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Commission Vacancies
Recently, we have had a few District 2 commission slots open up.  If you, or someone you know, are interested in serving on any of the following commissions or would like more information about a particular commission, please contact the office.
Commission on Aging
Commission on Labor
Loan Administration Board
Transportation Commission
West Berkeley Project Area Commission
Zero Waste Commissioner


Berkeley Project
· Berkeley Project (BP) is a group of self-organized Cal students who volunteer annually for a day of service with a multitude of agencies throughout the City of Berkeley. Last November, over 2000 students volunteered at 80 different project sites.  City projects were sponsored by Neighborhood Services, Public Works, Parks/Rec & Waterfront, Public Health, Animal Services, and Planning. 
· BP Day 2009 - Saturday, October 10 will expand on the success of last year's event. This year, 1500 students will disperse from Memorial Glade at 9am to project sites citywide, with the bulk of those dedicated solely to projects sponsored by the City of Berkeley. Projects conclude at 4pm with closing ceremonies on Memorial Glade at 5pm.

Examples of projects include:
Volunteering at senior residential facilities for a day of activities including conversation, chess, aerobics, dancing, etc.
Clean Ups, painting, and data collection for repairs/replacement
Graffiti Abatement
Mural repair
Literacy projects
Assisting neighbors with traffic circle plantings
Storm Drain cleaning
Fire prevention - removal of vegetation in the hill
Restorative planting of native flora at various creeks and parks
Shoreline Clean Up and Bay Trail weeding/litter abatement
Distribution of disaster cache supplies
Distribution of food at various shelters
Pedestrian Safety Activities
Distribution of non-smoking info and materials
Sandcombing of tot lots and landscape assistance at various parks
Many many more....
For more information, visit the (fantastic) Berkeley Project website at http://bp.berkeley.edu
Posters and flyers will be delivered to Mayor and Council, departments, and via email to listservs.
Please contact Shallon with any questions or project referrals at 7071 or slallen@ci.berkeley.ca.us.

Ryan Lau
Council Aide
Councilmember Darryl Moore, District 2





"Testing the Waters with Open-Access Funds (University of California at Berkeley and the University of Calgary)" is a report at resourceshelf.com.

"In a move to encourage researchers to make their work open to the public, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Calgary established funds that faculty and graduate students could use cover publication charges for open-access journals. Berkeley and Calgary are two of several funds established in recent years, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Wisconsin ­ Madison, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the University of Oregon, and other sites in the U.K."


"Two young UC Berkeley faculty members receive MacArthur 'genius' award" by Robert Sanders & Sarah Yang at berkeley.edu.

"A 35-year-old molecular biologist and a 37-year-old computer scientist from the University of California, Berkeley, are among 24 new MacArthur "genius" Fellows announced Tuesday, Sept. 22, by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation."



"California Unemployment Highest in 70 Years" reports jobjournal.com.

"Although payroll job losses slowed significantly, the state unemployment rate continued to climb in August, rising three-tenths to 12.2 percent, its highest level since 1940's record 14.7 percent. From a survey of 5500 households, the state Employment Development Dept reported that 14 California counties now have jobless rates of 15 percent or more, and nearly 30 percent of the state's unemployed workers have been jobless for over six months. However, EDD's employer payroll survey showed substantial improvement, with 12,300 jobs lost in August, compared to 38,900 in July and an average of 73,700 for the previous six months."



"Don't bank on your home as an ATM" is opinion at latimes.com.

"The coming decades won't repeat the dramatic rise in real estate values that previous generations experienced, economists say. It may be time to return to viewing the home simply as a place to live."


"A Life of Its Own. Where will synthetic biology lead us?" asks Michael Specter at newyorker.com










dusk, birds, the French School

nature, schmature

this is creepy



"Shattuck Hotel Officially Opens in Downtown Berkeley" reports Riya Bhattacharjee in the Planet.

"The Shattuck Hotel has been born again. The 100-year-old six-story landmark, Berkeley's oldest hotel, officially reopened Wednesday with much fanfare after a two-year, multi-million-dollar remodeling effort."



"Another not-for-profit news project set for launch in the States" is opinion at guardian.co.uk.

I wrote a couple of days ago about the lack of British news start-ups as the crisis of local and regional journalism deepens. We cannot seem to grasp that commercial press ownership has had its day.

The situation is better in the States, where there are scores of attempts to create a new form of digital journalism on a non-profit basis. Experimental local news organisations are springing up in many US cities.

The latest example is a joint venture between the University of California's Berkeley journalism school and the public radio station KQED. They are planning to launch a not-for-profit news outlet, called the Bay area news project."


"Hardly Strictly Bluegrass evolves into world-class musical festival" is a story by Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune.




"Right back to earth:6th-ranked Cal gets hard lesson in winning from unranked Ducks" observes Ron Kroichick, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"It took barely three hours on a gorgeous day in the Pacific Northwest for the entire conversation about Cal football to change. Set aside all the chatter about Pac-10 favorites and Heisman Trophy contention, all those grand visions bubbling in Berkeley.

Now, suddenly and shockingly, the most relevant question goes more like this: Are the Bears really any good?"




"College radicalism redux:Students are protesting again. This time the issue isn't war or civil rights. It's the cost of a decent education, and students have little time to spend on it" is opinion at latimes.com.




postsfrom the past


The Westside Bar? I'm told that the Westside Cafe is applying for a liquor license. I'm also told I should try their oat-bran muffins.

Consolidated is printing election ballots right now. They also print for Nolo Press.

I've noticed an increased presence of Wareham Security in the neighborhood recently. Kubik says "They're all over, even up on 10th." Also seems there are more Bayer/Wareham shuttles these days.

Gerard has taken his '66 Chevy pickup to half-dozen garages for repair and maintenance, with little success. But he's finally found a reliable and competent repair shop for his old truck right here in Potter Creek. It's Laurie Bright's D&L Engines--Auto Repair, 2626 San Pablo. Laurie's phone is (510) 843-5797.

The City of Berkeley's asphalt patching truck has been at work in Potter Creek this week.


Cal plays Oregon at Oregon tomorrow--it's on Channel 7 at 12:30.












Bob and Carol had their new neighbors--they bought Steve Dunn's old place-- over for dinner on the weekend. "They're good people" Bob said.


Ben and friend were playing ball on the playground Sunday and occasionally Ben came over and to watch the Niner's game. "There's alwas hope" he said in the last minutes of the last quarter.



Merryll emailed Sunday evening

Hi Ron,
The Baulines Guild is having a display at Berkeley Mills.  They're thrilled and I may bring a piece there as well.  Good for both I think.
Anyhow, [my Smithsonian interview].  It is part of the oral history program in the Archives of American Art.  Not just the oral history and interview but all papers, letters,  business receipts and so on are part of it as well.
See ya, 




"At Long Last, the Sports Mortgage" reports the Wall Street Journal.

"For the price of a three-bedroom home with a pool in a leafy suburb, you can now buy something really and truly invaluable. Your own stadium seat. "

I'm sure I'm missing something here. I mean . . . RP


"Surviving the University Crisis In California" is a report by Lynn O'Shaughnessy at cbsmoneywatch.com

"Yesterday my sister Jane contacted me in a panic. She's terrified that her son, who is a senior at an excellent public high school in the San Francisco Bay area, might get shut out of every state university on his list.

And no, my sister isn't paranoid. Over the weekend, her son's adviser called to share this grim news. Normally, my nephew, who is a solid 'B' student, would be a shoo-in for many of the public universities in California. That, however, was before a Code Red was declared for the state's struggling universities."




"The New Sputnik" opines Tom Friedman at nytimes.com.

"Most people would assume that 20 years from now when historians look back at 2008-09, they will conclude that the most important thing to happen in this period was the Great Recession. I'd hold off on that. If we can continue stumbling out of this economic crisis, I believe future historians may well conclude that the most important thing to happen in the last 18 months was that Red China decided to become Green China."


"UC Berkeley: Clean energy bill could create up to 1.9M jobs" is a report at sanjose.bizjournal.com.


"Biotech Babies Cultivated in Mission Bay Garage" is a story by Anrica Deb at sfgate.com.

"Across the street from dormant landfill and ratty fennel plants, in line sight of the bay, UC San Francisco's new campus is growing. Nestled among the other sparkling and massive developments of Mission Bay, the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences building - part of an initiative that also has sites on the UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley campuses - provides 96,000 square feet of research facilities to scientists."



"California recycling measure may mean higher deposits and better returns" is a report at latimes.com.

"A bill awaiting the governor's signature would impose or increase deposits on billions of containers. Rising redemptions and raiding to balance the budget have left the state fund facing bankruptcy. . . .

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), who shepherded the legislation, said it is necessary "'to make the program whole and make sure that recycling continues.'"





posts from the past


Acme Bread, Ken's 1987 Porche 911

Ken's 911 was just resprayed by Potter Creek's Baron von Frier.



"Timeworks" is a recommendation of a Potter Creek business by Sally Socolich of the Chron.
"If you have trouble keeping time, maybe you need a few more clocks around the house. Timeworks in Berkeley is having its first warehouse sale in years, and prices will range from $15 to $75 - well below its retail price range of $60 to $200.

The story: Timeworks is known in the trade for its line of historically authentic clocks, which are both affordable and functional. The clocks are made individually, by hand, with solid, hand-antiqued brass for cases and pendulums, die-cut steel hands with time-worn patinas and beautifully finished frames.

The selection of sale clocks include first-quality decorative wall and table clocks, from modest in size to extra large (31 inches and bigger), perfect for large spaces and high-ceilinged rooms. Check the company's Web site for the scope of its collections.
Timeworks warehouse sale: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Sat. 2929 Fifth St., Berkeley (Ashby exit off Interstate 80). (510) 883-0234, www.timeworksclocks.com."



after speaking with Morgan, Merryll reported last Saturday 

At 3 AM Saturday morning, after hearing voices and movement around their house, Morgan called 911. The responding officers "caught" prowlers around Pete and Geralyn's, after being alerted to their presence by Rick.

Morgan confirms that he called 911 at 2:45 AM. Berkeley PD arrived 4-5 minutes later. Rick saw men run into Pete and Geralyn's drive activating their light. Berkeley PD officers detained and questioned two men around the corner of 9th and Grayson.



a bola en la calle

Sunday during the 45 min from 12:15 to 1:00, nine bicyclists and one car passed the warehouse.









The amended 1998 version of the West Berkeley Plan states in the Planning Director's Message, essentially the Introduction, "While [professional planners played a role]  in facilitating the outcome, the work was done primarily in the community by an informal committee that included artists, laborers and representatives of organized labor. residents and environmentalists, manufactures, retailers, office developers, church groups and community service organizations."


I'm reminded of a 1930s Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland movie where the kids, often played by 20-year-olds, exclaim something like "Let's make a musical in the backyard." What follows, "produced by these amateurs" is a classy, professional Hollywood song-and-dance film.

But that only happens in the movies. In real life amateurs don't make professional productions, whether in film or in urban planning.



Eric, a chef at 900 GRAYSON, recommends dinner and drinks at the Missouri Lounge on San Pablo. Go through the bar out back to the grill and check out the menu. Eric recommended the Fatti Melt, two "grilled cheese half-sandwiches," pesto suace with either barbecued chicken or steak in the middle and chips or potato salad on the side; the Thai Burger on a Dutch crunch roll, a burger with Thai spices; or the Hot Links sandwich also on a Dutch crunch--both with a side of chips or potato salad.



I'm told the Heartwood woodworking collective is losing members in these hard times.



Doug Herst stopped by on his way back from lunch with his friend Nathaniel Kahn. Nathaniel produced two movies with which Doug was involved, My Architect about Nathaniel's father Louis I Kahn and the Oscar nominated Two Hands about pianist Leon Fleisher.





"Neiman Marcus taps Berkeley firm Scientific Conservation for energy savings" is a story at San Francisco Business Times.

"Scientific Conservation Inc. has landed a deal with Neiman Marcus to supply its energy efficiency software."



"PG&E launching high school cleantech program" by Lindsay Riddell, San Francisco Business Times.

"PG&E Co. and the California Department of Education tomorrow will announce a 'green energy' academy pilot program to train high school students in green energy technologies."


Da Boz and Mz Boz are involved. RP




Eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com


Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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

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


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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


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

useful link

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



Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.


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



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.

Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!


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

The contacts are below:

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

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11



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