8/10/10

"Are the Poor More Charitable Than the Rich?" by Robert Frank at wsj.com.

"During a phone call with reporters last week to announce the billionaire Giving Pledgers, Mayor Michael Bloomberg . . . spoke about the generosity of the wealthy.

'I've always believed there's a connection between being generous and being successful,' Mr. Bloomberg said. He said the more you donate the more business opportunities come your way­not to mention that giving is the right thing to do.

It is a comforting idea, especially at a time of populist ire and envy over the wealthy. And it certainly has been true for Mr. Bloomberg and other top philanthropists

But is it true for the broader population of wealthy?

A new academic study published in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology suggests the poor are more more inclined to charity than the rich."

 

 

 

 

CEID's Director, Jill Ellis stopped by Sunday afternoon to talk about how best to reach the west-Berkeley community for CEID's up coming 30th Anniversary celebration.

We talked for about that and life for about and hour and a half.

 

 

 

 

"Mad Men Recap: Episode 3: The Good News" by Grace at frothygirlz.com.

"How many markers of the 1960s can be squeezed into one Mad Men episode? I count 'the pill,' abortion, Vietnam, 'grass' Berkeley student protests and the youth revolution, hitchhiking-and that's all before the first commercial break."

 

 

 

"Best state colleges and universities in California" at helium.com.

"When considering which of these state schools are the best in California, it is important not to simply look at academic standing or national ranking, the life in California is one in which there is an emphasis on actual quality of life and the college experience, which parallels academia respectively. Anyone who is searching for national ranking can simply look in a Newsweek magazine, what is considered to be the "best" schools in California should have both academic prestige and quality living, with such an abundance of options available in the state of California, there is no reason to require anything less."

 

"More colleges offering co-ed dorm rooms" by Laurel Rosenhall, McClatchy Newspapers.

"College students filling out their dormitory housing requests this summer are making decisions about their future roommate: Messy or neat? Smoker or non? Early bird or night owl?

Now many of them have a new question to ponder: Male or female?

Across the country, colleges are changing the roommate rules and allowing men and women to share a bedroom. Only a small portion of students are choosing the option, college officials say. And when they do, the arrangements almost always are platonic.

But the shift marks the next step in a decades-long evolution that's shrunk the space that once separated the sexes on college campuses."

 

 

 

"Mind-reading marketers have ways of making you buy" by Graham Lawton and Clare Wilson, newscientist.com.

"Why ask people what they think of a product when you can just scan their brains instead? New Scientist explores the brave new world of neuromarketing

Take a look at the cover of this week's New Scientist magazine (right). Notice anything unusual? Thought not, but behind the scenes your brain is working overtime, focusing your attention on the words and images and cranking up your emotions and memory. How do we know? Because we tested it with a brain scanner.

In what we suspect is a world first, this week's cover was created with the help of a technique called neuromarketing, a marriage of market research and neuroscience that uses brain-imaging technology to peek into people's heads and discover what they really want."

 

 

"What I drove last night: Ford Fiesta" Natalie Neff, Auto Week road test editor.

"It's been more than a year since I first sat in a Ford Fiesta, and just as long since I watched a tow truck haul it away from the shoulder of westbound I-696, a mile shy of my doorstep.

As I walked across the parking garage last night, key in hand, I wanted to giggle. I wanted to skip like Dorothy and swing my arms and sing out 'La la la!' till the echoes wrapped around every concrete pillar. But as the back end peeked out from behind a large SUV, I did none of those things.

The story of the wayward tire and the squashed Fiesta is practically legend at Ford these days, at least in engineering circles, and at times I've felt like an actual rock star: 'Wow, you must be Natalie, the one who smashed the Fiesta! So glad to meet you!' I haven't given out any autographs, but I think I got close at least once.

When word got back to Ford about the incident, every engineer involved in small-car development or safety wanted to get their hands on my Fiesta, put their micrometers to every deflected piece of metal, pull the data off the OBD-II and run it all through their mainframes. I was only glad that some good would come from my interrupted Memorial Day, and not because of any trauma I still carry around with me. It just seemed such a waste of a giddily fun and happy little car.

In fact, I never suffered any posttraumatic anything from the accident."

 

 

 

"Korfhage: Red tape can kill green innovation" by Andrew Korfhage, aurorasentinel.com.

"Imagine putting solar panels on your roof for no money down. You partner with your city or municipality to cover the up-front cost of your new renewable energy system, which you pay back to the city as an add-on to your property taxes. You spread your payments out over 20 years and most likely the savings from your lowered electricity bill more than cover your higher property tax.

Not only do you become more self-sufficient in your energy generation, but also your city spurs development of new green-energy jobs. And everybody enjoys the benefits of shifting our society away from fossil fuels.

Sound like a good idea to you?"

 

 

 

"New Wave of Iranians Seek U.S. Studies" by Yeganeh June Torbati at nytimes.com.

"Even as a teenager in Iran, Atefeh Fathi knew she would eventually study abroad. Now 30 and studying engineering at the University of Oklahoma, Ms. Fathi said that although she had applied to universities in Sweden and Canada, her first choice was the United States.'Ali Kamranzadeh, a student at the University of Southern California, said Iranians wanted to study in the United States.

'Everyone says the U.S. is easier for foreigners' to acclimate to, she said while on a break from working in her university's laboratory. As children, Iranians are taught English in school, making it easier for them to blend in immediately in the United States.

Ms. Fathi is part of a wave of Iranians studying in the United States in numbers not seen in more than a decade."

 

 

 

 

 

8/12/10

"Berkeley Chamber Launches on nuAlerts"

is a press release at pr-inside.com.

"The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce announced today the launch of their Business Community on nuAlerts, giving Berkeley Chamber members unprecedented free marketing exposure. Members now have a free nuAlert account to 'get the word out' about their upcoming events, promotions, and discounts quickly and cost effectively by posting alerts."

 

 

"Mapping California's Growing Green Economy" by Tim O'Connor, EDF Energy Program.

"The Chairman of the Federal Reserve recently called the nation's economic outlook 'unusually uncertain.'

Here's something that is certain: California has a growing green economy. Want proof? Check out an updated, first-of-its-kind map compiled by Environmental Defense Fund that features 3,500-plus entities providing green solutions or using sustainable practices to improve their bottom lines. The map is searchable by seven categories and by county and state legislative district."

 

 

 

"The Most Expensive College Dorm Rooms" npr.org.

"Room and board at U.S. universities has climbed 11% over the past three years, nudged along by expectations that dorm rooms will have amenities like heated pools and plush lounges.

Those costs have helped contribute to the nation's outstanding student debt- at $829.79 billion- overtaking outstanding credit-card debt- at $826.5 billion, as the Wall Street Journal reports."

 

"Going the distance:With hard times and shrinking UC and CSU enrollments, is community college a viable alternative for the first two years?" by Dave Boyce, Almanac Staff Writer.

"Introductory chemistry for freshman science majors at the University of California at Berkeley enrolls about 1,000 students who take turns filling up a 350-seat lecture hall for the three sections of the class, according to a chemistry department spokesperson. At UCLA, the chemistry lecture hall seats 300.

Study the same essential course material at the hilltop campus of Canada College, located in Woodside and Redwood City, and you will likely have 35 classmates, and you're less likely to have to give up home cooking and your own bed."

 

 

 

"Governments Battle to Stay Ahead of Threats on Internet, 'The Great Leveler' " is a chilling report with video at pbs.org.

In the first in a series of reports about cybersecurity, correspondent Spencer Michels reports from Las Vegas on governmental and citizen-led efforts to stop online crime that could threaten critical infrastructure.

 

 

"Should Mosque, Islamic Center Be Built Near Ground Zero?" video at pbs.org.

"Jeffrey Brown speaks with four people who have been closely following the debate over whether to build a 13-story Islamic community center and mosque near the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York. The builders say they want to promote positive interaction. But families of some victims don't consider it a peace offering."

At Record City, in The Day, I sold records with the guest, Mike Medved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/14/10

I've started reading "The Berkeley Police Story" by Alfred E. Parker. In the Chapter One "August Vollmer, Chief of Police" Parker writes "From one individual, Confucius, Vollmer got answers that he believed would stop crime. Confucius maintained that during the first part of a child's life, he should be taught the Golden Rule; to act properly in all situations; to have respect for his elders; and finally to fight indolence, extravagance and greed. [and] In seeking recruits for police work Vollmer remembered a sentence in the Maxims of Confucius. It read 'The successful administration of any government depends entirely on the selection of proper men.' "

 

 

our Marvin Lipofsky leading a group of American Glass Masters

at the Opening Ceremonies of the Hsinchu City International Glass Art Festival, Taiwan

 

 

"Harvard tops Chinese university rankings for eighth year" by D'Arcy Doran at google.com.

- Harvard topped a ranking of world universities published Friday by a Shanghai college for the eighth year running -- a list dominated by US institutions and sharply criticised in Europe.

The University of California at Berkeley was second, followed by Stanford, according to the list of 500 institutions compiled by Jiaotong University's Centre for World-Class Universities."

 

"University of California takes desperate measures to raise revenue" by: Jasmine Sancedo, pslweb.org.

"Out-of-state students' admissions to increase

In a desperate attempt to maintain revenue, the University of California statewide system has responded to deep budget cuts handed down by the state by pushing for increased enrollment of non-resident students. Non-resident students pay significantly more tuition than California residents."

 

"Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism considers $5,000 annual fee for new students:Memo from Berkley Graduate School of Journalism's dean" at poynter.org.

 

"Make more money: study hard in kindergarten" by William Atkins, itwire.com.

"American researchers have shown that students who do well in kindergarten earn more money as adults, and have better overall success in life."

 

 

 

"EBI scientists publish far-ranging 'Feedstocks for Lignocellulosic Biofuels' report" at biofuelsdigest.com.

In California, Energy Biosciences Institute director Director Chris Somerville of the University of California, Berkeley, and Deputy Director Steve Long of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were co-authors of "Feedstocks for Lignocellulosic Biofuels". The report concluded that a diversity of plant species, adaptable to the climate and soil conditions of specific regions of the world, can be used to develop biofuel production systems, compatible with contemporary environmental goals."

 

 

"Urban Farming for Cash Gains a Toehold in San Francisco" by Zusha Elinson at nytimes.com.

"Brooke Budner and Caitlyn Galloway are a common sight on the streets of the Mission district - covered in dirt and carrying baskets of salad mix from their backyard farm to Bar Tartine, a stylish upscale restaurant.

'We're fairly scrappy ladies and often pretty dirty,' said Ms. Galloway, 29, a part-time sign painter who founded Little City Gardens with Ms. Budner, 29, last year.

But their new piece of land - three-quarters of an acre on a quiet residential block in the outer Mission - is now mostly quiet and overgrown with weeds and without much sign of the lettuce, kale, arugula, purslane, lemon balm and other greens for which the women are known.

The problem is the legality of selling vegetables grown in San Francisco without a special permit, an expensive and time-consuming requirement for a small, low-profit business."

 

 

 

 

"California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It" is a review at newsweek.com

"California is in serious trouble, and it's precisely because the state keeps trying to fix itself. Propositions and ballot initiatives, which are supposed to be democratic, instead end up at odds with each other and prove to be self-defeating. Mathews and Paul propose radically modifying the initiative process, replacing the current winner-takes-all electoral system with proportional representation, and ending supermajority requirements, which, they argue, prevent the government from doing its job."

 

 

 

"Web Plan Is Dividing Companies" nytimes.com.

"In an emerging battle over regulating Internet access, companies are taking sides."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/16/10

"Man arrested in connection to three attacks on women" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with three attacks on women in the same apartment complex near Walnut Creek, authorities said today.

Antonio Andre Mouton, 22, of Berkeley has been linked by DNA and other evidence to the three attacks - including a rape - at the Park Regency Apartments on the 3100 block of Oak Road 'that have terrorized the citizens there' since June 30, said Contra Costa County sheriff's Capt. Steve Warne."

 

 

 

For those who missed Darryl Moore's CERT classes heads-up here's a reminder from our Kerstin Fischer (excerpts)

The fall schedule of CERT classes (Community Emergency Response Training) has been posted on the Berkeley Office of Emergency Services website.
These classes tend to fill up quickly, so please try to enroll as soon as possible.
In addition to being valuable classes in learning how you can help yourselves and your neighbors in the event of a major disaster, they are also requirements for the Emergency Cache Program; a minimum of eight people must complete the three required courses (Fire Suppression, Emergency First Aid, Light Search and Rescue) in order for the PCNA to apply for an emergency supply cache. The cache is full of equipment such as a generator, tools, portable lights, radios, etc. that will be extremely useful to our neighborhood when the "Big One" hits; the city advises individuals to be prepared to take care of themselves for up to two weeks in the event of a major disaster.

Please refer to this website for more information and to register for the upcoming CERT classes.
http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=3920

 

 


"Brad Pitt's Hotel Romance" at contactmusic.com.

"Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reportedly love to hire out the Jacuzzi in the Californian hotel where they are currently staying so they can have ''romantic date nights''.

The couple and their six children are currently staying at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, California, while the actor works on his next movie 'Moneyball' and staff have treated their stay like a 'military operation'.

A source said: 'We approached the arrival of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt -- plus their kids and entourage -- as if it was a military operation.'

According to the insider, the couple regularly book the hotel's spa facilities for personal use in order to have 'romantic date nights', while they are also happy to pay to have "Under repair" signs posted on the swimming pool so it can be closed for their kids to splash around in peace.

In addition, despite the couple rarely seen in the public areas of the hotel, staff were reportedly ordered to remove any magazines with them on the cover from the lobby newsstand."

 

 

 

 

"East Bay School caters to boys' learning styles" Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

" 'He's a bouncy, outgoing, happy kid who likes to explore and see how things work,' said the Berkeley father. 'He's always on the move. He is a boy.'

And as every parent and teacher will attest, 'always on the move' and a quiet, orderly classroom are not always compatible states.

But Dylan will soon be at a school where "always on the move" is not only prized, it's built into the curriculum. The East Bay School for Boys, opening Aug. 31 in Berkeley, is tailored specifically to boys' energy levels, brain development and love of taking things apart, scattering them across the floor and putting them together again."

 

 

 

"SF Students Visit UC Berkeley For Scavenger Hunt" at cbs5.com.

"San Francisco high school students, many of whom suffer from learning disabilities, will hunt for newspapers and clothing Monday, and maybe they'll find ambition to pursue higher education, too.

Teachers at Gateway High School in San Francisco are taking their incoming freshman class to University of California at Berkeley for the school's fifth annual scavenger hunt and meet and greet on Monday."

 

 

 

"Rent-a-book concept arrives at UC Berkeley" by Janet Levaux at mercurynews.com.

"UC Berkeley students may have a tough time finding a room to rent before classes start Aug. 26, but they won't have any trouble renting another back-to-school staple: textbooks.

The Cal Student Store now allows students to rent select course texts for the semester, a less-expensive option that can save students nearly half the cost of new books and offers a significant savings over even used books. Most students spend about $1,000 a year on textbooks, according to campus figures."

 

 

 

 


"Mexican poet Rafael Jesus Gonzalez redefines our quality of life"
by David Crumm and Benjamin Crumm, freep.com.

"Berkeley California -- Poet and artist Rafael Gonzalez was born in El Paso, Texas, a stone's throw from his family's native Mexico, and has lived all his 74 years contemplating borders: why they separate us and how we can remove them to build a healthier world."

 

 

 

 

 

"California dispensaries' effect crime elicits mixed bag of views:In Southern California, the operations are called breeders of crime; in the north, good neighbors" by John Richardson, mainetoday.com.

"No place has had more experience with medical marijuana dispensaries than California.

But even here, there is no agreement on whether the operations promote illegal drug use and violence or discourage it."

 

And "Medical pot could have fiscal benefit:Supporters say Maine may take in more tax revenue than expected from facilities" is also by John Richardson at onlinesentinel.com.

"Berkeley California -- California's booming medical marijuana industry is sweet relief for the state's ailing budget, advocates say.

Maine, with its far smaller population and tighter limits on marijuana use, won't see anywhere near that kind of money. But some advocates think Maine, fiscally speaking, will be pleasantly surprised with the potency of weed."

 

 

 

 

"Clearspring Violates Consumer Privacy on Disney, Warner Brothers Sites:Plaintiffs take issue with Flash cookie reactivation" by Jon Hood at consumeraffairs.com.

"A class action lawsuit alleges that a high-profile widget website is using Flash-based cookies to track the activity of users all over the web."

 

 

 

"In California, Costs Swell for Some Solar Projects" by Yuliva Chernova, wsj.com.

"California has succeeded in encouraging solar-power development through a rebate program, but program data show the state is paying for some systems to be installed at costs far above prevailing rates."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/17/10

Chief, August Vollmer's interest in Confucius' belief that crime begins at a very young age led Vollmer in turn to an interest in the department's Juvenile Bureau. Of the Bureau', Alfred E Parker writes in The Berkeley Police Story, "From the first day, September 1, 1929, that Al Riedel started as patrolman in the Berkeley Police Department, he discovered that many of his problems were boys. . . . By 1932 Riedel was assigned to the Juvenile Bureau. . . He determined to see what he could do about helping some of [the] delinquents. . . . [Riedel] started taking these boys on Saturday morning hikes. [But] ' By 1936, I decided the idea was all wrong. When boys who know a lot of bad tricks are in a group together, they start passing the bad ideas around.' . . . he felt he was on the right track, that each delinquent boy should have a sponsor . . . . It was the beginning of the Big Brother idea, one big brother for each little brother."

 

 

"Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good" is a book review at huffingtonpost.com.

"R. Jeffrey Lustig has compiled (and contributed) to an amazing set of useful essays that examine the many maladies plaguing California's politics and public institutions and provide food for thought that points to possible remedies. Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good, is the most important book on contemporary California politics to be published in many years. These articles, from scholars, journalists, and other commentators, primarily seek ways out of California's dilapidated and dysfunctional governmental gridlock. They offer historical context, racial and ethnic histories, and an analytical framing of the big debates now raging in the Golden State from immigration to the function of political parties, to the 'two-thirds' requirement and reforming the state's Constitution.

Lustig offers three cogent and elegantly argued essays, 'California at the Edge'; 'Voting, Elections, and the Failure of Representation in California'; and 'A People's Convention for California.' His 'California at the Edge' 'leads off the work where Lustig shows that although California's politics are often talked about as being 'broken,' it's "clearly not broken for everyone.' Corporations and wealthy individuals have been able to increase their share of the state's wealth over the last two decades often at the expense of the greater good."

 

"Some Mainers object to California connection" by John Richardson at kjonline.com.

"Maine has so far licensed six medical marijuana dispensaries.

Five of them have direct connections to California's cannabis industry.

Some state officials are welcoming the experience and resources from the West Coast. The new arrivals should help Maine's experiment with dispensaries get off to a smooth start, they say.

Others, however, fear the California connections are a troubling way to begin."

 

 

"When Activism Takes a Summer Break" by Danielle Nahal at huffingtonpost.com.

"I'm the last person anyone would expect to march in the streets. I'm just not that political. But as my first semester started last fall, amidst the chemistry lectures and literature discussions, UC Berkeley began to mobilize.

The UC Regents had proposed a 32% tuition increase across the entire system. And though still wary of the political extremism Berkeley is known for, I found myself attending lectures, teach-ins, and discussions. I needed to understand how the tuition hike would affect my life as a prospective medical student. And ultimately I came to realize how damaging these education cuts would be for everyone in California.

I dug deeper, and in the fall I hung a picket sign on my dorm room door, and wore the red wrist band, which came to symbolize the fight against budget cuts. And most of all, I talked to my friends about why I was getting involved. I didn't want people passing this off as just another Berkeley protest.

When spring came, I took an art history class focused on the French Revolution. My fellow students and I were inspired by the societal change accomplished by French citizens. And we joined our professor to rally in front of the state capital in Sacramento on March 4th.

Now five months later, I wish I could say that I'm still following the budgetary process, but I'm not. Without student leaders organizing events, I hardly even discuss what's happening."

 

 

"Mad Men Recap: Shall We Begin 1965?" huffingtonpost.com.

"The writers seem eager to begin 1965, holiday hopping through the end of 1964, this week's episode of Mad Men landing on New Year's.

With Anna's niece, Stephanie, the Berkeley student studying poli-sci, we get a glimpse into the 60s youth movement. She has grass, Don asks if she's 'sitting in,'--she's not but agrees with the movement--she offers to hitch a ride home. She thinks that 'advertising is pollution,' shooting down Don's made up existence for what's real. We hear the Beach Boys in the bar and Don is donning a new, colorful California jacket, leaving his New York suits at home. Stephanie asks about his college experience (he's honest here in California) and he says he's strung together night classes at city college--oh, that's what he did--and she calls him a self made man--she has no idea how much so. In a show with so much subtext, certain lines are so lucid, and it's this young hippie that sees clearly. She's mocking awkward dates, and tells Don, 'But nobody knows what's wrong with themselves, I mean everyone else can see it right away.' And just when I thought Don was looking hot again--ugh don't hit on her! We all saw it coming but...come on! It's really just pathetic, you don't have to hit on everyone, but I guess he does. And when Anna's sister walks in and says, 'you just can't keep your pants on can you?' (it was fun to watch him paint in boxers) that's not the situation at the moment, but HA! in general it was very appropriate and a much needed rebuke."

 

 

 

 

"New Director Wants to Open Museum's Trove:A vast anthropological collection has never been seen by the public" a story by Patrick Dillon at baycitizen.org.

"Beginning in the 1890s, Hearst, the mother of William Randolph Hearst, commissioned large expeditions around the globe. She sent Max Uhle, the renowned German archaeologist, to Peru; Alfred Emerson, the classics scholar, was dispatched to Greece and Italy in search of marble sculpture; and she sent Alfred Kroeber, one of the United States' foremost anthropologists (for whom the department of anthropology building at Berkeley would eventually be named) to American Indian camps throughout California and the Southwest.

Objects were bought or excavated and transported on barges, horse-drawn wagons or even by foot back to Berkeley. Collections were arranged according to a coherent plan Hearst had insisted on and sorted by tribe, site or time frame. They were documented with field notes, photographs, maps and even wax sound recordings to provide the basis for scholarship. These became the core of the collection, numbering some 60,000 items at the time of her death in 1919.

Her goal was a museum to rival those at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, and by at least one standard she succeeded: the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at Berkeley now has some four million items.

What Hearst failed to anticipate, though, was that nearly all those objects would for more than half a century be largely inaccessible to all but a handful of scholars due to less-than-optimal facilities and the faculty's tradition of viewing the collection primarily as a research tool."

 

 

"California Postdocs Embrace Union Contract" by Kristen Minogue.

"Postdocs at the University of California (UC) voted overwhelmingly this week to adopt a 5-year contract that would raise their pay and give them protections not guaranteed under the current system."

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/18/10

From The Berkeley Police Story by Alfred E Parker, some of BPD Lt CC Plummer and others' memorable calls.

"A women called to complain that she was receiving music from her false teeth and wanted to know what to do.

The man on the telephone stated that a bull was loose in West Berkeley. It had broken loose from a meat packing plant and was rounded up by several offices. Reports of this kind have been received for herds of sheep and deer. *

A woman called from Los Angeles (474 miles from Berkeley) asking directions to San Jose (42 miles from Berkeley.)

An irate man called and requested an officer go to a cleaning shop, since closed for the night, and get out his clothes which he needed the next day."

*Our Rick Auerbach has photos of a deer loose on the French School play ground just a few years ago.

 

 

 

Denny Abrams will own and operate the new Fourth Street restaurant, Zut!. Opening in the remodeled former location of Eccol, he has hired Stephen Decker , formerly of Cafe Claude, as manager and Jim Wimbrough, formerly of Kakkami as chef. They plan on a September opening.

 

 

 

 

"A Dutch City Seeks to End Drug Tourism" at nytimes.com.

Maastrich, the Netherlands - On a recent summer night, Marc Josemans's Easy Going Coffee Shop was packed. The lines to buy marijuana and hashish stretched to the reception area where customers waited behind glass barriers.

Most were young. Few were Dutch.

Thousands of "drug tourists" sweep into this small, picturesque city in the southeastern part of the Netherlands every day - as many as two million a year, city officials say. Their sole purpose is to visit the city's 13 "coffee shops," where they can buy varieties of marijuana with names like Big Bud, Amnesia and Gold Palm without fear of prosecution.

It is an attraction Maastricht and other Dutch border cities would now gladly do without."

 

 

"Elsewhere today I wrote about the possible business implications if marijuana is legalized in California through the Nov. 2 vote on Prop. 19 " opines Q Hardy at forbes.com.

"I do not have much of a position on whether this is a good idea, though living as I do in Berkeley it is hard to see legalization leading to more widespread availability. You'd practically have to leave joints on street corners for that. What interests me is what this, and other industries, do as they grow.

The chances of Prop19 passing seem about 50/50. Proponents of legal pot talk about tax revenues and saving on law enforcement costs, new jobs, and the insanity of criminalizing something half the adult population has done. Opponents talk about health and safety, legitimizing criminal elements, and the insanity of giving our intoxicant-ridden culture easier drug access.

When pressed, both sides will own that a lot of money is at stake here. You can define it now through the costs of enforcement, from planes and court time to incarceration, and the need to add to the cost and risks for criminals. Or you can talk about the huge money made by keeping pot illegal, and the tax revenues these could become (probably less than proponents say, since home growing will add to supply.)

Prop 19 allows for local regulation, which would inhibit operating at scale. Legalize it fully, though, and the real economics will shift radically."

 

 

"California could legalize pot this fall -- so why are medical marijuana providers grumbling?" at sfbg.com.

"With polls showing that California voters are probably poised to approve Proposition 19 in November and finally fully legalize marijuana, this should be a historic moment for jubilant celebration among those who have long argued for an end to the government's costly war on the state's biggest cash crop. But instead, many longtime cannabis advocates - particularly those in the medical marijuana business - are voicing only cautious optimism mixed with fear of an uncertain future."

 

 

"Serious syrah" Laurie Daniel for BANG.

"There's been a lot of hand-wringing lately about how hard it is to sell California syrah. I've seen a lot reasons put forth: There's no definable style of California syrah, so consumers don't know what to expect. They're confused by Australian shiraz. The 2004 movie "Sideways" made pinot noir sexy just as syrah was poised to take off.

Maybe there's some truth to the "Sideways" theory. But I don't buy the others. It's difficult to know what to expect from any California wine - will that chardonnay be rich and fleshy, sweet and oaky, or racy and mineral-driven? - unless you've tasted it in the past. And a lot of consumers don't even realize that shiraz and syrah are the same grape.

I suspect that many wine consumers simply get stuck in a rut."

 

 

 

"AOL's Patch Launches 100th Site; Plans Expansion to More Than 500 Communities This Year" is a news release at marketwatch.com.

"AOL's Community-Specific News and Information Platform Plans to Hire More than 500 Professional Journalists in More Than 20 States by the End of 2010."

 

 

 

 

"Old-style coal plants expanding" is an AP report.

"Utilities across the country are building dozens of old-style coal plants that will cement the industry's standing as the largest industrial source of climate-changing gases for years to come."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/19/10

"Federal Funds Boost California Jobs Budget Goals, Republicans Risk Throwing Away $1.2 Billion in Aid" an address by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner at californiaprogressreport.com.

"In this Democratic weekly address, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) thanks the President and Congress for advancing comprehensive legislation to save jobs but notes analysis from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office shows the Governor's budget proposal, which Republican leaders support, risks making California schools ineligible for $1.2 billion set aside in the federal legislation to keep California teachers on the job."

 

 

 

"Paisan in Berkeley" is a review at insidescoopsf.sfgate.com.

"Currently up and running on San Pablo Avenue is Paisan, the latest restaurant from Haig Krikorian's K2 Restaurant Group, which also includes Fonda, Lalime's, Jimmy Beans, T-Rex and Sea Salt. For K2 at least, Paisan represents a new frontier - it's a pizzeria - but the West Berkeley neighborhood is a familiar one: it's directly next door to Sea Salt, after all.

In addition to thin-crust 'California-ized' pies, Paisan - original working name: Falanghina (fun fact!) - is also serving items like salads and bruschetta. Current hours are 5pm to 10pm, Wednesday through Sunday. There is also a shared rear patio, wood-fired oven, and a full bar, because how can you open a new pizza place without cocktails nowadays?"

 

 

"Modern Times Books in Crisis" by Rigoberto Hernandez at sfgate.com.

"The 39-year-old Modern Times Bookstore on Valencia Street urgently needs an 'influx of cash' to pay its bills, the store's owners told customers in a recent letter.

'Modern Times is facing a financial crisis and urgently needs an influx of cash if we are going to be able to pay our bills through the summer,' the letter reads. 'The cold, hard economic facts are these: We need to sell a certain amount everyday in order to break even on costs - taxes, rent, payroll, utilities, insurance, and new books - and right now we are not doing this.'

Over the last decade, the Mission's independent bookstores, many of which have been here for decades, have struggled against one new competitor after another, including mega-bookstores, online sales and now e-books.

Abandoned Planet, formerly on Valencia, closed in January, and Adobe Books on 16th Street is barely making it. Alan Beatts, the owner of Borderlands Books and the Borderlands Cafe next door, told Mission Loc@l in January that he opened the café because he doesn't see bookstores alone as viable businesses."

 

 

"The Global Economic Crisis: The Great Depression of the XXI Century, Michel Chossudovsky and Andrew Gavin Marshall, Editors" is a book review at opednews.com.

"Orthodox economic theory does not acknowledge the amply documented fact that financial actors can not only influence but actually manipulate the market, make it move in a particular direction'. Economic theory does not address the structural causes of economic collapse". We are not dealing with a cyclical process; what is at stake is a major dislocation in the financial, trading and productive structures of the global economy."

 

 

 

"Ozone and cigarette smoke worse for asthma than smoke alone" at latimes.com.

"Ozone generators are often used in hotel rooms, cars and private homes to get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke, but new evidence suggests that this cure may be worse than the disease. Researchers at the Univeristy of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found that ozone combines with nicotine and other components of cigarette smoke to produce chemicals that are a greater asthma hazard than the original smoke. In particular, the chemicals combine to form ultrafine aerosols that can carry dangerous chemicals deep into the lungs, where they trigger the development of asthma."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/20/10

"Berkeley police to serve, serenade diners for Tip-a-Cop"  is a Bay City News story.

" Berkeley police will dish out service and smiles to customers at Skates on the Bay restaurant at the Berkeley Marina tonight [8/19/10] as part of the annual Tip-a-Cop fundraiser benefiting the Special Olympics of Northern California.

Uniformed officers will be assisting the wait staff from 5-9 p.m. and performing a spirited rendition of 'Happy Birthday' for diners enjoying a birthday celebration. In exchange for their hospitality, police are hoping to receive generous tips to donate to the Special Olympians.

Skate's on the Bay has hosted the fundraiser for the past five years. The cooperation has proved successful, with the team raising $4,500 at the 2009 event.

Berkeley police also have been involved in Special Olympics fundraising in other ways, generating more than $7,000 for the participants through a Torch Run and a 38-story rappel of the San Francisco Hyatt earlier this year.

Officer Jamie Perkins said the event is just as rewarding for police officials as it is for the athletes.

'It brings us great joy to see the admiration and enthusiasm the Olympians show for us,' she said. 'The event is really special and a great opportunity for us to give back to the community.' "

 

 

Check out "Berkeley Police Department Online Reporting System: Pilot

Welcome to the Berkeley Police Department Online Reporting System. This system allows you a quick and easy way to submit a police report, anytime, day or night, regarding the following types of incidents:

Theft, Theft from Vehicle, Identity Theft, Harassing Phone Calls, Vandalism, Vehicle Tampering, and Lost Property."

 

Aw Jeez

Oakland PD is going to online crime reporting because of manpower cutbacks.

We're doing it because . . . ?

(That's a Hupmoblie wagon by-the-way.) RP

 

 

our Jarad emails

[I understand] that [ our ] officers are leveraging proactive techniques that show up in the book "The Crime Fighter : How you can make your community crime free" by Jack Maple with Chris Mitchell. 
 
I hope that the department keeps up that level of communication because it will get people talking on the streets that the city is getting serious about addressing the long-standing crime problems we've had in West & South Berkeley. I think that is a message that needs to be sent because when we got active on the 2300 block, the dealers got the message that if they show up here for 5 minutes to deal or gamble, someone will call BPD.

Word will get around after a while (if Chief Meehan is consistent over the long-run) that Berkeley isn't the place to commit crime. Of course the key is consistency over the long-term, which is what we've lacked in Berkeley and has exacerbated the crime problem and heightened the emotions of residents in our area.

Jarad

 

 

 

"Berkeley man faces nine years in attempted murder of mother" by Paul T. Rosynsky, Oakland Tribune.

"When Jamaal Prince returned to the apartment he shared with his mother in Berkeley in March, something was terribly wrong with his mind, his mother testified in court Monday.

Prince, 32, was high on drugs and, once again, talking to himself about how he wasn't able to visit his children and how there were people outside his apartment, Jacqueline Stewart said."

 

 

 

 

"Bob Dylan hits Northern California" by Jim Harrington at mercurynews.com.

"You know those legendary artists that make their fans wait to see them in concert? (We guess they rationalize it by saying that 'it builds anticipation.')

Well, don't include Bob Dylan among that number. The songwriter seems to play almost as many dates each year as Willie Nelson, which, it probably goes without saying, is a ton.

Dylan brings his never-ending tour back to Northern California for a trio of shows over the next few days. First up, he'll perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairgrounds Road. (Tickets are $59.50.) Then he'll settle in for a 6:30 p.m. gig Sunday at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey's Tahoe, which sounds like a great idea for a road trip -- especially since Taj Mahal is one of the openers. (Tickets are $59.50-$125.)

Dylan will round out the stand with a performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, but that one is long sold out. For information on any of these shows, visit www.apeconcerts.com." 

 

 

In keeping with Bobby [Dylan] Zimmerman's "The Times They are a Changin' " check out "UC Berkeley Among Top Military Friendly Schools" by Aaida Samad at dailycal.org.

"UC Berkeley has been named one of California's top 'military friendly" schools due largely to its efforts in offering both financial and non-financial support services to veterans on campus, according to a recent poll.

On Monday, G.I. Jobs magazine released their annual Military Friendly Schools List, which recognizes the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that are doing the most to support and recognize American veterans as students, according to Matthew Pavelek, a senior editor for the magazine.

'I'm very pleased that the campus has earned this distinction - most of the time when people hear that there are veterans at UC Berkeley, they are surprised,' said Ron Williams, director of veterans services at the campus's Transfer, Re-entry and Student Parent Center. 'It's great for folks to know that Cal is supportive towards student veterans.' " 

 

 

 

 

"Major midtown makeover" by George Avalos at mercurynews.com.

"An East Bay developer has bought a century-old downtown building that was constructed by California's 'Borax King,' vowing to restore the high rise to its elegance of 100 years ago.

A partnership controlled by Orton Development Inc. said Wednesday it has bought the 10-story building on Broadway between 14th and 15th streets in downtown Oakland. The group, operating as 1440 Associates LLC, foreclosed on a delinquent mortgage the group had previously bought, whose most visible tenant is shoe retailer Foot Locker.

'We are trying to go back to the future with this building,' said J.R. 'Eddie' Orton, president of Emeryville-based Orton Development. 'We want to bring it back to its original beauty.'

The developers believe they already have plenty to work with in their quest to revive the building. . . .

Orton also has bought the former Flint Ink manufacturing complex in Berkeley. The developer is busy renovating the site and intends to add smaller light industrial and commercial tenants."

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/21/10

8/20/10--12:31 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, "chlorine bleach" odor, wear respirator.

 

our nextdoor neighbor Tracy emails

Hi Ron,

Here are Natalie with friends Claire and Sylvie training Max to do circus tricks.

Hope you are having a good summer!

Tracy

 

 

our Jarad emails

Thanks for posting info about Paisan finally opening. Eva and I have been waiting for this for a year. We went last night and had 2 different pizzas. I had the calamari, sungold tomato, & aioli pizza and it was great. Eva had the watercress, pesto, rocket, and Grana Padano. Both were delicious. We ate on the back patio & on the way out noticed that they have a Pizza of the Day that our wait staff never mentioned, so the next time we are there we'll ask about that. It's a nice addition to the local restaurant scene in West Berkeley.

Jarad

 

"Pesticides causes attention problems" is a story at timesofindia.com.


"A new study has found that kids who were exposed to organophosphate pesticides while still in mother's womb are more likely to develop attention disorders later in life.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that prenatal levels of the pesticides were related to attention problems at age 5, with the effects apparently stronger among boys.

 

 

 

Our Chamber of Commerce is running TV spots about what's happening in Berkeley. The spts recommend our businesses, places, etc. Channel 4 ran one Thursday evening. It was short, with great visuals and full of info. Made me want to come to Berkeley.

Well, Ok then!

 

 

Berkeley Chamber of Commerce announces the resignation of CEO Mark Berson.
Berkeley, CA, August 18, 2010- The Berkeley Chamber of commerce announced today that Mark Berson is no longer the Chamber's CEO. Rod Howard, Chairman of the Berkeley Chamber stated, "Mark Berson and the chamber have parted ways effective immediately. We wish Mark all the best in his future endeavors. The Chamber will refocus our efforts towards filling the CEO position and is forming an executive search committee now. Our efforts will focus on building a solid leadership team enabling us to reach our core objectives:
We are a resource and educator focusing on promoting a vibrant and sustainable business community
We focus on Smart Growth in our community
We have formed research institution partnerships (Bayer, Alta Bates, Berkeley Lab, UCB, etc)
We enhance the Chamber's influence within the city of Berkeley

 

 

 "Japanese Yodeler and a Cappella Showtunes" at eastbayexpress.com.

"Live music in bookstores and burger bars?

"The Downtown Berkeley MusicFest launches today, with dozens of acts set to perform - usually for free - at Jupiter, Bobby G's, the JazzSchool, Freight & Salvage, the Berkeley Central Library, Amanda's Feel Good Fresh Food, and Half Price Books. Freight & Salvage is producing the nine-day festival, with the help of the Downtown Berkeley Association, City of Berkeley, AT&T California, and KPFA."

 

 

 

"NCAA Football Preview - California Golden Bears" by John Agovino at kansascity.com.

"Usually it is a tough task replacing a talented running back such as Jahvid Best, but fortunately for coach Tedford not only does he have a reliable answer in Shane Vereen, but he also has a player in Vereen that gained valuable experience filling in for Best this past season. Vereen will now have the pressures of being the main back and more of the offense will rely on him, but the junior seems ready to lead the way."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8/22/10

" First Islamic College Opens on Monday" is a story laced with opinion by Paul Williams, PhD at familysecuritymatters.org.

"Calling all radical Muslims and aspiring Islamists.

If you are planning to enroll in the freshman class of the first Islamic college within the United States, pack up your burqa or shalwat kameez and head off to Berkeley, California without delay.

Classes begin at Zaytuna College on Monday.

Zaytuna (which means 'olives' in Arabic) promises to be unlike any other institution of higher learning within the country. The name was chosen, the website site proclaims, because olives are a 'purifying fruit' since they produce purgative effects.

Only two majors are offered at the new college: Arabic Language and Islamic Law and Theology.

Students and teachers are not expected to be proficient in English but Arabic. This is evidenced by such misspellings as 'accredation' for accreditation and 'employement' for employment on the Zaytunawebsite.

They will not study US history but the history of Islam."

Whoa! PhD huh? RP

 

 

"Muslim Scholar on MSNBC: 'Vocal Minority' Spreading Fear, 'Demonize' Islam" at newsbusters.org.

"During the 10 a.m. ET hour on MSNBC, anchor Chris Jansing spoke with Islamic scholar Hamza Yusuf Hanson about the Ground Zero Mosque controversy, who proclaimed: 'I think there's a lot of fear....there has been a concerted effort by a certain segment. It's a very small minority, but their powerful and vocal, to demonize the Muslim community.'
            
Yusuf was on to discuss his founding of Zaytuna College in California, the nation's first Islamic higher education school. However, Jansing introduced the segment by placing the college in this context: "...the [mosque] controversy prompted Time magazine to ask, Is America ­ if America is Islamophobic. A Time poll found that 46% of Americans believe Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers. And a small college in Berkeley, California, may become the new battleground in America's uneasy relationship with Islam."

 

 

 

 

"Oakland transient slain; girlfriend sought" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Scotty, as everyone knew him, was a North Oakland transient who had his share of problems. Locals say he suffered from a crack-cocaine addiction and had a tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend, with whom he lived in a truck on the street.

It was in the cab of that truck, parked at the corner of San Pablo and Ocean avenues, where his girlfriend of more than a year fatally stabbed him Thursday night before fleeing, according to Oakland police. Scotty staggered out of his truck, leaving a trail of blood that ended on the front porch of a neighbor's home.

Scotty pounded on the door at about 9:30 p.m., knowing that the 33-year-old woman who lived there with her boyfriend would surely help. The two had given him food and blankets to hold him over from time to time.

But the woman and her boyfriend were in San Francisco at the time."

 

 

 

our Darryl Moore emails (excerpts)

(Funny, I'd have titled it "Let's Help Celebrate Deaf Kids". RP)

Want to Help Deaf Children? 

The Center for the Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID) is an organization that has always been near and dear to my heart.  They provide an amazing and unique service to children with significant hearing loss.  CEID intervenes at a very young age, and because of this, they have a tremendous impact on early childhood development and rest of the child's life.  Each child that they take in is a life changed.  Please join me in celebrating their 30th year of bettering the lives of hearing impaired children from all over the state.
 
Save The Date!
CEID's 30th Anniversary Gala
October 16th, 2010
The Pavilion at Jack London Square
 
The Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID) is celebrating our 30th Anniversary of providing early childhood educational and supportive programs for young children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have other communication disorders.  To commemorate the occasion we are hosting a gala celebration on October 16, 2010 at The Pavilion at Jack London Square.  We are thrilled that award-winning composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank will be performing at our event!
 
CEID provides a comprehensive and intensive program of early intervention services including home visits, parent education, morning special education nursery school classes, medical outreach and training, and all day childcare at our inclusive Sunshine Preschool and Childcare.  Our center is known across the state for its outstanding results in strengthening the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of young children who until just a few decades ago would most often have been consigned to silence and isolation.
 
The theme of our event is Imagine and it really speaks to the core of our work:  30 years ago, we at CEID saw babies who passed the crucial early months of language and intellectual development-and thus were handicapped for life not by a hearing impediment but by a failure in diagnosis.  We saw children whose parents could not communicate with them because they could not afford to learn how.  We saw doctors who didn't realize that over 12,000 babies are born in this country each year with a profound hearing loss, and didn't understand how easy it was to reverse the social and intellectual deficits that can needlessly result.  We imagined - and we set to work.
 
Today, California requires hearing tests for all newborns.  CEID has developed educational and outreach programs for doctors and other medical providers.  Our family support services include weekly sign language classes, educational resources, and advocacy training - all free of charge to our families, who are mostly low-income.
 
We greatly depend on the generosity of our community supporters to sustain and grow our essential programs for children with special needs.  Over the past 30 years, our community partners have helped us to positively impact the lives of well over 2,000 young children and their families.
 
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please feel free to contact Carrie Dern at carrie@ceid.org or call 510.848.4800 ext. 330.  I hope you can join me to support CEID's wonderful work.

 

West Campus Summer Hours
 
 
 
As some of you may know, West Campus public swim hours have been expanded to the weekends for the summer months, from 1-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  The summer schedule was originally scheduled to end by August 27th, but now has been extended through Labor Day weekend, with its final day being September 5th.  After September 5th, normal fall schedulingresumes.
 

 

 

 

Tomorrow for sure I'll post "The best kept food-secret in West Berkeley!"

 

 

 

 

"Consumer privacy protection bill passes legislature" reports centralvalleybusinesstimes.com.

"Californians could get increased consumer privacy protection if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a bill passed by the Legislature Thursday.

Senate Bill 1166, authored by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, which Mr. Simitian says strengthens the notification required when databases of personal information are compromised."

 

 

"California bill would require more transparency in university foundation fundraisers" is a story at latimes.com.

"The measure, among dozens sent to Gov. Schwarzenegger for approval, would compel more disclosure in cases like the recent hiring of Sarah Palin to speak at Cal State Stanislaus.. . . .

      'It is essential that we insure there is complete transparency and accountability in how PERS and STRS candidates raise campaign funds and what they do with the money,' said Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), author of SB 1007."

 

 

"Program to Modify Loans Loses Steam" at onlinewsj.com.

"The Obama administration's loan-modification program appears to be running out of eligible borrowers who can qualify for restructured loans."

 

 

"Payrolls Increase in 37 U.S. States, Led by Michigan" by Timothy R. Homan at bloomberg.com.

"Payrolls increased in 37 U.S. states in July, led by a jump in Michigan that may reflect a gain in auto making.

Employers in Michigan added 27,800 jobs last month, the most since October, figures from the Labor Department showed today in Washington. Massachusetts, New York and Minnesota rounded out the four states with the biggest job gains. Employment in the District of Columbia climbed by 17,800, the most since records began in 1990 and second behind Michigan. "

 

 

 

from my log

8/8/10--8:41 PM heavy dry air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, watery eyes, headache, nausea. 3:34 PM --VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry air, burning eyes, throat. sinus irritation. Marsha has serious prolonged coughing attack, with serious sinus irritation, runny stuffy nose. Only apparent activity, neighbor George Chittenden working at Adams & Chittenden Scientific Glass. 4:30 PM--SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, coughing attack, burning watery eyes and burning throat.Similar irritant and symptoms off an on all Saturday 8/7 occurring at irregular intervals.

8/10/10--8/10/10---2:03 PM--irritant in front room, dry air, eyes water, hacking cough, short breath.

7:15 PM--heavy dry air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry eyes skin, coughing attack, short breath. Only apparent activity, worker at Adams & Chittenden Scientific Glass. 8:11 PM--similar a plus nausea.

8/11/10-- 11:13 AM-irritant in front room, dry air, watery eyes, cough.

8/12/10--10:28 AM--irritant in front room, light head, nausea, headache. 11:22 AM--similar. 7:41 PM--similar.

8/13/10--1:20 PM--SERIOUSirritant in front room, light head, nausea, headache.

8/16/10 7:01 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, nasal congestion, ringing ears, light head, chills.

8/17/10--2:52 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, nasal irritation, dry eyes, cough attack, wear respirator.

8/18/10--7:48 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, SERIOUS nasal congestion, sneeze regularly. Marsha similar,leave.

8/20/10--12:31 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, dirty dry air, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, "chlorine bleach" odor, wear respirator.

 

 

The irritants sometimes experienced cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional short breath; occasional nausea.

Though the irritants we experience sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all" the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.

I am left to conclude that possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience, those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter, are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.

Though the respirator-filters largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through the skin.

"I feel like ants are crawling on me" said Marsha.

 

I've noticed recently some neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

http://gethuman.com/

 

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 Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Crooks."

 

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

and

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

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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