from up my sleeve


Friday Nights at the Bowl

Good fun and good food!



"Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air--Video Full Episode" is a most extraordinary program at

"Hummingbirds are the tiniest of birds, yet they are some of the toughest, most energetic creatures on the planet. Their unique flying abilities give them unmatched maneuverability, but at the cost of a supercharged metabolism that keeps them on the edge of survival. Hummingbirds spend most their lives in fast forward, but now high-speed video lets us enter their world."



from the Bancroft Center owners

9/10/10 -- Assault and Personal Theft (courtyard near Tomate Cafe) 
It was reported today that between 12-1PM a staff of one of our tenants was 
pursued on foot from 6th street to the courtyard near Tomate Café.  The 
assailant stole her purse and hit her on the head with a hammer.  The 
suspect(s) then fled to a get-away car parked near 6th street and proceeded 
North on 5th street.   The police have spoken to witnesses and attended to the 
Car Description 
 Chevy Trailblazer, SUV, color: champagne 
Suspect Description 
Three African American Males. 
We are awaiting more info from those involved. 
On behalf of our tenants in this project, we are planning to: 
1. Write a letter to Berkeley City Officials and the Chief of Police addressing 
the recent  crime increase in West Berkeley and our need for more police 
2. We are researching exterior cameras for the project. 
3. Tenant Mailboxes will be covered by a security gate and tenants will be 
issued a key. 

Laptop Theft, 3 Mailbox Break-ins, Burglary, Car Vandalism. 
Please let the BPD know what is happening.  In an emergency call 911 
from a landline.  From your cell phone call 981-5911. For NON-EMERGENCY situations call 


Also around 4-5 AM this morning (9/11) an office on 8th and Parker was broken into. RP



"A Champion of Hope"
is a story at

"Recently, I had the pleasure of facilitating an event called "Innovations in Social Justice: New Hope, New Actions" at the Hub in Berkeley, California. Among the panelists was a 21-year-old rapper, artist and community organizer who goes by the name Babye Champ, the Scraper Bike King. A Scraper Bike is an ordinary bike decorated with foil, spray paint, and everyday items like candy bar wrappers. Scraper Bikes have become a worldwide phenomenon, in part thanks to this YouTube video created by Babye Champ several years ago.

Babye Champ is one of the originators of the tricked out bikes. Early on they were meant to give him and his friends a positive outlet in the rough East Oakland California neighborhood where he lives. Just this year Babye Champ has attended five funerals of young friends, mostly due to street violence. He came to the evening event at the Hub from the funeral of a fifteen year old cousin killed earlier that week in a gun related incident.

While the bikes themselves are beautiful, as this stunning video reveals, what is really amazing is the compelling youth movement which Babye Champ has built around them."









"Academic Libraries: University of California Berkeley: Bancroft Library Opens Reading Room to Personal Cameras" at

"The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley is opening its doors this fall semester to the use of personal cameras in the reading room. The trial program, which is implemented at many other institutions around the country, allows students and other patrons to photograph any of the items in the library's vast collection for personal use."



"Two U.C. Berkeley researchers get $793K biofuel grant" is a report in the San Francisco Business Times by Steven E.F. Brown.

"Two scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, got a three year, $793,000 grant to work on making corn plants with leaves and stems useful for biofuel.

The U.S. Department of Energy gave the money.

Markus Pauly and Sarah Hake, both in Cal's plant and microbial biology department, will study the genetic diversity of corn to create better strains for biofuels."





"UMass sets world record for longest California roll" is a report at

"On Monday, UMass broke the world record for the largest California roll ever.

The event featured the Food Network's Jet Tila, who kicked off the construction of the sushi roll alongside Chancellor Robert C. Holub, Wally the Green Monster, the official mascot of the Boston Red Sox and UMass' own mascot, Sam the Minuteman.

The record was formerly held by the University of California-Berkeley after they created a 330-foot California roll last November."





"An Open Letter to Texas: Don't Mess with California" by Stephen Linaweaver at Greener World Media.

"Dear Texas,

It has come to my attention that two of your homegrown companies are attempting to change the laws in our fine state. They want to suspend AB-32, a job-creating act that looks towards the future and helps develop new ways to meet our energy and economic needs.

Now Texas, you and I have a lot in common. We are both based on the hard work and scrabble of pioneers who never whined or complained or meddled in the affairs of others. People who made do with what they had and built communities that then became states, for you in 1845 and me in 1850. We both were successful from digging in the earth -- you struck oil and we struck gold.

Now I remember the last time you paid us a visit -- it was 2001, and one of your finer institutions, Enron, came striding up here to sell us power; power that we bought in good faith. Now it was later proven that your Enron was manipulating the price of that power, to the tune of an eight-fold increase.

Millions were forced into rolling blackouts. I was in a State of Emergency, one of my utilities, Pacific Gas and Electric, went bankrupt, and the whole incident cost me around $40 billion. I did not much appreciate that. So now that you and your ten-gallon hat are on my doorstep again, I am takin' notice."





"Top restaurants and bars in Pac-10: California"

"And it took a long -- long -- time to read the hundreds of responses from Cal fans. We really cover a lot of ground here, from types of food to price range.

Away we go.

California Restaurants

Zachary's Pizza
JJ from Lafayette, Calif., writes: It's Chicago-style deep dish at it's finest while maintaining the California spin with specialties like Spinach & Mushroom. We're often there on a Friday before a Cal game eating delicious deep dish pizza and downing pitchers of our favorite beverage.
Douglas from Los Angeles writes: Zachary's is so good that once I saw someone carry-on one of their deep dish pizzas on a Southwest flight.
Matt from Berkeley writes: It is the best pizza in the world.
Pablo from San Francisco writes: Best pizza in the freakin' world.

Brazil Cafe
Azhar from Berkeley writes: Hands down, the best tri-tip sandwich you'll ever have in your life.
Joshua from New Orleans writes: Honestly, Ted, a trip to Memorial Stadium would not be complete without a pre-hike lunch from this Berkeley institution.

Top Dog
Matt from Berkeley writes: It's a Berkeley institution, and their brats are top-notch (better than many I've had in Germany, even). Go to the location on Durant, up by the dorm units: it's got by far the most character, although it's the smallest.
John from Riverside, Calif., writes: Hot links, bratwurst, calabrese, etc., plus German or American style frankfurters, all served on toasted french rolls. Don't miss the hot Russian mustard or the pressed, unfiltered apple juice.

Gordo Taqueria
Jake from Berkeley writes: It is one of the better Mexican establishments in the Bay Area. It's about a 7 minute drive or a 20 minute walk from Memorial stadium and, of course, the food is great. I prefer either the crispy carne asada tacos with guacamole crema fresca and black beans or the carnitas burrito with everything."





I'm told, a teaser from the Food Network's 900 GRAYSON program is now being shown on the network. It features Eric laughing it up, grilling at the Oakland Coliseum parking lot before a Raider's game. I'm also told that in the program Sally, her sister, and Richard will be featured eating and talking at the 900 window table.

900 GRAYSON will be on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, January 25, Monday--on the Food Network, I think at 10:00 and 10:30 PM, but check the website for times.





RETURN to 9/12/10

"What's eating the Bay Area's restaurants" Stacy Finz, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"The Bay Area may spend more on eating out than any other metropolitan area in the country, but restaurants here are closing at nearly twice the national average, say researchers who track America's dining habits.

Despite a flurry of high-profile, chef-driven restaurant openings in recent months, the Bay Area lost 290 dining spots from spring 2009 to spring 2010, most of them independent and full-service, said the NPD Group, a leading market research company from Chicago."





"City Considers Ban on Plastic Bags, Extra Fee for Paper Bags" by Aaida Samad,

"Berkeley officials are once again considering the implementation of an ordinance that could reduce single-use paper and plastic shopping bags in the city following the rejection of a California State Assembly bill that would have imposed similar restrictions.

The ordinance would prohibit retail stores in Berkeley from providing plastic checkout bags to customers and introduce a fee for each single-use paper checkout bag provided to customers, according to the text of the ordinance."



"Court Nixes Challenge to Berkeley Athletic Center" at

"The University of California at Berkeley complied with environmental regulations when it approved plans for a new athletic center, a California appeals court ruled."



"California, Feds Tussle Over Marijuana Cash" at

Fearful of enticing another federal raid, at least one California medical marijuana dispensary has a unique practice: it pays its state sales taxes every week. Usually businesses pay the state Board of Equalization annually, quarterly, or monthly, but there's nothing stopping companies from "prepaying" weekly, says board spokesperson Anita Gore. She couldn't say how many taxpayers deposit that often, but hadn't heard of the practice until now. The Berkeley Patients Group - a dispensary with about 10,000 patients in the Bay Area - pays weekly ever since a DEA raid in 2007.

The agency pounced on a Southern California offshoot of the Berkeley nonprofit for distributing a federally controlled substance. Agents seized nearly everything on-site as well as $100,000 in funds in a bank account. The $100,000 was taxes it had set aside, Berkeley Patients Group spokesperson Brad Senesac says. Now the multimillion-dollar-a-year dispensary, which is legal under state law, prepays the state to avoid large amounts of cash on the books, which is an invitation to federal scrutiny.

The Berkeley dispensary actually got the money back after the City of Berkeley stood up for it. The city stated in a 2008 resolution: 'seizures of assets of medical marijuana dispensaries and collectives have blocked payments of taxes to the state of California and the City of Berkeley.' Berkeley asked federal authorities to back off and they did."




"Berkeley Streets Could Be Due for Repaving With City's Five-Year Plan" by Daniel Means, Contributing Writer in the Daily Cal.

"Berkeley residents and visitors could be traveling down smoother streets this fiscal year as sections of city roads - a large portion of which are in District 7, which encompasses the UC Berkeley campus - are scheduled to be repaved as part of the city's street rehabilitation program.

The city's Public Works Department met last week regarding the status of its 5-Year Street Rehabilitation Plan, which organizes and schedules all street repaving and construction to occur within the next five years. This year, $2.8 million has been allocated to the plan, of which $2.3 million is from the city's general fund and $500,000 is from Measure B, which implements a half-cent sales tax to fund transportation in Alameda County."



"Berkeley Unified School District Forced to Reduce Preschool Classes" by Soumya Karlamangla,

"Even though Berkeley Unified School District officials maintain hope that the impending California state budget will continue to support its preschool program, the district began the new school year last week offering fewer classes than in the past."





"Brain mechanism linked to relapse after cocaine withdrawal discovered" is a report at

"New research has uncovered a specific neural mechanism in the brain that may be linked to persistent drug-seeking behaviour - a find that could aid development of new therapies for cocaine addiction.













"Assailants kill man, wound fiancee in Berkeley" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"A man walking home with his fiancee was shot and killed in Berkeley early Sunday during an apparent robbery attempt, police said.

The 35-year-old man, whose name was not released, had moved to Berkeley in February. He was walking home with his fiancee after attending a party when they were accosted by two men at Adeline and Emerson streets at about 3:40 a.m., said Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss."



Geralyn demonstrated the Hula at Natalie's 10th Birthday Party.




Our Swerve has contracted with members of the Ed Roberts Center to manufacture and install interior furnishing.



"Marvell Technology To More Than Double Its Research Engineers In Shanghai" by Russell Flannery at

"Marvell Technology, the California-based semiconductor design house, plans to 'more than double' the number of engineers at its research center in Shanghai from the current 800  in the next three years as it expands in the fast-growing country, co-founder Weili Dai told Forbes on Sunday.

'We'd like to continue to expand from our good foundation,' Dai said in an interview in a Shanghai high-tech hub, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park. 'I'm very passionate about Shanghai, personally.'

Dai, a Shanghai native and U.S. immigrant who also calls California home, was in China in connection with a three-nation trade mission to Asia led by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Marvell, which is based in Santa Clara, also said Sunday that it has forged a three-way research consortium between Marvell, China's prestigious Tsinghua University and the University of California Berkeley."




"Dry Lake Bed Salts Promote Cloud Formation" at

"A new study now provides the first direct measurements of clouds showing that wind-blown dust from dry lake beds (playas) can also act as cloud condensation nuclei, encouraging the formation of clouds over continents and thereby affecting climate."




"Researchers Develop Touch-Sensitive 'e-Skin' " is a story at

"Sure, industrial robots can toss around 10-ton car parts with the greatest of ease. But can they do the dishes?"





Max's Morning Glory Artisan Brittle is now available on line at Dean & Deluca.

"Made by hand in small batches using the finest all-natural ingredients, the Artisan Brittle from Morning Glory Confections takes an old-fashioned favorite to sophisticated, new heights. We're pleased to offer five of their most distinctive flavors in this delicious gift. Indian Curry & Pistachio Brittle with traditional Indian flavors is spicy and subtly complex. Chai Tea & Cashew Brittle is nutty, complex and buttery. Fleur de Sel & Peanut Brittle is a sweet and salty classic. New Mexico Chili & Pumpkin Seed Brittle with cumin, coriander, chile powder and oregano is earthy and spicy. And Cocoa Nib, Coffee Bean & Pecan Brittle is rich, smoky and dark."

Max is our Carol's son. Check it out! RP



John and Suzanne, when working on the weekends, often snack at Nina's Café at ActiveSpace and John, particularly, recommends it.

I stopped on an early morning over the Labor Day week end--Nina was just putting out her sandwich board--and ordered a Breakfast Burrito to go. My experience is that a breakfast burrito is pretty much the same where ever--scrambled eggs, chirizo, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, etc rolled up in a tortilla.

As I waited, Nina assembled mine from fresh ingredients with great care. Still warm when I got to the warehouse, it was delicious.

You could specially "taste" the care.

Nina's Café is at 2703 7th Street and is open seven days a week. "She's always there" says John.

Phone is (510) 845-8584. RP



"A Taste of Home in Foil Packets and Powder" is an interactive report by Ashley Gilbertson with photos and text at

"Troops from nearly 50 lands dine on combat meals in Afghanistan - each reminding them of where they'd rather be."



"Researchers make headway in extracting alcohol from cellulose" " by Balasubramanyam Seshan,

"Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have succeeded taking genes from grass-eating fungi and stuffing them into yeast, thus creating stains that produce alcohol from cellulose. The genes let the yeast ferment parts of the plant that it normally can't digest, eventually streamlining the production of ethanol."





A "scary "precision marching video can be viewed here. Why scary? Among other maneuvers, the marchers moved backwards at about 90 degrees through each others' ranks with precision.










"Berkeley slaying victim was planning to marry" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

 "Adolfo Ignacio Celedon and his fiancee intended to marry next year after she finished her studies at UC Berkeley. But instead of planning for a wedding, relatives now are preparing for his funeral.

The couple were walking home from a party when they were attacked by two robbers at Adeline and Emerson streets in south Berkeley, near the Ashby BART station, at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Celedon was shot numerous times and died at Highland Hospital in Oakland later Sunday. It was the Chilean native's 35th birthday."


BPD Sgt Kusmiss emails

"We/BPD recognize that this homicide is a very sad and compelling story and yet, we are not offering further details regarding the Homicide of a 35 year old man on Sunday morning at Adeline and Emerson Streets today. The Homicide detectives have been busy with family that have come from Chile as well as working very hard on the progress of the case. Weare still asking for the community's help and participation in the investigation. If anyone saw any part of the crime, the suspect vehicle and or anything, however insignificant it may seem, do not hesitate to call the City of Berkeley Police Department's Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741, the 24 hour BPD Non Emergency line at (510)981-5900 and mention the crime. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be extremely critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime."
Sgt. Mary C. Kusmiss, BPD Public Information Officer


BPD emails

 $17,000 Reward Offered   
        Homicide at Adeline and Emerson Streets 
Berkeley, California (Wednesday, September 15, 2010) ­ The City of Berkeley is 
offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering an additional 
$2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or 
suspects responsible for the shooting death of Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo, 35 years 
old, a Chilean national who was living in Berkeley. 
On Sunday morning, September 12, 2010, at approximately 3:41a.m., Celedon who 
moved to the City of Berkeley in February and his fiancé were walking home after 
having attended a party. Two male suspects confronted the couple with the intent to 
commit a robbery. During the robbery, one of the suspects shot the victim. One of the 
suspects also punched the woman during the crime. She sustained minor physical 
injuries. Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) paramedics transported Celedon to a local 
trauma center where he was pronounced dead. 
The male suspects, described by witnesses as "Black males, 25-35 years old" got into an 
older model possible midsize two tone Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) and fled west bound 
on Ashby Avenue after the crimes. 
BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this homicide to call the BPD 
Homicide Detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD non emergency number of  
(510) 981-5900 and mention the crime. If a community member wishes to remain 
anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)- 
222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the 
smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or 
suspects in any crime. 
Sgt. M. Kusmiss S6 
Public Information 
Officer (PIO) 
(510) 981-5780 




Where are the gas mains in Berkeley? Well there is one here in Potter Creek on 7th Street.

Some years ago it burst.

On a Saturday morning about 6 or 7 it blew at the north east corner of 7th and Pardee. The flames shot up torch-like high enough to burn through the above electric wires and scorched the close by pole. BFD doused the surrounding area until PG & E closed the main valve.

That was not until late afternoon.

Seems they couldn't find the shut off valve. Around late morning they thought they'd found it on a map, rushed to location only to find that it was the wrong valve.

Finally about 3 or 4 in the afternoon they found and closed the valve.

The talk was that the old-timer linemen knew all that stuff in their heads and most had been laid off some years earlier through cost cutting.




"Berkeley Residents Invited to Clean Up Coast on September 25,"

"Berkeley residents are invited to join the tens of thousands of California volunteers who will help clean up our local beaches, bays, and waterways during this year's Coastal CleanUp Day, September 25."  




Four members of the Ed Roberts Campus are having our Swerve design their offices. Among them are Bay Area Outreach Program and Center for Independent Living. Among the reasons for using Swerve was the flexiblity of the Swerve modules-- they easily accommodate the varing needs of those using the Campus.





Selvin emails


collects the music journalism of famed S.F Chronicle Pop Music writer, Joel Selvin.

Drawn from forty years of reporting in the pages of the San Francisco Chronicleand elsewhere. "Smart Ass" from Parthenon Books will for the first time collect the work of the award-winning music journalist and best-selling author of "Summer of Love" and other books.

Aw jeez! But, you can buy it here.RP



"Jazz Piano And Neuroscience: Vijay Iyer at Le Poisson Rouge" is a huffingtonpost link to the story.

"During the '90s, while Mr. Iyer was cultivating his artistic voice at late-night gigs, his daylight hours were spent working as a physics major at the University of California at Berkeley, where he produced a doctoral thesis that focused on "the role of the body in music perception and cognition"--that is, the part played by bodily experience in the comprehension of music. The two spheres may seem worlds apart. Yet, speaking of his two lives, the pianist reveals that in some ways, each was made possible by the other."




"Pacifica Radio is in talks to air the Al Jazeera Network" at

"It's the Persian Gulf-based radio and TV network that became a household name when it began airing video messages from Osama bin Laden following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Washington Post reports that talks between non-commercial station owner Pacifica and Al Jazeera are ongoing. Pacifica could carry the audio portion of Al Jazeera's English-language TV channel."




"Rebecca off to attend UC--at 15 years old" by Judy Peterson,

"Most young people will never know what it's like to finish seventh grade and then go off to college. But that's old hat to 15-year-old Rebecca Jolitz of Los Gatos, who has just started her second semester at UC-Berkeley.

Rebecca is a gifted student who was recently named a Davidson Fellow and was awarded $10,000 from the Davidson Institute of Reno, Nev., for her research into whether hypolithic cyanobacteria could theoretically have enough sunlight to survive on Mars.

'I began building a computer program that simulated light transfer through rock,' Rebecca explained. 'Ironically, a lot of information on light transfer through rock is hard to find. My mentor handed me a huge book with about 18 pages of information that would be crucial to my experiment.'

Hypolithic cyanobacteria are a form of life found under rocks in extreme environments such as that of Mars. 'They need enough sunlight to grow, so my simulation was to determine if there was enough light," Rebecca said. "Mars is very different from Earth. They have dust storms and hazy red skies.'

The Davidson Institute says, 'Rebecca's research could help to discover the means through which life on Mars may exist.' "


"College in the time of recession" by Abel Guillén at

"In these stormy economic times, the Peralta Community College District is tossing a vital lifeline to local students. The four Peralta Colleges -- College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Merritt and Laney Colleges in Oakland -- teach 30,000 students each semester, and are finding new and innovative ways to help local students transform their lives through education."


"What works in education: Learning three R's with healthy foods" Amanda Terrebonne at  

"Most schools focus on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. But finding new ways to make them interesting can be challenging.

In our partnership with the George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia, a California school has found a way to teach the basics of education, by combining it with hands on lessons in healthy eating.

The edible schoolyard is another example of 'what works' in education. For most sixth graders, the day begins with the shuffling of paper and textbooks.

But in this outdoor classroom at Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley, California, students spend their first period planting, harvesting and eating organic delights from their edible schoolyard.

The garden and its adjacent kitchen classroom are learning labs for social studies, math and science."



"California elementary students exposed to asbestos during cooking and music lessons" at

"In June, Cal/OSHA (California Division of Occupational Safety and Health) responded to a report at Washington Elementary School in Berkeley, California and confirmed that crumbling floor tiles in a classroom that housed music and cooking classes contained friable asbestos and that students may have been exposed."


"Expert forum to explore implications of grading teachers" is a press release by Kathleen Maclay at

"Joining a national debate about the Los Angeles Times' recent publication of its own evaluations of 6,000 elementary school teachers, UC Berkeley is hosting a Sept. 27 experts forum, "Grading the Teachers: Measures, Media and Policies."




"Berkeley Lab taps deputy director" is the San Francisco Business Times by Steven E.F. Brown.

"Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory named Horst Simon its deputy director.

Jay Keasling, the former deputy director, will keep running the Joint BioEnergy Institute.

Paul Alivisatos, the lab's director since Steven Chu left for Washington, D.C., as Secretary of Energy, will be Simon's boss."




"Alternative Fuels:Berkeley Scientists Make Yeast Breakthrough for Biofuels" by Chikodi Chima,

"Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Labratory at the University of California have made a remarkable breakthrough in biofuels technology by placing genes from grass-eating fungi into yeast cells, which could yield alcohol from hardy plant materials.

Researchers on the project hope that they can insert the same genes into yeasts used for industrial purposed to yield sugar that can be used to make ethanol. Cornstarch, sugar and simple carbohydrates are currently the easiest materials for today's generation of yeast to break down, but the Berkeley team's research may help biofuels producers create ethanol from a much wider variety of plant materials. "



"California firm teams with Statoil to turn seaweed into ethanol" at

"Algal biofuel technology developer Bio Architecture Lab (BAL) has won the support of Norwegian oil giant Statoil as it pursues the commercialization of its ethanol-from-seaweed process.

The tech firm based in Berkeley, California, will receive funding from Statoil for its research and development, along with demonstration projects in Norway."




"Sungevity Prospers on its Ideals, Selling Solar Panels" by Karen E. Klein,

"As a former environmental activist, Danny Kennedy, 39, says he is "probably more missionary than mercenary" when it comes to clean energy. Still, the founder of Sungevity, a Berkeley (Calif.)-based company that sells solar power panels for homes, is "entirely comfortable with the fact that we're going to make a killing in this industry."

Coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy fuel the vast majority of America's energy consumption. Solar energy and other renewable sources account for less than 3 percent of the total, although their share is growing. The residential solar market in the U.S. increased 101 percent during the 2009 recession, according to the Solar Energy Industries Assn. With the nation's toughest environmental regulations, California made up the lion's share of that growth, with 220 megawatts of new capacity installed in 2009." 



"Shade-Grown Coffee Put To Test" an audio interview at

"Forty years ago, almost all coffee was grown under the shade of the rainforest. Now, many coffee farmers have abandoned those techniques for clear-cutting. Host Guy Raz talks to Shalene Jha, a University of California researcher who's studying the environmental benefits of shade-grown coffee. While environmental benefits are great, taste is crucial, so we'll meet up with Nick Cho of Wrecking Ball Coffee for an in-studio taste test."




"Poverty in India dipped not due to globalisation,"

"Pranab Bardhan, professor of economics, University of California, Berkeley, has done theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries, on political economy of development policies, and on international trade. 
n his latest book, Awakening Giants; Feet of Clay: Assessing the Economic Rise of China and India, he discusses the two countries' economic reforms, patterns and composition of growth and the problems afflicting their agricultural, industrial and financial sectors."









Berkeley PD have issued warrants for two "smash and grab" burglars.

One is now in custody, the other is still at large but property has been recovered. RP



A BPD press release

Safely dispose of unsafemedications
National Take-Back allows for safe and anonymous disposal

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, September 15, 2010) - Residents can come to San Pablo Park on September 25 and safely and anonymously dispose of all unused, unneeded and expired prescription medications. The City of Berkeley and LifeLong Medical Care are inviting residents to participate in the first nationwide prescription drug take-back program.

The National Take-Back Initiative, sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, allows residents to dispose of medication, especially those drugs which may not be accepted back by pharmacies. Home storage of prescription medications is a serious public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, theft and abuse.

San Pablo Park
2800 Park St. in Berkeley
Saturday, September 25, 2010
10:00 a.m. ­ 2:00 p.m.

Because many pharmacies cannot take them, residents are encouraged to bring medications with narcotics (opiates) like Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin; stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, and Dexedrine; and sedatives and tranquilizers like Valium, Xanax, and Ambien. However, any medication will be accepted at the event. No needles or liquids, please.

No questions are asked when you drop off medications. To protect your privacy, you can empty your bottles into the bin and take them home with you, or you can black out your personal information with a marker and recycle the container on-site. You do not need to be a Berkeley resident or provide any other kind of identification.

Turning in unused medication keeps them out of the ground, out of the water supply, and out of the hands of people who may abuse them. Seven of the 10 drugs most commonly abused by teens are prescription medications, and most teen prescription drug abusers get the drugs from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends.

There is also the risk of accidental overdose. Homes containing children or the elderly are especially vulnerable to this danger and need to take preventative steps, including getting rid of unused or old medication.

Although flushing some dangerous drugs is preferable to the risk of abuse or accidental overdose, there are environmental costs. Recent studies by the Environmental Protection Agency have detected pharmaceutical drugs in our nation's water supply.





"Sempra Energy expands efforts to work with customers facing shut-off" is a report at

"The parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric has reached a tentative agreement with a Berkeley-based consumer protection group to better communicate with customers who face having their utilities shut off, it was announced Thursday.

In the deal with The Greenlining Institute, Sempra Energy agreed to send notices to customers facing shut-off of their gas or electricity, warning them that they are at risk of disconnection and may be eligible for help or a payment plan. The notices will be written in several different languages."




"Lawrence Berkeley Lab makes plans for second campus" by Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.

"Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, one of the smallest Department of Energy labs in the nation, will issue a request for proposals by December to build a second campus in the East Bay.

Lab officials want to move in by 2015.

Jim Krupnick, the lab's chief operations officer, said at a meeting Monday night that the new campus would need to be no more than a 20 minute drive from the main lab up on the hill above the University of California, Berkeley."

The Monday night meeting was held in Berkeley at one of our senior centers. RP





"Clean Air Plan sets blueprint for healthier air" by Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times.

"Homeowners with open hearth fireplaces could be required to upgrade to low-emitting fireplace inserts or stoves before selling their homes

A Bay Area version of a "Cash for Clunkers" program could be expanded to get polluting cars off the road.

Dairies in the Bay Area could be required to reduce methane gas from their cows by providing animal feed that reduces their passing or belching gas, and wineries could be required to minimize sweet-smelling emissions from fermentation tanks.

These are among the measures the Bay Area Air Quality Management District will consider in the next few years under a clean air blueprint adopted Wednesday by the agency's nine-county air board."




"Berkeley Is Slow to Stop Steel Plant's Air Pollution" by Janic Schroeder at

"In the September 3, 2010 Daily Californian article titled, 'Odor Problem Still a Contentious Issue in Race for District 1 Seat', Council Member Linda Maio stated, 'Frankly, I don't think that there is anyone who is better versed with what's happening ... with Pacific Steel Casting than I am.'

Linda Maio may know quite a bit about Pacific Steel Casting Company (PSC) and its toxic pollution, but she, the mayor, the City Council and the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) have done little to effectively reduce PSC's toxic emissions. "


In fairness, my experience is that the odor has been considerably reduced.

I can't speak to the toxicity. RP






"Pancho Villa and revolutionary Mexico on display at Stanford, UC Berkeley" by Joe Rodriguez,

"When Pancho Villa joined the political and social revolution against the dictatorship in Mexico that started in 1910, he knew whom to call.


Yes, the early American movie industry jumped at the unorthodox general's invitation to produce some of history's first film footage of war as it was being fought, a genre that still scores big at the box office and on television a full century later."




"Hubble's Amazing 3-D Look Inside the Dusty Carina Nebula" at

full story here















Year to date this site has had just under one quarter million visits and about one million hits.



There is a Planning Commission meeting this Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 7:00 PM at
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue.

It deals with the West Berkeley Project.




"Berkeley Law professor Molly Van Houweling on the fast track" by Michael Barnes at

"It was May 15, 2009, and UC Berkeley Law professor Molly Shaffer Van Houweling was having a very bad day. Somewhere on a back road in Kern Country, CA, near Bakersfield, she was stuck with a mechanical problem.

Although her vehicle was not a car, it was worth almost as much. Van Houweling was struggling to get the chain engaged on her racing bicycle as she watched her competitors ride by in the time trial event of the Kern County Women's Stage Race. She eventually finished 15th that day.

Not satisfied, she returned to the start and asked the timers to let her ride again - even though the effort would not be official. On her second attempt, she turned in the fastest time of the day, and she eventually finished third overall in the three-day race.

With a combination of fitness, skill and determination, Van Houweling, 37, has emerged as one of California's best women bicycle racers. Her venues are quiet backroads that many motorists never experience, where she excels in the time trial, the solo rider's race against the clock."




"What is to be done" is asked at

"I went on my first Civil Rights March in Berkeley, California, in 1963. We were all told to dress properly, not provoke the police and sing, 'We Shall Overcome' with enthusiasm if not talent. Within a year, Kennedy and Martin Luther King had died. The Black Panthers emerged and then came Black Power. Many joined the Nation of Islam, became Black Muslims (Americans then were not aware of what colour the rest of the two billion Muslims were). The mood became ugly. There was no talk of being nice to the police-'the Pigs'-but only of provoking them and then alleging police brutality. In the 1968 Olympic Games, a gold medal winning US athlete gave the Black Power salute while the US national anthem was playing. The alienation of black youth from the American Dream was complete. It took forty years before an Obama could become President.

I remind you of all this as a key to understanding Kashmir."





"Slain man's fiancee tells of their plans" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Amber Nelson and her fiancee Adolfo Ignacio Celedon Bravo were deeply in love and made plans for a future together. After her graduation from UC Berkeley this May, the two were to get married twice - once in her hometown of St. Louis and again in his native Chile.

But the couple's hopes came to a tragic end early Sunday when two robbers attacked them at Adeline and Emerson streets, just blocks from their home near the Ashby BART Station. When the men pointed a gun at Nelson, Celedon came to her defense, she told The Chronicle in an interview Friday night. The assailants punched Nelson in the face and shot Celedon numerous times before fleeing west on Ashby Avenue in a sport utility vehicle."





"Alice Waters' San Francisco Bay" is an interview by Rebecca Seal at

"Alice WatersAlice Waters is the chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, which has won numerous awards since it opened in 1971 and which was a pioneer in the use of local produce.

On a Saturday morning ... my ritual starts with a visit to the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market in San Francisco and often my breakfast is a tamale from Primavera, a wonderful authentic Mexican food stand. I also make a trip to Boulette's Larder for a perfect English muffin to be eaten while I do my shopping.

The restaurant with a buzz about it ."



"Addie's Pizza Pie will open for business this week" by Tracey Taylor at

"The opening party at Addie's Pizza Pie drew a crowd, from the neighborhood and beyond.

After several hitches which postponed its opening, Addie's Pizza Pie held its launch party yesterday evening and will open for business on Wednesday this week. The New York-style pizzeria, which is in the old Spud's Pizza space at 3290 Adeline, is owned by Jennifer Millar, who runs Sweet Adeline Bakeshop a block down the street, and Thomas Schnetz of Doña Tomás, Flora and Tacubaya fame."



"Clark Center's Japanese art blooms in Berkeley" Kenneth Baker, Chronicle Art Critic.

"Most Bay Area residents might not even have heard of the San Joaquin Valley town of Hanford, let alone stopped there. So they will not have seen one of the region's most surprising and inspiring assets: the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture.

The Berkeley Art Museum's big fall exhibition, 'Flowers of the Four Seasons,' brings a generous selection of the Clark Center's holdings to a Bay Area audience for the first time. The show borrows its title from one of the glories of the center's collection, a gilded six-panel screen decorated with a riot of colorful flowers by Saito Ippo, an artist active at the turn of the 19th century."




"Absence of father at home linked to early puberty in girls" is a story at

"According to the new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health, the absence of a biologically related father in the home predicted earlier breast and pubic hair development, but only for girls in higher income households. The findings held even after the girls' weight was taken into account.

In this new study, researchers recruited 444 girls ages 6-8 through Kaiser Permanente Northern California, and have been following them annually. Their analysis was based on the first two years of follow-up. They considered signs of puberty that occur before the start of menarche. In interviews with the girls' caregivers,
the researchers asked about the residents in the girls' homes and their relationships to the children."



And also reports "Alzheimer's drug enhances perceptual learning in healthy adults.

Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that a drug commonly prescribed to Alzheimer's disease
patients boosts perceptual learning in healthy adults.

In a new study, researchers found that study participants showed significantly greater benefits from practice on a task that involved discriminating directions of motion after they took donepezil, sold under the brand name Aricept, compared with a placebo.

Neither the researchers nor the participants knew whether they were taking the placebo or donepezil, a cholinesterase inhibitor that enhances the effects of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain."





"Nano-particles could offer new type of flash memory" by Emma Woollacott is at

"An entire new class of phase-change materials suitable for flash memory has been discovered by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California Berkeley."











There is a Planning Commission tonight Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 7:00 PM at
North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue.

It deals with the West Berkeley Project.


On the other hand tonight, Wednesday, also at 7 PM, there's


"Pot Talk: Cal Student Groups to Host Prop 19 Debate" reports

"Students at UC Berkeley will host a debate Wednesday night on Proposition 19, the California ballot measure that would legalize and tax marijuana for recreational use for adults.

The non-partisan campus group Students for Liberty is hosting the debate, along with Students for Sensible Drug Policy. The discussion will bring together other student groups, including Cal Democrats and Berkeley College Republicans.

The debate is open to the public and admission is free. It's being held at Evans Hall on the Cal campus starting at 7 p.m. Check out their Facebook page for more details."





"British Chip Designer Prepares for Wider Demand" by Ashlee Vance at

"Near the southeastern edge of Cambridge, where this idyllic university town gives way to fields of green, sits the headquarters of ARM Holdings. Neither the modest three-building campus nor its surroundings evoke notions of a thriving hotbed of computing.

But ARM, which designs the low-power chips that go into just about every cellphone sold today, commands a prime position when it comes to one of the next major technological revolutions. This is the so-called Internet of Things, when all sorts of everyday objects will have tiny chips placed inside them and gain the ability to process information and talk to the Web.

In this post-PC era, some analysts say, Intel's familiar jingle - bummmm, bum, bum, bum, bum - will fade as the central soundtrack of computing. Instead, people will hear nothing, or rather the understated silence that has accompanied ARM's rise as one of the most important technology companies.

ARM bases its business on licensing chip designs to companies like Apple, Samsung and Qualcomm, which often tweak them to suit their needs. In addition to cellphones, a host of other devices these days run on ARM chips, including TVs from Sony, the Kindle from Amazon and products as varied as hotel door locks, printers, slot machines and cars."


Perhaps a bit subtle, but note that the by-line of this article locates this company in Cambridge. . . 
Also rather subtle is that the culture of the company is less like a Silicon Valley start-up, and more like a University-based start-up that retained its character for an unusually long time.

Imagined or not, this is an aspect of the culture and character we should strive for in Berkeley.  RP not



"Science Projects That Can Run Right on Your Home Computer" by Adam Hadhazy, TechNewsDaily Staff Writer.

"Want to help search for aliens and fight diseases right from your home computer?

A cornucopia of 'volunteer computing' projects let you do that and more by donating some of the spare computational power on your desktop or laptop.

With these projects, rather than a giant, booked-up supercomputer crunching on a massive data set, thousands of regular ol' computers tackle a scientific problem that is broken up into piecemeal 'jobs.'

'Volunteer computing doesn't get a single job done any faster [than a supercomputer], but it gets a whole lot of jobs done faster in a given time,' said Dav'd Anderson, a research scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. 'These projects encourage people to think more and learn more about science."





"UCLA To Raise $520M In Bond Sale"

"University of California (UCLA) is selling taxable Build America Bonds worth $520 million, Bloomberg reports. The bonds, maturing in 2050, will be sold at a spread of 250 basis points.

The university will use the sale proceeds to finance seven construction and renovation projects across six campuses including Berkeley and Los Angeles. UCLA last issued Build America Bonds in December last year."





"Legislature's waning support for higher education creates chasm for middle class" by Samuel H. Smith,

"Washington state citizens are increasingly finding they have less access to affordable higher education, writes guest columnist Samuel H. Smith. The state Legislature should increase its support for higher education or the future for our state's young people will grow increasingly bleak.

Washington state is losing the American dream that its citizens, regardless of their financial level, can go to college. I was raised in a single-parent family on welfare yet I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

I have attended, worked for, administered or built universities for more than 50 years. The hardworking, average family no longer has access to or can afford to attend our best public colleges."





"'Why wouldn't you want equality? ' " Jennifer Azzi at

"First, for some personal perspective on what's going on at the University of California - Berkeley: the athletics department isn't the only target for cuts.

Cuts will happen system-wide.

They're downsizing - or "re-designing" - departments across the UC system all the way from minor administrative units on campuses to people working at the highest levels of the system. Those of us with family members working within the system know that this turmoil has been going on for years. It has created an extremely stressful and almost toxic work environment for those who have been informed of forthcoming layoffs in November, which is of course right before the holidays. Employees are justifiably frustrated with management, but what can anybody really be expected to do in this situation? There is not a person in the world with "experience" rectifying a state- and system-wide economic crisis of this magnitude.

The situation in its entirety is a sad one because this higher education system - both the UC and California State System - has been among the class of the nation for so long. And growing up in Berkeley, sports have been a part of that."




"UC Berkeley to be Subject of Upcoming Documentary"

"For the past five weeks, with over 100 hours of film footage, famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman has been working to make UC Berkeley the subject of his 39th film, to be shown in 2012 'r 2013 on PBS.

Wiseman - whose scope of work for more than 40 years includes noted films such as "Titicut Follies' and multiple achievements including the Peabody Award for Significant and Meritorious Achievement - hopes to focus on the administration of the campus, though his filming thus far has covered a wide range of events.

According to Wiseman, UC Berkeley's academic reputation and complexity originally drew him to the campus. His documentary will be the first made about the campus to his knowledge."






"What we're reading" at

"1.) Overpaying for office space? Redesign it with a fluid layout.

2.) Audi begins testing prototypes of its A1 e-tron electric car.

3.) Reverse brain drain: finance to farming?

4.) SolarCity, Tesla Motors and the University of California, Berkeley are working on how to integrate solar arrays and car batteries with the grid.

5.) A photo tour of a LEED Gold community in the Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco."




"Ways to go green up top"

"Over the last couple of days there's been all sorts of talk and stories flying about the Internet regarding 'Cool roofs' and their value as far as cooling goes and energy savings. It's interesting to see that something so simple as painting your roof white has the potential to produce fairly decent cut in our carbon footprint and in cooling costs over the summer.

'According to Berkeley Lab's Art Rosenfeld, an average, 1,000-square-foot roof painted white can save 10 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of emissions from one car for about 2 1/2 years. On a national scale, turning roofs cool could eliminate 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide, about the same as taking 20 million cars off the road for 20 years, according to Rosenfeld, who carried out his experiments with Hashem Akbari at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.'





"Calif. utility stumbles on 1.4M years old fossils" Associated Press.
"A utility company preparing to build a new substation in an arid canyon southeast of Los Angeles has stumbled on a trove of animal fossils dating back 1.4 million years that researchers say will fill in blanks in Southern California's history.

The well-preserved cache contains nearly 1,500 bone fragments, including a giant cat that was the ancestor of the saber-toothed tiger, ground sloths the size of a modern-day grizzly bear, two types of camels and more than 1,200 bones from small rodents. Other finds include a new species of deer, horse and possibly llama, researchers affiliated with the project said.

Workers doing grading for the substation also uncovered signs of plant life that indicate birch, pine, sycamore, marsh reeds and oak trees once grew in the area that is now dry and sparsely vegetated.

The fossils representing 35 species have all been removed from the site and will be on display at the Western Science Center in nearby Hemet starting next year."






"Federal maneuverings revive controversial immigration bill for youth" by Matt O'Brien and Matt Krupnick,

"Nobody but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can know for sure why the Nevada Democrat is trying to bring the long-debated DREAM Act to a vote on Capitol Hill this month, but maybe Krsna Avila had something to do with it.

The UC Davis graduate from Oakland has spent years fighting to pass the DREAM Act, which would give legal status to tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants -- including Avila -- brought to the country illegally before they were 16."




"Slogans about saving money increase spending" is a report at

"It may come as a surprise for all the companies who try to attract customers with their 'save money' slogans, as a new study has revealed that people exposed to a company's brand are likely to spend less than the ones exposed to its slogan."










9/13/10--2:07 pm--irritant in front room, dry air, wear respirator. 5:26 PM--irritant in front room, dry, hravy air. 6: 49 Pm--iritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, wear respirator. 7:01--same. 9/14/10--2:07 PM irritant in front room, light head,  nausea, leave.

9/17/10--7:55 AM--irritant in front room, burning eyes mouth, leave. 9:26 AM similar, wear repirtator. 5:38 PM--irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, wear respirator. 9:55pm--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, watery eyes, itchy skin.

9/18/10--1:34PM irritant in warehose front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, wear respirator. 6:06 PM Iirritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, VERY itchy skin. 6:40 PM--dry heavy air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, watey eyes, ictchy skin.

9/19/10--off and on all day irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, nasal congestion, short breath, ringing ears.

9/20/10--6:30 AM--lights flicker. 738 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 8:13 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 8:43 AM--same with nausea, light head, dizziness, leave.

9/23/10--7:02 AM--irritant in warehouse front and in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, burning eyes, hacking cough, wear respirator.




Was Wednesday night's Planning Commission meeting "the same ole same ole"?

Pretty much so, but better presented. After all, if it hasn't been said by now it probably isn't worth saying.

The public comments lasted about three hours. RP



"Smash and grab" continue in west Berkeley. Businesses, particularly, should be alert!RP


our Councilman, Darryl Moore emails (excerpt)

Berkeley residents are invited to join the tens of thousands of California volunteers who will help clean up our local beaches, bays, and waterways during this year's Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, September 25th, 2010.




"MerchantCircle Acquires TimeBridge to Offer Superior Online Scheduling Capabilities to Over 1.3 Million Local Business Owners" at

"MerchantCircle, the largest online network of local business owners, said today that it has completed an acquisition of TimeBridge, Inc., the company that develops ways to help busy professionals schedule and run meetings. TimeBridge launched its first free personal meeting scheduler application in late 2007 and today has grown to nearly 600,000 consumers and 25,000 businesses that use it to optimize and organize their meeting time. The company has developed both web and mobile applications for the product which will continue to be supported by MerchantCircle moving forward. TimeBridge is based in Berkeley, California with offices in Rehovot, Israel."





"UC Berkeley plans to cut another 200 jobs" Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"UC Berkeley, pegged by efficiency experts as bloated with too many managers, will eliminate about 200 jobs early next year to save $20 million, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau has announced."




"Billion Dollar Babies: University of California invests $53 million in two diploma mills owned by a regent" at

"Berkeley is a microcosm of the intrusion of corporations into education. While public schools crumble, while public universities are slashed and diminished, while for-profit universities rise as our newest vocational schools, elite institutions become unaffordable even for the middle class."





"Unusual worry for economy: Is inflation too low?" by Jeannine Aversa, Associated Press.

"It might seem like prices are rising wherever you look, from medical care to college tuition. Yet to the Federal Reserve, they might not be going up fast enough.

The Fed says a little more inflation might be just the thing to start a chain reaction that would ultimately create jobs -- and avoid a spiral of falling prices that could damage the economy.

In a statement Tuesday, the Fed avoided directly mentioning the dreaded word 'deflation.' But it signaled its concern that today's very low inflation might lead to actual price drops. 





"The Party: Impenetrable, All Powerful" is required reading at

"In the next few weeks, an event will take place in Beijing on a par with anything dreamed up by a conspiracy theorist. A group of roughly three hundred men and women will meet at an undisclosed time and location to set policies for a sixth of humanity. Most China watchers will eventually learn that the meeting is taking place and scramble to figure out what is going on, but all the outside world will receive is a terse acknowledgment that it took place and a few gnomic sentences on its outcome. In the weeks that follow, learned scholars will plumb this statement for its deeper meaning, subjecting it to textual analysis and proposing a series of hypotheses that may never be proven.

The gathering will be the Chinese Communist Party's annual plenum, a session of senior officials who meet every autumn to set the agenda for the coming year. This year, it will focus on economics, especially how to cool down China's economy without crashing it. But hanging over the plenum will be the giant question of who will run the country into the coming decade. The key question will be if the man tapped to be China's next leader, Xi Jinping, will get a seat on the Party's Central Military Commission. Joining this body, which has responsibility for all of China's armed forces, is one of a series of steps that is supposed to culminate in Xi replacing the current top leader, Hu Jintao, when his second five-year term as president ends in two years. 
If all of this seems slightly Byzantine, it is. If it also seems incongruous and, well, rather Communist, for a modern, market-oriented country, that is also true. But if it leads you to conclude that this system is in the process of being swept into the dustbin of history, then you would be in good company but very possibly wrong. For much of its history, China's Communist Party has been written off for dead after its spectacular failures: purges, extermination campaigns, massacres, and famines, to name a few. But each time it has bounced back, often after having changed course in spectacular fashion. . . . 

Today, the Party is arguably stronger than ever but few outsiders are aware of its enduring reach. For much of the 1990s and 2000s, the dominant emphasis in stories about China was how un-Communist it was becoming. Western media coverage shifted away from political reporting and toward emphasis on the country's economic growth."








Our environment issues--irritants and toxins-- are NOT TYPICAL of Potter Creek or west-Berkeley as a whole. Ours is a "special "case.

Our environment problems IN NO WAY should be interpreted as an indictment of "RADICAL MIXED USE," including dense housing.

Rather, it SHOULD PUT US ON GUARD for "cowboy" behavior of all sorts.

As to the cause, . . . it is probably the result of close-by facilitys' inefficiency, incompetence or ignorance and arrogance.




Quite a few years ago Gene, a retired city worker, lived on 8th across form David. Gene maintained that there was a jet-fuel pipeline that traversed Potter Creek.

Was this just rumor, or was there, in fact, such a line?

In 2006, in response to a city council request by Darryl and Linda, BFD reported there was a Kinder-Morgan jet-fuel pipeline running adjacent to the railroad tracks. But they felt it posed no danger.




What is today, the exact nature of our Potter Creek and our west-Berkeley?

Simply, . . . it cannot be known for the many and swirling West-Berkeley myths obscure our present.




"The Lost Art of Conversation" at

" 'The art of conversation is the most important social skill that a person can develop,' says Cristy Clarke, the founder and creative force behind TableTopics. The company creates conversation starter sets that help people engage in real conversation. Cristy feels that 'it's through conversation that we make connections with others, strengthen relationships, find solace, develop ideas, and learn new things.' In a world filled with online communication, face-to-face conversation and in-person interaction is needed now more than ever.


Cristy offers a few tips to connect with others face-to-face:

   Schedule a time each day for face-to-face conversation. It may seem a little counter-intuitive to schedule what should be a spontaneous thing but it works!

 'Unplug' for a few minutes. Turn off the TV, phone, iPod... anything that would distract you or interrupt your conversation. Cutting down on the constant chatter of our electronics is quite liberating.

      Don't put too much pressure on the conversation at first. Just talk. You'll find that the more you do it the better you get at it, and the more you'll get out of it.


Many people find themselves a little out of practice when it comes to conversation but TableTopics conversation starter sets are an easy and fun solution to this problem. They offer a variety of editions and subjects guaranteed to spark great conversations. Editions with thought-provoking questions are available for families, teens, grandparents, adults and friends.

TableTopics was founded in 2004 by Cristy Clarke and is headquartered in Berkeley, California."




"California Institute for Nursing & Health Care and Laerdal Medical Corporation Create Preferred Purchasing Agreement for California Simulation Alliance"

"The California Institute for Nursing & Health Care has reached a preferred purchasing agreement with Laerdal Medical Corporation that permits California Simulation Alliance (CSA) member organizations to purchase Laerdal products at preferred discount prices. "



from my log

9/11/10-off-and on late afternoon and early evening, irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, nasal irritation, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, light head, short breath, coughing, over rides HEPA filters. "I feel like I have ants crawling on me again" says Marsha. 9: 00 PM--irritant in front room, burning eyes, throat.

9/12/10 5:15 AM--dirty heavy air in warehouse front and front of warehouse. 9/12/10 7:45 AM dry heavy air Marsha has serious hacking cough. 12:12 PM--irritant in front room, dry air, watery eyes, dry mouth, sore throat, wear respirator. 12:29 PM--headache, light head.

9/13/10--2:07 pm--irritant in front room, dry air, wear respirator. 5:26 PM--irritant in front room, dry, hravy air. 6: 49 Pm--iritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, wear respirator. 7:01--same. 9/14/10--2:07 PM irritant in front room, light head,  nausea, leave.

9/17/10--7:55 AM--irritant in front room, burning eyes mouth, leave. 9:26 AM similar, wear repirtator. 5:38 PM--irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, wear respirator. 9:55pm--irritant in front room, dry dirty air, watery eyes, itchy skin.

9/18/10--1:34PM irritant in warehose front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, wear respirator. 6:06 PM Iirritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, VERY itchy skin. 6:40 PM--dry heavy air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, watey eyes, ictchy skin.

9/19/10--off and on all day irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, nasal congestion, short breath, ringing ears.

9/20/10--6:30 AM--lights flicker. 738 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 8:13 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 8:43 AM--same with nausea, light head, dizziness, leave.


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

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

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

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

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


Eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from


Bay Area foreclosures from

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

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.


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

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 are here.


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

Crime Log for 94710 is here

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


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

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774

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


Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120

Darryl Moore, City Councilman


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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