Potter Creek's The Berkeley Kitchens project

main building's northside with studios on Carleton



On MU-R Mixed Use-Residential District Provisions  from our City Code.

MU-R Mixed Use-Residential District Provisions

The regulations in this chapter shall apply in all Mixed Use-Residential (MU-R) Districts. In addition, general provisions contained in Sub-title 23C shall apply. 23E.84.020


The purposes of the Mixed Use-Residential (MU-R) Districts are to:
A.    Implement the West Berkeley Plan's designation of a Mixed Residential District;
B.    Support the continued development of a mixed use District which combines residential, live/work, light industrial, arts and crafts and other compatible uses;
C.    Strengthen residential concentrations which exist within the District;
D.    Provide appropriate locations for a broad range of live/work activities to occur;
E.    Provide a transitional district between the residential districts to the east of the MU-R and the industrial districts to the west of the MU-R;
F.    Encourage light manufacturers and wholesalers which are compatible with a mixed use-residential district;
G.    Support the development of businesses of all types which contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the environment;
H.    Protect residents from unreasonably detrimental effect of nonresidential uses, such as noise, vibration, odors, smoke, fumes, gases, dust, heat and glare, to the extent possible and reasonable within a mixed use West Berkeley context;
I.    To the extent feasible, protect industrial uses, particularly light industrial uses, from unreasonable intrusions on their ability to operate lawfully;
J.    Permit retail and food service activities which are either limited and small scale, primarily serving persons living and/or working in the District, but not a citywide or regional clientele, or which are ancillary and designed to maintain and enhance the economic viability of manufacturers in the District.

Notice particularly PURPOSES F. and H!

More detail here

 It is important to note that our districy is "MIXED USE/RESIDENTIAL" not "MIXED USE/LIGHT MANUFACTURING" or "MIXED USE/COMMERCIAL."

An emphasis that in my 40 some years here has NOT REALLY been furthered.

And as to why.

First, it is my belief that city hall's primary interest in the West is a way to increase revenue. That is, to increase the tax base. Understandable, as it remains the "underused" part of Our Town. The most efficent way to increase revenue, or the easiest depending on one's view, is to encourage swift, massive change. Big biotech comes to mind. An important part of the mix, yet I believe that this process, not carefully monitored, can result in land, manufacturing, and/or business barons.

Then there's geography. The seat of power in Our Town is down-town-city hall, as far removed from the West as conviniently possible. "Out of sight, out of mind" it's said. City Hall's sometime misreading of our needs may be just that and not a conspiracy of the rich and empowered.

Corollary to this is that our council members are not paid a living wage, perhaps not even the minimum wage. If not comfortable, they need a real job and of necessity turn day-to-day operation over to staff. Not often an efficient arrangement.

Then we have the community activists, or former activists, who are in fact paid lobbyists for non-resident groups--artisans, business people, and manufactures come to mind. Ironically this group includes those who have the confidence of residents, though in fact are paid by others. You get what you pay for!

There's more--insufficient city staff, ineffective city division of labor, active commercial realtors, but this should do for now.




  Potter Creek's "Xoma shares sink after report on 2nd-quarter loss", nbcnews.com.

"Shares of Xoma Corp. sank Thursday, a day after the biotechnology company said its second-quarter loss widened in a performance that fell short of Wall Street expectations.

The Berkeley, Calif., company said Wednesday it lost $17.2 million, or 21 cents per share, in the quarter that ended June 30. That compares to a loss of $16.2 million, or 24 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

Revenue fell 23 percent in the quarter to nearly $7.2 million. Adjusted results, excluding some non-cash charges, amounted to a loss of 19 cents per share.

Analysts expected, on average, a smaller loss of 16 cents per share on $9.3 million in revenue, according to FactSet.

Xoma is a development-stage company without any products on the market. It is studying a drug candidate called gevokizumab as a treatment for uveitis, a swelling of the uvea, which is the middle layer of the eye."




"Annie's Earnings Disappoint" by Rich Smith, fool.com.

"Shares of Berkeley, Calif.-based Annie's dropped 3.7% in after-hours trading Thursday, following a second-quarter earnings report that fell short of analyst expectations on both sales and earnings."




  "New Children's Bookstore to Open in Berkeley" Wendy Werris publishersweekly.com.

"When Mr. Mopps' Children's Books opens this October, Berkeley, Calif., will have its first children's bookstore and co-owners Devin McDonald and Jenny Stevenson will realize a longtime dream of having such a retail space ­ just four doors away from Mr. Mopps' Toy Store, which the couple purchased in 2010."




The planting of blossoming fruit-trees, shrubbery, and ground-cover at the our Berkeley Bowl parking lot appear almost complete. Kudos Yasudas!





"The kids gone, aging Baby Boomers opt for city life" Tara Bahrampour at washingtonpost.com.

"Robert Solymossy doesn't remember when he last gassed up his one remaining car. His other two cars are blissfully consigned to memory, along with his lawn, his driveway and "a lifetime's worth of furniture" accumulated over the 23 years he lived in a detached single family-house in a wooded part of Oakton.
In 2005 Solymossy, now 67, and his wife Diana Sun Solymossy, 58, traded all that in to live in a condo in Clarendon with a gym, a rooftop pool and dozens of shops and restaurants right downstairs."







The page that contains 8/10/12 now has around 8,500 hits. Why? What is it about these entries that continue to draw visits? Check it out yourself here.





A History of Marijuana at ladailynews.com.

This was the scene Feb. 9, 1949 in Los Angeles, a moment after Superior Court Judge Clement D. Nye sentenced actor Robert Mitchum and actress Lila Leeds to 60 days in jail on charges of conpiracy to possess Marijuana Cigarettes.


I was 12 when this happened, but still remember clearly headlines about Hollywood's Robert Mitchum and girlfriend being "convicted of possessing dope." "What's dope?" I asked my parents but never got a satisfactory answer.



















Abbott and Costello

on unemployment (courtesy director, Barry Levinson)


after their"Who's on First"






just a touch of Fall and football in the air

Ben Schrider, Soph, DE 6'2" 195 lbs

St Mary's Football Highlights, 2012 video





The construction that we now see on the 8th and 9th Street French School campuses is the beginning of a two year upgrade and expansion of the school. The current construction should be finished for the Fall Semester opening. The plan* is then to raze the adjacent 9th Street warehouse and expand the campus through 2014.

*See 5/10/12.











"University of California, Berkeley " the Dhakar Tribune.

"The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, or simply Cal) is a public research university located in Berkeley, California, United States. The university occupies 1,232 acres (499 ha) on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay with the central campus resting on 178 acres (72 ha).

Berkeley is considered a Public Ivy and the flagship institution of the 10-campus University of California system.

Established in 1868 as the result of the merger of the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland, Berkeley is the oldest institution in the UC system and offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in a wide range of disciplines.
Berkeley faculty, alumni, and researchers have won 71 Nobel Prizes (including 28 alumni Nobel laureates), 9 Wolf Prizes, 7 Fields Medals, 15 Turing Awards, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 20 Academy Awards, and 11 Pulitzer Prizes."



















our Pete Hurney

and the moped he manufactured

being a Maker before his time


"In Rural Uganda, Homemade Bikes Make The Best Ambulances" wamc.org.

When Chris Ategeka was 9, his younger brother died while Ategeka was helping to carry him to the nearest hospital - 10 miles from their village in Fort Portal, Uganda.

There was no quicker way to get his sick brother, who was coughing and had a bloody stool, to medical care. 'I did not understand the concept of lack of mobility being the biggest factor until it got later in life. I realized how that could have helped so much,' he tells Shots.

Ategeka and his five siblings became orphans after their mother and father died of AIDS. But Ategeka, now 28, considers himself lucky.

A U.S. aid organization Y.E.S. Uganda helped AIDS orphans like him attend school. Ategeka did well. He impressed the California family that sponsored him so much that they invited him to come live with them in 2006.

Since then, he has earned engineering degrees at University of California, Berkeley, where he'll begin a doctorate in mechanical engineering this fall. And he's been using what he learned already to solve the problem that contributed to the death of his brother nearly 20 years ago.

Ategeka founded CA Bikes, a nonprofit that teaches villagers how to build bike ambulances and wheelchairs from scrap metal. 'I teach you how to make it, and I teach you how to fix it,' he says. 'If it breaks, you know what to do, and if you want to build something you think outside the box and you do it.'

So far, he estimates the group has helped support the fabrication at centralized workshops in local villages and distribution of more than 1,000 bikes and bike ambulances throughout Uganda." 











"Residents concerned about recent homicides on San Pablo Avenue" Madeleine Pauker and Grace Wu at dailycal.org.

"Residents and business owners witnessed the second homicide to happen at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Delaware Street this year on Thursday, prompting concerns about the area's safety."



"Another Large Apartment Building Up for City Review" berkeley.patch.com.

"Plans for large apartment buildings near the UC Berkeley campus are sprouting like summer flowers. Yet another one ­ six stories with 70 units ­ is being presented to the Zoning Adjustments Board . . . "






"WBAI, Pacifica Radio in New York City, Lays Off News Department, and Most On-Air Talent" wwntradio.com.

"Summer Reese, interim executive director of the Pacifica Radio Network, choked up as she announced this afternoon that legendary New York radio station WBAI was laying off its entire news department, and the majority of on-air talent, effective Monday.

WBAI, the station where Pacifica's flagship program, Democracy NOW!, was founded, has broadcast on 99.5 since 1960.

Andrew Phillips, former general manager of KPFA, Pacifica's Berkeley, California, station, has been appointed interim program director. The station's general manager, Berthold Reimers, and interim development director, Andrea Katz, will also stay on board.

'Today I have concluded union negotiations with SAG-AFTRA, regarding proposed layoffs here at WBAI, and with a very heavy heart, and very great difficulty, we will laying off virtually everyone whose voice you recognize on the air,' Reese said."




"AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Fired Patch's Creative Director In Front Of 1,000 Coworkers:AOL is reducing the number of sites in its local news network, Patch, from 900 to 600" sfgate.com.

"Today, Armstrong hosted a conference call with Patch employees to explain the news.

During the call, according to a source, Armstrong told Lenz to 'stop taking pictures.' Then Armstrong said 'You're fired.' 

Then there were a few seconds of silence. Then Armstrong resumed speaking. A few minutes later, Armstrong complained about leaks to the media. He said the leaks were making Patch seem like "loser-ville" in the press.

He said, 'That's why Abel was fired.' We can't have people that are in the locker room giving the game plan away."





"The university's recently passed open access research policy is at odds with the goals of the open access movement" Senior Editorial Board, dailycal.org.

"Earlier this summer, The Daily Calfornian wrote an editorial in support of the nationwide open access movement, which aims to make results of government-funded research freely available to the public online. On July 24, the UC Academic Senate proudly announced that beginning in November, anyone will be able to access UC academic papers through a UC scholarly publishing service called eScholarship. The policy has the potential to cover 8,000 UC faculty members systemwide and facilitate the open publication of up to 40,000 papers annually. Based on the tenor of the official announcement, it would appear the university is moving in the right direction toward open access.

But upon further inspection, significant excitement over the UC policy is unfounded. As it stands, the policy is contradictory because of a loophole allowing faculty members to submit waivers on a per-article basis to opt out of open publication."




"UC Berkeley summit encourages youth to participate in city redevelopment" Lydia Tuan, dailycal.org.

"Tomodachi Japanese leadership program sees reduction in participants Mayor Bates holds meeting on revitalizing Telegraph Avenue City Council, community groups review plans to improve Telegraph Avenue Japanese high school students to visit campus for leadership camp

High school students, teachers and administrators from eight cities gathered at UC Berkeley's Alumni House last week for a three-day national summit for Y-PLAN, an initiative that invites youth to engage in city planning for struggling neighborhoods.

Participants from high schools in areas ranging from Richmond, Calif., to Tohoku, Japan shared their community projects with each other before working on the redevelopment of Telegraph Avenue. The event culminated in participants presenting their ideas to a panel of judges, including a representative from Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates' office, UC Berkeley professor emeritus David Stern and Moe's Bookstore owner Doris Moskowitz."










"The TED talk as propaganda vehicle" , Benjamin Carlson, minnpost.com.

"Apparently the TED-talk format is so seductive that it can even make Leninism sound sexy.
In June at a TED talk in Edinburgh, Scotland, a flawlessly groomed venture capitalist named Eric X. Li stood before an elite Western audience. He spent 18 minutes defending China's authoritarian political system, praising its "adaptability, meritocracy, and legitimacy," and claiming its superiority, in several respects, to democracy.

'Winston Churchill once said that democracy is a terrible system except for all the rest,' he said. 'Well, apparently he hadn't heard of the Organization Department.'
To people familiar with the pro-regime arguments regularly trotted out in China's state-run media, Li's speech was nothing terribly new."




"How Dumb Is Immigration Debate? This Dumb" Ezra Klein at bloomberg.com.

"Everything you know about immigration, particularly unauthorized immigration, is wrong.

So says Princeton University's Doug Massey, anyway. Massey is one of the nation's preeminent immigration scholars. And he thinks we've wasted a whole lot of money on immigration policy and are about to waste a whole lot more."




















"Appeal to Save Berkeley Post Office Wins Hearing" at berkeley.patch.com.

"A hearing has been granted by the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission for an appeal by Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates to block the impending sale of the historic Berkeley Post Office, Bates' office announced today, Monday."

Since I posted this link, I've received several email saying essentially, "Get over it! Get on with business."








Best Cigar of 2012

Flor de las Antillas Toro

"The story of Cigar Aficionado's 2012 Cigar of the Year begins in Cuba, the island home of José "Pepin" Garcia, his son Jaime and daughter, Janny. Pepin began rolling cigars at the age of 11 in his hometown of Baez. He rose to prominence in Cuba as a talented cigarmaker, but yearned for freedom and opportunity. One by one the Garcias left, eventually making their way to Miami where they began producing cigars.

Their beginnings were humble: the factory was tiny, with all of a dozen rollers, and they didn't own the entire operation. But they had their first taste of glory with the Tatuaje brand, which they made for Pete Johnson. It brought critical acclaim as well as increasing demand, which led the family to venture out on its own, eventually constructing the massive and gorgeous My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Today, Pepin focuses his energies on growing tobacco in Nicaragua, trying various seed varieties. Jaime is the company's master blender. They released the Flor de Las Antillas brand in May 2012, using a variety of Nicaraguan tobaccos, their trademark double binder and a wrapper leaf grown in the open sunlight. They named the brand for Cuba, the largest of the Antilles Islands, which are called Antillas in their native Spanish.

The standout of the four-size brand is the Toro, which has a gentle, rounded box press and a beautiful and evenly colored wrapper. The smokes are delicious from the first puff, with notes of nutmeg, white pepper and just enough strength without being overpowering. They are hard to put down. They are classics, 96-point smokes on our 100-point scale.

The Garcias have worked long and hard since coming to the United States." 



Best Marijuana Strain of 2012


"The pinot noir of pot - OG Kush is arguably the hottest strain in the world thanks to its sharp, sour lemon, pine and fuel smell - which instantly lifts mood. This dense, resinous strain harbors a potent hybrid effect that patients report eases stress and brings on sleep.

Cannabis strain reference site StickyGuide lists more than 500 validated strains and climbing. Marijuana is a multi-billion dollar, globalized industry, with the market providing strong incentives for international breeders from the Netherlands to South Africa to come up with their own stable of 'brands' ".





















"The Rich Drive Differently, a Study Suggests" by Benjamin Preston at nytimes.com.

link courtesy of Claudia

Prius dash

"A study in California recorded the reactions of drivers to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Jokes about BMW drivers being, on average, somewhat less than courteous are fairly common. They often run along the lines of, 'Despite its good brakes, a BMW will usually stop with a jerk.' Sometimes the language is more colorful.

Now scientific research supports the unwritten and broadly circulated theory that people in BMWs are lacking in road manners. Paul K. Piff, a researcher at the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley, has conducted a study linking bad driving habits with wealth. "





"Exhibition imagines a different S.F. skyline" Rachel Zarrow at sfgate.com.

"San Francisco has no shortage of memorable architecture. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Ferry Building, it's a city of structures that capture the imagination.

But some of its most fascinating structures are those that were never built at all - plans that were derailed for some reason or visionary works that could transform how we live in the future.

These plans are on display in the exhibition 'Unbuilt San Francisco,' part of the 10th annual Architecture and the City Festival, a month of architectural tours, film screenings, lectures and exhibitions beginning Sept. 1.

Taking place at five locations in San Francisco and Berkeley, the show is a collaboration among the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIASF), the Center for Architecture + Design, the Environmental Design Archives at UC Berkeley, the California Historical Society, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and the San Francisco Public Library."






"Downtown Berkeley Takes Back Its Streets"Ted Friedman at berkeleydailyplanet.com.

"Don't call it a downtown miracle or transformation. Those terms are online cliches.

Besides, a miracle is inexplicable. This miracle/transformation has explanations."



"The Least Expensive Condos For Sale In Berkeley" at berkeleypatch.com.

"Check out this condominium we found for under $300,000."






"Berkeley screenings highlight restored early Hitchcock films" Lou Fancher, insidebayarea.com.

"There's no argument: Alfred Hitchcock's reputation as a master filmmaker is Olympian. And so it is fitting that nine, rare, silent features, created by the British-born director from 1925 to 1929 and screening at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Aug. 16-31, owe everything to the 2012 London Olympics.

Preparing for the eyes of the world to spiral in on them, Britain's patriotic fever opened the world's coffers and the British Film Institute found itself the fortunate recipient of a $3 million project to salvage Hitchcock's earliest films.

The funds allowed an artistic restoration of unprecedented scope: Scratched or shaky images were refined digitally, lost footage was discovered and reinserted, intertitles were reproduced with accurate color tinting and tone, musical scores were commissioned."



'No Man's Land' review: Masters at work" Robert Hurwitt, sfgate.com.

"Listening to Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart state, bandy and insinuate the language of Harold Pinter's "No Man's Land" is like hearing master cellists perform a Bach cantata. Watching them inhabit the silences eloquently elaborates the comedy and treacherous drama.
With Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley in the supporting roles, the veritable all-star production that opened Sunday at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre is a master class in Pinter performance. And a very enjoyable one at that. This may be its pre-Broadway warm-up - where it will play in repertory with the same cast in "Waiting for Godot" - but it's already as smooth as the fine malt scotch endlessly consumed onstage."

No Man's Land: Drama. By Harold Pinter. Directed by Sean Mathias. Through Aug. 31. $35-$135, subject to change. Berkeley Repertory's Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. Two hours. (510) 647-2949.






"UC Berkeley hosts nuclear security 'summer school' " Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.

"The University of California, Berkeley is hosting an unusual 'summer school' this week - a program aimed at students involved in nuclear science, security and safety.
Experts from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory will teach, speak and present research."



"Researchers explore underground market of Twitter spam and abuse" by Steve Ragan, csoonline.com.

"Paper presented at a USENIX event delves into black market on Twitter, where criminals sell access to accounts that are later used to push spam, malicious links and inflate follower counts.

Researchers from the UC Berkeley will present a paper Wednesday at the 22nd USENIX Security Symposium in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that explores the underground market of spam and abuse on Twitter.

Led by Vern Paxson of International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and Chris Grier of UC Berkeley, the group tracked the criminal market on Twitter, which sells access to accounts that are later used to push spam, malicious links (including Phishing and malware), as well as inflate follower counts.

Their research took ten months, and during that time they examined 27 merchants responsible for several million fraudulent accounts. Of those, 95 percent of them were taken offline after the researchers reported them to Twitter. However, the paper says that these merchants were responsible for nearly 10-20 percent of all the illegitimate accounts created on the service during the monitoring period, and that the criminals controlling these market places earned $127,000 to $159,000 for their efforts."












8/10/13--8:42 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light head.

8/13/13--2:04 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes.

8/14/13--5:17 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes. 5:42 PM--EXTREMELY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light head, nausea.

8/16/13--8:23 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation.

8/17/13 --7:07 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator.











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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