Mosswood Whiskey Distillers

after 8/18/14 here

Jake, Steven Goldin, Therese, Steve Smith

Steve Smith and Jake

moving in this morning on 7th Street, Potter Creek


"He was very helpful, Ron" emails Therese about Steve.






"Judge Clears Private Equity Firm to Buy Pacific Steel's Plants" Katy Stech, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

"Private equity firm Speyside Equity is preparing to buy Pacific Steel Casting Co.'s three steel parts-making plants in Berkeley, Calif., after a bankruptcy judge approved the firm's $11.3 million purchase offer.

At a court hearing Monday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Roger Efremsky approved Speyside Equity's bid for Pacific Steel Casting , which was hit with a multimillion-dollar settlement in a wage-and-hour class action lawsuit and struggled after an immigration audit prompted layoffs and workers compensation claims."


Two good examples of the new and old West Berkeley. With Mosswood Distillery we have 20 year-olds, the new generation, who are clean-manufacturing Spirits--where Pacific Steel , thought by some as polluters, are bankrupt.


















Berkeley's Noack concert organ, a treasure

"The Noack organ" Robert P. Commanday.

"How does one have a pipe organ acquired and installed? 'Carefully' - the obvious, answer - is how the fine Noack organ found its way from a discontinued Delaware church to UC Berkeley's Hertz Hall. On Sunday afternoon, the university organist, Davitt Moroney, the wise guide of this operation, produced a broad-ranged performance. It was a musically grateful display of the many shades of the hall's new voice, beginning with three sets of solo works from the Baroque era. Then the University Orchestra joined in with the strikingly different, famous, and climactic 'Organ Symphony,' Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3.

Moroney opened with Purcell's Voluntary in G on the Noack's Great section, its broadest, which produced a full sound for this majestic piece that grows, increasing in ornamental flourishes." 



"Hertz Hall"

"Opened in 1958 and connected to Morrison Hall by an archway and plaza, Hertz Hall of Music is one of the best concert spaces in the State of California. Seating 678, this performance space permits us to house our Noon Concert Series and a full roster of evening and weekend concerts by superb student ensembles. Cal Performances (the outreach performance unit on campus) also presents professional recitals here."


FREE Noon Concerts in Hertz Hall, 62th Annual Series

Sixty -two years of FREE noon concerts on Wednesdays have been/are presented by the Department of Music, University of California, Berkeley.

Concerts start promptly at 12:15pm.

Make an effort to attend. They are wonderful! RP





Berkeley PD's latest Newsletter is now available here.  
This month, bookmarks have been added to the main page for easier viewing on tablets and other smart devices. 

















Norheim and Yost have hired a new employee, Colby Katz--more about Colby sooner-than-later.

Monday morning a worker at Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass received an injury-a glass cut. He was speedily taken by Berkeley FD ambulance to treatment for his injury. We wish him a rapid and full recovery.




Tonight is National Night Out

The City of Berkeley welcomes all Neighborhood Watch Groups, local businesses, faith based organizations, and community groups to organize and join us in a festive and positive night.  Let's celebrate community, safety, disaster preparedness, and the fight against crime along with members from the Berkeley Police Department, Fire Department, and City of Berkeley Staff on Tuesday, August 5th.  Help us celebrate 31 years of National Night Out.

National Night Out, a yearlong community building campaign, is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases

   For more information about National Night Out please visit or contact Officer Stephanie Polizziani at 510-981-5772 or






Berkeley Fire Department
















"Congress passes bill to improve access to education for veterans" Angel Grace Jennings,

"Regardless of their state of legal residency, veterans and their immediate families may be able to pay in-state tuition to attend public universities, after Congress passed a bill last week to improve access to education for military retirees."





"Berkeley Chiropractor Develops a Powerful System for Spinal Restoration"

"Highly-acclaimed chiropractor in Berkeley, Dr. Mik Hamilton, has revolutionized his approach to chiropractic care by adopting the latest and most effective techniques and technologies."







"Women More Likely to Be Lied to in Negotiations Than Men" Nolan Feeney,

"Women who think they're getting a worse deal in negotiations because of their gender have new scientific evidence to back up their suspicions.

Women are deceived more often than men by both men and women alike."










"Berkeley sued over leaked records in police custody deathr"

"A Berkeley police officer and the police union sued the city and its Police Review Commission on Monday, alleging confidential information about the officer's actions in connection with an in-custody death of a transgender woman were improperly leaked to the Daily Californian, UC Berkeley's student newspaper.

The controversy centers on the Feb. 12, 2013 death of Kayla Moore, 41. Moore lost consciousness and died after a struggle with officers at the Gaia apartment complex at 2116 Allston Way.

Moore's death sparked outcry among critics of police, who believed that officers had acted improperly in dealing with Moore because she was transgender and African American.

The Alameda County coroner determined that the cause of her death was 'acute combined drug intoxication' and that conditions that contributed to her death included morbid obesity and an enlarged heart." 
















"Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins" by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel, directed by David Esbjornson, featuring Kathleen Turner.

"Roda Theatre, November 21, 2014­January 4, 2015

Two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner makes her Berkeley Rep debut as Molly Ivins, the brassy, sharp-witted political journalist and best-selling author of Bushwacked. Celebrated for her folksy yet barbed humor, Ivins was the rowdy raconteur stirring up trouble in the old boy's club and ridiculing those she deemed too big for their britches-earning her a widely read syndicated column and a seat next to Mark Twain as one of America's beloved satirists. In Red Hot Patriot, Kathleen Turner is all smarts and sass as the redheaded firebrand, recounting her political rants and personal reflections with a liberal dose of piss and vinegar."


Ivins is an American Treasure. RP







"FBI Investigates Animal Rights Vandalism at Berkeley Grocery" a video report at

"Two FBI agents visited a family grocery in Berkeley on Monday to investigate a broken window they believe animal rights activists smashed because the market has a butcher shop."








"How to Survive the California Drought", Lauren McCabe Herpich,

"According to EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District), all of us in the state of California are experiencing the second driest year ever making this a very severe California water drought in history. The agency is tapping the Sacramento River for the first time ever. Water brought in from the Sacramento River will be pumped into the San Pablo Reservoir, which supplies water for Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

In a recent report by NBC Bay Area, EBMUD has spent nearly $500 million building pipelines and pumping plants over the past 40 years in order to prepare our area for a California water drought like this, but the utilities agency is also asking all of us to do our part in conserving water during this crucial environmental period."










Kriss' Campaign Kick-off Event press release

Dear Supporters,

You are all invited to Kriss' Campaign Kick-off Event to re-elect Councilmember Kriss Worthington back to Berkeley City Council, District 7! Join us in supporting Kriss on Friday August 8 at 4-6PM in front of City Hall. Come meet Councilmember Kriss Worthington, government officials, community leaders and activists, involved students, and more. We will be providing food, drinks, and entertainment. Hope to see you all there!
Kriss' Campaign Kick-off Event
Front of City Hall
2180 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Campaign Team
Kriss Worthington 2014
Berkeley City Council, District 7
















"Molly Ivins"

"Mary Tyler 'Molly' Ivins (August 30, 1944 ­ January 31, 2007) was an American newspaper columnist, author, liberal political commentator, and humorist. Born in California and raised in Texas, Ivins attended Smith College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She began her journalism career at the Minneapolis Tribune where she became the first female police reporter at the paper. She joined the Texas Observer in the early 1970s and later moved to The New York Times. She moved to the Dallas Times Herald in the 1980s as a columnist, finally settling in at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram where her syndicated column reached 400 newspapers." 






   "Goodbye to the Godfather of Psychedelics: Shulgin Now 'Tripping in the Cosmos' " by Laura B. Childs,

"They came by the hundreds to Berkeley this past weekend to pay their respects to the man they called Sasha-the Berkeley-bred chemist nicknamed the Godfather of Psychedelics. Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin, a controversial iconoclast who pioneered the use of psychedelics for self discovery and synthesized MDMA (commonly known as Ecstasy) in the 1970s and some 200 variations in his lifetime, died of cancer on June 2 at age 88."




"Weed Was Way Cheaper On Campus 40 Years Ago"

"In the 1970's, marijuana could be had for as little as $8 or $10 an ounce at some Ivy League campuses.

Yes, back in the days of the Vietnam War, weed was cheap and freely written about in the pages of the Yale Daily News. And thanks to IvyGate, we know weed prices generally got the highest at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania, but even then you'd still need change to break a $50.

IvyGate did some research and compared the price of pot from the 1970's to today, counting for inflation and ran it against the High Times magazine consumer price index for marijuana ."







"Despite health claims, energy and sports drinks are unhealthy, study says" by Adrian Florido,

"U.C. Berkeley researchers concluded that despite claims of health benefits and performance enhancement, popular energy and sports drinks like Monster, Red Bull and even Gatorade are putting health at risk. Tim Boyle/Getty Images

A new study has concluded that popular sports, energy and fruit drinks marketed as healthy more often put people's health at risk.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley looked at the ingredients in energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull, sports drinks like Gatorade and flavored waters like Vitamin Water.
While ads often suggest the drinks enhance energy, performance and health, the researchers said that in fact, they may be having the opposite effect, such as contributing to childhood obesity, and in some cases increasing stress, anxiety and insomnia."






"A cuckoo from California" Susanna Myrtle Lazarus,

"A full English breakfast and a variety of desserts is served at the newly-opened Cuckoo Club Diner on Harrington Road

The quest for a hearty breakfast apart from the usual idli-dosa-pongal-vadai in the city is never-ending. So when the intruigingly-named Cuckoo Club Diner promises the "Best Breakfast in Chennai" on Harrington Road, it had to be checked out. The place promises an all-day breakfast and Californian cuisine; and the prospect of pancakes for dinner is alluring.

Proprietor Namratha Joseph - Cuckoo to family and friends - is a great host. 'After 15 years of being in the legal sector and ITES industry, I finally decided to do what I love - feeding people fabulous food till they can't breathe,' she says with a laugh.

But why American food? 

Cuckoo Club Diner is located at 92, Harrington Rd, Chetpet
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (next to Costa Coffee). A meal for two is Rupees 800."









"A Portal to Chaos and Adventure - In a Playground?"

"Braden Swenson wanders into a semi-rickety wooden shed on his search for gold, treasure and riches.

"Is there any tweasure in here?' he asks in the endearing dialect of a 4-year-old. 'I've been looking everywhere for them. I can't find any."'The proto-pirate toddler conducts a quick search, then wanders away to continue his quest elsewhere.

Not far away, Ethan Lipsie, age 9, clutches a framing hammer and a nine-penny nail. He's ready to hang his freshly painted sign on a wooden "fort" he's been hammering away on. It says, 'Ethan, Hudson and William were here.'

'There's a lot of things that kids built,' he explains, looking around at the playground. 'It's not adults doing work; it's kids doing work!"

That could almost be the motto for the Adventure Playground. This half-acre of dirt and quirky chaos hugging the Berkeley Marina on San Francisco Bay is ranked among the most innovative and creative places for kids to play in the U.S."










"Students build a chicken coop - and envision the city of the future" by Carol Ness, NewsCenter,

"A small clutch of hens - plus a few ducks and turkey chicks - are nesting comfortably in a new redwood four-plex in southwest Berkeley today, thanks to a group of design-minded high school students and a unique summer program at UC Berkeley.

The coop, installed Friday in Spiral Gardens at Sacramento and Oregon streets, represents the physical culmination of the four-week embARC Design Academy, a program of the College of Environmental Design. But it's just the most visible part of an innovative and complex curriculum that draws on CED faculty, graduate students and alumni to engage young people in issues of sustainable design, urban planning and architecture."








Classic Revolution

Join us for our monthly residency at Caffe Trieste in West Berkeley.

2nd Tuesdays from 7-9pm will feature a variety of performers in a great neighborhood venue.

Tuesday August 12th 7-9pm, Caffe Trieste, 2500 San Pablo at Dwight, Program to include:

Dohnányi Serenade op. 10
WooHo Park, violin; Christina Simpson; viola / Mosa Tsay, cello

Brahms Sextet op. 18
Above three plus; Sara Chazin, violin; Moses Lei, viola ; Jennifer Mathers, cello

Free admission, $5-20 donation supports the musicians













 air quality

Thursday, 8/1/14 8:23 PM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 66,800 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is POOR/VERY POOR air. (Dry dirty air during sampling, mucus membrane irritation. )

Saturday, 8/2/14 9:01PM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 105,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is VERY POOR air. (Dry dirty air during sampling, mucus membrane irritation. )

Sunday, 8/3/14 8:05AM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 115, 900 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is VERY POOR air. (Dry dirty air during sampling, mucus membrane irritation. )

Monday, 8/6/14 4:45PM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 45,700 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is POOR air. (Dry dirty air during sampling, mucus membrane irritation. )

Friday, 8/8/14 5:51PM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 165,100 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. By industry standard this is VERY POOR air.

















Robert Reich

"Ex-Clinton official Robert Reich delivers lecture on greed while earning $240G to teach one class"







"Giving the 'Breath of Life' to endangered languages" Kathleen Maclay,

"Following the UC Berkeley linguistics department's tradition of dedication to recording and preserving the state's indigenous languages, dozens of California Indians who want to save their native languages gather on campus every other summer, as they have done for almost 20 years.







"California Could Be First To Provide Low-Income Families This Overlooked Necessity"

"A staff member at West Valley Community Services, a basic needs center in Cupertino, Calif., recently overheard a mother admit she was withholding liquids from her child to cut back on diapers. That was when Jacqueline de Guzman, the organization's director of community resources, realized they had a major problem, she told The Huffington Post.

Diapers are not covered by any U.S. welfare programs."




"Easy Mountain Bike Trails Right Here in Berkeley" Mary Corbin,

"Did you know that Berkeley is filled with easy mountain bike trails that you can do with young ones or someone new to biking on dirt? One great example is the lovely and accessible ride to Jewel Lake in Berkeley's Tilden Park. "









"Downtown Initiative ballot question heads to court" Judith Scherr,

"Calling a description of the Downtown Initiative slated to appear on Berkeley's November ballot 'flagrantly inaccurate and biased,' Councilman Jesse Arreguin, in his capacity as a registered voter in the city, is heading to court seeking changes in the ballot question language written by Mayor Tom Bates, an opponent of the initiative.

But Bates, whose support for the draft ballot question was joined by five council allies in a June 24 vote, maintains his wording is neutral. 'I attempted to write it in a fair, unbiased manner,' he said.

Characterizing Arreguin's criticism as 'a lot of hot air,' Bates noted that Arreguin, who proposed the initiative, had drafted his own ballot question, which was rejected by the council.

Arreguin said he'll file the lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court within a week."







"UC Berkeley Takes Steps to Curb Irrigation Runoff and Water Use"

"Water runoff from one of Cal's lawns is a relatively common occurrence on campus.

In response to the severe drought conditions that plague most of the state, the University of California and the city of Berkeley have ramped up efforts to curb water use."







"Final Fight: Berkeley Marine's Battle to Get his Afghan Interpreter and Family to Safety" by Glen Martin,

Why do we fight? Soldiers and Marines will have varied secondary answers: for national security, or a patriotic ideal, or even because your peers were enlisting.

But there is another, overriding reason. You fight for those ahead of you or behind you on patrol, for the people in your squad or platoon, for the people who are fighting for-and protecting-you.

Hence, 'brother in arms' is no cliché, no matter how much it's invoked. Getting shot at not only focuses the mind: It forges bonds, as strong as any that exist between siblings. In the end, a soldier or Marine doesn't risk life and limb to retrieve a fallen comrade because a CO says to do it. It's because a comrade feels like family.

That explains why U.S. Marine Captain Adrian Kinsella didn't feel simple unmitigated relief after his tour was up in Afghanistan in 2010. Kinsella-a third year law student at UC Berkeley-had been forced to leave someone behind. And he was determined to get him back."




















Certainly a force of change through their sales and leasing, here's information from their website of one of our leading local realtors, Norheim & Yost.


Norheim & Yost is a Commercial Real Estate Firm specializing in sales and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties, leased investments, and assemblage of development sites in the cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito and Richmond. John Norheim and Donald Yost have worked together since 1972 and have completed over 3,000 transactions, representing landlords, tenants, developers, and investors. Steven Smith joined the firm in 2001.


John Norheim is a licensed real estate broker working exclusively in commercial real estate. He served on the West Berkeley Area Plan Committee, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.
(510) 527-3400 ext. 10 | CalBRE # 00770171


Don Yost has been a real estate broker in the Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland commercial market for over 40 years. In addition to brokerage, Don has been active in formulating zoning and planning issues in Berkeley, serving for 13 years on the West Berkeley Plan, on the Mayor's planning and zoning task force, and on the City of Berkeley Planning Commission. He has successfully represented many clients before the Zoning Adjustments Board and the Berkeley City Council.
(510) 527-3400 ext. 11 | CalBRE # 00364108


Steve Smith joined Norheim & Yost in 2001, becoming one of the firm's three partners in 2013. He has worked and lived in West Berkeley since 1991. His background is in construction, metal fabrication, furniture prototyping and production, project management, structural engineering. He holds a bachelors degree in architecture from UC Berkeley and the College of Environmental Design. Since joining the firm Steve has represented landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers alike. His real estate leasing and sales experience covers a broad range of commercial property types including investment, industrial, retail, and office. His knowledge and understanding of the idiosyncrasies of East Bay cities and their politics and zoning ordinances is a critical asset to his clients. His diligence, ethics, and loyalty to his clients is evidenced by a solid reputation.
(510) 527-3400 ext. 12 | CalBRE # 01330154


The new member of Norheim and Yost, Colby Katz

born and raised in Santa Cruz, Californiahas degrees in English with Creative Writing as well as Dramatic Literature from The George Washington University. He spent two years working in investment real estate acquisitions and management before joining Norheim and Yost. Colby currently lives in Berkeley and works primarily with office and retail space.
(510) 527-3400 ext. 15 | CalBRE # 01949015








Patrick Kennedy, builder

Long a builder and now passionately interested in efficient, enviroment friendly micro-units, Patrick Kennedy is interviewed in Good Housing Comes 
in Small Packages. "Real estate developer Patrick Kennedy prefers minimalism and efficiency. When he ends a phone conversation, he says, 'Thanks, goodbye,'  then hangs up. His email subject lines contain the actual message no  need to waste time opening the email. And his hobby? Ultra-lightweight  backpacking, where you strip down to the absolute minimum of what you  carry.  As a developer and proponent of urban microapartments with his Berkeley-based company, Panoramic Interests, Kennedy is well aware that his hobby is a bit of a busman's holiday version of his job. "

Full interview here.











"Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story"

"Back in 2010 we wrote about 'Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story,' a short documentary by Oscar Bucher about San Francisco-based country musician Toshio Hirano. The film is now available online in its entirety. Hirano has been a San Francisco fixture for years, and can be seen in hip Mission bars playing songs by Jimmy Rodgers and other early country musicians. "

An "incarnation" of Jimmy Rodgers, yet ironically, Toshio  remains completely original.

Definitely Check Him Out!













"The Brazilian Bus Magnate Who's Buying Up All the World's Vinyl Records"

Thing about an LP's value as a collectible is that it's in part hardware dependent--it's value is not just of itself. So, . . . without the insight of playback all you have is a cardboard cover, sometimes interesting, and a piece of round plastic--unlike say a book. To compliicate it further, an LP's sound varies with the type of play back equipment--it may sound great on one and terrible on another and sound is an important price variable.



The Vinyl Hub

Record stores in the Bay Area.






"Sick Plant Clinic , UC Berkeley Botanical Garden"

"Find out which diseases ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon on the first Saturday of the month.
Entomologists are also available to identify the pests that are living in your plants. Please cover plants and disease samples in containers or bags before entering the garden."








"University of California steps up out-of-state recruiting" by Alexei Koseff,

"Last spring, representatives from the University of California, Davis, made 20 trips to China to encourage admitted students to accept their offer to study in the United States."
















"Berkeley Rep to Open 47th Season with An Audience with Meow Meow"

"Berkeley Rep opens its 47th season this September with An Audience with Meow Meow, a musical play of gargantuan proportions starring international superstar Meow Meow. This fall the singing sensation and über-award-winning comedienne - who's wowed audiences from Paris to the Antipodes - brings her breathtaking vocals and ingenuity to the Bay Area. The captivating and glamourous Meow Meow has rendezvoused with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pina Bausch, and David Bowie. Now she joins forces with the endlessly inventive Emma Rice (The Wild Bride, Tristan & Yseult, Broadway's Brief Encounter), who adapts and directs this one-of-a-kind musical production featuring sizzling songs, sequins and satire, blow-torch wit, and divine mayhem! Expect beauty, expect hilarity, expect heart. And possibly the splits. Penned by Meow Meow herself, with music supervision by Lance Horne and choreography by Tiger Martina, the world premiere of An Audience with Meow Meow begins previews Friday, September 5, opens on Friday, September 12, and runs through Sunday, October 19. Press night for An Audience with Meow Meow will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by phone at (510) 647-2949 or online at".




"Deputy by day, writer by night pens one-man show at Berkeley's Marsh Arts Center" Martha Ross, Contra Costa Times.

'Cops and Robbers,' the new one-man play by hip-hop artist-turned police officer Jinho 'The Piper' Ferreira, was borne of frustration.

After Oscar Grant was shot by a BART police officer in 2009, Ferreira, a West Oakland native, attended some of the protests with his wife. They heard people denouncing cops for being racist and not caring about the community. To Ferreira, some of the venting was 'preaching to the choir.'

He imagined a scenario for fixing the dysfunctional divide between police and the black community: 'Identify every bad cop in the country and get them fired.' But then he asked himself, 'Who would replace them? And if none of us would replace them, what the hell are we doing here?'

West Oakland native Jinho Ferreira, an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy by day and hip hop artist by night, strikes a pose at the Marsh Arts Center in Berkeley, Calif., on Friday, August 8, 2014. Ferreira plays 17 characters in his first one-man show 'Cops and Robbers,"'from Aug. 8, through Sept. 13. The play dissects an officer-involved shooting in Oakland.

That question sparked the energetic and intellectually voracious Ferreira's surprising decision to become a cop. He enrolled in the Alameda County Sheriff's Academy and landed a job on the force. But Ferreira, now in his 30s, wanted to do more. In a four-day 'purge' of writing he penned 'Cops and Robbers.'

Opening this weekend at Berkeley's Marsh theater, the one-man show dissects an officer-involved shooting through the perspectives of 17 characters. While Ferreira's piece is often confrontational, he hopes it inspires conversations about race, police use of force, the media and black-on-black crime. The characters are drawn from people Ferreira knew growing up in West Oakland during the crack epidemic of the 1990s, as well as others he's met since becoming a deputy sheriff."







"UC Berkely Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance"

Shortly after President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law, we co-founded the Center for Crowdfunding Research at UC Berkeley. Now the program is hosting its second annual Academic Symposium on Crowdfunding Research and Policy. The event will be held on September 11/12 at UC Berkeley. 

This symposium will take a global look at the developing phenomena of social finance for SMEs and Innovation ­ whether strictly "crowdfunding" or more broadly the application of social finance mechanisms including Peer-to-Peer lending, Peer-to-Business lending, and all other forms of crowdfunding and crowdfund investing. Since our 2013 conference, the number of platforms has more than doubled, and despite significant delays in enacting rules to allow equity crowdfunding in the United States, many nations have adopted laws and rules to allow crowdfunding."









"Thousands welcome Ron Paul at UC Berkeley"

a 'should-be-seen" video report at explains why thie seventy-nine-year old conservative has the ear of our college youth.














"Can Berkeley Become the First City to Recycle 100 Percent of Its Garbage?"

"The California community that pioneered recycling is looking for new ways to achieve its zero-waste goal."





"It's Not Easy Being Green: With Water Scarce, Should Campus Lawns in California Go Dry?" by Glen Martin,

"As California's drought drags on, is it time for universities to shut off their sprinklers and bid their velvety, emerald-green campus lawns farewell?"







"It Takes Time'" Carl Straumsheim,

"The University of California System, after five years and millions of dollars spent, is asking for more time and money to get its systemwide online education initiative off the ground.

The 10-campus university system began to seriously consider a centralized approach to online education in 2009, as California faced a multibillion-dollar deficit that led to budget cuts, layoffs and tuition hikes across the state. Online for-credit courses, administrators believed -- and to some extent still believe -- could alleviate some the system's access issues and create a new source of tuition revenue.

But five years later, California's economy has rebounded, and the exigency to go online and do so quickly has diminished. As a result, UC has changed its course, choosing to focus on high-demand online and hybrid courses developed at one or more campuses to benefit students across the system."







"College Stores Are Overcharging for Laptops" Dan TynanTech Columnist,

"Memo to parents of college freshmen: If you're planning to buy a new laptop or tablet for your young scholar, steer a wide path around the campus bookstore.

People who are already paying through the nose, ears, eyes, and every other orifice for tuition may also end up dropping up to 35 percent more for electronics if they buy them on campus, according to a report by DealNews, a shopping site for bargain hunters."





"UC Berkeley music department to receive fresh supply of instruments"

"Music students at UC Berkeley will soon practice on new pianos with a partnership between the campus and a nonprofit foundation, which will loan instruments to the music department in exchange for the opportunity to sell instruments at a sale on campus later this month.

In the partnership, announced this week, the Rockley Family Foundation, which works with universities to promote musical education, will loan 17 new pianos and possibly other instruments to the music department. The foundation is hoping to continue loaning new pianos to the department on an annual basis."








"Music, Fun, and Poetry at Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley"

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Berkeley, CA:  Mary Mackey and former California Poet Laureate  Al Young will read their poetry at the burgeoning cultural arts center Ohmega Salvage, one of Berkeley, Calif.'s oldest antique and salvage stores. Famed Berkeley slide guitarist, Freddie Roulette will perform along with other musical guests.  1:00 PM, Ohmega Salvage, 2407 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA.

Free and open to the public."





Visit California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

for relaxing and learning







"Egyptology Lecture "

"The Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt presents

The Restless Dead and Ghosts in Ancient Egypt by Dr. Rita Lucarelli ,

2:30 p.m., Sunday, August 24, 2014, Room 254, Near Eastern Studies Lounge, 2nd floor, west end of Barrows Hall, Barrow Lane and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley."
















Fresno FD orders

"Two dozen GRAYSON burgers please."







"Cal to sell slightly used instruments"

"The UC Berkeley Music Department will sell to the public hundreds of slightly used grand pianos, baby grand pianos, digital player grands, upright pianos, digital pianos, orchestral string instruments and acoustic and electric guitars. A pre-sale will be at Hertz Hall Auditorium on campus Aug. 22 and 23 and the final sale will be from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 24. For appointments, call 510-642-0099. For information, go to"




"Legal Battle over Wording of Soda Tax Ballot Measure in Berkeley"

"Proponents of a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on soda pop proposal set to go before voters in Berkeley, California, this fall are fighting a challenge from opponents who say the language used in the initiative is 'false, misleading, and illegally biased.'
A suit (pdf) was filed last week by two men, at least one of whom has ties to the No Berkeley Beverage Tax campaign, which receives funding from the American Beverage Association. It claims that the city substituted the phrase 'high-calorie, sugary drinks' for 'sugar-sweetened beverage' in the ballot language. The plaintiffs, Anthony Johnson and Leon Cain, would prefer the phrase 'sugar-sweetened beverage products' to be used."

Councilman Capitelli supports the tax!









air quality

Saturday, 8/9/14 2:13 AM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 233,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This is VERY ,VERY POOR air.

Saturday, 8/9/14 3:09 PM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 121,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This is VERY POOR air.

Saturday, 8/9/14 3:09 PM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 130,900 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This is VERY POOR air. (Dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. )

Saturday, 8/9/14 4:39 PM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 140,300 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This is VERY POOR air. (Dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. )

Saturday, 8/9/14 5:25 PM-dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, itchy eyes, dry skin. 5:54 PM--similar.

Saturday, 8/9/14 11:01 PM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 134,000 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This is VERY POOR air. (Dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, itchy eyes, dry skin.)

Sunday, 8/10/14 6:34 AM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 45, 300 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This is POOR air. (Dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, itchy eyes, dry skin.)

Monday, 8/11/14 11:38 AM-an air sample outside, in front of our door showed 50, 800 micro particulates (particles) per cubic foot. This is POOR air. (Dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, itchy eyes, dry skin.) 10:20 PM--SERIOUS Dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, itchy eyes, dry skin.

Tuesday, 8/12/14 2:52 PM SERIOUS Dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, itchy eyes, dry skin. 6:57 PM--similar. 9:21 PM--similar. 9:29 PM--SERIOUS burning eyes, hacking cough. 9:51 PM--similar. 9:56 Pm--similar, overrides HEPA filters , wear respirator.

8/13/14--10:35 AM--similar. 2:47 PM--similar. 2:23 PM--same. 8:08 PM--similar. 10:35 PM--similar.

8/14//14--9:30 PM-- -SERIOUS dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. Friday, 8/15/14 ~5:00 PM to ~10:00 PM--similar.

Sunday 8/17/14--2:12 PM to 2:32 PM SERIOUS dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, itchy eyes, dry skin, hacking cough. overrides HEPA filters,

Tuesday 8/19/14--dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, itchy eyes, dry skin, hacking cough. overrides HEPA filters,









eternally useful links


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

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



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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from

Bay Area foreclosures from


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

Darryl Moore, City Councilman

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


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