"Filipinos celebrate culture at SF fest" Stephanie M. Lee at sfgate.com

an sfgate photo

"The monsoon storms were pouring down hard in the Philippines, halfway around the world, but they weren't far from the Canteros' minds in San Francisco."







It'd be great if our Potter Creek mini-brewery-to-be offered tasting and retail sales, . . . wouldn't it?


Last week, when Patrick, Mel et al had breakfast at 900 GRAYSON, film director, Philip Kaufman * and his family had lunch.

* The Right Stuff



our Don Yost emails of an armed robbery in Potter Creek

Saturday evening around 7 pm at the B of A versa teller - 10th & Parker

A friend from San Francisco with her two adult children had stopped for $ when two black men in hoodies approached the son at the versa teller and took his iPhone & wallet while holding a gun to his knee.


a police report was filed



Bill Moyers converstion with "Karl Marlantes on What It's Like to Go to War" is a very important one.

"Bill Moyers talks to Karl Marlantes - a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, Rhodes Scholar, author, and PTSD survivor - about what we on the insulated outside need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors. Marlantes shares with Bill intimate stories about how his battlefield experiences both shaped and nearly destroyed him, . . . ."

Important to watch without judging.

















Potter Creek's "Dynavax Appoints Christine Larson as Chief Financial Officer" a report at equities.com.

"Dynavax Technologies Corporation . . . announced the appointment of Christine Larson to the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a newly created position. Ms. Larson brings nearly 25 years of experience as a financial professional to the role, including a background in corporate finance and investment banking. Ms. Larson joins Dynavax from PDL Biopharma, Inc. (PDL), where she was responsible for leading financial and strategic planning, accounting, and treasury and investor relations for the public company, which earned annual revenues of $350 million. During her tenure at PDL, Ms. Larson designed and implemented a complex recapitalization strategy, including debt issuance and restructuring, as well as led the development of new accounting infrastructure following the company's spin-out of biotechnology assets to Facet Biotech Corporation in 2008. "



Another Potter Creek company is the focus of "Berkeley group gives filmmaker $20,000 grant" by Nathan Donato-Weinstein at mercurynews.com.

"Filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth was shooting a series of short videos about the economic crisis featuring former Labor Secretary Robert Reich when he realized he had a much bigger story to tell.

'I thought, "I'm sure there are a lot of people like me who are looking for a coherent story of what happened in a movie (format)," Kornbluth said.

The pair agreed to partner on a feature-length documentary, 'Inequality for All.' Inspired by Reich's book 'Aftershock,' it's 'sort of "An Inconvenient Truth'"for the economy,' Kornbluth said.

The film, still in production, is this year's Saul Zaentz Award winner, an honor bestowed by the Berkeley Film Foundation that comes with a $20,000 grant. The award is named after the Academy Award-winning movie producer whose company is a major supporter of the foundation.

'The way in which the film is going to speak to audiences about income inequality is going to have such power,' said Abby Ginzberg, the foundation's president and an award-winning filmmaker herself.

'Inequality for All' is one of 23 films the foundation is supporting this year through its annual grant program, now in its fourth year. It's funded by the city of Berkeley, Wareham Development and the Saul Zaentz Co., with additional support from an annual gala."





A story I followed with min-reports and heads-ups since before Berkeley Patients Group closed its original facility, probably ends with BPG's press release at theweedblog.com "New Berkeley Patients Group Location Will Be On San Pablo Ave.

On May 1st, 2012, BPG ceased operations at its 2747 San Pablo Avenue location due to pressure from the US Attorney's office. Despite being in full compliance with state and locals laws, having no incidents in 12 years of operation, and a noteworthy outcry of public support to stay open, BPG made the difficult decision to close that location.

Ample care was taken in selecting an appropriate relocation site that satisfies the requirements of both the City of Berkeley and the state of California while retaining convenient access for our patient members. BPG's relocation site at 2366 San Pablo Ave is located in a Commercial District. The site is more than 1000 feet away from all elementary, middle and high schools, both public and private, and more than 1000 feet from the other two permitted dispensaries in Berkeley, exceeding the requirements detailed in BMC 23E.16.070.

BPG will make use of the current structure at 2366 San Pablo Ave to house the dispensary (1160 sq. ft.), and will place a modular office (960 sq. ft.) to the west of that structure to facilitate administrative and operational needs. The site has ample on-site parking, access to adequate street parking and is conveniently located within a major public transit corridor. The facility will be fully accessible to members with impaired mobility."




"Pavement a hot topic for UC Berkeley research center" Lou Fancher at mercurynews.com.

"Like the materials he has studied for nearly 60 years at the University of California Pavement Research Center at Berkeley, the center's recently retired director, professor Carl Monismith, was built to last.

Leading a tour of the facilities -- an expectedly gritty series of labs lined with machines resembling industrial ovens, turkey-roast-sized pans filled with asphalt in various stages of disintegration, and endless rows of cylindrical or bar-shaped test samples -- the 85-year old researcher speaks with the unbridled enthusiasm of a recent college grad.

'I've been working with pavement since 1952 -- forgive me if I get carried away,' he begins, before launching into the department's history."




"Berkeley Rep's Managing Director Susan Medak to Receive The Berkeley Community Fund's 2013 Wheeler Medal Award" by Bethany Rickwald, theatermania.com.

"The Berkeley Community Fund has announced that it will award the 2013 Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal to Berkeley Repertory Theatre managing director Susan Medak. The medal will be presented at the Fund's annual awards dinner on October 4. "












from Peter Hurney

Citroen 2cv6








In a story that has received almost no national coverage, a police and a citizen were killed yesterday in a shooting at Texas' A & M University. Another police and one, possibly two civilians were injured. The shooter also died.
















quote of the week

"What about those crazy guys from New Mexico. They're on speed and always get the job done on time."

a developer over heard at The Bowl Cafe , . . . aw jeez



"Why are people overconfident so often?" at nydailynews.com.

"Overconfidence helps individuals attain social status, and less capable people who believe they are better than others are given a higher place in the social ladder, according to a US study.

The lure of social status promotes overconfidence, explains Cameron Anderson, associate professor at the University of California Berkeley Hass School of Business, who co-authored the study with Sebastien Brion, assistant professor of managing people in organisations, IESE Business School, University of Navarra and others.

These findings suggest one reason why in organisational settings, incompetent people are so often promoted over their more competent peers, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology reports.

'In organisations, people are very easily swayed by others' confidence even when that confidence is unjustified,' says Anderson. 'Displays of confidence are given an inordinate amount of weight.' "

Yet, these days people don't seem overrelaxed.

your editor

a Marsha W photo



Confirming Dr Yost's report, BPD Ofc Jennifer Coats, PIO emails

There was a robbery on the 10th at approximately 8:25 p.m.  The adult male victim was in the 2500 block of San Pablo.  They were approached by the unknown suspects, one was armed with a gun.  Fearing for his safety as well as his families the victim gave the suspect his wallet and cell phone.  The victim later flagged down a passing police officer reporting the incident.  There were no physical injuries reported.
The suspects are described as:
Suspect 1 ­ "Black Male, mid 20s, 6' tall, slim build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, red shirt, dark blue jeans and armed with a gun."
Suspect 2 ­ "Black Male, 18-20 years old, 5'7"-5'8" tall wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and grey pants."
Jenn Coats








I've spent the last week immersed in the work of

Neo-Marxist David Harvey

Harvey is either one of the most insightful analysts of capitalism or or one of its most misguided critics, . . . depending.


A description of his book "The Enigma of Capital, and the crisis of capitalism" at oup.com includes this summary:

"For over forty years, David Harvey has been one of the world's most trenchant and critical analysts of capitalist development. In The Enigma of Capital, he delivers an impassioned account of how unchecked neoliberalism produced the system-wide crisis that now engulfs the world.

Beginning in the 1970s, profitability pressures led the capitalist class in advanced countries to shift away from investment in industrial production at home toward the higher returns that financial products promised. Accompanying this was a shift towards privatization, an absolute decline in the bargaining power of labor, and the dispersion of production throughout the developing world. The decades-long and ongoing decline in wages that accompanied this turn produced a dilemma: how can goods--especially real estate--sell at the same rate as before if workers are making less in relative terms? The answer was a huge expansion of credit that fueled the explosive growth of both the financial industry and the real estate market. When one key market collapsed--real estate--the other one did as well, and social devastation resulted."

A review at ondependent.co.uk offers "Harvey argues that each major capitalist crisis has been worse than the last one, and more difficult to surmount. He accepts that capitalism, with all its resilience and inventiveness, is quite capable of overcoming this crisis too; but he is sceptical,. . . "


After my week's immersion, I've come away with: capitalism has grown and prospered for over 250 years, its growth rate historically averages 3-3.5 % yearly, capitalism is best understood as a process, necessary to the process is unrestricted flow of capital, economic and social classes are necessary to the capitalist process, the tensions between these classes is one of the contradictions of capitalism, capitalism is self-correcting through crisis. . . though nothing last forever.


The quote of my week goes something like "At the beginning of 2008 Wall Street executives received USD 32 billion in bonuses for 'crashing the financial system' and at the same time 2 million homes were lost in the US."


"Babies are smarter than you think" is a story with video by Alison Gopnik at cnn.com.




This year marks the 50th Anniveray of Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" the monumental anti-war, war book. Here is Charlie Rose conversation with with Mike Nichols, Christopher Buckley and Robert Gottlieb about Heller and his book and the movie.




















"US economic recovery is weakest since World War II" Paul Wiseman,  Associated Press at contracostatimes.com.

"The recession that ended three years ago this summer has been followed by the feeblest economic recovery since the Great Depression.

Since World War II, 10 U.S. recessions have been followed by a recovery that lasted at least three years. An Associated Press analysis shows that by just about any measure, the one that began in June 2009 is the weakest.

The ugliness goes well beyond unemployment, which at 8.3 percent is the highest this long after a recession ended.
Economic growth has never been weaker in a postwar recovery. Consumer spending has never been so slack. Only once has job growth been slower.

More than in any other post-World War II recovery, people who have jobs are hurting: Their paychecks have fallen behind inflation.

Many economists say the agonizing recovery from the Great Recession, which began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, is the predictable consequence of a housing bust and a grave financial crisis."



"There Is No California . Palo Alto and Fresno share a state government, but that's about it" by Victor Davis Hanson at nationalreview.com.

"Driving across California is like going from Mississippi to Massachusetts without ever crossing a state line.
Consider the disconnects: California's combined income and sales taxes are among the nation's highest, but the state's annual deficit is still about $16 billion. It is estimated that more than 2,000 upper-income Californians are leaving per week to flee high taxes and costly regulations, yet the state government wants to raise taxes even higher. California's business climate already ranks near the bottom in most surveys. Its teachers are among the highest paid, on average, in the nation, but its public-school students consistently test near the bottom of the nation in both math and science.

The state's public employees enjoy some of the nation's most generous pensions and benefits, but California's retirement systems are underfunded by about $300 billion. The state's gas taxes - at over 49 cents per gallon - are among the highest in the nation, but its once-unmatched freeways, like 101 and 99, for long stretches have degenerated into potholed, clogged nightmares unchanged since the early 1960s."



BPD Ofc Byron White emails

The Berkeley Police Department would like to inform the public
of a series of armed robberies that have involved victims responding to Craigslist advertisements
regarding the sale of vehicles.

Since June of 2012, the Berkeley Police Department has received four reports of victims being
robbed via gun after responding to a Craigslist advertisement and is working with neighboring
agencies on potentially similar crimes. The following robberies have occurred after the victim
arrived at a designated meet location.

Date of Occurrence: June 28, 2012, at approximately 9:22 p.m.
3000 block of Wheeler St:
1.) Black male, approximately 5'8", wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and
carrying gun.
2.) Black or Hispanic male, 6'0", 210 lbs. and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Date of Occurrence: July 3, 2012, at approximately 9:20 p.m.
2800 block of Piedmont Ave:
1.) Black male, 6'0", wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and carrying a black handgun
2.) Black male, 5'8" and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Date of Occurrence: July 9, 2012, at approximately 10:45 p.m.
The block of 80 Hillcrest Rd:
1.) Black male, 5'10", wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and carrying a black or silver
handgun gun.
2.) Hispanic male.

Date of Occurrence: July 31, 2012, at approximately 9:13 p.m.
Hillcrest Rd./Hillcrest Ct.
1.) White male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, and carrying silver handgun
2.) Black or Hispanic male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, and carrying a silver


aw jeez, . . .











Harvey my Mailman loves to fish: Here he is catching a rainbow trout in Lake Chabot. Netting the trout is Harv's fishing buddy, Myland Fong, and the young girl with crossed fingers is Maya Wong. The photo was taken by her Dad.

Harvey my Mailman and his friends

















Wednesday afternoon Anthy Victor's wallet was stolen from her purse in her office at V & W Door and Window.

Around 6:00 pm credit card charges were made at the Apple store, Blondies Pizza, Starbucks, etc. The Apple store charges were about $800.00. 


from BPD's log

Friday Aug 3rd

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY -- At around 9 a.m., a male juvenile ran up to a female pedestrian near Heinz and Ninth streets and tried to forcefully snatch her cell phone. A struggle ensued and the suspect let go and walked away, returning shortly afterward and demanding her purse. A good Samaritan came to the victim's aid and the suspect left with his two accomplices.


Saturday Aug 4th

ROBBERY -- At around 3:55 p.m., a man stole cash from the register of a business in the 2100 block of San Pablo Avenue, after assaulting an employee who had tried to stop the crime. The suspect also struck another employee who had tried to intervene, causing minor injuries, and left the store with the stolen cash.

THEFT -- Item(s) with a value less than $950 were stolen from the following locations: the 3200 block of Adeline Street; the 900 block of Heinz Avenue; the 2600 block of San Pablo Avenue; and the 1100 block of University Avenue.


Sunday Aug 5th

THEFT -- Item(s) worth less than $950 were stolen from the following locations: the 1400 block of Acton Street; the 1800 block of Fourth Street; the 2100 block of San Pablo Avenue; the 2900 block of Seventh Street; and the 2300 block of Shattuck Avenue.

HEFT FROM AUTO -- Item(s) were stolen from parked vehicles in the following locations: the 1300 block of Campus Drive; the 100 block of Canyon Road; at Fifth and Potter streets; and the 800 block of Potter Street.

THEFT -- Item(s) worth less than $950 were stolen from the following locations: the 1100 block of Francisco Street; the 1000 block of Heinz Avenue; the 1400 block of Shattuck Avenue; the 1800 block of Solano Avenue; and the 2500 block of Telegraph Avenue.


Wednesday Aug 8th

GRAND THEFT -- Item(s) worth more than $950 were stolen from locations in the 100 block of Marina Boulevard and the 100 block of Spinnaker Way.




From somewhere at the back of the continuum where Right meets Left.


Cliff Miller, Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle Club emails a link to the nine-minute video "Is General Motors becoming China Motors?" Flag waving commentary aside, it is informative. (Notice toward the end Romney figures no better than Obama.)



"When G-Men Do Research on Campus

Sol Stern reviews 'Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power' by Seth Rosenfeld.

In Berkeley, Calif., in the 1960s, my fellow student radicals and I believed with almost religious conviction that by protesting the Vietnam War and the corporate-dominated 'multiversity' we were building a far, far better world. The most surprising revelation in Seth Rosenfeld's 'Subversives' is that J. Edgar Hoover, America's most powerful law-enforcement official at the time, shared our movement's wildly utopian fantasies of Berkeley as the epicenter of a world-wide rebellion."










Yesterday afternoon there was a birthday party for our Carol of Bob and Carol

These Potter Creek kids were there



Young Ben and friends were shooting hoops at the École Bilingue playground yesterday afternoon.



At another party yesterday, Rick Auerbach, WEBAIC lobbyist/activist, and some other Potter Creek neighbors circulated a petition opposing the Community Benefits District. If you'd like to sign this petition you might contact Rick. Make your request specific though as Rick is also a nature photographer, a community activist and currently, a contractor for the City, taking a survey of west-Berkeley arts/crafts use.

















"A walk back in time to a radical Berkeley" Caille Millner at sfgate.com.

"I don't visit Berkeley. And the aversion's inherited - after earning a doctorate in sociology from the university there, my father doesn't go there, either. Nor did he spend much time discussing it while I was growing up, despite his past as a former radical and his present as a cog in the capitalist machine.

My impressions of Berkeley, like those of most nonresidents, were still colored by that history he was loath to talk about: naked people on Telegraph Avenue, long-haired stoners wandering around on campus.

He said it has changed. 'I feel like a tourist there now,' he grumbled. 'Maybe we should check it out, then,' I said, and so we did.

While we were driving on the freeway, he explained to me why he didn't spend much time near his old college stomping grounds, despite being right down the road in San Jose."


From the now Berkeley, "California Ski Company to Start Selling Backcountry Gear" is a story about a Gilman Street, west-Berkeley store at sierrajournal.com.

"The loss of Marmot Mountain Works (closed at the end of the 2012 season) was felt far and wide in the Bay Area. For a long time, they were the only dependable backcountry shop around.

Now there's a new player in town. The California Ski Company, a Berkeley shop with a long history selling alpine gear, is getting into the backcountry business."



And about a long-time Berkeley business that moved to El (arghh) Cerrito, "Musical instruments from the masters on display in El Cerrito" by Rick Radin at contracostatimes.com.

"The first modern violins were built in the 1500s in Cremona, a town near Milan in Northern Italy.

Over the centuries, Cremona became famous as the home of such high-quality producers as Stradivari and Guarneri.

Cremona manufacturers still make some of the top violins and cellos in the world and El Cerrito's Ifshin Violins will be giving local players a chance to see, audition and perhaps purchase from a selection of new instruments built in Cremona during a monthlong show that begins Saturday.

It will be a one-stop tour for the instruments, priced from about $9,000 to $25,000, said shop owner Jay Ifshin. The instruments that aren't sold here will go back to Italy."   










the first of several historic photos of Potter Creek

Gene Agress' house building 1912


9th Street residents

circa 1920s




2815 9th Street

circa 1930s

These 9th Street residents are Finnish Americans. I'm told the Finns lived on the east side of 9th, the Italians on the west.


















Potter Creek's Goldin brothers, Michael and Steven, are featured in the current San Francisco Business Times with"Fleeing cubicles for a communal table" by Blanca Torres.

"Across the Bay Area, cubicle walls are coming down.

Their gradual disappearance may not be as remarkable as, say, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, but there is plenty of symbolism involved in the demise of the angst-inducing, Dilbert-style work cell.

Two trends are the main culprits in the death of the cubicle: Companies are steering toward putting more workers in less space. Also, employers are moving toward collaborative setups where employees share desks or tables.

'The workplace is becoming a more social environment,' said Steve Goldin, who co-owns Berkeley-based Swerve, a custom commercial furniture company, with his brother, Michael. . . ."


And , . . . check out other Scrambled Eggs Swerve stuff here.









by Swerve

seating at the new Freight & Salvage








And West Berkeley's Read brothers are featured in the sacbee.com reprint of a prnewswire.com release "Grocery Outlet Helps Feed People Facing Hunger.

Independence from Hunger Food Drive Raises $292,000 to Support Local Communities.

According to the USDA, 4.8% of all U.S. Households (5.6 million) have accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times (USDA. Coleman-Jensen, A., Nord, M., Andrews, M., & Carlson, S. Household Food Security in the United States in 2010).

That's why Grocery Outlet stepped up to the plate with the company-wide Independence from Hunger food drive to help feed people facing hunger and dealing with food insecurity."















Aw shit, "Activist Richard Aoki named as informant" is by Seth Rosenfeld, Center for Investigative Reporting at sfgate.com.

" The man who gave the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training - which preceded fatal shootouts with Oakland police in the turbulent 1960s - was an undercover FBI informer, according to a former bureau agent and an FBI report.

One of the Bay Area's most prominent radical activists of the era, Richard Masato Aoki was known as a fierce militant who touted his street-fighting abilities. He was a member of several radical groups before joining and arming the Panthers, whose members received international notoriety for brandishing weapons during patrols of the Oakland police and a protest at the state Capitol.

Aoki went on to work for 25 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator at the Peralta Community College District, and after his suicide in 2009, he was revered as a fearless radical."







"Nevada sports books reject bets from California horse track" at lvrj.com.

"Cantor Gaming, Caesars Entertainment Corp., and Boyd Gaming Corp. will not accept bets on horse races at Golden Gate Fields' 17-day summer meet that began Friday."



"Singapore fund is $1.5 bln bidder for Paulson hotel group" at chicagotribune.com.

"The Government of Singapore Investment Corp has bid $1.5 billion for a group of bankrupt hotels owned by hedge fund Paulson & Co, including the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix and La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California.

The MSR Resort hotel group, which also includes Grand Wailea Resorts Hotel & Spa in Hawaii and the Claremont Resort & Spa in
Berkeley, California, said it had chosen GIC as the 'stalking horse' or low bidder for the hotels, after looking for an initial bidder since May.

It said it had also spoken with possible equity investors for a reorganization of the hotels before deciding on the GIC




"Free-falling Zynga needs fast turnaround" James Temple at sfgate.com.

"Zynga, so recently trumpeted as San Francisco's fastest-growing startup and a poster child of the social media age, is now a cautionary tale.

In early April, Zynga Chief Executive Officer Mark Pincus dumped 15 percent of his shares for about $198 million, in an unusual secondary stock offering that came almost two months before the official selling lockup for insiders ended. It turned out to be spectacular timing - at least for Pincus and other executives and early investors. They unloaded big portions of their holdings for $12 per share. By the end of July, after the social gaming company whiffed on second-quarter analyst expectations and sliced forecasts for the year roughly in half, the stock had dipped below $3.

Earlier that month, a flush Pincus reportedly closed on a $12 million, seven-bedroom mansion in Pacific Heights. In sharp contrast, anyone who bought in at Zynga's initial public offering price had by that point lost about half of their money."










"Activist Richard Aoki named as informant"

Seth Rosenfeld, Center for Investigative Reporting at sfgate.com.


Councilwoman Miao emails of Richard Aioki (excerpt)

Wow, this is amazing. We are in NY so wouldn't have seen this.  Thank you. 

Richard was my advisor when I was a student in Peralta and was instrumental in my admission to UC.  I was always grateful to him for that. . . .



"The Day" now seems ripe for serious investigative-reporting and for revelations. I'd look for more.





Councilman Capitelli emails

Coffee with the Councilmember

Coffee and a Casual Discussion with Councilmember Capitelli, Thursday, August 23, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., The bulb out in front of Peet's Coffee on Solano Avenue.

I will be having coffee and chatting with local residents. Please join us. Bring your questions, comments and suggestions. If the group is too large, we can walk to the Thousand Oaks School Park. Rain will cancel.










Aw jeez, Ms May does it again with "Judo master makes 10th degree black belt" at sfgate.com.

sfgate photo

"Sensei Keiko Fukuda of San Francisco became the first woman to be promoted to judo's highest level: 10th degree black belt.
Only three people in the world, all men living in Japan, have ever reached that mark."







More proof that there is a God, "Hungary far-right leader discovers Jewish roots" Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press at sfgate.com.

·"Szegedi, who was notorious for his incendiary comments on Jews, acknowledged in June that his grandparents on his mother's side were Jews. After resigning last month from all his party positions he was also asked by Jobbik to give up his seat in the European Parliament as well. As a rising star in Hungary's far-right Jobbik Party, Csanad Szegedi was notorious for his incendiary comments on Jews: He accused them of 'buying up' the country, railed about the 'Jewishness' of the political elite and claimed Jews were desecrating national symbols."


















"Poorer, gloomier middle-class voices echo 'lost decade' seen in new study" Matt O'Brien Contra Costa Times.

"They are the protagonists of TV sitcoms, a group courted by politicians and considered the embodiment of the American way of life.

So why is the middle class feeling so down?

Because after its 'worst decade' in modern history, marked by stalled wages and the loss of more than a quarter of its wealth, America's middle class is losing some of its characteristic faith in the country's future prosperity, according to a report Wednesday with the most comprehensive look at the fate of America's middle class in a decade.

The middle class shrank in size since 2000 and fell back in income, according to the Pew Research Center survey of middle-class adults and an analysis of government data.

'It really is a lost decade,' said Hayward resident Sherry Revak, who believes her middle-class life is 'very different' from what her grandparents' generation experienced.

The wealth the middle class lost over the decade amounts to a stunning 28 percent decline: Median household wealth -- assets minus debts adjusted for inflation -- was $129,582 in 2001 but slid to $93,150 in 2010.
A mid-decade peak of wealth at $152,950 makes the collapse all the more noticeable."


our Claudia emails

Not sure Cameron told you yet, but our "new" office, next door to Norheim & Yost on Addison, was almost broken into that Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The would-be thieves used a large pot of bamboo (which was sitting in front of our door) to try to break the glass front door. The pot probably weighted 40 lbs or more and it looks like they were able to  pick it up easily and pitch it into the door. Luckily it is (was) tempered glass so although it shattered, the glass did not fall out. The pot broke though, which probably "saved" us. Second time in a couple of years for us, the first netted computers, this one just a visit from door repair guy. . . .






"The FBI's Harassment and Spying on 1960s Students Revealed in 'Subversives' by Seth Rosenfeld" is an extensive review of the book by Michael Kazin at thedailybeast.com.

"A new book filled with newly released FBI documents paints a damning portrait of the feds spying, harassing, and denouncing largely innocent Berkeley students in the 1960s-with Ronald Reagan as a star FBI instigator and informant. Michael Kazin on Seth Rosenfeld's 'American Subversives.'"



"How to Smoke Weed and avoid ending up at the hospital, or in jail" David Downs at eastbayexpress.com.

Don't scarf down pot brownies, and be careful mixing weed with alcohol.

Abide by those two simple rules, and you'll avoid becoming a freshman cliché at the hospital or the city jail, said Amanda Reiman, a lecturer at Cal who has a Ph.D in social welfare from UC Berkeley.

Recently named California policy manager of the Drug Policy Alliance, Reiman is a leading harm reductionist and former research director at the major East Bay dispensary Berkeley Patients Group who understands that plenty of people don't 'just say no' to weed, and those who say yes should minimize as many risks as possible. For freshmen, the major risks start with edibles, then move to alcohol, and finally social repercussions."








"Farmers could face jail time for heat violations" an AP report by Don Thompson at sacbee.com.

"Farmers could be tossed in jail and fined thousands of dollars if they fail to provide field workers with adequate water and shade under a bill that passed the state Senate on Tuesday.

California regulations already require growers to protect their workers from extreme heat, but the rules are enforced with civil penalties by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Under AB2676, which passed on a party line 24-12 vote over Republicans' opposition, violations would be classified as misdemeanors, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

If a violation results in injury, farmers could face up to a year in a county jail and a fine of up to $25,000.

The bill returns to the Assembly for a final vote.

Prosecutors need the criminal penalties if they are to enforce the law, said Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley.

'It is a sad state of affairs that our current laws provide greater protections for animals than they do for farmworkers,' Hancock said."
















Debra Gonzales emails
The Planning Commission will be holding a series of meetings related to the West Berkeley Project Master Use Permit (MUP) Community Benefits referral from the City Council.  The information provided below is the schedule for the related meetings.  Other agenda items may be included in "regularly scheduled" meetings of the Planning Commission.
Please note the following changes in Berkeley Planning Commission meeting dates, locations, and times, for each meeting:

September 12, 2012 ­ SPECIAL MEETING:  West Berkeley MUP Community Benefits Workshop, *North Berkeley Senior Center, 7:00 p.m. ­ 9:30 p.m.
Regularly scheduled Planning Commission meetings:
September 19, 2012 ­ PUBLIC HEARING:  West Berkeley MUP Community Benefits, *North Berkeley Senior Center, 7:00 p.m. start
October 3, 2012 ­ DISCUSSION:  West Berkeley MUP Community Benefits, **City Council Chambers, 7:00 p.m. start
* North Berkeley Senior Center
      1901 Hearst Ave. / Martin Luther King Jr. Way
      Berkeley, California
**   City Council Chambers (Old City Hall)
      2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
      Berkeley, California





BPD Ofc Jennifer Coats emails

Berkeley Police Department (BPD) Detectives
have been working tirelessly in attempting to locate a wanted sexual assault

The suspect has been identified as Omar Sosa Arenal, he
currently has a no bail warrant for his arrest. He is wanted on numerous
offenses related to a 2010 stranger sexual assault case, where he entered the
minor victim's window and sexually assaulted her and avoided capture.

On August 10, 2012, America's Most Wanted (AMW) profiled this case on
National television. Since the show aired, Detectives have received numerous
tips on Arenal's whereabouts. BPD is working closely with the U.S. Marshall's
Service to actively follow up on those leads.

Detectives have also learned of recent sightings of Arenal in the state of
Veracruz, Mexico. It is believed Arenal is originally from the Veracruz area
and may have fled there after the assault. BPD is asking for help from anyone
who may have ties to the Veracruz area to be on the lookout for Arenal and to
please contact BPD if they have any information on his whereabouts.

BPD Detectives can be reached by calling the Sex Crimes Unit at (510) 981-
5735 or (510) 981-5900 (non-emergency line.)
Media Contact:

Ofc Jennifer Coats
Public Information
Officer (PIO)


BPD Aera Coordinator Ofc Cesar Melero emails

Lieutenant Dave Frankel of the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him at:
Tomate Café 2265 Fifth Street, Wednesday, August 29, 2012 from 2:30 to 3:30pm
This is a great opportunity to talk to your Area Commander about any concerns in the community, or just have coffee with him. 












One of the cars at the Concorso D'Eleganza Villa D'Este 2011 was restored by a west-Berkeley firm--it is the fifth car down the page. The 1953 Siata 208 S Motto Spider was restored by a world-famous shop in northwest-Berkeley. Our Berkeley shop owner says that in the Concorso D'Eleganza it came in second in its class. The website gives it "Mention of Honor" and further comments, "Another car, using the V8-2.0-liter engine from the Fiat 8V. Only 35 of the Motto-bodied Spider were built, and most of them were delivered to owners in the USA." Before the concorso it ran the Mille Miglia.

Another shop restoration, the 1955 Siata 208S Motto Spyder, appeared at Pebble Beach and a third, a red spyder entered in auction at Pebble, broke all Siata auction records at USD 1.6 million.




"Edible Education 101 promises a critical look at the food movement" at oaklandlocal.com.


People's Grocery Executive Director Nikki Henderson


"Tickets for the first Edible Education 101 lecture were snatched up in minutes.

The free tickets, available through TicketWeb, will grant nearly 300 non-students admission to the Aug. 30 lecture held in University of California, Berkeley's, sprawling Wheeler Auditorium. 

There will be 400 Cal students sharing space in the class with the general public ticket holders and members of the press.

But don't worry ... the community still has the opportunity to attend future classes, which are held every Tuesday evening.
The 13-week course, subtitled 'The Rise and Future of the Food Movement,' was organized and funded by the Chez Panisse Foundation. Oakland's People's Grocery Executive Director Nikki Henderson is co-teaching with UC Berkeley Journalism professor and 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' author, Michael Pollan.

According to Henderson, the class will cover topics of crucial importance to the food movement." 




Worthy of viewing for the joyous music alone, Lesley Stahl's 60 Minutes production "Gospel for Teens" is more special for it's enthusiasm and its humanity. It is inspiring.

"Lesley Stahl spends a year following the inspirational leader of a gospel music program for teenagers in Harlem and her students as they learn to sing this original American art form and build the confidence and character it inspires."

Episode 1 video is here and Episode 2 video is here.








"UC, CSU research assistants would get union rights" Associated Press at sacbe.com.

"A bill approved by the state Senate would give University of California and California State University research assistants the right to collective bargaining.

SB259 by Sen. Loni Hancock, a Berkeley Democrat, was approved 46-27 Thursday.

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, a fellow Berkeley Democrat who presented the bill, said it would extend the same rights and benefits enjoyed by teaching assistants to research assistants.

It would affect 14,000 research assistants in the UC system and about 2,000 at CSU schools."




"Bill gives California tenants more foreclosure warning" Associated Press at mercurynews.com.

"Tenants would get more notice before they can be evicted from homes going through foreclosure under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley says tenants often are unwitting victims when the house they are renting is foreclosed upon. AB2610 would require new owners to give the tenants 90 days' notice, up from the current 60 days. "

















"'Subversives': How the FBI Fought the 1960s Student Movement and Aided Reagan's Rise to Power" is a video conversation with Seth Rosenfeld at democracynow.org.

"Investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld's new book, 'Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power,' is based on more than 300,000 pages of records Rosenfeld received over three decades through five Freedom of Information lawsuits against the FBI. The book tracks how then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover ordered his agents to investigate and then disrupt the Free Speech Movement that began in 1964 on the Berkeley campus of the University of California. The protests prevailed and helped spawn a nationwide student movement. Rosenfeld outlines in great detail how FBI records show agents used 'dirty tricks to stifle dissent on the campus.' In the book's more than 700 pages, he uses the documents to explore the interweaving stories of four main characters: the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover; actor and politician Ronald Reagan, who was running for governor of California at the time; Clark Kerr, then the University of California president and a target of scorn from both Reagan, Hoover and student activists; and legendary Free Speech Movement leader and orator, Mario Savio. "


"Book Reveals Extensive Effort by Reagan, FBI to Undermine California's Student Movement in 1960s" is part two of the video conversation with Seth Rosenfeld at democracynow.org.

In the second part Rosenfeld discusses how Ronald Reagan collaborated with the FBI to target California's student movement and strengthen Reagan's own rise to power.


"Investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld's new book, 'Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power,' is based on more than 300,000 pages of records Rosenfeld received over three decades through five Freedom of Information lawsuits against the FBI. The book tracks how then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover ordered his agents to investigate and then disrupt the Free Speech Movement that began in 1964 on the Berkeley campus of the University of California. In part two of our interview, Rosenfeld discusses how Ronald Reagan collaborated with the FBI to target California's student movement and strengthen Reagan's own rise to power."





"Was Bay Area Radical, Black Panther Arms Supplier Richard Aoki an Informant for the FBI?"at democracy now.org explores Richard Aioki's relation with the Panthers in depth on video. Understand democracy now.org is a left-of-center venue.

"Explosive new allegations have emerged that the man who gave the Black Panther Party some of its first firearms and weapons training was an undercover FBI informant in California. Richard Aoki, who died in 2009, was an early member of the Panthers and the only Asian American to have a formal position in the group. The claim that Aoki informed on his colleagues is based on statements made by a former bureau agent and an FBI report obtained by investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld, author of the new book, 'Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power.' But Aoki's friends and colleagues, as well as scholars, have challenged the book's findings. We speak to Rosenfeld, an award-winning journalist and author of the article, 'Man Who Armed Black Panthers was FBI Informant, Records Show,' published by the Center for Investigative Reporting, and to Diana Fujino, Aoki's biographer and a professor and chair of the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara."




















"Why Uncle Sam Fails to Fix His Finances" by Rob Cox at slate.com.

"To understand the current state of the U.S. federal budget - and the policies the next president will be forced to pursue from day one - there are two pieces of required reading. The first is a two-year old wonky white paper entitled "The Moment of Truth," by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The second is "Red Ink," David Wessel's handy new guide to understanding the politics of the federal budget. 

If the race between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is going to be about anything substantial, it should be a technocratic debate over how to fix the troubled balance sheet of the American republic. 'The Moment of Truth,' otherwise known as the Bowles-Simpson plan for the names of its lead co-authors, and Wessel's book offer two sides to the same coin. The first presents the danger to American power and prosperity from failure to address fiscal issues and proposes specific policy solutions. Wessel's book explains why even the simplest and least painful of these will be so incredibly difficult to pursue."





"13 shot in 30 minutes in rising Chicago violence" at sfgate.com.

Friday, police said "13 people were shot and wounded in a 30-minute spate of violence in Chicago, including eight gunned down on a single street.

Authorities have been battling an increase in homicides in the city where some aldermen complain gangs have no fear of the police."



















my attitude developed early-on


Javier and the crew have almost finished their Summer's tiddying-up of the French School--kids come back week after Labor Day.



"Refurbished Memorial Stadium is Cal's crown jewel" sportsillustrated.com.

Cal football

has landed at Memorial Stadium

" Jeff Tedford's emotions overwhelmed him when he walked into Memorial Stadium for the first time since California's long-time home underwent a $321 million seismic retrofit and renovation."



Another, opposite from Rosenthal's, view of President Reagan. This is a emotional, even sentimental, video tribute to the President. Understand, it is a celebration.
















from our log

8/11/12--late afternoon and PM-- irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation.

8/13/12--2:45 PM-- irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, wear respirator.

8/14/12--6:47 AM--irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, wear respirator.

8/19/12==late afternoon and through all PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dirty dry air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, nausea.

8/20/12--1:00 AM--similar in front room, overrides three HEPA filters. 12:05 PM---irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 12:51 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 1:01 PM--same, overides two HEPA filters. 6:30 PM--similar. 8:21 PM--similar, overrides three HEPA filters.

8/21/12--10:36 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filters. Off and on--early evening--similar.

8/23/12--7:35 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filter.

8/24/12--8:15 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, overrides HEPA filter, began at 8:01 PM.

8/25/12--7:15 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, overrides 3 HEPA filters, Marsha similar, began at 6:04 PM. 10:46 PM--same and in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, Marsha has lip blisters.

8/26/12--5:49 AM--similar.

8/27/12--2:00 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 2:15 PM--same, overides three HEPA filters.







eternally useful links


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

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.



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

useful link

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




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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here



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



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

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

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

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

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






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