neighborhood restaurants - can reduce their state taxes by taking advantage of Enterprise Zone benefits.Tax credits and benefits available to companies locating in enterprise zones include:

Tax credits for sales or use taxes paid on up to $20 million of qualified machinery purchased per year;
A hiring credit of $37,440 or more for each qualified employee hired;
A 15-year carryover of up to 100 percent of net operating losses
Expensing up to $40,000 of certain depreciable property;
Lender income deductions for loans made to zone businesses; and
Preference points on state contracts.
Unused tax credits can be applied to future tax years, stretching out the benefit of the initial investment

For more information and forms required for claiming the Enterprise Zone Hiring Tax Credit visit our on line EZ Tax Credit Vouchering System at or call Susana Villarreal; Enterprise Zone Coordinator at 510-238-7794;

Industrial Development Bond Program

The program targets small and medium-sized manufacturing companies that are normally shut out of national credit markets and provides low-cost, long-term financing for real estate and equipment projects that retain or create employment in Oakland.

No public entity assumes any of the risk of the financing. A highly-rated bank relies on a Letter of Credit with the business for adequate collateral and repayment ability.

Oakland's Industrial Development Bond Program is administered by the Economic Development Alliance for Business. To learn more about the bond program including the eligibility criteria and application process, visit or call 510.272.3885.

Manufacturers' Investment Credit

The State of California has created a tax incentive designed to encourage manufacturers to stay and grow in the Golden State. Known as the Manufacturers' Investment Credit (MIC), this legislation allows California manufacturers to claim a six percent investment tax credit or a five percent sales/use tax exemption (for new businesses) on qualified property that is purchased, acquired, or leased for use in California. These credits can greatly reduce the amount of State taxes a company pays.

The principal categories of qualifying activities include:

Research and Development

For details on the MIC, visit or call 1.800.852.5711

Retail and Entertainment Catalyst Tenant Improvement Program (TIP)

The City of Oakland's Retail and Entertainment Catalyst Tenant Improvement Program (TIP) provides incentives to attract key entertainment and retail businesses to targeted locations in the downtown area. While downtown retail market has improved in recent years, in many cases the available spaces, buildings, or properties require tenant improvements to meet the needs of existing retailers.

Under the TIP, additional incentives are available to cover expenses such as asbestos abatement, compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), ventilation, off-site improvements, and other tenant improvements including demolition, mechanical, plumbing, electrical and interior historic restoration. The Tenant Improvement Program can be used with the existing Downtown Façade Improvement Program. Targeted areas include Uptown, the Downtown Historic area, the Latham Square area, Old Oakland, Chinatown, and Lower Broadway.

For further information, call Redevelopment at 510.238.3699 or email.


The Berkeley City Council has to approve the Enterprise Zone for it to be in Berkeley.




"Council Tables Measure Endorsing SCA 21" is by Rio Bauce Special to the Planet.

"Last Thursday, the Berkeley City Council tabled a measure supporting a bill in the state Legislature that would strip the University of California's Board of Regents of a certain measure of autonomy.

The bill, SCA 21, authored by state Senators Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield), would subject the UC system to laws and statutes passed by the state Legislature. Current laws are already in effect for the California State University system. "



"Berkeley's First Teen Center Planned for Downtown" is a saavy report by Riya Bhattacharjee in our Planet.

"Berkeley teenagers may finally have a solution to their boredom.

Soon they may have a new place to hang out after school, get help with homework, meet up with friends or simply have some fun.

A building that formerly housed a PG&E service center at 2109 Martin Luther King Jr. Way is all set to become the Teen AMP (Aspirations Made Possible), Berkeley's first center dedicated entirely to teenagers."

In talking to a west-Berkeley "veteran gang member" about the difference in being a teenage then and now, he said "We had places to go. The City had centers for us and we had other places. They don't have that now."RP




"Counting Crows Swoop Down On Berkeley's Greek Theatre" is a review by Jane Wang at

"Nearly two decades ago, two men, Adam Duritz and Dave Bryson, came together to form an acoustic duo, gradually picking up more members and eventually receiving national attention. Now, after having crisscrossed America's highways many times over, last Sunday Counting Crows finally returned to the place where they were born-Berkeley, California-to share the stage with San Diego-based Augustana."




"SunRun Does Government-financed Solar Panels" is a report at

"In a move to avert regional government solar incentives like Berkeley, California-based Berkeley FIRST from capturing the solar panel financing market, San Francisco-based SunRun is using a new round of financing to capture a greater share of that market."




"Berkeley and the General Strike of 1934" is a story by Steven Finacom Special to the Planet.

"In spring and summer 1934 San Francisco experienced one of the most dramatic labor confrontations in 20th century American history. " 




Robert Shiller was one of Charlie Rose' guest last night. He talks about a new book of his and more.

Robert Shiller is an American economist and Yale professor. He is best known for his book "Irrational Exuberance," a "New York Times" bestseller, which predicted the burst of the stock market bubble in the late 1990s, and warns about the emergence of a housing bubble after the dot-com bubble burst in 2000.

He has organized a series of seminars about behavioral finance, and is the author of "Macro Markets", which won the first annual Paul A. Samuelson Award of TIAA-CREF. In 2003, he published another book, "The New Financial Order."

Check him out.












"Berkeley's Freight & Salvage braves move to new home" by Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune.

"The local folk music scene is about to get a major upgrade.

Call it Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 3.0 - as the legendary club, which has served as the heart of the folk music scene in the Bay Area for the past 41 years, gets set to move into a new state-of-the-art performance space Aug. 27 in the downtown Berkeley Arts District. It will be the Freight's third home, following a stint on San Pablo Avenue and its current spot at 1111 Addison St."


So, last I heard the mayor was making 30-40k a year--which Da Boz was not taking-- and the city manager took home around a quarter mil a year. What can I learn from this?

Whoa, can't handle that s#%t.




post from the past 8/08

our "secret movie studio" crew

partying after Beverly Hills Chihuahua rap




"I'll pass on the fin, thanks" is a story at

"The Humane Society just sent out a release stating that Alice Waters, the renowned chef, restaurateur, and author, has signed Humane Society International's No Shark Fin pledge, committing never to consume or serve shark fin soup or any product containing shark fin. HSI is the global arm of The Humane Society of the United States.

Ms. Waters is the founder of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, the vice president of Slow Food International, and a leader in promoting the use of local, organic and sustainable ingredients."



"Ex-Office Depot worker says company asked him to falsify records on Berkeley overcharges" Doug Oakley, Contra Costa Times.

"A Fremont man, claiming he lost his job at Office Depot because he refused to falsify data that showed the company overcharged the city of Berkeley hundreds of thousands of dollars, is suing the office-supply giant in federal court."



"New book on the Black Panthers shows revolutionaries' humanity' " is by Laura Casey Contra Costa Times.

"It was the summer of 1968. Oakland was the epicenter of the Black Panther Party movement, and its members were fighting for the release of party co-founder Huey P. Newton, jailed after being accused of shooting an Oakland police officer to death.

Now-defunct Life magazine wanted a story on the Black Panthers and asked photographer Howard L. Bingham to shoot scenes around Oakland and Los Angeles while reporter Gilbert Moore took notes.

Bingham took nearly 10,000 pictures - from stunning portraits of Panther leaders to Panther gatherings outside the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland - while Moore filled three dozen notebooks over several months following the revolution."


Don't know about humanity, but I do remember that the Navone's, owners of the Black and White liquor next to the Panthers on Sacramento, thought the Panthers were good neighbors.RP



"UC Berkeley program covers all expenses for students with passion for music" Katherine Jarvis, Oakland Tribune.

"Neither of Daisy Newman's parents were musically inclined, but Newman and her four siblings were given musical training as they grew up in Natchez, Miss.

Now 62, Newman has led a life of music, and since March 2003 she has been the director of UC Berkeley's Young Musicians Program."




"Albany nursery an institution" is a story by Marta Yamamoto at

"Flowerland, an institution on Solano Avenue in Albany, is still going strong after 62 years.

While other businesses have come and gone, the nursery has been a mainstay along the avenue that runs through Albany and Berkeley, offering plantings and other gardening supplies to the East Bay's dedicated gardeners.

There's a new, out-of-the-gift-box look to Flowerland, with its offerings of perennials, succulents and bamboos, roses and trees.

The nursery's new owners, Carly Dennett and Katherine Zapata, are only the third proprietors in the nursery's six-decade-plus history."



Kubik emails a link to"Health Care Realities" Paul Krugman's opinion at

"At a recent town hall meeting, a man stood up and told Representative Bob Inglis to 'keep your government hands off my Medicare.' The congressman, a Republican from South Carolina, tried to explain that Medicare is already a government program - but the voter, Mr. Inglis said, 'wasn't having any of it.'

It's a funny story - but it illustrates the extent to which health reform must climb a wall of misinformation. It's not just that many Americans don't understand what President Obama is proposing; many people don't understand the way American health care works right now. They don't understand, in particular, that getting the government involved in health care wouldn't be a radica

l step: the government is already deeply involved, even in private insurance."



"Veterans get a boost in education funds" is a report at

"Despite rising student fees, Ivan Krimker can finally rest easy about paying for his senior year at UC Riverside. The Marine Corps reservist will soon get a boost from the biggest increase in veterans' education benefits since after World War II.

The Post- 9/11 G.I. Bill, which took effect Saturday, doubles tuition and education benefits for veterans nationwide. More than 2 million veterans live in California, and at least 30,000 attend colleges and universities here. When the money starts reaching schools this fall, the bill will provide considerably more benefits than the current G.I. Bill, which Krimker has been using for the past three years.

'It's a night and day difference,' he said."








post from the past


Kubik emails a link to the New Yorker's

"How medical marijuana is transforming the pot industry" by David Samuels





Mmm, as mayor will I still be able to do Scrambled Eggs? Mayor Bloomberg does something like that, right?


"SF Chron's Williams joins Center for Investigative Reporting" is a press release at

"The Center for Investigative Reporting announced today that it has hired Lance Williams as an investigative reporter covering money and politics for CIR's new California Watch project."



"San Francisco wins homeless soccer tournament" is a report at

"Homeless people from across the country competed this weekend in the Street Soccer USA Cup with a team from San Francisco taking the title."



Here is part of a story about the Aloha Festival "And speaking of slack key, Fran Guidry will be opening for the revered Ledward Ka'apana at shows around Northern California in the coming week, including tonight (July 31) at eMotors in Sebastopol; the Little Fox in Redwood City on Aug. 4; Don Quixote's in Felton on Aug. 5 and Freight & Salvage in Berkeley Aug. 6. (Follow the club links for showtimes and ticket info.) A Led show is full of storytelling, sweet falsetto, fast guitar and some impromptu hula "The full story is at here.




For real-politic--spiced with ego and drama-- on Iran and the Middle East watch Robert Baer's presentation at our Commonwealth Club.

Then check out Robert Baer.












"The Big Two" by Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Editor at

" 'I don't plan on leaving California,' Chris Ward said. Cal was his first offer last September and he admits that the Bears are recruiting him the hardest."



"Another plus side to small businesses" is opinion at

"During the economic boom, many California cities fell over themselves to attract auto malls and big-box retailers that could bolster their budgets with sales tax revenue.

It worked. Local governments saw their tax revenues soar until 2007. But now that the bubble has collapsed, those same cities are slashing budgets and laying off employees -- and regretting that they became so dependent on a single source of revenue.

That's why it's instructive to look toward Berkeley, a city that often is the brunt of jokes by Valley residents because of its liberal politics. Laugh all you want, but Berkeley has so far ridden through the recession with far less fiscal angst than other cities.

In July, the Berkeley City Council approved a $148 million budget that was actually slightly larger than the previous year's.

City Manager Phil Kamlarz attributed the increase to healthy tax revenues from the city's retail districts, which include hardly any big-box retailers. Instead, Berkeley relies on smaller-scale businesses, which are located in walkable neighborhoods."




"Offshore windmills hold clean-energy promise" is a report by David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Someday decades from now, California's sprawling coastal cities could draw their power from floating windmills that bob on the sea like buoys, far from shore.

Their blades would spin over deep ocean water, turning in winds that are steadier and stronger than they are on land. Undersea cables would send their electricity to shore.

This kind of floating windmill has not yet been deployed en masse. But a model of one sits in the Berkeley office of Principle Power, one of several companies trying to tap the powerful winds at sea.

Principle has signed agreements with utilities to test its device, called the WindFloat, off the coasts of Oregon and Portugal. Three connected canisters filled with ballast water will support a wind turbine, with cables mooring the entire device to the seabed."




"A group of American scientists headed by Michel Maharbiz believe they have devised a way to produce energy using evaporation" is a report at

Hailing from the University of California in Berkeley, the University of Michigan and MIT, these electrical engineers devised a process that mimics the natural occurrence of evaporation in plants. In a process called transpiration, water absorbed by the plant roots travel upwards to be excreted by the leaves. The scientists recreated leaves in the laboratory out of glass wafers etched with tiny water-filled channels that resemble veins. The glass leaves allow the water to evaporate through the open-ended veins, causing a continuous draw of fluid at the rate of 1.5 centimeters per second.

According to NewScientist: 'The researchers added metal plates to the walls of the central stem and connected them to a circuit. The charged plates and the water within the stem create a sandwich of two conducting layers separated by an insulating layer ­ in effect, a capacitor.' "



"UC presents revised plan for housing Helios research. New proposal calls for two sites for solar-energy program" is a press release at

"University of California representatives are presenting to state government officials newly revised plans for housing the Helios research initiatives that will explore promising new solar-energy technologies.

The previous plan to house the Helios effort called for a single, consolidated facility on UC-owned land at the LBNL site. The new proposal calls for the Helios research endeavors to be housed in two physically separate and independent buildings: one in downtown Berkeley and a smaller building at UC's LBNL site."




"UC to Issue Honorary Degrees to JAs Incarcerated During WWII" reports Heather Horiuchi of the Nichi Bei Times.

"It was a long time coming, but at last, more than 60 years after beginning her college education, Grace Obata Amemiya will receive her degree - albeit an honorary one - from the University of California."




Kubik emails a link to" 'How Is America Going To End?'

"Slate's 'Choose Your Own Apocalypse' lets you map out the death of the United States" by Josh Levin.

"If and when America expires, we probably won't agree on the cause of death. For proof that autopsies of empires are inconclusive, consider the case of Alexander Demandt, the German historian who set out in the 1980s to collect every theory ever given for why Rome fell. The final tally: 210, including attacks by nomads on horseback, blood poisoning, decline of Nordic character, homosexuality, outflow of gold, and vaingloriousness.


In tribute to Demandt, I've gone looking for every possible reason why America could fall. I've paged through the work of scholars who have studied the characteristics of declining and failed societies. I also collected theories from futurists, doomsayers, separatists, economists, political scientists, national security experts, climatologists, geologists, astronomers, and a few miscellaneous crazy people. The result: a collection of 144 potential causes of America's future death. "


After the shock and anger at The Crash, comes putting back the pieces. 'How Is America Going To End? 'is an exercise that helps you do just that. Go ahead, "Mess with your mind."RP

I'm going to and so is Scrambled Eggs.












"NCAA Returning Statistical Leaders 2009: Rushing Categories" is a report by David Hedlind at

"Well I am hesitant to write this as the last part didn't really get much in way of reads.

Maybe people just aren't interested in who the returning leaders are.

Well I am going to do it anyway."




"Jerry Garcia fans eternally Grateful in S.F." is a story by Robert Selna, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"A lot of people know that Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia lived in the Haight and Marin County, but a Sunday crowd showed up at his original stomping grounds in McLaren Park to celebrate his life and his 'hood.

Garcia was born on Aug. 1, 1942, and long before he was the lead singer of the Dead, he lived on Harrington Street in the working-class Excelsior District, built tree houses, cleaned out stables and ran around the nearby 330-acre, woodsy McLaren."




"Berkeley Ventures Creates Initial Portfolio to Meet Change in Venture Ecosystem" is a press release at

"Berkeley Ventures launched today as a for-profit hi-tech incubator, announcing the immediate availability of its 8,400 sq ft facility and its first four portfolio companies. Berkeley Ventures is focused on web 2.0, mobile, clean-tech, software, financial services and gaming. Unique in its approach, the Berkeley Ventures program is not limited to a fixed period of time. Berkeley Ventures helps startups maximize success by providing seasoned advisors, infrastructure, investor contacts, proximity to a world class research university, and a dynamic startup community."




"Samurai hold lessons for modern warfare" is a story at

"At first glance, Thomas Cleary is an unlikely expert on war, weaponry and man's ability to destroy.

The Oakland author and translator of some 80 spiritual texts is gentle and soft-spoken, perfectly suited for poring over ancient works in hushed libraries. Cleary reads in nine languages, and his career has focused on Buddhist, Taoist, Muslim and Confucian classics. Through his studies, though, Cleary's understanding of war spans the ages, from Japan's warrior class to the world wars and the military assaults of today."














in keeping with my advocacy of youth in office, here's

Ron Penndorf

for mayor


ok, . . . it's an older photo




Calvin Fong emails

Hi Ron,
I actually thought it was a younger photo!
Best regards,


an older than younger photo and a younger than older me RP






"rubber" remains

discoloration is turning-semen







posts from the past

Andrew and Kerstin just had a boy, James Vernon.



and just right around the corner from Andrew and Kerstin

Patti and Steve recently had Jackson


Andrew Fischer is a fine Potter Creek architect. His website is




A little over a week ago, I emailed regarding a person I saw being placed into a body bag at the corner of 10th St and Carlton in the evening of Monday July 27.

I checked around the neighborhood the next day and the grapevine led me to believe that I knew who this person was. But I decided to follow up with the Berkeley Police and the Coroner's Office of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department. I needed to be sure. I didn't know his name.

Deputy McAdams of that office has identified the person as Charles Brown, an African American man. He was 56 years old and a former air conditioning mechanic at the Alameda Naval Air Station. None of his family could be located. He had lived in and around this part of West Berkeley for around 20 years.

I'm sure most of us had seen him wandering the streets in the area generally as unassuming as a ghost and occasionally panhandling in front of West Side Bakery and Cafe. He only asked me for money once at a time when I was in a pinch myself. He saw the discomfort in my face and said "never mind, you don't have the money to give." And he walked off.

I'm writing this because it bothers me that someone should die alone, literally on our street and that his death not be noted somehow. I didn't know him well enough to be able to say anything good or bad about the man. Nor do I understand what led him to live on the street.

So, I note Charles Brown's passing. This seems awfully little to be able to say but without even any family to notice, this seems the least I could do.

Tak Nakamoto

On the Holidays, sometimes we'd give Charles food and drink. He is a sweet soul. God Bless.RP






post from the past


"VASKA Introduces Green Chemicals to Commercial Laundry Industry" is a press release at

"VASKA, a Berkeley based producer of green, botanically based laundry care products for the commercial, institutional and consumer markets, is pleased to announce that it has successfully turned the first major commercial laundry plant in the United States (and possibly the world) green! Royal Laundry of South San Francisco is the largest privately owned commercial laundry on the West Coast, washing one million pounds of laundry a week for more than a hundred Northern California hotels using VASKA's green laundry solutions in its three state-of-the-art tunnel systems.

Royal Laundry has been a major commercial laundry service provider in the Bay Area for 47 years. When Royal began to encounter challenges with their previous chemical supplier, Royal's president Don Luckenbach, decided to look for alternatives. Don toured major plants across the US to look for formulas that would meet his quality and performance criteria and asked for proposals from the top contenders. When VASKA's CEO Julia Fry proposed tests using her green formulas, he was skeptical. After a highly successful 10-day test on their largest tunnel, he was ready to give the go ahead. Months later the changes at Royal are tangible to Luckenbach, 'Now when I walk into the plant in the morning I am greeted by the smell of lavender, and it makes me feel good that I am making a contribution to the health of our employees and the environment.' "

these are the Goldin's tenants here in west-Berkeley. RP





Councilman Darryl Moore emails,

I'm asking for your immediate help to Revitalize Downtown Berkeley.

Please join me and the majority of the City Council, State Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, environmental and labor groups and many of your own neighbors in opposing the Downtown Referendum Petition - this is an unfortunate and short-sighted attempt to freeze an already stagnated downtown.

DO NOT SIGN the Downtown Referendum Petition that you might see as you visit your favorite haunt, and please ask your friends NOT to sign.

After four years of community-wide effort a super majority of the Berkeley City Council including me, Mayor Tom Bates, Council Members Anderson, Capitelli, Maio, Wengraf, and Wozniak, approved a new dynamic plan to Revitalize Downtown Berkeley.

Berkeley's new Downtown Area Plan will:

Encourage more Downtown residences and more affordable housing,

Support a street friendly area with a pedestrian plaza on Center Street,

Enforce new green building standards, and

Provide for much-needed street-level amenities to make the area more enjoyable! 

Creating a downtown that is vibrant with residents and merchants is essential to Berkeley's economic success. It is also key to achieving our local goals to reduce greenhouse gases. More people living downtown with access to transit and daily shopping needs are essential to our environmental stewardship and our mission to be a "climate smart" city.

As you know, most retail businesses are struggling and downtown commercial vacancy rates have topped 16%. Only one new affordable apartment building has been completed in the downtown area in the last few years. Berkeley can do better and the new Downtown Plan is what we need to get moving in the right direction.

The people who oppose our new Downtown Plan are the same nay-sayers who fight every attempt to accommodate new housing - even in the most appropriate part of town - the Downtown. This time their scare tactic is to claim the "Manhattanization of Berkeley".

The truth is that the Downtown Plan will:

Limit "tall" building additions over the next 20 years to a maximum of two buildings for conference-oriented hotels or housing,

Limit no more than 6 other medium-height buildings - only 2 of which can be office buildings and at least 4 residential.

Ask for significant returns from developers for public amenities, including public open spaces in the Downtown.

Protect our neighborhoods by concentrating new housing downtown. 

Bringing vitality back to Downtown requires more people in the area, more affordable housing in new green buildings, more pedestrian friendly spaces and support for LOCAL-oriented shopping and services.

Don't let Downtown revitalization be put on hold and four years of hard community planning work wasted!

If you'd like to learn more about what the Downtown Area Plan will do for our downtown, please visit  Also, please help by forwarding this message to your Berkeley friends and neighbors. We also need volunteers between now and August 20, so please email for more information on helping out.

Darryl Moore 

P.S. If the petition gains enough signatures, the required election could cost the city more than $200,000 -- money needed for many more important things in these tough economic times.


One such petition, I believe, can be found in front of the west-Berkeley Bowl. A man best described as an un-reconstructed Hippy was asking for signatures with the opening "Save our downtown." "From what?" asked a passing woman. I didn't hear the answer but after some talk she appeared to sign. Go figure.RP


I said some few years ago in my support of the Bowl that it will change our lives in ways we can't imagine, but I'll make the leap of faith and assume that they'll all be good. Well, I eat better, fresher, more healthy. And,what I just discovered is that with regular, often daily shopping, I buy only what I need and so have eliminated waste and cut our food budget by one-third.RP






Riva Cucina's Jennifer emails








Greetings from Riva Cucina

We've got lots of news to share with you. Since our last email, we've added a member to our Riva Cucina family, won an award, been certified green, made Wednesday no corkage night, and have closed on Mondays. Read on for more information about our exciting news as well as our upcoming Allegrini wine dinner.Ý We hope you are well and that we get to see you soon at Riva!

Massi + Jen

Allegrini Wine Dinner

Please join us for an evening of good food, wine and company.Ý Massi will pair five courses with complementary Allegrini wines.Ý Robin Shay from Allegrini will be on hand to discuss the wine.
When: Thursday, August 20th at 6:30 pm (Where: 800 Heinz Avenue in Berkeley (Event Price: $75 not inclusive of tax or gratuity (Reservations: 510 841 7482 //

Organic Acme baguette, Washinghton smoked salmon, butter, chives
Paired with 2007 Allegrini Soave

Grilled pancetta wrapped prawns with wild arugula, yellow and white corn, fennel, citrus condimento
Paired with 2008 Allegrini Valpolicella

Primo Piatto
Arborio rice, Parma prosciutto, organic English peas, red onion, Parmigiano
Paired with 2005 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre

Secondo Piatto
Roasted leg of lamb stuffed with braised mixed mushrooms, herbs and garlic, roasted new potatoes, lamb demiglace
Paired with 2005 Allegrini La Grola

Assortment of aged cheeses: Montasio, Grana Padano, Pecorino Nocino served with balsamico caramelized cipollini onions
Paired with 2004 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella

RIVA CUCINA The Italian kitchen where land and water meet
CHEF Massimiliano Boldrini
LOCATION 800 Heinz Avenue Berkeley, CA 94710ÝÝ
HOURSÝ Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30 - 2:30 / Dinner Tues-Sat 5:30 - 9:00
PHONE 510 841 riva (7482)
FAX 510 649 5075



"Books Inc. to Open Berkeley Branch" is by Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet. "There's finally some good news for book lovers in Berkeley.

Books Inc., which calls itself the oldest independent bookseller on the West Coast, announced Aug. 5 that it plans to open at a new location on Fourth Street in October. The bookshop will be located at 1760 Fourth St., the site currently occupied by NapaStyle."




Groove Yard's Rick Ballard emails

The second batch of LPs from the estate of music critic Ralph J. Gleason will be in the bins this Saturday.


2009 Stanford Jazz Festival Season Announcement

Artistic excellence, intimate venues and a welcoming atmosphere define the Stanford Jazz Festival experience, making it unique place where jazz listeners of every generation can gather and feel at home.

Tickets are on sale through Stanford Ticket Office (all sales, including online, ""). For information about tickets, including the Take 5! discount program, visit the ticket info area of our site (""). Concert descriptions and other information on the Stanford Jazz website at

Stanford Jazz Schedule      
 08/06/2009 Thur 7:15pm Jazz Residency Participant Recital Dinkelspiel Auditorium Free  
 08/07/2009 Fri 8pm SJW All Star Jam Session Dinkelspiel Auditorium $34.00  
 08/08/2009 Sat 8pm Dena DeRose Quartet featuring Steve Davis Campbell Recital Hall $40.00

20th AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival August 7-9, 2009
Returning once again to San Jose on August 7th, 8th and 9th, 2009, the AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival promises its perfectly cultivated brand of entertainment that has never failed to impress. Each year, over 100 artists come together to exhilarate audiences, drawing over 100,000 people and helping this jazz festival to remain one of the finest in the country. The artists that take to the nine stages arranged within walking distance of each other in downtown San Jose bring intoxicating aural feasts in the form of jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B beats and more, satisfying a diverse array of listeners. This Bay Area live music festival offers more than just performances, though; activities such as a jazz brunch, master classes, a club crawl, after-hours entertainment and even a jazz mass give fans a chance to indulge in a deeper musical experience. Among others, this year's line-up will bring on stage Dee Dee Bridgewater, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Allen Toussaint, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Bettye Lavette, Pete Escovedo, Don Byron plays Junior Walker, The Tierney Sutton Band, Buster Williams, Patrice Rushen, Cindy Blackman and Bernie Maupin, Winard Harper Sextet, Black Joe Lewis, Wild Magnolias, Denise Donatelli, Lionel Loueke, San Jose Jazz Orchestra with Don Menza, JC Smith All-Stars, SambaDa, John Santos, Karabali, Candela, and many more
August 7-9, 2009, Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, San Jose, California
Admission (access to all stages): $15 per day
Hotels start at $98.
Children 12 and under: free.
More info:  phone 866.208.3225
2nd Annual San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival
Mon David ­ John Calloway
Anna Maria Flechero - Tateng Katindig
The Forum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street  San Francisco, CA  94103
Saturday, August 8, 2009   Showtime:  5PM
Tickets Available at    Box Office: 415-978-2787
Free Outdoor Performances During The
16th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival
Yerba Buena Gardens
4th and Mission Streets   San Francisco, CA  94103
Saturday/Sunday, August 8-9, 2009   Showtime: 1PM
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. ­ Raquel ­ Ann Marie Santos
Parangal Dance Company ­ Socorro "Kit" de Castro - Al Manalo, MC
Celebrate an exciting weekend of Pinoy Jazz as the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival presents an extraordinary lineup of artists to headline their 2nd annual event.  Showcased at an evening concert at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, on Saturday August 8th are the award-winning and show-stopping vocalists, Mon David and Anna Maria Flechero; Grammy-nominated bandleader, composer, and flutist John Calloway; and pianist, Tateng Katindig, known as "the Oscar Peterson of the Philippines." Showtime is at 5pm.  Tickets are available at the YBCA Box Office at 415-978-2787 or at
Performing on the outdoor stages of the 16th Annual Pistahan will be the Parangal Dance Company, pianist/composer Socorro "Kit" de Castro and vocalist/songwriter Raquel.  On Sunday, the SF Filipino American Jazz Festival presents vocalist Ann Marie Santos with the Art Khu Trio and Abe Lagrimas, Jr. drummer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist.  Comedian and community activist Al Manalo will be the Master of Ceremonies for both days.  These performances are at 1PM and admission is free.
The roots of Pinoy Jazz in the Bay Area can be traced to early Filipino immigrants who settled in and around the Fillmore District and in Manilatown on Kearny Street next to Chinatown.  Pioneers like Flip Nuñez and Rudy Tenio created a legacy which many artists have since followed.  Today, Pinoy jazz is gaining wider recognition as artists like Charmaine Clamor earned a spot on the national charts and saxophonist Jon Irabagon won the 2008 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition.  This is the first time a Filipino American has been awarded this honor. 
About the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival
The San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival promotes, preserves, and celebrates Filipino American history, art, and culture.  It focuses on the unique history and legacy of jazz as performed by Bay Area Filipino American jazz artists.

Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave. @ Forest           
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 655-8400
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KTVU-TV reports Bayer is planning a 100mil expansion of its Potter Creek facility. The report suggested that if Bayer does not receive "help" from the city, etc it will move its entire facility elsewhere but that the extension of the Oakland Enterprise Zone will allow the "help needed."



"Bayer HealthCare Granted Approval to Expand Berkeley Site" is by Keena Batti Daily Cal.

"Amidst an economy riddled with business foreclosures and bankruptcies, the Berkeley-based Bayer HealthCare site will be expanding operations after it was granted license approval Monday for a sterile facility that can fill vials.

The license will allow Bayer, which is the second-largest biotechnology employer in the Bay Area, to increase capacity largely on its production of Kogenate, a treatment for bleeding episodes associated with hemophilia.

The facility cost Bayer approximately $100 million and was built at Bayer's West Berkeley site near the Aquatic Park, said Trina Ostrander, community relations manager for Bayer.

Bayer, which employs about 2,000 workers from Berkeley, Emeryville and Richmond, has been in constant expansion mode for the past three to four years, said Sreejit Mohan, a Bayer spokesperson. "


Berkeley's Michael Caplan, fellow UW-Madison alum, and Julie Sinai

a Business Times photo

"Berkeley, Oakland bid to save Bayer: Enterprise zone seen as key to keep drug firm from fleeing" is a story at San Francisco Business Times by Blanca Torres and Ron Leuty.

"Berkeley and Oakland have joined forces to pitch tax incentives at Bayer HealthCare to win a $100 million manufacturing investment - or they fear they will lose the drug maker altogether.

Bayer could decide as early as this month to expand the Berkeley facility to make a next-generation treatment for hemophilia patients. Or it could opt to use contract manufacturers. The latter option, East Bay officials say they were told by the company, would lead to Berkeley's largest private employer slowly dismantling its East Bay manufacturing operations.

Key to Bayer's decision whether to stay in Berkeley is whether Oakland expands its enterprise zone to encompass the plant, company and government leaders said. An enterprise zone could qualify Bayer for at least $13 million in tax incentives over 10 years, according to Oakland's Community and Economic Development Agency."

See 8/1/09 for my scoop on the Enterprise Zone.





Another fellow UW-Madison alum, Marvin Lipofsky, forwards an email from Denny Zetlin, old University of Illinois friend.

For the past 4 days, Marc Myers, a highly esteemed New York jazz journalist and historian, has been posting a 4 part interview with me on his website The entire interview (scroll down to start with Part 1), along with Marc's choice of evocative photo images, is posted today on the home page, and will be permanently available on the site.

I hope you will find it of interest.  Marc is extremely perceptive, a very curious and astute listener, and allowed me space to express my ideas in depth on a broad range of topics, including:  the real challenge of listening to music; the experience of improvisation and relevance to Eastern and Western traditions; the roots of my dual career in psychiatry and music; early recording experiences; scoring "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" & the perils of Hollywood; the "jazz mind"; drugs; the issue of creativity and "madness"; how psychotherapy can unlock creative blocks; parallels of psychotherapy and jazz improvisation.

I'm very pleased that several other websites have already picked up this interview, including:, , and soon,


My two February CD releases have continued to receive critical acclaim. If you'd like to read some reviews, hear audio clips, and have an option to purchase, here are the links:


1)  Denny Zeitlin Trio In Concert Featuring Buster Williams & Matt Wilson (Sunnyside)  [This CD features my current trio in some of our best performances]

2)  Denny Zeitlin: The Columbia Studio Trio Sessions (Mosaic)  [This 3 CD box set features my early studio recordings for Columbia 1964-67, and includes an hour of previously unreleased compositions.]

The release of these two projects, spanning 45 years of recording, has prompted some writers to appraise the trajectory of my work.  Here is the link to feature articles ( scroll down to "2000's" and refer to January, 2009++)


Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.

Thanks and Best,

Denny Zeitlin




From The Jaunted Guide To A Creative San Francisco Getaway.

"Where to Eat

Riva Cucina: Sure, Berkeley is Alice Waters' turf, and there's no disputing that Chez Panisse is the Alpha-Omega of Bay Area dining experiences. But there are plenty of other stellar restaurants where reservations come a little easier, and the food is just as impressive. Riva Cucina is one of those places, tucked away in a quiet corner of Berkeley and serving a Tagliolini Al Pesce-squid ink pasta-that we're still salivating over. Sound strange? Don't knock it 'till you try it, and be sure to get the Panna Cotta, too. (800 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley)"

more here


And if you're eating at the Bowl's Cafe W, first get your coffee in the Bowl's Deli, where our Potter Creek Uncommon Grounds is served--a better not burnt, not bitter blend, I'd say. Also fresher three out of the four times I've eaten at Cafe W.



Among the guests at 900 yesterday were Sgt Mary Kusmiss BPD, and three fellow officers, Regan and friends, and Don Yost and friend, and Jay-the-glassman stopped-in to pick-up his breakfast sandwich.





"Recycling is religion for Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates. The former legislator has a minuscule carbon footprint despite days filled with travel. He recycles and reuses at home. He owns no car but walks, and uses mass transit and a city CarShare program" is an appreciation by Maria L. La Ganga at

"Tom Bates stands in his pantry, grinning like a boy on Christmas morning with his loot spread out in front of him.

There's a vase half full of used rubber bands destined for return to the newspaper carrier. A pile of hangers will go back to the cleaners. A bin of scraped and dried coffee filters awaits the artist down the street, who incorporates them into her work. Used coffee grounds fill a plastic bag on the kitchen counter. Bates collects them for the compost-making worms in his garage. The sack slumps damply beside a wooden rack where rinsed-out baggies hang to dry. He opens the drawers of a cabinet like a happy shopping channel salesman, showing off newspapers and empty bottles ready for their next life."




"Celebrity Chat: filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki" Peter Hartlaub, Chronicle Pop Culture Critic.

"Hayao Miyazaki is arguably one of the greatest living filmmakers of any genre, and his work hasn't suffered with age.

But even though the animator of "Spirited Away" and 'My Neighbor Totoro' routinely sets box office records in his native Japan, and English-language versions of his movies have been distributed here for a decade, the 68-year-old has developed mostly a cult status in the States.

Miyazaki's next movie, Ponyo,' arrives in theaters next Friday. Like most of his films, it's hard to explain in one sentence - it's mostly about a goldfish that turns into a girl and how that enrages a sea god.

Notoriously publicity shy, Miyazaki arrived at UC Berkeley last week, where he received the second Berkeley Japan Prize from the school's Center for Japanese Studies."



A British view of Goldman Sachs can be seen at World Focus as part of the August 7 broadcast here.




from my log

8/1/09--10:58 AM-SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse and warehouse front, light head, headache, etc. Symptoms similar to those experienced some years ago when neighbor, Adams & Chittenden Scientific Glass used its "gold process" without "filters."

8/5/09--6:45 AM--irritant in warehouse, air out. 11:41AM--irritant in front room, wear mask.




Eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from


Bay Area foreclosures from

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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

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.


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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


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

useful link

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


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


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



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay are here.


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

Crime Log for 94710 is here

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


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

The contacts are below:

Our new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120

Darryl Moore, City Councilman


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

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

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