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is freshly painted




"Berkeley looking to keep Bayer" is by Doug Oakley at contracostatimes.com.

"Berkeley is scrambling to line up state tax cuts and credits for Bayer, which is considering moving some or all of its 1,700 jobs out of town.

The pharmaceutical giant, which manufactures a hemophilia drug called Kogenate from its Seventh Street plant, will decide in a couple of months whether it will eventually move some or all of its manufacturing of the drug elsewhere, spokeswoman Trina Ostrander said.

Bayer will soon produce a new version of the drug, called Kogenate-ph, that will require retooling its plant and retraining workers, Ostrander confirmed. The company is deciding whether that could take place where the cost of doing business is lower.

Ostrander said Bayer pays the city about $7.3 million a year in property taxes. She had no figures for sales taxes.

Julie Sinai, chief of staff to Mayor Tom Bates, said if Berkeley succeeds in creating an enterprise zone in West Berkeley, Bayer would get about $13 million in tax breaks over the next 10 years."


Scrambled Eggs & Lox broke the Enterprise Zone story on 8/1/09 with


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 www.EZOakland.com or call Susana Villarreal; Enterprise Zone Coordinator at 510-238-7794; svillarreal@oaklandnet.com.

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 www.eastbayeda.org 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 www.ftb.ca.gov 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.




"The company's business partners include Solar Millennium AG, an international project and technology developer and supplier of parabolic trough collector technology used in powering solar thermal power plants; and MAN Ferrostaal Incorporated, a U.S. subsidiary of MAN Ferrostaal AG, a worldwide provider of industrial services and plant construction and engineering. As part of the launch of its business, Solar Trust announced that Solar Millennium, LLC, of Berkeley, California, a leading U.S. developer of solar thermal power plant technology, has joined the Solar Trust family as a wholly-owned subsidiary and will serve as the company's solar thermal power plant development arm. Solar Millennium and MAN Ferrostaal are both contributing assets and technical expertise to Solar Trust of America and will be shareholders in the new company" is a press relase at businesswire.com. Full story here.




"New Freight & Salvage opens its doors" is a story by Joel Selvin at sfgate.com.

"The aged, reclaimed wood that covers the walls of the room comes from the old garage originally in the space, lending the room the look of a weathered barn, the perfect note to strike for the magnificent new home of Freight & Salvage, the 41-year-old acoustic music emporium set to open its new $12 million headquarters next week in Berkeley."


"Bay Area remains focus of concert promoter's expanding business" is a report by Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune.

"When Gregg Perloff founded Another Planet Entertainment in 2004, with longtime partner Sherry Wasserman, he had some distinct goals in mind.

First, he wanted his Berkeley-based company to earn its revenue primarily through promoting concerts in Northern California.

Second, he wanted to develop entertainment 'real estate'- performance venues that the company could call its own."



"Topping the list is the University of California's Berkeley campus, with graduates starting at $57,100, according to PayScale.com" is a story at Boulder's dailycamera.com.




"Flash Cookies Track Even Privacy-conscious Surfers, Study Finds" is a report by Erik Larkin at pcworld.com.

"Flash cookies placed by many of the most popular Web sites are being used to track site visitors, even going so far as to re-create http tracking cookies after they're deleted by privacy-conscious surfers.

A new study released by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and other universites found that the Flash cookies, or local shared objects, are used on 54 of the top 100 Web sites, as ranked by Quantcast. The Flash cookies are stored in a different location than regular http cookies, and are not removed if you delete cookies from within your browser. Per the report, 'even the "Private Browsing" mode recently added to most browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3 still allows Flash cookies to operate fully and track the user.' "




"The Swiss Menace" is Paul Krugman's view of health care and is at nytimes.com.

"It was the blooper heard round the world. In an editorial denouncing Democratic health reform plans, Investor's Business Daily tried to frighten its readers by declaring that in Britain, where the government runs health care, the handicapped physicist Stephen Hawking "wouldn't have a chance," because the National Health Service would consider his life 'essentially worthless.' "



"Last Temptation" is an interview with Wendell Potter at guernicamag.com.

"The former mouthpiece for insurance giant Cigna divulges his role in misleading the public, the emotional day that led to his whistle-blowing, and what should really scare you.

Wendell Potter was head of corporate communications at Cigna, one of the largest health insurance companies in America, when he attended the U.S. premier of Michael Moore's Sicko. Potter was part of the team charged with discrediting Moore's film, which advance word said was highly critical of the health insurance industry. Potter "sat quietly in the back and took notes," but soon realized he had a problem. 'When I saw the movie, I'll be honest: I thought it was a real good documentary. I knew from my own studies of other healthcare systems that it was an accurate portrayal of those systems and how they are able to provide universal coverage.' Yet he was being paid by Cigna to tell people the opposite, that the film was full of lies."



Let English Ole Fart, Freeman Dyson mess with your mind, here with Charlie Rose.

"Freeman John Dyson FRS is a British-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician, famous for his work in quantum field theory, solid-state physics, and nuclear engineering. Dyson is a member of the Board of Sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Dyson lives in Princeton, New Jersey, as he has for over fifty years."

"First Human Gene Implicated In Regulating Length Of Human Sleep" is a report at sciencedaily.com.

"Scientists have discovered the first gene involved in regulating the optimal length of human sleep, offering a window into a key aspect of slumber, an enigmatic phenomenon that is critical to human physical and mental health."





posts from the past


On Tuesday August 3 at 11:02 AM, I received this email from a Potter Creek activist. It was sent to roughly two dozen other people--mostly Potter Creekers.
"Rivka, from the Berkeley Commission on Women, just called to plea for
OUR voices tomorrow night at their meeting. . . . Turns out,
that at their last meeting, the organization representing sex workers
appeared telling of their plight and wanting the support of this
women's group. Rivka and the other members wanted to hear the other
side, or OUR voices as to the effects this activity has on our
neighborhoods and lives."

At this meeting, held at the North Berkeley Senior Center on Wednesday evening of August 4th, roughly thirty interested citizens attended. By accounts, just less than half were somehow associated with Potter Creek. Four members of the nine-member City of Berkeley Commission on Women were present. Two citizens spoke of the effect of lower-class street prostitution on Potter Creek. Two people advocated decriminalization--they were the movement organizers. Additionally, more citizens were allowed a few minutes to speak. By most accounts the information fell into two categories--factual descriptions of the effects of low class street prostitution on Potter Creek and largely emotional appeals for decriminalization. "It was a setup!" cracked one of Potter Creek's elder statesmen.

"How come there aren't 'any' men in women's groups?" asked Lipofsky "We're one of the groups that most need to be educated."



I just finished Joan Halsip's epic

The jacket perceptively offers "Elizabeth . . . was a modern woman at a time when that notion was unheard of. Her love of sport, gymnastic, dangerous riding, sailing, poetry and all things Greek were not catered for by Habsburg family life. . . . her restless search for freedom became as legendary as her beauty."







Ofc Andrew Frankel emails

City of Berkeley Police Department
(BPD) Homicide Detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with a 2006 murder.
The Alameda County District Attorney has charged Bahsson Carl Smith, 28, of Berkeley
with one count of 187(a) PC for the February 2006 shooting death of Keith Stephens.

On February 19, 2006 at about 7:10 p.m., BPD officers found Stephens shot to death in
front of 1256 Carrison Street in Southwest Berkeley. Officers had responded to 911 calls
from community members who reported hearing gunfire in that neighborhood.

Detectives had developed strong leads soon after the crime, but did not have any
cooperative witnesses or enough evidence to make any arrests. Detectives left the file
within reach and periodically pursued other angles in the case during the following three

Smith is currently in the custody of the California Department of Corrections (CDC) on an
unrelated offense. He was served in prison with the arrest warrant for his involvement in
the Stephens homicide.

The arrest of Bahsson Carl Smith marks the closure of all 2006 Berkeley homicide cases.
On February 24, 2009, Justin Michael Johnson, 19, was arrested for the February 10,
2006 stabbing death of Juan Carlos Ramos. In February 2008, BPD made arrests in the
shooting of Wayne Drummond that happened on September 4, 2006.




BPD's new traffic substation

Our Paul Hogarth opines "Why Blogging Local Government Matters" at huffingtonpost.com.


This morning Mz Boz, our State Senator, Lonnie Hancock, was interviewed on KTVU-CHANNEL 2 NEWS. Holding legislative hearings she is, "Going to bring California out of the 19th Century" Mz Boz says. she's going to reform a dysfunctional state government. Now if Mr Boz and the Berkeley political establishment could only bring us out of 1960s' dysfunction. RP



"University of California Schools to Host Virtual College Fair at CollegeWeekLive on October 1st" is a press release at prweb.com.

"CollegeWeekLive, the world's largest college fair, is pleased to announce that the University of California system will be hosting a virtual college fair through CollegeWeekLive for prospective students specifically interested in attending a school within the University of California system. The only event is free for students, parents and guidance counselors. CollegeWeekLive's University of California Day, is slated for Thursday October 1st from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM Pacific Time. Participating University of California schools include: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, and San Diego."



"Company doubles CO2 uptake in algae strains" is a report by Nicholas Zeman at biodieselmagazine.com.

"Using a non-transgenic biotechnology platform, Aurora Biofuels, headquartered in Alameda, Calif., said it has optimized particular algae strains to more than double their uptake of carbon dioxide, an essential element for oil expression."








post from the past


Andrew and his 1968 Norton Commando

This isn't a particularly small Norton, it's a particularly large Andrew.





"Washington Post Ends Hyperlocal News Experiment" is a story by Claire Cain Miller at nytimes.com.

"The Washington Post is shutting down one of the earliest and most promising experiments in hyperlocal news, LoudounExtra.com, which covered news in Loudoun County, Va.

News organizations everywhere have been promoting hyperlocal Web sites, which give readers detailed updates on what is happening in their neighborhood or on their block.

Many continue to bet that hyperlocal sites will be a profitable model of journalism. This week, MSNBC.com acquired EveryBlock, a hyperlocal start-up, and in June, AOL acquired two such sites, Patch and Going.

In March, The New York Times started The Local, which uses reporters and citizens to cover several communities in New Jersey and New York.

But The Washington Post's experience proves that hyperlocal sites can be difficult to execute. 'We found that our experiment with LoudounExtra.com as a separate site was not a sustainable model,' said Kris Coratti, a spokeswoman for the Washington Post Company."


In an email to UC Berkeley professor Karen Chapple I wrote yesterday "Scrambled Eggs and Lox' subject is west-Berkeley, Berkeley and those [larger] issues, trends, and forces affecting us. My focus throughout has been on the environment, feminism, diversity, change [music, irony] and, sadly, urban crime."

I think my wider focus, incorporating " those [larger] issues, trends, and forces affecting us" make Scrambled Eggs more interesting and so, sustainable. I would say also that "this is Berkeley" and though we may not be "special," we are interesting, and further, that the change west-Berkeley is undergoing is itself, fascinating.RP



"The Hotel Shattuck takes on Berkeley" opines Peggy Reskin at examiner.com.

"Though one of the most prestigious Universities in the World, University of California Berkeley, with its many Nobel prize winners, students from all over the world, is two blocks from the downtown. Downtown offers little that would reflect the university's place in the world nor the possibilities in simple economics of what this could bring to the city in commerce. There are empty storefronts that have been there for over 5 years, no retail stores since Ross left after Penny's left and before that a 50 year old locally owned department store Hinks of Berkeley. Mr. Hinks used to send out poems about his observations about life with your Hinks bill monthly from his wood floored department store. No, if you want the benefit of a department store, you have to go to El Cerrito or Emeryville or Albany. And this is all a result of the Tuesday night town hall meetings that have gone on for years, . . . "



"The [LA] Times' Chris Dufresne unveils his preseason college football top 25, one day (and team) at a time.

No. 16 California

First, a little context: California football was 0-11, 3-8 and 1-10 in the three seasons before Jeff Tedford arrived as coach in 2002.

The Golden Bears would have counted their lucky stars to land Tedford, but they didn't have any.

The team Tedford inherited from Tom Holmoe was this bad: Cal was supposed to play at Rutgers the weekend after Sept. 11, 2001, but the game was postponed to Nov. 23.

When November rolled around, Cal was 0-10 and Rutgers had lost its last three Big East Conference games by the scores of 80-7, 42-0 and 38-7.

Rutgers wanted to cancel the game, but Cal said no way. It was willing to fly across the country to pick up its only victory, 20-10."



"Young scientist recognized for developing cheap solar cell technology" is a story at nanowerk.com.

"A young Berkeley Lab and University of California, Berkeley scientist has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as among the world's top innovators under age 35.
Cyrus Wadia, 34, was chosen for identifying materials that could be unexpectedly useful in solar cells."



"Berkeley, San Diego and Palm Desert have each recently started solar financing programs that allow their residents to borrow money for solar installations and then pay back the loan through their property taxes over 20 years. State nonprofit organization California Statewide Community Development Authority (CSCDA) wants to expand that solar love to the rest of the state" is a report at ecogeek.org.


"German Partnership Targets U.S. Southwest for Concentrating Solar" is a report at sustainablebusiness.com.

"Two German companies have joined forces to enter the U.S. utility-scale solar market.

Solar thermal company Solar Millennium and plant construction firm MAN Ferrostaal announced a joint venture, called Solar Trust of America, LLC, to turnkey development, construction and financing of large-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) plants in the southwestern region of the United States."








our Janine emails

Hello everybody!  I hope you have been having a nice summer!

After rather a long hiatus, I am giving another house concert. (program below) It will be on August 29th 10:30 AM (with coffee, tea, and cookies) with a second performance Sunday, August 30th, 3:00 PM (wine and cheese).  I hope you can make it! Suggested donation is $10.00.

Also I will be selling CDs, as usual, with a new one out ofBach's Inventions and Sinfonias. My manuscripts are also being published by PRB Productions, and two will be available, Etudes for Right Hand Only, and the Tombeau I am playing during the concert.  (It is mostly good cheer and tonal, so don't worry!).

Please RSVP, so I know how many chairs to put out! Thanks!




Suite #3 in d minor...............................................................Jean-Henry d'Anglebert

Sarabande grave
Variations sur les folies d'Espagne




English Suite #4 in F major................................................Johann Sebastian Bach

Menuet 1 & 2

Tombeau in memory of Lee Haskell................................................Janine Johnson


The Bach Inventions and Sinfonias were recorded right here in Potter Creek at John's shop.




the Groove Yard's Rick Ballard emails

The third batch of LPs from the estate of music critic Ralph J. Gleason will be in the bins this Saturday.
I am looking to buy quality jazz LPs. I'm also looking to buy female jazz vocals, blues, soul and world music LPs.

Rick Ballard
Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 655-8400
email: groove2@earthlink.net 



The new Bayer building on 8th and Parker is being"'lightened-up" with large windows cut in the formerly "blank" 8th Street wall. It looks people-friendlier.

The large back-of-lot stucture, building just north of Xoma on 7th has been painted. With windows, roof and paint it's beginning to look close-to-finished. Front structures are still in plywood.

Freshly painted parking spaces are appearing on the empty 10th Street Warham lot across from Fantasy.

Bids are being made on Steve Dunn's place.RP


Our Cedric "Doc" Shackleton remided me about cars and bikes on Scrambled Eggs--he sent a link to this Brit Jaguar site.

his XK140 is in their photo Gallery and so are these Brit XK120s






"USNWR's Peer Survey Problems" by Kiera Butler at motherjones.com.

"This should come as no surprise to anyone who followed the recent kerfuffle over Clemson University's admission that it spun its numbers to improve its U.S. News & World Report's ranking: On USNWR's peer assessment survey, which accounts for a quarter of a school's overall ranking, college administrators gave their own schools rave reviews while playing down competitor institutions."







posts from the past


Even in July's hazy, lazy days, "Scrambled Eggs and Lox" pages received over 2000 visits. The page most visited was the "July Almost Daily Posts" followed by "People and Their Places," the "May and June Almost Daily Posts" and "My Neighborhood's Hazardous Materials Users." If all four "Jerry Victor's Viper" pages are lumped together, they replace "People and Their Places" as second.

Patrick Kennedy has "withdrawn" his San Pablo Avenue project.

A preliminary laboratory test of a dust sample from my office shows particles of SIO2-silicon; under a microscope--glass.

Potter Creek lore has it that pesticides were developed in the '50s by a Hyman Laboratory in a facility at the end of 8th Street. I have been able to confirm that a Julius Hyman invented the pesticides chlordane, aldrin and dieldrin. If any one can confirm that this Julius Hyman was the Hyman of Berkeley or that development was done at the Berkeley Hyman Laboratory, please email me at ronpenndorf@earthlink.net









"A car was set on fire early today near the Oakland hills home of University of California President Mark Yudof, in what investigators believe was arson" is a report at sfgate.com.

"Neighbors reported the blaze after hearing explosions at 1:50 a.m. on Woodmont Way in the Grizzly Peak Estates neighborhood of the Oakland hills, authorities said. The car was destroyed, said Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson.

Yudof lives nearby, but investigators would not say who owned the car. Authorities did not say whether Yudof was home at the time.

The sheriff's bomb squad determined that no explosives were used. But some kind of 'incendiary accelerant' was used to set the car on fire, Nelson said.

UC Berkeley and Oakland police are investigating the case, along with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI."


"Green Day's 'American Idiot' Musical: Meet the Rocker Cast" at rollingstone.com.




"Berkeley officials seek to block petition drive" Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Berkeley may take great pride as a champion of free speech and civil rights, but an unusual campaign has been under way - led by most of the city's top elected officials - to stop residents from signing a citizen's petition.

Opposing a petition, in this case asking for a public vote on a controversial downtown development plan, might not be unusual in many cities. But in Berkeley, which promotes extensive citizen involvement in city affairs, the campaign has provoked some unusual arguments."


Perhaps this effort by our Establishment is not to sidetrack democracy but rather an effort to thwart anarchy--if you want details, I'm at 900 in the morning for coffee at the bar and at the same bar at 900 for lunch. Identify yourself with something like"Hey old man, I'm here to talk about anarchy."RP




our Darryl Moore emails

 Join us in getting the word out ­ DON'T SIGN THE PETITION against the Downtown Area Plan. 

Revitalize Downtown, a coalition of environmental groups, labor, and local businesses, recently formed to support a vibrant and sustainable downtown and to defeat the referendum against the Downtown Area Plan.  Our volunteers have mobilized across the city offering Berkeley residents information to counter the inflammatory and false claims of the petitioners.
There are 9 days left for the referendum organizers to gather the necessary signatures.
The referendum will stall the needed change we all want to see in the Downtown.  If you think Downtown needs revitalization, then join us in spreading the word. Attached to this e-mail is a flyer that you can distribute to your neighbors, friends, neighborhood businesses and anyone else you run into.
I have had several people ask me how they can retract their signature because they had signed the petition but changed their mind once they had learned more about how the Downtown Area Plan would revitalize our downtown.  If you know someone who signed the petition by mistake or has changed his/her mind, the attached "signature reversal form" can be submitted by August 19 to the Berkeley City Clerk and his/her name will be removed from the petition.

Join us and be a part of the future success of Downtown Berkeley!
If you still do not know where you stand on the Downtown Area Plan, here's a great article in today's East Bay Express that might give you some insight:

[see link after Darryl's email]
Please forward this email and if you see petitioners anywhere in the city, please call 510.978.2953.

If you'd like to volunteer, email info@revitalizedowntown.org
If you'd like to donate to the efffort to stop the referendum, you can send a check to:
Coalition for a Better Berkeley
1834 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to e-mail me.
Darryl Moore



Doug Herst's environment project is Seacology

Seacology emails

A story about Seacology will air on tonight's (Friday's) local ABC channel 7 news during their 6:00 news show.  Apologies for the late notice.  We knew they were working on a story about Seacology but we just found out five minutes ago that it will air tonight.  So if you either have the time or know how to program your tivo I hope you enjoy it.










Mary Morris Lawrence passed on August 12th.

Services are today, Saturday, at Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland.

Her on-line Guest Book is here.


Mary's photos, one of her many accomplishments, can be seen at Mostly Mary Morris 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

a favorite of mine of all her photos

Mary's husband, Harold Lawrence, greeting Leonard Bernstein at Heathrow. Bernstein was in London to record with the London Symphony which, at the time, Harold managed.





our Oceanworks not only repair cars

but now is selling bicycles

well, Ok then



"A Call for Civility in UC Protests" opines Frances Dinkelspiel at sfgate.com.

"Early Thursday morning, a car exploded outside the house of UC President Mark Yudof. Within minutes, police from Oakland and UC Berkeley were on the scene, checking out the damage and opening an investigation to determine if the car fire was a deliberate attack or a mere accident.

One reason police even considered whether the car fire might have been set deliberately is that the president of the university has been attacked and harassed a number of times in the past few months."


It is historic fact that as times get more difficult [times of accelerated change, economic downturn, unrest] the left and right become more violent, often aligning with the violent non-political. Its extreme form is, of course, revolution.RP




So, I'm thinking. For my mayor's campaign-slogan I could use my typical Ebay feedback. "As advertised, well-packaged, fast-response."






posts from the past


Peter and Geralyn are relatively new to our neighborhood, yet they make maximum use of Potter Creek. They not only live here but both work here within easy biking distance, enjoy west-Berkeley's restaurants, study at one of our schools and generally are out-and-about. These, and other, new residents seem to fully use and enjoy Potter Creek.

In the way that the town-square "makes" a town, a park "makes" a neighborhood. We don't have one. And soon we won't even have the smallest green-space.

Perhaps a real solution to the parking problem in this area is an underground garage. With a park on top? Nah, this isn't Emeryville.



A couple of my neighbors mentioned that they recently started riding bicycles. More than twenty years ago, the boss-man at Advance Heli Welders regularly rode a lightweight around the neighborhood.

In the '50s, even as a white-boy in the mid-West, I knew that Jerry Lee Lewis had Soul. I just rediscovered him on the CD, Jerry Lee Lewis (Sun-37102). Among other tunes, it has "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On." "Little Queenie," "What'd I Say," "Sweet Little Sixteen," and "Great Balls of Fire." Border's, Emeryville has some for $5.99.

But then again, I did go to Jazz at the Phil in my zoot-suit, fedora, and blue-suede shoes--I was by no means the best-dressed person there.


More biker-wisdom from my Harley and Goldwing buddies.

Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.

Some days you are the bug; some days you are the windshield.

Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.


(For a story about Advance Heli Welders see People and Their Places.)









Around Noon yesterday, Saturday, America's Most Wanted was filming the first part of a feature on Rafael Campbell, a Berkeley murder suspect who is still at large.  
9th was blocked off at Dwight and at Carleton and Parker at 8th and 10th for the filming. 


From a May '09 Planet

"Berkeley Police Identify Homicide Suspects" Bay City News, Special to the Planet. "A $47,000 reward is being offered by the Berkeley Police Department for information about Flowers and Campbell following the May 16 fatal shooting in Berkeley that led to a high-speed chase that killed two innocent bystanders in north Oakland.
The incident began shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday when a Berkeley police officer heard gunshots in the area of Allston Way and 10th Street in west Berkeley.
Officers responded and found 25-year-old Charles Davis, of Berkeley, on Allston Way west of San Pablo Avenue. He had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene." 


May BPD Press Release, excerpts

"Two gang members who remain at large following a triple homicide in the East Bay last weekend have been identified, the Berkeley Police Department announced today.
Arrest warrants were issued for 27-year-old Rafael Campbell and Samuel Flowers, 21, on Friday. Police say they are wanted for three counts of murder and are considered armed and dangerous. "

See Scrambled Eggs 5/18/09 and following for more.





"2009 California Football Team Preview" is a report at pac-10.org. "The Golden Bears will rely on top talent as they contend for a Pac-10 title in 2009."



"Real estate market's soft bottom throws up new median price" reports sfgate.com.

"It may only be a soft bottom but it's nonetheless being (cautiously) heralded as a bottom to the real-estate downturn.

"Evidence is mounting that in some areas we've approached at least a soft bottom for home prices," the president of DataQuick, John Walsh said, on the release of the company's latest home sales figures. He warned that "the market remains vulnerable", however.

According to DataQuick, the median home price jumped more than 12% to $395,000 from $352,000 in June across the nine-county area of Northern California, marking the fourth consecutive month that prices increased.

So what does that mean in practice? What will $395,000 buy you in the East Bay?"




"Eco-friendly universities: UCLA, Santa Cruz and Berkeley going greener" is a story at latimes.com.

"These days 'cool school' doesn't just mean that a university has laid-back drinking policies. A 'cool school' is one that recycles waste, provides transit and saves energy, according to the Sierra Club's report card for eco-friendly universities, released Thursday.

With about two-thirds of applicants reportedly taking eco-friendliness into account when choosing a college, three California schools that were among Sierra Club's top 10 have something to brag about. UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley and UCLA ranked seventh, eighth and ninth in the report, respectively.".



"Yudof's neighbor suspects arson in car fire" is a story by Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"The owner of a Volkswagen that was destroyed by fire in the Oakland hills said Friday he is convinced an arsonist was responsible because of the car's proximity to the home of University of California President Mark Yudof."




"How Green Is Rail Travel?" asks James Kanter at nytimes.com.

"Eurostar, the high-speed train service that connects London with Paris and Brussels, advertises a tenfold reduction in each traveler's carbon footprint by comparison with an airplane trip over similar distances.

In Britain, government officials have described the investment of billions of pounds in a new high-speed rail network as a green initiative. The Obama administration has budgeted billions of dollars to build similar networks in the United States, partly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

But do all forms of train travel really offer such dramatic gains?"







post from the past


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





The average browsing time of our some 600 Satuday readers was 53 minutes. That's more than I spend on Sunday's West County Times--five times more.


French School faculty returns today, Monday, with classes beginning next week.


The selection of our new chief of police will now take place in mid-October.


Gene Agress was down south working on the new Berkeley Mills showroom.



" Micaela Gallery will Present 'Marvin Lipofsky: Survey 1969 - 2009,' a Solo Exhibition of Select Sculpture" is a report at artdaily.org.



"City Clerk Confirms 9,200 Signatures Submitted for Downtown Plan Referendum; Verification Process to Begin" is a report by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor in our Planet.


"Road to college just got bumpier;State cuts and stricter standards mean students will have a harder time getting into schools" a story by Katy Murphy and Matt Krupnick of the West County Times.






from my log

8/8/09--8:59 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, leave.

8/10/09--11:38 AM--irritant in front room, leave.

8/14/09--1:54 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, light head, leave.

8/16/09--9:28 AM--VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse and warehouse front, cough, light head. 9:37 AM--Marsha has coughing-fit sitting in front of warehouse, leave.

8/17/09--5:17 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room plus "chlorine bleach odor."

8/20/09--2:58 PM--irritant in front room, wear mask.

8/21/09--6:02 AM--SERIOUS irritnat in warehouse, burning eyes, mouth, air out. 8:26 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant, burning mouth, throat, wear mask. 11:49 AM--irritant in front room, leave.




Eternally useful links


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



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.


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.


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 area.com 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 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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


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



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