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
"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
Linked in the September Newsletter
is BPD Mid-Year Crime Report.*
an excerpt from the recent
BPD Crime Prevention and
"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,
Deployed robbery suppression teams in areas and at times when
the highest likelihood of robberies will occur.
Developed and distributed Monthly Newsletter to provide crime
information to residents and businesses
Created community alerts and bulletins in collaboration with BART
rider awareness and to teach personal safety measures designed
Strategically positioned bike patrols in the downtown area
Collaborated with UCPD to establish bike patrols to cover the
Directed BPD resources toward identifying and focusing on chronic
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."
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.' "
POSTS FROM THE
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
Milo's First Day of School
Mustard Seed Pre-School commencement
a Steve Smith photo
for Milo, Jack and Joe
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
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
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."
kids: Painful quest to be who they are" writes Madison Park, at cnn.com.
END POSTS FROM
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
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.
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
"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
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
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
cops, invoking near-suicide, push again for Tasers" at
"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
I need volunteers for local air
quality study. Email me at email@example.com
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.
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.
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, air
similar to Spare the Air Day.
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
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.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
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
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
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
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.
Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
The original owner of all
posted material retains copyright. The material is used only to