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
City of Oakland Community
Economic and Development Agency information on their Enterprise
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.
Industrial Development Bond Program
Manufacturers' Investment Credit
Retail and Entertainment Catalyst Tenant Improvement Program (TIP)
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
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
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;
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.
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.
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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
"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
appeared telling of their plight and wanting the support of this
women's group. Rivka and the other members wanted to hear the
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.
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
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
(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
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
of California Schools to Host Virtual College Fair at CollegeWeekLive
on October 1st" is
a press release at prweb.com.
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
"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
"The Washington Post
is shutting down one of the earliest and most promising experiments
in hyperlocal news, LoudounExtra.com, which covered news in Loudoun
News organizations everywhere
have been promoting hyperlocal Web sites, which give readers detailed
updates on what is happening in their neighborhood or on their
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, . . . "
[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
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
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
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!).
so I know how many chairs to put out! Thanks!
Suite #3 in d minor...............................................................Jean-Henry
Variations sur les folies d'Espagne
English Suite #4
in F major................................................Johann
Menuet 1 & 2
memory of Lee Haskell................................................Janine
The Bach Inventions
and Sinfonias were recorded right here in Potter Creek at
the Groove Yard's Rick Ballard
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.
Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
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
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
Bids are being made on Steve
Our Cedric "Doc"
Shackleton remided me about cars and bikes on Scrambled Eggs--he
sent a link to this Brit
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
"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.
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"
"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
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
Please forward this email and if you see petitioners anywhere
in the city, please call 510.978.2953.
If you'd like to volunteer,
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.
Doug Herst's environment
project is Seacology
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
Mary's photos, one of her
many accomplishments, can be seen at Mostly
Mary Morris 1, 2, 3,
a favorite of mine of all
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
our Oceanworks not only repair
but now is selling bicycles
well, Ok then
"A Call for Civility in UC Protests"
opines Frances Dinkelspiel
"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.
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
(For a story about
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
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
"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,
"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
"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
from my log
8/8/09--8:59 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
in front room, leave.
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.
irritant in front room plus "chlorine bleach odor."
in front room, wear mask.
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.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
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
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
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
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.
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
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
This site is NOT affiliated
with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report
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.
Our new Area
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 email@example.com
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
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