October marks the Tenth Anniversary of Scrambled Eggs and Lox


We find in The City of Berkeley's West Berkeley Plan of which Potter Creek is part "Yet while all parts of Berkeley felt they benefited (between 1906-1941) from growth, political issues remained between West and East Berkeley. West Berkeley made a serious, though unsuccessful attempt to secede from Berkeley in 1908. One major reason for the effort was the incorporation in the 'reform' City Charter of 1909 of a complete prohibition on bars and alcohol sales in Berkeley, more than a decade before national prohibition." When I came to Cal in 1963 I found there were still no bars within a mile of Campus - I'd come from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where beer was served in the Student Union. 10/22/02


This page is named after my favorite breakfast at the Saffron Caffe. The caffe also serves freshly roasted Uncommon Grounds coffee, and the Uncommon Grounds roastery is adjacent to the caffe - you can see them working through a shared window. The caffe reminds me of a 1950s coffee house and is at 2813 7th Street, behind V & W Door and Window. Sometimes I have stuffed grape-leaves and a single-espresso. 10/23/02






Our Potter Creek Montessori School continues to update its new 9th Street facility. Across the street from the French School, local residents welcome it. I'm told by those living around the new school that the enrollment is a dozen or so.


Full of schmaltz and fully heart warming, "Music of the Heart" should be seen!

imdb.com offers," The true story of a young teacher who fights against the board of education in her bid to teach underprivileged kids in a Harlem school the beauty of music through the violin. In her struggle she loses everything as the system comes down on her with all their might but her determination for the kids happiness helps her to battle back with wonderfully inspirational results."

Isaac Stern makes a brief appearance and Itzak Perlman a briefer one. The Carnegie Hall scenes are sumptuous and Meryl Streep is a fully convincing music teacher and, surprisingly, a fully convincing fiddle player.





"Endless Canvas opens a Sistine Chapel of graffiti art" Matt Werner at oaklandlocal.com.

"Thousands turned out Saturday night, September 8, 2012 for the Endless Canvas graffiti warehouse opening in Berkeley, California. This underground event called Special Delivery Bay Area 2012--despite being covered by very few local press outlets--grew to be the most popular art event in the East Bay Saturday night. It featured street art from over 80 local graffiti artists who covered nearly every inch of a 36,000-square-foot warehouse with graffiti and street art.

The organizers were surprised with the masses of people who showed up, posting on their website the day after: 'we didn't think that many people would show up.' Perhaps the mystique of the event was heightened because the location of the warehouse was kept secret until the day before the event, leaving people to speculate about where the warehouse could be. There's nothing like secrecy, controversy, and rumors of art depicting illicit things to bring out thousands to an East Bay art event.

What attendees found in the former Flint Ink building at 1350 4th Street (a warehouse vacant since 1999), was a building transformed by graffiti artists into what Sean Hanlon, an Oakland resident, called 'a Sistine Chapel of graffiti art.' Not only were the walls covered with spray paint, but also the floor, ceiling, stairwells, and even elevator shaft."

Sadly, tagging spread to the surrounding neighborhood.





















and the Smiths' Kid, Jack, with older friend








Again, . . . it's important to read "Aquatic Park: Berkeley's civic eyesore" at sfgate.com.

Read it?

It's not that simple, in fact "It's complicated!" Or more accurately, it's contradictory. The park is a "bird sancturary" and yet is a couple hundred feet down-wind from one of the busiest, and dirty, freeways in the country. It's a picnic area and at the same time a frisby golf course. "These deviled eggs are delicious, dear." ZINGGG . . . POW!

Dredging helps reduce the lagoon's algae but now the pipes that recircle fresh water, helpful in reducing algae, are blocked and/or have collapsed--they run under the freeway.

And, . . . at the moment a group wants to landmark the park, thus making changes difficult or impossible, and, at the same time a group wants MUP (Master Use Permt) status, which would facilitate significant change.

to be continued




Kubik forwards

I'm excited to invite you to the grand opening of the Community Campaign Center, a one-stop shop for Berkeley voters. 
Please join me Saturday, September 15, at 10 a.m. at 1551 University Ave. (between Sacramento and California) to celebrate the opening of a new kind of campaign space.

For those that don't know me, my name is Jacquelyn McCormick and I'm running for mayor because I know we need . . . new leadership to make Berkeley better.  . . .

Jacquelyn McCormick








"Heinz awards honor contemporary composer, 4 others" Associated Press at mercurynews.com.

"A California composer who combines electronic club music with symphony orchestras is one of four winners of the Heinz Award for his work in the arts and humanities.

Composer Mason Bates, 35, of San Francisco, has also used old car parts to create new instruments and engage a wider, younger audience. Bates is composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and is also a DJ at late-night dance clubs. . . .

Jay Keasling, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who has used genetic engineering to create an affordable way of producing anti-malarial drugs for emerging countries. He is also working on other compounds that may be less polluting that current energy sources."




"Intel shows off its vision of PCs' future to developers, skeptical analysts" by Noel Randewich, Reuters at contracostatimes.com.

"Intel showed off hybrid tablets and ultrabook laptops with voice and gesture recognition technology along with an upcoming low-power chip in a bid to convince Wall Street a slump in the personal computer industry is only temporary."













Yet again, . . . it's important to read "Aquatic Park: Berkeley's civic eyesore" at sfgate.com.

Read [red] it?

It's not that simple, in fact "It's complicated!" Or more accurately, it's contradictory. The park is a "bird sancturary" and yet is a couple hundred feet down-wind from one of the busiest, and dirty, freeways in the country. It's a picnic area and at the same time a frisby golf course. "These deviled eggs are delicious, dear." ZINGGG . . . POW!

Dredging helps reduce the lagoon's algae but now the pipes that recircle fresh water, helpful in reducing algae, are blocked and/or have collapsed--they run under the freeway.

And, . . . now a group wants to landmark the park, thus making changes difficult or impossible, and, at the same time a group wants Master Use Permit Status, which would facilitate significant, possibly accelerated, change.

The park hosts a childrens' play area and at the same time hosts a "hook-up" area for "open" sex. "Mommy, that man's thingy . . . "


from wikipedia

"In dialectical materialism, contradiction, as derived by Karl Marx from Hegelianism, usually refers to an opposition inherently existing within one realm, one unified force or object. This contradiction, as opposed to metaphysical thinking, is not an objectively impossible thing, because these contradicting forces exist in objective reality, not cancelling each other out, but actually defining each other's existence. According to Marxist theory, such a contradiction can be found, for example, in the fact that:
(a) enormous wealth and productive powers coexist alongside:
(b) extreme poverty and misery;
(c) the existence of (a) being contrary to the existence of (b).
Hegelian and Marxist theory stipulates that the dialectic nature of history will lead to the sublation, or synthesis, of its contradictions. . . ."








for the full-size "handbill" of this Jewish Museum Show

go here

[In addition to the Houdini Exhibit, paintings of Potter Creek's Deborah Oropallo are on display.]


As a kid loving magic and growing up in Milwaukee I well knew of Houdini, for in addition to his world-wide fame as an escape artist he was a local guy--he lived in Appleton Wisconsin for awhile where his father was rabbi. Remembered now for his illusions, exposing mediums , and feats of escape he was early-on known for his sleight of hand with cards.

[Understand that among magicians, card magic is "the fine art of magic" requiring great dexterity, long hours of practice, and . . . soft hands.]


Though Houdini was an accomplished performer of card sleights, the card magician of his day was Howard Thurston.

And in fact, the most famous magician of the day was not Harry Houdini but Howard Thurston.

In "The Last greatest Magician in the World," author Jim Steinmeyer puts forward that case.

In the Wall Street Journal review of Steinmeyer's book Kenneth Silverman writes "One of the great vanishing acts in the history of magic is Howard Thurston, who in the early decades of the 20th century performed the world's largest magic show-40 tons of equipment and costumes, for appearances around the globe-but today is little known outside the magic community. While Thurston's arch rival, Harry Houdini, remains an instantly recognizable figure from American popular culture, the mastermind of 'The Wonder Show of the Universe' seems to have disappeared with the wave of a wand. Few historians of magic are as qualified as Jim Steinmeyer to bring Howard Thurston back onstage and describe his mystifying illusions, . . ."

A video about Thurston by author Jim Steinmeyer is here , along with some vintage film of Thurston performing.

Just how good was Howard Thurston? Well, he was "The magician who fooled Houdini" Here's a modern performance of that trick.

In card manipulation, Thurston pioneered "back hand palming" a sleight which allowed cards to be "endlessly pulled from thin air" and a stage version of "the rising card trick" where a card choosen at random by an audience member rose, from the deck held in the performer's hand, into mid-air and then floated in space.

But who was the greatest cardman of all-time? Not a magician at all but a card sharp. Here's one possiblity who's written about in "Phantoms of the Card Table:Confessions of a Cardsharp" by David Britland and Gazzo--the middle dealer, Walter Scott.



















"Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits" Perri Klass MD at nytimes.com.

"When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at least for those who continue to be engaged with music.
But a study published last month is the first to show that music lessons in childhood may lead to changes in the brain that persist years after the lessons stop."


Kubik emails

Baroque.me: Bach Cello Suites No. 1, Prelude

Project summary

Baroque.me visualizes the first Prelude from Bach's Cello Suites. Using the mathematics behind string length and pitch, it came from a simple idea: what if all the notes were drawn as strings? Instead of a stream of classical notation on a page, this interactive project highlights the music's underlying structure and subtle shifts.




our Judith Scherr emails

Ying Lee Oral History to be Published in September
 Ying Lee lived under war or the threat of war for most her years growing up in China and Hong Kong.  She came to San Francisco as a teenager and spent her young adult life in the throes of a changing world that catapulted her into the anti-war movement around the same time that she became a wife, a mother and a teacher. Lee's struggle for peace and justice led her into politics, where she would become Berkeley's first ­ and only! ­ Asian city councilmember, and then work for Congressmembers Ronald V. Dellums and Barbara Lee. As a Grandmother, Lee continues her fight for justice and against war.
Lee's oral history will be published in September.
Here's the beginning of her story. 

"I feel that I was born at a very significant time, because in 1931, just before the year I was
born, the Japanese invaded Manchuria. And that has always stuck in my mind, because I think that for the first part of my life, which is until I was about ten or eleven, I always thought of myself as living in wartime, and that wartime was horrible and extraordinary and not normal. And that, in some ways, it intruded into every part of my life; and so I think to me it was significant that that was what I was born into. From the time that I came to this earth, all I knew was this hysteria and upset and terrible burden of not really knowing what was going to happen next."
The Berkeley Historical Society helped launch the project. The interviewer and editor of the oral history is Judith Scherr, an independent journalist writing for Inter Press Service, the Bay Area News Group and Berkeleyside, and broadcasting for Free Speech Radio News and KPFA.
The book, produced mostly by volunteer labor, is being sold at cost for $25. Checks are payable to "Judith Scherr for Ying Lee Oral History Project (YLOHP)," PO Box 2040, Berkeley, CA 94702. Include a phone number or email address for information on pick up in Berkeley. Add $5 for mail delivery. Custom hard-bound copies for libraries can be purchased for about $100-$125. For information, email: judithscherr@gmail.com; 510-549-0653.





City of Berkeley Berkeley News Page

Berkeley Rose Garden Celebrates 75 Years

- All Berkeley residents, family, and friends are invited to the Berkeley Rose Garden 75th Anniversary event at theBerkeley Rose Garden and Codornices Park on Sunday, September 23, 2012. Help celebrate Berkeley's beautiful Rose Garden and honor the excellent work of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in building the Rose Garden 75 years ago. [more...]


City of Berkeley Annual Report

The City of Berkeley's Annual Report has been mailed to every residence and business in Berkeley. This year, the Annual Report features 2020 Vision; the Citywide Work Plan; the City's partnerships with local business districts and community agencies; new online services; and improvements to our libraries, streets, bike racks, parking garages, parks and trails. You can also read it online here, at www.CityofBerkeley.info/annualreport, or download it as a PDF.


Flu Shots Available

Flu Clinic-5007The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot every fall, and now is the time to get prepared. If you have private health insurance (i.e. Kaiser, MediCal, Blue Cross Managed Care, etc.), you should first check with your regular health care provider to receive the flu vaccine. But if that's not an option, the City of Berkeley Public Health Clinic offers flue shots for community members 3 years of age and older. Visit www.CityofBerkeley.info/flushot for clinic hours and more information about the flu.






our marijuana store's

new San Pablo Ave location preparing



















our Claudia emails a link to a nytimes.com story that features a photo of our Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl

no text-mention, just this photo


"Uneasy Allies in the Grocery Aisle" Stephanie Strom, nytimes.com.

"Giant bioengineering companies like Monsanto and DuPont are spending millions of dollars to fight a California ballot initiative aimed at requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods. That surprises no one, least of all the proponents of the law, which if approved by voters would become the first of its kind in the nation. "        




"Michael Chabon's 'Telegraph Avenue' pops up in a faux record store in Oakland" Angela Hill, Oakland Tribune.

"On Wednesday evening in an Oakland neighborhood storefront, locals crammed around a bin of used vinyl, flipping through the fame of jazz gone by: the likes of Count Basie and Sonny Criss, Art Blakey and Cannonball Adderley.

The place could have been mistaken for a vintage record store. And that was exactly the idea.

'It's kind of surreal, isn't it?' The low voice of author Michael Chabon came over a microphone, welcoming more than 200 guests at this unusual event to introduce his latest novel, 'Telegraph Avenue.'

Indeed, what would otherwise have been a typical book reading and signing for the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Berkeley author was elevated into Chabon's world of make believe with trappings of the fictional Brokeland Records shop -- the central locale in the book -- temporarily superimposed on the very real Diesel bookstore on College Avenue, its windows draped in red-and-yellow Brokeland logos that mimic the book jacket, and bins filled with more 1,000 classic record titles -- all for sale, and set up as the main display through the front door.
The records, authentic gems from the past, were courtesy of Berigan Taylor of Berigan's Records and CDs, whose old shop was the inspiration for Brokeland."


Before Beri's there was Campus Records, Record City, Moe's Books and Records, Berigan and Brown's, and DBA Brown. Beri's was in Oakland by the way, as were Berigan and Brown's and DBA Brown.

But,. . . it was said that in the 1960s there were more record stores on The Ave than anywhere but Manhattan. The "Big Boys" from there used to visit here.

And Moe's was special. At Moe's we pioneered "The Used Record" and really developed (created) "The Collectible LP."

Check out http://ronpenndorf.com/journalofrecordedmusic6.html for my "Back in the Day . . . " Most of this stuff was written in the '80s and appeared in my "Recollections Journal of Recorded Music." Left over copies can still be found, free at 900 GRAYSON.

For even more check out http://ronpenndorf.com/journalofrecordedmusic.html and following.





"Conflict over Berkeley schools candidate" Jill Tucker at sfgate.com.

"Parents and teachers publicly derided the finalist for Berkeley school superintendent this week as rumors circulated accusing the former Marine of opposing same-sex marriage."

Aw jeez!







"Medical marijuana goes back underground"

at latimes.com.





















Saturday afternoon

our Councilman, Darryl Moore

threw a shindig, well more a "campaign kick-off"

The event was held in San Pablo park and was well attended. One of the accomplishments of which the Councilman's most proud of is the 2.3 million dollar park upgrade. In some disrepair when he took office years ago, Berkeley's oldest park is arguably now the jewel of our park system with state of the art sports facilities, its green expanse and an upgraded well used pavilion.

And Darryl is also responsible for the repaving improvement of one of our town's major thoroughfares, Sacramento Street, now a smooth asphalt ribbon.

His work with our young has increased their employment by the city from fifty-or-so to over 200 jobs and he has also been active in the West Berkeley Project making sure the Project will provide jobs in the future.

His furutre plans include working for still more jobs and for more affordable housing.




"Mail ballots alter California campaigns" Marisa Lagos, at sfgate.com.

"Election day is Nov. 6 this year, but for many of the growing number of Californians who prefer to weigh in by mail, voting will actually occur sometime in October.
The portion of California voters who cast ballots by mail in the 2008 presidential election topped 41 percent, up from 17 percent in 1992. The trend is drastically changing the political landscape in the Golden State, from the way candidates and their consultants run campaigns to when races are actually decided."









a previous Councilman Moore "kick-off"


In my entire life

I've never been with so many politicians in one place at one time

more photos here















Electric power was out Sunday AM from about 9:00 to just before 11:00. Interesting that no-electricity produced about two hours of ABSOLUTELY CLEAN AIR--no "high end" odor. No dirt dry sharp air. No "raw gas" smell. What can we learn from this? The irritating products are electrically produced and they are from a producer on the power-block that was out Sunday AM which includes us and surrounding neighbors?



Sketch Ice Cream has reopened, now on Fourth and Addison.

"Sketch Ice Cream to us, is a sweet reminder of life's simple pleasures. Reminiscent of childhood memories, candied treats, and dripping ice cream, we hope to provide you with a sensory experience... one that begins at the door with a warm 'hello'.

In the same way that the purest form of ideas begin with a sketch, our ice cream is freshly made by us every morning. Using Straus organic milk coupled with seasonal fruits and all natural ingredients, Sketch celebrates our interpretation of ice cream ­ slow churned and undisguised by colors, additives, artificial flavors, stabilizers or extracts other than pure vanilla in every bite.

At Sketch, we strive to bring our product to you in a way that is friendly and safe to our environment, supportive of our local organic farmers and contributive to our community... something we can all smile about.

Thank you for stopping by

Ruthie & Eric"



Of all the students accepted into Berkeley High's bac a laureate program this year, sixteen were French School graduates. Sixteen is the highest number accepted at one time from one school.


The Bay Area "Air Board" is hoping to set up an air-monitoring station in Aquatic Park.

And an inches-thick study involving Aquatic Park's future is now making its way thru city hall.









in the spirit of "practice makes perfect"

we find our BFD at drill on Fourth Street in West-Berkeley on Wednesday last

In The Day, Marsha's uncle was the Fire Chief of Springfield Mass.








"Berkeley decision on Clayton schools chief on hold" jcrawford at atlantajournalconstitution.com.

"Clayton County Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley seemed headed for a job in California, but it's looking uncertain now.

Clayton County Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley's chances of becoming superintendent of the Berkeley, Calif., school district may be in jeopardy.

Heatley, the only finalist for the 9,400-student Berkeley Unified School District superintendent's job, ran into public outcry this week over his alleged opposition to same-sex marriage and his management of the 51,008-student Clayton school system. Berkeley school officials said during their meeting this week they will take their time filling the job.

The Berkeley board was scheduled next week to vote on whether to offer Heatley a contract. That vote is on hold now."

















"Berkeley ready to proclaim Bisexual Pride Day" is an AP report.

"Berkeley may become the nation's first city to officially proclaim Bisexual Pride Day.

If approved by the City Council on Tuesday, Bisexual Pride Day would be celebrated on Sept. 23 when there are bisexual pride events in Los Angeles, Boston and other cities.

The San Francisco Chronicle says Berkeley is apparently the first city in the county to officially proclaim Bisexual Pride Day.
It will be separate from the worldwide gay, bisexual and transsexual events every June.

Councilman Kriss Worthington proposed officially recognizing Bisexual Pride Day, saying bisexuals have complained for years that they are shunned by the gay community because they are considered fence-sitters."  

readers Paul and Bob email from Albuquerque  

You gotta be kidding

Hola from Albuquerque!

Paul and Bob were among the first (the first) guys to get married in San Francisco--their wedding photo appeared in the Chron.


"Berkeley lawmakers recognize Bisexual Pride Day" reports Alabama's Bradenton Herald.

"Berkeley on Tuesday became what is thought to be the nation's first city to officially proclaim a day recognizing bisexuals, a sexual minority that often complains of being derided as sexually confused fence-sitters.

The City Council unanimously and without discussion declared Sept. 23 as Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day."


Maybe next we can do something for Berkeley's Autosexuals.




"Heatley withdraws from Berkeley candidacy" from Heatley's hometown paper.

"Outgoing Clayton County Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley has withdrawn his candidacy for the same job in Berkeley, Calif.

Heatley bowed out in an e-mail to Berkeley school board president John Sewalsky sent either late Monday or early Tuesday, said Berkeley board spokesman Mark Coplan.
'It [Heatley's withdrawal] was not expected by the community,' Coplan said by phone Tuesday. 'I'm not sure how it was expected by the board.'

In his e-mail, Heatley wrote "I want to thank you personally for all of your time and support. I have attached my letter of withdrawal from candidacy for the position of Superintendent of the Berkeley Unified School District. I wish you, the Board and Community of Berkeley nothing but success in the future."

Heatley, who resigned from his Clayton County position late last month, was the last remaining candidate for the Berkeley job and was regarded to have been as good as hired.
But when the berkeleyside.com news website uncovered a memo attributed to Heatley that appeared to support Proposition 8, a controversial California ballot measure that would have banned gay marriage, public outcry in liberal-leaning Berkeley forced school-board members to reconsider.

'I think [withdrawing his candidacy] was probably the right move for him,' said Frances Dinkelspiel of berkeleyside.com. 'I think there were many people in the community who were concerned that he wasn't sympathetic to gay families. I think what's really important is that Heatley did not stand up in opposition to Proposition 8. Even silence on the matter, people would interpret that as complicity.' "


Over two weeks ago, I posted "Heatley headed to Berkeley" by Curt Yeomans at Clayton News Daily.

"Clayton County Public Schools Superintendent Edmond Heatley was named late Friday as the sole finalist for the superintendent's job with the Berkeley Unified School District, in Berkeley, Calif., late Friday, Clayton News Daily has learned."


Tuesday evening, Channel 5 CBS News local reported that further reading of Heatley's memo shows that he was asking for guidance on the same sex marriage issue NOT opposing it. Whatever . .

All-in-all, not one of Berkeley's finer moments.




"California Prop 30 puts new social influence website to the test. UC Berkeley initiative seeks to measure role social networking plays in awareness campaign" by Bob Brown, Network World.

"A new website launched by UC Berkeley to measure social networking influence's role in spreading knowledge will use California Proposition 30 as its first test case.

Visitors to the website will be challenged to become one of the top 50 influencers regarding Prop 30 (a proposed tax hike that could prevent big cuts in education budgets) by sending friends and family a link to a Web page about the issue via email, Twitter, Facebook or other means."








A beginning to understanding, "Average Salary (s) In United States" at averagesalarysurvey.com.

"The sources for reports are salary entries by our visitors. Sources for entire population salaries are Wikipedia and job offers sites. " 


For more salary information including what doctors earn, what teachers earn, and more than is good for your about salaries in the US, go here and browse.                         



"Some Big Corporations Don't Pay Taxes, . . . " Bruce Bartlett at nytimes.com.

(Bruce Bartlett held senior policy roles in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and served on the staffs of Representatives Jack Kemp and Ron Paul. He is the author of 'The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform ­ Why We Need It and What It Will Take.')

"On Sept. 13, Harold Hamm, chairman and chief executive of Continental Resources, testified before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce about achieving energy independence. He said his company, an oil producer, could produce much more if federal policies didn't hold it back. Among them is the tax system. Mr. Hamm said his company paid an effective tax rate of 38 percent.

One often hears corporate executives make such assertions. Republicans always accept them at face value, because to them there is no public policy problem that isn't caused by high taxes. Tax cuts are their solution to just about every problem. Cutting the corporate tax rate is among the key measures that all Republicans favor to stimulate growth.

One problem with the Republican theory is that many big corporations actually pay little, if any, federal income tax. For example, The New York Times has reported that General Electric, the sixth-largest corporation in the United States, earned $14.2 billion in 2010, but disclosed in federal filings that it had no federal tax liability.

This disparity between the high taxes that many people say they believe American corporations pay and the low rate they actually pay applies to Mr. Hamm's business as well. Citizens for Tax Justice, a labor-backed group, looked at Continental Resources' financial reports, where it must disclose tax payments, and found that in 2011 it paid a federal tax rate of 1.9 percent on profits of close to $700 million."



"Debunking Romney's 47 Percent: The Poor Pay Their Fair Share" by Eliot Spitzerat slate.com.

"Two numbers now define our political discourse. One number, made famous by Occupy Wall Street, is 99 percent. It represents the vast majority of our society-those who do not enjoy the income distribution and tax policies, including capital gains preferences and large write-offs-that favor the elite 1 percent.

And now there's a second number, from Mitt Romney: 47 percent, representing those who pay no federal income taxes.

I bet if you asked people which number they felt more passionate about, you could use that data point alone to predict with over 90 percent accuracy how they will vote this November in the presidential election.

The canard that people don't carry their fair share is a trope that Republicans love to roll out, and the 47 percent figure is their favorite data point to support it.

But as I have been saying for some time now, the 47 percent figure, while technically accurate as it relates to federal income taxes, doesn't include what people do pay through the payroll tax, sales taxes, excise taxes, and all sorts of other levies . So here is a partial breakdown of how those other burdens fall on the population, courtesy of the Tax Policy Center and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy . . . "


after 9/18/12 here










9/9/12--11:13 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, "high end" odor, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, Marsha similar. 11:42 AM--similar, but like the worst "Spare the Air Day" with heavy air, head ache, ear ache, nausea. 1:45 PM--VERY STRONG "hot metal" odor in warehouse front.

9/11/12--1:05 PM--"raw gas" odor in front of warehouse. Off=and-on all AM and PM, "raw gas" odor in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

9/12/12==off-and-on all afternoon, sharp dry dirty air in front room. Off-and -on all afternoon "raw gas" odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 6:32 PM--"burning natural gas" odor and "raw gas" odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

9/13/12--9:11 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry sharp dirty air SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, nose, Marsha similar. 2:07 PM--irritant in front room, "hot burning metal" odor.

9/15/12==4:35PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation. 3:27 PM-- irritant in warehouse front, dry sharp dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, burning eyes, only apparent activity at neighboring facility. 3:38 PM--"Hot metal" odor in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. AllPM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 8:09 PM--Hot metal" odor in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.







eternally useful links


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

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



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

useful link

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




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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here



Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is