Our Ben* at St. Mary's win last week

*Ben's in the red, sacking the quarter-back

the first time St. Mary's beat Riordan in 15 years




One of our West's landlords has installed an EV charging facility. Now his Tesla owners have a place to quick-charge.




Months ago, I posted that negotiations for an Aquatic Park air monitoring station were in the works. 

"Bay Area's most congested freeways to get air pollution monitors" reports Doug Oakley recently at contracostatimes.com.

"Ever wonder how much pollution is coming off the Bay Area's most congested freeways?

In January, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to see pollution data posted by three new devices placed next to the area's most used freeways in Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose.

The devices are being installed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District as part of an EPA-mandated program to monitor heavy particulate matter and nitric oxides along major highways in urban areas.

Ralph Borrmann, a spokesman for the air quality district, said the monitors should be online by Jan. 1.
'It's monitoring for particulates and carbon monoxide,' Borrmann said. 'That's the stuff that can kill you.'

The Berkeley monitor will be on the east side of Interstate 80 at Aquatic Park, the most congested freeway segment in the entire Bay Area, according to an air quality district report." 



The most recent Berkeley PD Newsletter is now available as a pdf. Though right now neither the August or September issue are on line.

Linked in the September Newsletter is BPD Mid-Year Crime Report.*

an excerpt from the recent BPD report

BPD Crime Prevention and Response Strategies

"Following an historic drop in crime in 2011 and a subsequent increase in 2012, the
Berkeley Police Department set a 2013 crime reduction goal of zero growth in Part One
Crimes as compared to 2012. BPD's focus was to reduce or contain the rise in crime
experienced in 2012 and implemented strategies toward that end, including:

Deployed robbery suppression teams in areas and at times when data suggested
the highest likelihood of robberies will occur.
Developed and distributed Monthly Newsletter to provide crime prevention
information to residents and businesses
Created community alerts and bulletins in collaboration with BART to increase
rider awareness and to teach personal safety measures designed to reduce
Strategically positioned bike patrols in the downtown area
Collaborated with UCPD to establish bike patrols to cover the Telegraph Ave
Directed BPD resources toward identifying and focusing on chronic offenders.
Expanded CIT training among officers and supervisors.
Collaborated with UCPD on rape awareness and prevention."

*I noticed that our City Manager has initialed the report in perfect script. I remember in an English Lit class at Madison there was a girl who sat in the front row and earnestly took perfect notes in perfect script. Gotta' say I was envious.






"BAM/PFA screening free classic movies downtown" at insidebayarea.com.

"The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive and the Downtown Berkeley Association are going dark. Nah, they're not closing. They're teaming up for free outdoor, nighttime movies across the street from BAM/PFA's future home at Oxford and Center streets.

'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' (1978) screens on Sept. 27 and 'Harold and Maude' (1971) follows on Oct. 4, both copresented by the Downtown Berkeley Association."



"Gettin' Rowdy and Real at Berkeley's Old Time Music Convention" by Maddie Oatman, motherjones.com.

"When I catch fiddler Suzy Thompson on the phone, she's pretty amped to tell me about the 10th annual Old Time Music Convention in Berkeley, California. As BOTMC's director and founder, Thompson has coaxed old-time musicians from around the world to not only perform at the small annual festival, but to lead its square dances and workshops with eager local participants and amateurs. The outdoor string band contest, held at the park near the Berkeley Farmers' Market, often takes center stage: jug bands, Italian tarantellas, a Greek band complete with undulating belly dancer-'anything goes as long as it's unplugged,' the program reads. The result is a gathering modeled after Appalachian fiddle and banjo conventions that emphasize 'doing rather than just watching.' There's not much separation between the stars and the regular folk who take part.

That attitude is what attracted Foghorn Stringband fiddler Sammy Lind to old-time music in the first place. 'I was really drawn to the social aspect of it,' he tells me during a break from his current tour in Washington. 'I loved getting together; it felt great to be part of a crew of people like that.' "






















From a little while ago on Amoeba Records blog.

"Really liked DBA Brown's in Piedmont. And then there's the great dragon, Ron Pendorf in his Recollections . . . , sitting on his hoard of Shaded Dogs over in East Berkeley.

Surprisingly Ron is still there, and still [an] activist in environmental local issues. . . ."


Yesterday, the last four blocks of my Potter Creek morning bike ride were spent talking and riding next to "Flash," Roger an African-American who I've know since the Buttercup--then a wild man but not so much any more. "I'm interested in world peace now " he said. "I'll settle for peace of mind" I replied. That's easy Roger said "Just keep it simple." I 'm working on that.



Milo's First Day of School

Milo drawings





Mustard Seed Pre-School commencement last year

a Steve Smith photo

for Milo, Jack and Joe


In "Free Speech Day Is October 1! Two Unique Ways to Celebrate" Gar Smith of our dailyplanet.com recommends in order to celebrate free speech we go and hear two speakers--that is, consume. I suggest we speak freely and so, . . . produce.



For a bit of nostalgia read "Late considerations on Berkeley's People's Park Tree sit, 2011" by Darin Bauer  at indybay.org.

"Personal accounting of Berkeley's recent People's Park tree sit.

In response to a letter to the University of California, Berkeley by the Berkeley Telegraph Avenue Merchant's Association, in which the Merchant's blame People's Park for blight; a tree sit in Berkeley's People's Park lasted nine days and tried to address The People's frustration with the city, the university, and the Merchant's Association's refusal to address public social programs in Berkeley, and how this is the real reason for problems in Berkeley's People's Park. 

In the beginning of September, I found and was introduced to Penelope Clearwater and a second platform in the Cedar tree in the northeast of People's Park in Berkeley, California. A few days prior I had met Moonshadow. On the day I discovered that Moonshadow had company, two members of Clearwater's family were there with her bag of belongings. During the tree sit I brought carrots and food not bombs, and would come by the protest at least help to coordinate the effort, a few of us were involved with this. Treehorn was sleeping in the tree the day after I met Penelope and another platform was installed. The next day would see yet another platform had been installed. Whatever we were doing in this particular tree sit was more successful than the last. Ayr, Berkeley Oak Grove tree-sitter from a few years back is hanging out at time of writing and poses a question to Moonshadow. It seems we are fighting for the park and homeless advocacy. If Running Wolf was here he would remind us of the Ohlone and the importance of sacred spaces, and the disparity of genocide." 



"Transgender kids: Painful quest to be who they are" writes Madison Park, at cnn.com.












Last Sunday afternoon, our Humane Society and other dog and cat people had their block party in Potter Creek

Carleton was blocked off between 8th and 9th and filled with animal lovers, vendors, a food truck, and musicians. Around one hundred or so attended.

a Marsha W report




And, thanks to Morgan and Tracy for the Potter Creek grown and freshly picked pears. I took some from the bowl they placed for neighbors on a table in their drive last week. They're juicy and delicious.
























"Cal Stadium's 'Floating' Press Box Wins National Award" at berkeleypatch.com.


"Cal football

Penndorf 2012 photo

has landed at Memorial Stadium


"The large, two-story press box that appears to float above the rebuilt Memorial Stadium at the University of California at Berkeley has won a national award for innovation in steel structures. The award was presented at the stadium on Friday."




"Homecoming Week at Saint Mary's" at berkeleypatch.com.

"Panther football at Brady Park. The new athletic field and track were completed in 2009, with hundreds of donors funding the project. 

The Panthers will meet El Sobrante's De Anza High Dons at Saint Mary's Brady Park field for the Panthers' Homecoming Game on Saturday, September 28 -- 1:30 Varsity and 11:00 JV.  Several class reunions and an alumni barbecue will take place as part of the day's events.  Also on Saturday, girls' Volleyball will play at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco, and Cross-Country will travel to the Stanford Invitational."








"3D Robotics (a company witn an office in Potter Creek) Announces $30 Million Series B Financing" by Chris Anderson.

"3D Robotics, the leading open Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) company, today announced a $30 million Series B financing round. The round was co-led by Foundry Group, a new investor, and existing investor True Ventures, along with participation from existing investors O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and SK Ventures. As part of this round,  Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group will join the 3D Robotics board of directors.

This round of funding augments a late-2012 Series A round led by True Ventures and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. It will enable 3D Robotics to mainstream aerial robotics and surveying, making advanced UAV technology affordable and easy to use for its worldwide customer base of businesses and individuals. Working with its large community of users and open source developers, 3D Robotics has created the industry's leading open UAV platform, APM, and is now extending that to a new generation of autopilots, software and ready-to-fly multicopter and fixed-wing UAVs.

As part of this funding round 3D Robotics will expand its development and deployment of advanced UAV applications, with a focus on agricultural crop mapping and other commercial aerial survey technology. 'The opportunity to bring 'big data' to agriculture through low-cost automated aerial crop surveys could be a game-changer for both farming and the UAV industry alike,' said Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics. 'Adding UAVs to the precision agriculture toolkit of a 21st Century farmer gives them the power to use imaging data to not only increase yield, but decrease water use and the chemical load in both food and environment.'

Starting in 2015, AUVSI, the UAV industry trade group, estimates that the first three years of integration of commercial drones into the national airspace will create more than 70,000 jobs in the United States with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion.  International prospects are much larger.  'We're building out a world-wide sales, service and support model that will help us build long-term relationships with local resellers that can in-turn support their local community requirements for mapping and imaging,' said John Cherbini, 3D Robotics VP of Sales.

3D Robotics also recently announced Iris, the company's first ready-to-fly, fully-autonomous quadcopter for the consumer market.  The lightweight vehicle can conduct hands-off missions and record high definition aerial video, bringing pro-level UAV features at an unprecedented sub-$1,000 price. Iris is now shipping to developers, with consumer sales to begin in November.
In conjunction with Iris, 3D Robotics has extended its exclusive relationship with the PX4 team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), one of the world's leading UAV research institutions. In collaboration with ETH, 3D Robotics has announced its most powerful autopilot to date, Pixhawk, which will ship in October.  Pixhawk is a new 32-bit open autopilot platform designed for improved ease of use and reliability while offering unprecedented safety features compared to existing solutions.

3D Robotics' mission is to deliver reliable, easy-to-use autonomous navigation and sensing solutions to customers using land, sea or air based vehicles.  3D Robotics' open UAV technology, which is in use by tens of thousands of customers already, delivers pro-level aerial robotics features at consumer-level prices to bring UAV applications to mainstream markets.
3D Robotics is a privately-held North American company with offices in Berkeley, San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.

For more information on the company visit: http://www.3drobotics.com"





"Funding problems have blurred the vision for LBNL's waterfront campus in Richmond" Ron Leuty, San Francisco Business Times.

"Funding problems for an iconic Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory project and federal budget sequestration are leaving a cloud of uncertainty over the lab's high-profile second campus in Richmond."








"Berkeley cops, invoking near-suicide, push again for Tasers" at sfgate.com.

"Berkeley police are again ratcheting up the pressure on city leaders to authorize Tasers for their officers in the wake of a near-successful suicide of a mentally ill man with a knife.

Last Wednesday, officers responded to reports of a suicidal, mentally ill man who was threatening to slit his throat with a knife, said Sgt. Chris Stines, president of the Berkeley Police Association, the union representing rank-and-file cops. Officers found the man holding at least two knives.

Police pleaded with the man to drop the knives, but he stabbed himself repeatedly, causing massive trauma. "Police officers on the scene applied battlefield medicine techniques to stop the bleeding, ultimately saving the community member's life," Stines said.
The sergeant said had officers been armed with Tasers, the man 'would have been safely disarmed, taken out of harm's way and transported to a place where he could get help. That is not what happened.' "


















I need volunteers for local air quality study. Email me at ronpenndorf@earthlink.net if you're interested.


9/20/13 2:45 PM--VERY SERIOUS irriitant in front room, mucus membrane irritation, nausea, light head, wear respirator, UNABLE TO WORK, worst in recent memory. Similar off-and-on last 24/36 hrs.

9/23/13==~1:50 PM-=VERY SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, nausea, light head, chills. 2:07 PM--in front room, similar.

9/24/13--9:68 AM--irriitant in front room, mucus membrane irritation, light head, wear respirator. 1:04 PM--similar. As of last week, the irritant' s intensity has increased--it's much stronger. Has some nearby manufacture installed another/a larger something?

9/26/13--2:00 PM--VERY SERIOUS irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, nausea, light head. Similar off-and-on all day. 2:42 PM--in front of warehouse, similar. Marsha similar.

9/28/13--11:31--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, air similar to Spare the Air Day.












eternally useful links


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

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



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

useful link

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




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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here




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



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

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

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

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

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






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