the West Berkeley
Today is Berkeley's 128th
This week my site had
more visits than any other since its launch.
Raised as a Christian
Scientist--a religion establish by Mary Baker Eddy in the 1800s--I
was exposed to our newspaper the Monitor early on. I respected
its then-policy of not reporting sensational crime and mayhem.
As much as possible, I will follow this policy in my posts--but
arrests will be posted as well as notices of possible community
You can check out the Christian
Science Monitor here.
event to serve area's young homeless: Dental exams, bike repairs
and pet checkups will be among services" reports Martin
Snapp of the West County Times. "Berkeley police officers
will grill the food, waiters from Cafe Venezia will serve it,
and dozens of homeless young people will be sitting down at tables
One of Potter Creek's
more successful retail establishments is the worker owned sex-cooperative
"Good Vibrations" which is just down from Caffé
Trieste. Check them out here.
And almost 'cross the street
is the "marijuana store."
"BERKELEY --SWAT teams nab 2 in party slaying.
Suspects caught in Berkeley, Oakland" reports Henry K. Lee, of the San Francisco
Chronicle. "Berkeley police arrested two suspects Wednesday
in the slaying of a father who was shot and killed while hosting
a party at his house for teens,. . . The Berkeley police SWAT
team arrested James Freeman, 29, of Oakland on Wednesday morning.
Later in the day, the Oakland police SWAT team arrested Antonio
Harris, 18, after he barricaded himself inside a home near 83rd
Avenue and Olive Street in East Oakland, authorities said."
"Berkeley Plans to Accept 'Free' Wind Turbine
for Marina" reports
Judith Scherr of Our Planet.
Webster defines lobbying
as "to try to influence . . . in favor of a certain policy
by constantly seeking interviews, writing letters, bringing external
pressures to bear" and lobbyist as "one who lobbies."
Sounds like our Mr. Rick to me.
Rick strongly objects to
the word lobbyist preferring advocate.
Oligarchy is that "in
which the power is in the hands of the few."
And, according to my
Professor at the Mary Poppins Institute of Behavioral Research
"It's all in the mind
of the beholder."
"Internet Injects Sweeping Change
Into U.S. Politics" reports
Adam Nagourney of The New York Times. " The transformation
of American politics by the Internet is accelerating with the
approach of the 2006 Congressional and 2008 White House elections,
prompting the rewriting of rules on advertising, fund-raising,
mobilizing supporters and even the spreading of negative information."
I've encountered some Berkeley
Voluntary Associations lately--the West Berkeley Business Association,
the Traffic and Safety Coalition, WEIBAC, etc--and find some not
that transparent. This is surprising since an active member of
one of the associations is mayor-candidate, Zelda Bronstein--an
advocate of transparency through her writings.
"Family's best efforts didn't keep party
safe. Text messaging seen as a culprit in event that took deadly
turn" reports Jim
Herron Zemora of The Chronicle.
Though never over-estimating
our common-sense, I often naively believe Berkeley to be an informed,
acceptant even sophistcated community. Sadly, I am often disappointed.
For instance, it is well known, even in Turlock, that the legitimate
motorcycle-clubs have a long history of individual and group volunteerism--including
combating drug addiction, helping the disabled, the elderly, battered
women and abused children.
Which brings me back to "We're
not special, we're spoiled."
The fastest growing group
of bikers, by-the-way are women. Of course, there is the pioneering
Bay Area club "Dikes on Bikes."
The Nexus building is still
for sale. Mike Korman of Korman and Ing is representing Nexus
with Norheim and Yost representing the Society. Nexus has the
right of first refusal. Mike, who I worked with at Campus Records
in the '60s, helped the Ann Crowden School purchase their facility.
Sure we've had "record
breaking" rain this month but the records being broken are
not rainfall totals but the number of days of rain. Maybe not
the real important records, huh?
Pete's Potter Creek rain
Saturday to Sunday morning
.85 inches. Sunday to Monday morning 1 inch.
From the West County Times
Starting this week, the Berkeley
Public Library will host a Monday evening lecture series about
the city's history.
Monday: Vista College history
professor Chuck Wollenberg will provide a historical overview.
April 17: "A City of
Neighborhoods -- Preservation and Development" by John McBride
of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association and John Steere
of Livable Berkeley.
April 24: "Edible Berkeley
-- the Rise of California Cuisine" by restaurateur/KCBS food
maven Narsai David.
May 1: "Partisans and
Politics -- the Electoral History of Berkeley" by longtime
local political activists Marty Schiffenbauer and Randy Silverman.
May 8: "Athens of the
West -- Berkeley's Culture and Image" by writer Gray Brechin,
author of "Imperial San Francisco."
May 15: "Town and Gown
-- the university and the city" by UC Berkeley city planner
May 22: "Multi-ethnic
Berkeley -- Migration and Class in Berkeley" by Vista College
African American Studies professor Faye Wimberly.
All lectures are free. The
public is invited to drop in on as many as desired, and Vista
College students will get one class credit by attending the entire
series. The library is at 2090 Kittredge St. in downtown Berkeley.
"Officials plan disaster response. Bike
messengers, ham operators could solve high-tech communications
Martin Snapp of the West County Times.
Less than a week after the
Berkeley holdup at the Bank of America on Shattuck Avenue, the
bank is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of a man who may have committed other area
bank robberies. Anyone with information about this case or information
leading to the identity of the suspect is asked to call Berkeley
police at: (510) 981-5742.
My friend Takane Eshima emails
My wife Kiyo is planning
another photo exhibit at Fertile Grounds Cafe here in Berkeley.
She wants all of the proceeds to go to support Musicians in New
Orleans--a legitimate source that is in need of financial support.
Hopefully, she will be able to sell enough of her work to make
some difference. (The buyers can take a legitimate tax write off.)
Her exhibit will be from April 1 to April 30 with a reception
on April 7th. Fertile Grounds is at 1796 Shattuck. Their phone
number is (510)-548-1423.
"Making church music
sing in the concert hall" reports Joshua Kosman of two Berkeley
choral concerts. Read his San Francisco Chronicle review
"Berkeley Historical Society Spring Walking
Tours" writes Steven
Finacom in the Daily Planet. "Historic neighborhoods
coping with change seem to be an informal unifying theme of most
of this spring's Berkeley Historical Society's walking tours."
The Planning Commission will
take comments on the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl recirculated traffic
impact analysis and revised alternatives analysis of the draft
environmental impact report Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the North Berkeley
Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.
"UC Berkeley takes next step in organic
dining. New salad bar is first on a U.S. campus to be certified" writes Matt Krupnick of the West County
Times. "Long a bastion of progressive environmental politics,
the Cal campus on Monday greeted students returning from spring
break with the first organic-certified salad bar at a U.S. college
or university. With an assortment of carcinogen-free spinach,
carrots, cucumbers, kidney beans and other produce at the Crossroads
dining hall, students said they noticed a difference."
Irritant in front room from
Pete's Potter Creek rain
Monday to mid-day Tuesday
"Likelihood of housing dip is building,
report finds" writes
James Temple of the West County Times.
You don't have to go to Oakland
or Emeryville to find a sports bar. We have our own in Potter
Creek. Check out the Missouri Lounge at San Pablo and Parker.
Go watch an A's game on their 50" plasma TV and have a beer.
"Bill targets greenhouse pollutants" reports Edwin Garcia in the West County
Times. "California is poised to become the first state
in the nation to enforce a comprehensive limit on the air pollution
that causes global warming, under legislation announced Monday."
"Disabled find frustration in job search.
Advocates make efforts to open doors, but one says some employers
still have 'fears and misconceptions'" reports Ellen Simon of the AP in a West
County Times story. "Bruce Morgan knew he was in for
a long job search. Morgan has a strong résumé and
a master's in Business Administration, but he also has cerebral
palsy, which affects his speech. After his company, Nabisco, was
bought by Kraft Foods Inc., his 25-person department was laid
off on the same day in 2004."
Only 35 % of the disabled
between 18 and 64 are employed. Some studies put unemployment
of the disabled well above 75%. By personal experience I've found
these statistics to be accurate--and of course appalling.
In a story about our Markos
Moulitsas Zuniga, Joe Garafoli of the Chronicle reports
blogger finds his voice and fends off success."
4/5/06 11:50 AM irritant
in entire warehouse; 12:10 SERIOUS irritant in entire warehouse;
3:35 SERIOUS irritant in entire warehouse; 5:50 irritant in entire
warehouse with chlorine and melting plastic odor; wear mask all
day; 6:33 PM burning lips, eyes, throat, leave.
Next CAL Noon Concert Friday,
April 7th looks like a good one and it's free, of course.
Brahms Sonata No. 1 for Cello
and Piano, 1st mvt-- Andy Joo and Joanne Lee
Mozart Quartet in F, 1st
mvt--Christine Kyong, Garrett McLean, Jeffrey Kuo,Ting Chin.
Schubert String Quintet in
C, 1st mvt--Kristine Pacheco, Natasha Ong, Michael Uy, Diane Lee,
The concerts are held on
campus in Hertz Hall.
I'm looking forward to Summer
and sun and strawberries so here again from Mexico City is
1 pound of fresh strawberries
1/2-cup of sugar
2-cups of white dry wine
1/4-cup of freshly chopped basil
After washing the strawberries,
put them on a large bowl and cover them
with the sugar, wine, and basil. Mix everything with your hands,
Cover them and leave them a couple of hours--mix them
from time to time.
(I'm not very good at writing
these kind of things in English, I
usually do it in Spanish.) Isabel
From my Log
3/1/06--6:40 AM irritant
in front room; 6:32 PM irritant in front room, odor of burning
gas; 8:35 PM same, burning lips, eyes, light headed. 3/2/06--4:33
PM irritant in warehouse, use mask; 5:39 PM same, burning eyes.
3/8/06 SERIOUS irritant in front room, light headed, use mask.
3/9/06 irritant in front room; 1:05 PM same, leave. 3/11/06 7:46
AM irritant in front room, eyes, nose burn, leave. 3/12/06 ~ 1:
PM--2:00 PM irritant in warehouse. 3/13/06--7:39 AM irritant in
front room, light headed, SEVERE headache; 8:49 AM irritant in
front room; 11:39 AM irritant in entire warehouse. 3/14/06 8:41
AM VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, light headed, chills,
dry skin, use mask. 4:51 PM irritant in front room, use mask.
3/15/06 4:59 PM irritant in front room, use mask. 3/17/06 8:50
AM SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, use mask. 3/18/06 4:20 PM irritant
in front room. (A new irritant has arrived in Potter Creek--fumes,
best described as a mix of acetone and alcohol. I noticed them
yesterday--March 22--at 11:15 AM in front of 2741 and 2743 8th
and Sunday when we came down from the hills at 2:27 PM in front
of AND inside 2743 8th. Though my HEPA filters--at 2743 8th--had
been running all day they could not clean the air. Unusual, for
they immediately clean the air of any post-baked-bean-lunch gas
in a 12' x 12' room. These new fumes linger.) 3/25/06 9:07 AM
irritant in warehouse. 3/27/06 3:24 PM SERIOUS irritant in warehouse,
cough, burning throat, use mask. 3/28/06 9:02 AM same. 3/30/06
10:30 AM entire warehouse filled with irritant, cough, etc; off-and-on
all day. 3/31/06 same.
Children of the Sun
is published privately by Nivaria Press, and edited by Gordon
Kennedy and traces the Wandervogel movement from Germany to California.
(Some of the last photos are of a very young Gypsy Boots--as an
older Hippie he came into Moe's hoping to sell his health bars.
Moe liked'em, so we sold his bars in a featured display on the
upstairs counter--a box of bars.) The book is filled with beautiful
photos and drawings of nude men and women interspersed with portraits
of very stern Germans. With these photos, drawings, other historical
material, and text the book convincingly maps the German nature
movement from Germany to California--a movement that fed into
our Hippies of the '60s. Ironically, it also greatly influenced
Die Hitler Jungen of the'30s.
Seems somebody tore down
my flag again--this time they just ripped it off one of its mountings
leaving it hanging by the other.
Penelope Huston emails .
. . thanks to all the people who are coming to the Fillmore this
Friday... the show is sold out and should be fun.
Moe and I backed a band that
opened for her Avengers at the Mabuhay--XrayTed. Lost a few bucks,
we did. Though they had one hit Xmas tune, Santa Claustrophobia.
interviewed Penelope some weeks ago on KQED--check it out in rerun
or in archive.
Bay Area artist, Michael
Please join us at FRESH,
a lively art auction and fundraiser benefiting Visual Aid's programs
for artists with life-threatening illnesses, and the Academy of
Friends, helping HIV/AIDS service organizations.
Thursday, April 20th, 6-9:00pm,
Live Auction begins at 7:00 pm
495 Geary Street, San Francisco.
No advance ticket sales.
For info: call 415-777-8242 or email@example.com.
I forgot that Mary Snowden,
Bay Area artist and Chair at California School of the Arts, told
Mike Haley in the'70s that The Buttercup--then just a coffee shop
on the corner--was for sale.
Marvin and Ruth are now planning
the demolition of the old house on their property so that they
can go ahead with their new building.
Both Liposfsky and Ruth went
to the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl Planning Commission meeting
last night. Pretty much "the usual testimony from the usual
suspects" they report.
A particularly informative
Daily Planet today--sadly, of the many people at the Gilman
Grill this morning, I was the only one reading it.
"There Were Always Uncles at Christmas" Becky O'Malley reminisces. "In the olden
days, back around 1960, I first heard Dylan Thomas's recording
of 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' on one of the Pacifica stations,
in the period when they were not afraid to celebrate sectarian
holidays like Christmas.'Were there Uncles like in our house?'
Thomas asks in his child's voice. And the adult's answer: 'There
are always Uncles at Christmas. The same Uncles... Some few large
men sat in the front parlors, without their collars, Uncles almost
certainly, trying their new cigars, holding them out judiciously
at arms' length, returning them to their mouths, coughing, then
holding them out again as though waiting for the explosion' The
Uncles popped up a few more times in the tale, jumping and rumbling
and 'breathing like dolphins.'"
"Rain Drains Cause Concern All Over Berkeley" reports Judith Scherr "In Berkeley, when
it rains, it floods. 'During any moderate rainstorm, there are
currently over 500 trouble spots throughout the city that have
continual problems of blockages, failures, or flooding,' City
Manager Phil Kamlarz wrote in his 2006 Budget Report."
Then Ms Scherr reports "Creeks
Task Force Reports--Updating the Creeks Ordinance, the project
a task force has been struggling with for about 18 months, is
aimed at maintaining the city's natural waterways and surrounding
And Zelda Bronstein comments
I'm Running For Mayor."
From my Log
4/3/06--6:35 PM irritant
in front room. 4/4/06--9:40 AM SERIOUS irritant in entire warehouse,
use mask. 4/5/06--11:50 AM irritant in entire warehouse; 12:10
PM--SERIOUS irritant in entire warehouse; 3:35 PM--SERIOUS irritant
in entire warehouse; 5:50 PM--irritant in entire warehouse with
chlorine and melting plastic odor; wear mask off-and-on all day;
6:33 PM--burning lips, eyes, throat, leave. 4/6/06 11:11--AM irritant
in front room, cough, use mask. 2:32 PM--irrtant in front room,
use mask. 4/7/06--11:47 AM SERIOUS irritant in entire warehouse,
cough, etc, use mask.
"Bill Seeks Disclosure
of Tax Breaks," is Jessica Guyyn's story about our Loni Hancock's
bill requiring corporations to disclose how much money they receive
in state tax breaks. The report sheds light on corporation tax
benefits from enterprise zones. It appears in today's West County
"Women at Home at the
Shooting Range" a report on the increase in female gun club
membership and shooting range use by Danielle Samaniego also appears
in today's Times.
(In the 1910-1920 Mexican
Revolution some of the fiercest fighters were the female, soldaderá.)
"No standard for cities on pot issue--In
the East Bay, most dispensary ordinances consist of moratoriums" reports Tom Lochner of the West County Times.
"Nearly a decade ago, California voters legalized marijuana
for medical purposes. The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 allows
patients to grow, possess and use marijuana on the recommendation
of a doctor. It has meant relief to many who suffer from chronic
pain and from illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, AIDS and many
others. Today, city and county officials across the state say
they are caught between the will of the voters and federal law,
which classifies marijuana as an illegal drug with no medical
use and a high potential for abuse -- the same as heroin."
My Mentor Al Braver, in his
80s, used to regularly toak-up with medical marijuana.
Jerry Landis emails
Even a jaded music junkie
who catches a couple classical concerts a week can be surprised
special treat. Friday evening (April 7) I attended a concert in
the intimate space of the Giorgi Gallery
(2911 Claremont Avenue) by two young women, violinist Iris Stone
and pianist Eva-Marie Zimmermann, both
consummate artists who play with the rapport of close friends
(their husbands are also both musicians,
playing in local string quartets). They began their duo concert
with a richly romantic
reading of Prokofiev's Second Sonata, followed by three engaging
pieces by Ned Rorem, and concluding
with a dazzling performance of Beethoven's "Kreutzer".
The Stone-Zimmermann Duo
will repeat this program on Saturday, April 15 at Hillside Concerts,
Road, but seating is limited. Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
or (510) 540-6667.
"Italian icon scoots downtown this week--Vespa
dealership opens Wednesday [in Walnut Creek] , promising style,
affordability and ease in parking, traffic" reports Ashley Surdin of the West County
Times. "First came the jewelry store Audrey Hepburn dallied
at in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"; now comes the motorscooter
she putt-putted on in 'Roman Holiday.'
In a very, very scaled down
"On the Road," in The Day Mike Haley and I took a Vespa
GS 150 from San Fancisco to Mexico--two adults and luggage for
lots and lots of miles. Mostly I remember the scent of the lemon
groves along 101. Mike remembers the rain dripping off my ears
along Highway 1. And inspired by "Roman Holiday, Kimar rode
her's around San Francisco.
Kruse long-range plans include
moving all of their operation inside, leaving the yard space for
parking--another well-planned, considerate and neigborhood-friendly
move by the Kruse boys.
Those of the Kruse staff
who wanted to go are now on a company ski-trip.
And then there's the neigborhood
art school--check out jfku.edu.
"Commentary: Supporting the Bowl ... with
Rick Auerbach et al in our Daily Planet is worth reading.
(If you don't want to read it, simply, it advocates a smaller
bowl.) It's also worth asking which Auerbach organized it. The
passionate activist, the paid WEIBAC advocate or the self-appointed
And the beat goes on!
Kimar emails"Did you
know the origin of the Easter Egg Hunt is German and the story
goes that a white rabbit hides the eggs on the eve before Easter
for good little boys and girls to find for their baskets."
When on hold for our City
Clerk's Office I was treated to the slow movement from Mozart's
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola K.364.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
total for Monday to Tuesday morning .1 inch.
Judging by their song the
spatzies are happy with the French bread thrown on my drive overnight.--soaked
by the rain it's easy for them to eat and . . . thirst-quenching.
Yesterday's Scrambled Eggs
pages received 246 visits and about 1500 hits. The average visit
Pete's Potter Creek rain
total Tuesday to Wednesday morning 1.45 inches.
"Religion ranks highly among college students--Seven
out of 10 say they worry about nation's moral path" reports Jennifer Martinez of the West County
Times. "A majority of U.S. college students say religion
is important in their lives and that they're concerned about the
country's moral direction, a finding that could influence the
way they vote in upcoming elections, according to a Harvard University
Institute of Politics poll that was released Tuesday."
"Counties adjust pot club rules--Contra
Costa imposes new moratorium, while Alameda to hire company to
make pot ID cards"
report Chris Metinko and Rebecca Rosen Lum of TheTimes.
Country Cheese has a fabulous
brie, usually$9.99 but now on sale for $3.99, called d'affinois.
This is the creamiest brie I have ever eaten and the price
is unbeatable. They had a small hand lettered sign advertising
it on the front window or on the door.
If you need further proof
that we're not in Kansas anymore, check out our new restaurant,
900 GRAYSON. And, you can do it now, for today's their
first day. At present they are open from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday
thru Friday, serving breakfast and lunch. (Hours and service will
be expanded in May.) And with a coffee-bar you can get your morning
latté or cappuccino and in the afternoon can have drink
at their wine-bar. You can also get their food to take back home
or to work. Partners Anthony and Chris were raised in the restaurant
business--their Grandpa and Grandma owned the Chez Madeleine in
Point Reyes Station, a regular stop on my motorcycle rides of
old. Chefs Sophina and Josh are also partners. Not in anyway to
be confused with the previous Home Cafe, 900 GRAYSON has
the promise of a proper restaurant--good, fresh and seasonal.
I'm going back now for coffee guided by the drifting aroma of
Here's some selections from
their extraordinarily creative menu.
"I'm Not Belgian"
4.5 Buttermilk Waffle, Whipped Butter, Vermont Maple Syrup.
8.0 Banana-Stuffed French toast, Chocolate Butter, Candied Pecans
Vermont Maple Syrup
"Tom Boy" 9.0 Poached
Eggs, Potato-Apple-Celery Root & Corned Beef Hash, White Buttered
April Midday Meals
Served 11:30 am-2:30pm
"Ladyboy" 8.0 Kaffir
Lime marinated Prawns, Mango-Pepper & Basil "capellini,'
Dragon Chile-Lime Dressing, Toasted Rice Powder
Pressed Roast Pork, Ham, & Provolone Cheese on Acme Rool,
Mini "Salad Bar"
"Demon Lover" 10.0
Fried Spicy Chicken Paillard, Buttermilk Waffle, Old Fashioned
Spinich-Parmesan Reggiano Bread Pudding, Saffron Carrott Nage
Sauteed Spring Vegetables, Basil Oil
11.0 Lamb Burger, Garam Masala, Sweet-Hot Cherry Pepper Relish,
Garden Mint, Sriracha Aioli & Herbed French Fries
900 Grayson is already in The Chronicle with "Spring
ushers in a bushel of egg dishes, traditions and uses that cross
cultures" by Rachel Marshall. "Asian cuisines fully
embrace omelets, with a sweet little twist. Chef Sophina Uong
of 900 Grayson Restaurant in Berkeley, which is due to open this week,
describes her Bitter Melon Omelet (see recipe) as 'home-style
Cambodian comfort food.' The combination of bitter melon, salty-sweet
Chinese sausage and a spicy-sweet sauce are brought together by
the mildly sweet omelet."
Check out Sophina's recipe!
My Potter Creek Berkeley
Bowl op-ed sentence or two.
50,000 square feet or 90,000
square feet, our Berkeley Bowl will dramatically and forever change
our lives in ways we now can not even imagine. Personally, I'll
make the leap of faith and assume they'll be good ones. (I wrote
much the same thing almost three years ago when I first heard
of the proposal.)
"California's sluggish housing market could
undermine economic growth"
writes George Avalos of The Times. "California's housing
market is in a visible slump, and the erosion could undermine
economic expansion in fast-growing regions such as the East Bay,
economists warned Wednesday. Existing home sales have plunged,
houses now languish on the market for longer periods, and the
rate of home building has slowed, according to the report issued
by Wells Fargo Bank."
Bob Kubik invited me to their
place last Thursday afternoon, where, over tea and Carol's freshly
baked biscotti he showed me his Fokker Triplane in a Bottle. I'd
heard of model-ships in bottles but there was Bob's model, dangling-as-if-flying,
in a bottle with a neck an inch in diameter. (Don't ask!) And
a beautiful Red Baron scratch-built plane it is. I was also privileged
to see Bob's book about his Dad--a career Navy man who joined
the Navy in 1916 and served our country through the 1940s, except
for a time when he worked for Consolidated building PBYs. Bob
did most of his research for this biography in the same year Carol
was going to school in the DC area. He spent that time in libraries
and archives finding out about his Dad's life. Filled with photos,
diagrams, drawings, reports and Bob's writings, this labor of
love is a portrait of his Dad as well as a personal history of
the Service. It is the most alive history I've seen for when I
closed the book I felt I knew his Dad and had been with him in
the Navy. What a marvelous tribute to his Father!
And, Carol's biscotti was
(Oops, . . . when Bob and
Carol lived in Marin they rented a house from 900 Grayson Chris
and Anthony's Grandpa and Grandma.)
Bob's also a volunteer at
our school for the infant deaf--he's their gardener.
And Pete Hurney is still
volunteering at KALX where he continues to produce informative
and original spots. His trans-gender public-service-announcement
must be heard!
Pete's also working on his
Website, animating it and making it more personal. Check it out
The San Francisco Chronicle's
Dick Rogers writes "Ask
the experts at top journalism groups such as the Poynter Institute
and chances are they'll tell you that newspapers do a mediocre
job of following up on stories. . . . In my experience, readers
likely would say the same. In conversations about The Chronicle,
readers often ask "Whatever became of ..." followed
by a description of something or someone once in the news, but
since forgotten. Most recently, a reader wanted to know about
Saleh Khalaf, the boy who was severely injured in a schoolyard
explosion in Iraq and brought to Oakland Children's Hospital for
treatment. His plight inspired an award-winning series of Chronicle
stories and photographs called 'Operation Lion Heart,' a title
drawn from the nickname bestowed on the brave boy by doctors."
Pete's Potter Creek rain
total for Saturday to Sunday morning is .6 inches.
One of our REAL hard-working
Potter Creekers was at-it even today. The woman, the female-half
of our recyclers-couple was pushing her full-up cart in heavy
rain, under her umbrella, down 8th Street this morning. Grass-roots
free enterprise in the Creek, I'd say.
The director of our school
for the infant deaf emails
"Thanks again for all your efforts. Jill"
For this month's version
of a story that's been written dozens of times in the last forty
years, check out "Mixed
feelings about future of Telegraph" by Dorothy Vriend
of the West County Times. In my memory, the first version appeared
long, long ago in the Berkeley Gazette based on interviews with
Moe, Fred Cody, Al Braver, Sandy Schneider, et al. But, the simple
fact is that in 2006 "the Ave's not happenin' any more."
Just like local book and record stores, it's day is over. For
what IS happenin' in today's Berkeley, check out the corner of
San Pablo and Dwight Way, Caffé Trieste and the stores
along OUR AVE-San Pablo; the Saw Tooth Warehouse on 8th; Acme
Bread; VIK's, John Philips, harpsichord maker: Scharffen Berger
the Chocolate Maker; 900
GRAYSON; Good Vibrations; Tippett
Studio; Urban Ore; Regan Bice, architect-- and west-Berkeley in
Rumor has that Tippett is
working on Pirates of the Caribbean Two.
Ah, delicious food smells
in the air--must be makin' breakast at 900 GRAYSON.
Our Berkeley Public Library
is hosting a Monday evening lecture series about the city's history.
Tonight: "A City of
Neighborhoods -- Preservation and Development" by John McBride
of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association and John Steere
of Livable Berkeley.
Irritant filling front room--time
Sgt Cary Kent of Berkeley
PD pleaded guilty to the felony charges of grand theft, possession
of heroin, and possession of methamphetamine last Friday.
"Toxic Richmond Sites May Trigger Change
in State Law" reports
Richard Brenneman in the Daily Planet. "Efforts by
Richmond environmental activists are playing a major role in reducingdeveloper
opposition to laws tightening regulations at contaminated sites."
And also in the Planet, Jerry
Landis offers, "A
Simple Solution for the Creeks Task Force."
"Foster youth would get free tuition in
new bill" reports
Janine DeFao of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Assemblyman
Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, plans to introduce a bill, AB2489,
to help . . . foster youth to enter college by offering them free
tuition at state universities, increased financial aid and on-campus
Reliable sources confirm
that the 8th and Pardee welding yard will be sold at close to
its asking price of $150.00 a square foot or $1,750,000.00.
Bob Kubik reports that Berkeley
PD continues to be responsive to the needs of Potter Creek citizens.
Two days ago, I posted that
one of the happen' things in west-Berkeley is VIK's. Today the
Chronicle's Amanda Berne seconds that in
"Master of Spices--How one man's vision became the most celebrated
little chaat house in the Bay Area."
And yesterday, I had lunch
at 900 GRAYSON, and this morning breakfast. How good is their
food? Go to 900 GRAYSON now and experience art-food at almost-hamburger
prices. Because, . . . I predict that very soon they will be so
crowded that you will not be able to get in without reservations
and their prices will rise to their quality. THAT GOOD!
Updates from our Planning
Department can be read here.
Potter Creeker, Janine Johnson
emails, "Please put my fringe concert on your calendar, if
you are intending on going to the Berkeley Early Music Festival!
It should be really fun and interesting. Owen Daly has built
a copy of the 1728 Zell harpsichord and asked me to play
on it. It has been really fun looking for music, and
I hit a gold mine up at the UC Berkeley Library. Telemann
put together a book of his own works and those of many other composers
entitled "Der Getreue Music Meister," and as one
might expect, his taste is impeccable. What a great bunch
of pieces! I will be doing works written for the harpsichord
(the book contains all sorts of arias and chamber music as well).
To top it off, this great collection was published in Hamburg
(where the Zell was built) in 1728! What could be more perfect?
I am also performing Bach's 3rd Partita, which was published that
year, and perhaps a suite by Mattheson. That is yet undetermined.
So, . . . I am playing Friday, June 9th, at 5:00 PM at Trinity
Chapel, 2362 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. I hope you can
come! It will be a varied and wonderful program!"
Berkeley property owners
will soon be charged a $150.00 fee for the "lateral inspection"
of their sewer lines.
Da Boss is back in town and
emails "On May 6th, the City of Berkeley will be hosting
a community mobilization (http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/fire/pdf/may6flyer.pdf)
to help deliver disaster preparedness information to neighborhoods
throughout the City. Please join us at Francis Albrier Community
Center in San Pablo Park--2800 Park Street, between Ward and Russell
Streets--from 10am 1pm. Berkeley Firefighters will grill up lunch
and the City will provide useful disaster kit goodies to all volunteers.
(RSVP to Carol Lopes at email@example.com
"Housing market continues to slow reports" reports James Temple of the West County
"Middle class flees U.S. cities, seeking
affordable housing. A Census report says that, from 2000 to 2004,
exurbs saw population growth as wealthy families took over urban
areas" reports the
AP's Stephen Olhemacher in the West County Times.
Go to 900 GRAYSON and
have Sophina's Grayson Burger--I did.
It's hard to talk about the
hamburger as art-food, but when fresh Angus ground beef combineswith
smoked organic bacon, tasty cheddar cheese, homemade BBQ sauce,
and crispy shoestring onions, the bun becomes a canvas of food-art.
Right now, in their first
week, 900 GRAYSON is a cut above our highly praised Fourth Street,
Café Rouge AND has almost-diner prices. Simply, their dining
experience is a bargin--fresh, beautifully prepared and presented
food, informed, courteous staff and quietly elegant surroundings.
If you want take-out, try
their "Light Industrial" 7.5--Grilled Lemon Grass Chicken,
Oakland's Chinatown Veggies, Dragon Chiles, and Mint & Holy
Basil. Pick through it delicately and savor, and then put a fresh
mint-leaf in your mouth and let it explode. (The "Light Industrial"
that I had was enough for two and so was the "Grayson Burger.")
Why is the University of
California Food Service now receptive to organic? Sources say
because of student pressure AND because new administrators are
willing to think "out side the box," get organic suppliers
and negotiate hard for low prices.
"Can't we all just get
Well, on the surface maybe.
But that's not what's being planned in meetings.
"Court ruling reassures homeless" reports Sara Steffens of the West County
Times."As long as a city has more homeless people than
shelter beds, it cannot enforce a law that broadly bars sitting,
lying or sleeping in public, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
ruled last week."
"East Bay businesses optimistic" writes George Avalos of the West County
Times. "Businesses in the East Bay remain upbeat about
revenue and profit growth for the coming year, but have varying
plans to hire new workers, according to a survey released Thursday
by Richmond-based Mechanics Bank."
Keay Davidson of the San
Francisco Chronicle writes "As much as 75 percent of
low-lying fill land in the East Bay -- e.g. the Berkeley waterfront
and Oakland airport -- might undergo liquefaction during another
1906-type quake, said researcher Thomas Holzer of the U.S. Geological
Survey. The area is highly developed and includes facilities such
as hotels, marinas, airport land and numerous businesses. Liquefaction
occurs when quake waves ripple through loose or compacted soils,
like the sandy fill that was poured into the bay over the last
century to create new land for property development. During liquefaction,
water in the ground rises and the soil becomes looser. Any buildings
on the soil then tilts or sinks up to several feet." The
full story is here.
Oh ya, . . .West Berkeley,
including Potter Creek of course, will be a focal point of our
They're lots of neighborhoods
in our town, but like it or not, in peace and quiet or not, for
better or worse, the real Berkeley history is now being made here
in our Potter Creek.
Last night, works-of-art
by the workers at Amoeba-Records were celebrated at Nexus by their
Last night's 900 GRAYSON
opening-celebration overflowed with their friends, neighbors and
colleagues--delicious hors d'oeuvres and fine wine mixed with
"Blossoming in middle age. It's not all
about sex for women from 45 to 59" writes E. Kay Trimberger in the Chronicle.
"BERKELEY--UC offers community improvement
Rick DelVecchio of the San Fransico Chronicle. "Community
groups in Berkeley are invited to apply for $200,000 in grant
money set aside by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau to
fund neighborhood improvement and community development projects
in the city. "
After a solid week in Potter
Creek, this morning's shopping-trip to Emeryville's Pak n'Save
was a welcome reality check.
This morning From the Top
on KDFC-FM featured 18 year-old violinist, Katlin Kelly performing
a movement from Leonard Bernstein's Serenade with unbelievable
dexterity and feeling. And after that, she fiddled an Irish tune.
"In the mood for jazz?"asks Andrew Gilbert of the West County Times.
"The East Bay is getting back into the swing of things. In
restaurants, bars and cafes around the region, live jazz has increasingly
become the soundtrack for dining, enjoying a drink or sipping
a latte. And not just in Berkeley and Oakland, though those cities
still boast a lion's share of spots that regularly host some of
the area's leading jazz cats. From Alameda, Pinole and Richmond
to Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek, one needn't look far to
find skilled improvisers practicing their craft."
Our Bay Area jazz station,
KCSM-FM is looking to raise a couple hundred K for operating through
donations--I, for one, will contribute. I you' want to, you can
do it through their Website here.
"Fisher House offers haven for military
families. More than $2 million in donations help build Palo Alto
lodging for those with recuperating personnel" reports Mark Emmons of Knight Ridder in the
West County Times. "When Tonia Sargent arrived at
the Veterans Affairs Medical Hospital in Palo Alto during the
fall of 2004, she was under terrible stress. She was worried for
her severely wounded Marine Corps husband. Kenneth Sargent had
been shot in the head by a sniper in Iraq weeks earlier and now
was being transferred to the Palo Alto VA's unit for traumatic
brain injuries. She was in an unfamiliar town and separated from
their teenage daughters."
Over the top and out of the
box with the Berkeley Bowl.
I know that there are computer
models for determining traffic flow and traffic patterns. I'm
sure in the real world you can punch in Super-Market 50,000 Square
Feet and get results that are predictably different from punching
in Super Market 90,000 Square Feet--like bigger facility more
traffic. But this is quirky Berkeley and this is our own special
supermarket, the Berkeley Bowl. (Berkeley, where it has taken
almost three years to reach the stage we are at now. Where in
a different world, the Albany Target--a chain--took a fraction
of that time.) So , . . . maybe, just maybe, those models don't
apply here, and maybe, even more maybe, a SMALLER market HERE
causes GREATER congestion. Just my thought. Then again, I've been
waiting along with Linus every Halloween now for the Great Pumpkin
to rise out of His Patch.
Last week, the Barn Owl was
named Berkeley's official bird.
And, last week a Hippie-guy
on a bicycle pedaled past Auerbach's place wearing a filter mask--not
just one of those throw-away white fiber ones but a serious, permanent
rubber job with two screw-in double-filters--go figure.
Think $150.00 a square foot
is a lot for the just the ground of the ex-welding yard at 8th
and Pardee? How about $1087 a square foot for a less than 900
square foot cottage in Mill Valley, ground included of course.
"Youth movement at city halls across the
nation -More municipalities are creating government seats for
teens" reports Carolyne
Zinko of the San Francisco Chronicle. "When not doing
advanced biology or Latin homework, Megan Winkelman drafts resolutions
against sweatshop labor and makes requests for nuclear accelerators
to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Winkelman,
14, is a Berkeley High ninth-grader and a member of the city's
Peace and Justice Commission along with her 13 grown-up colleagues."
"Honda strike ending" reports Martin Snapp of the West County
Times. "The strike at Berkeley Honda, which has dragged
on for almost a year, ended Monday night when the members of International
Association of Machinists Local 1546 voted 14-1 in favor of a
And Martin Snapp also reports"Berkeley
Iceland stays open on borrowed time. A permit allowing Iceland
to operate with a temporary refrigeration system expired last
Saturday, but the city is in no hurry to shut down the rink. In
February, Iceland's owners announced they were putting the rink
up for sale, saying they can't afford the estimated $500,000 it
would cost to install a new refrigeration system. The city, which
is processing a new permit application by Iceland, is allowing
the rink to continue operating as it seeks to find a buyer."
Read his story
I took Kimar to lunch today
at 900 GRAYSON.
Kimar, a gourmet
who studied with Marcella Hasan and who worked in food service
all her life commented "This is a real find!"
And, we had
two lunch entrees with drinks for just over $30.00 with tip. We've
had similar meals--though not as imaginative or beautifully prepared
and served-- at Sea Salt and Café Rouge for between $40.00
quite a few Potter Creek workers there for lunch--Osby, John and
Suzanne, some of Regan's staff and others that I recognized but
don't know by name.
Sadly, 900 GRAYSON'S hours of 7AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday,
keep those Potter Creek residents who work outside our neighborhood
from savoring Sophina's creative dishes. Marsha Wacko, a Potter
Creeker who works daily in a San Francisco law office for instance,
constantly asks "But, when can I go?"
Sarah Klise et al submitted their Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl traffic
mitigation plan to the City. With recent origins in meetings between
Sarah, WEIBAC and some residents their flow-map reminds me of
Margret Elliott's years-ago common sense effort. It's nicely placed
between a Berlin Wall solution and nothing.
for our City Planning Department is here.
Berkeley FD and PD were called to the Amoeba Records-Nexus celebration.
Seems a neighbor complained about their hired Crucible explosion/fire
belching machine. The same Crucible left west-Berkeley some years
ago after violence at their events including murder.
the old Fantasy sign with a new one. "This one will last
longer" said a worker.
"Area businesses pitch in, donate wheelchair-accessible
Martin Snapp of the West County Times. "BERKELEY -
Gigi Walker, president of the Martinez Rotary Club, handed the
keys of a completely refurbished 1999 Supreme paratransit van
to Rick Spittler, executive director of the Bay Area Outreach
& Recreation Program in Berkeley, at the Rotary Club's weekly
meeting Tuesday. It was the latest chapter in a story that began
last December, when thieves broke into BORP's warehouse and stole
the specially fitted bicycles, handcycles and tandem bikes that
BORP provides to disabled children."
"The Bay Area newspaper landscape will
shift dramatically when Dean Singleton's MediaNews assumes ownership
this summer of the Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News"
Sandy Kleffman in the West County Times.
Martin Snapp continues his cracker-jack Berkeley reports.
Jill Ellis emailed this short, informative story from The Daily
Tom Bates, who has used a hearing aid for eight years, received
hearing test at the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness
in North Berkeley yesterday to celebrate the center's new audiology
Staffers at the center, which is a school designed to diagnose
problems early in a child's development, also administered a test
3-week-old Roxanne Fox at the same time Bates was being evaluated.
Bates, 68, who speculated that his hearing loss may stem from
service in the U.S. Army in the 1960s, found out he needs stronger
hearing aids. Roxanne did not exhibit any problems.
The center, a fixture in Berkeley for more than two decades, added
testing device eight months ago through the newly created Pediatric
Audiology Program, said Jill Ellis, the center's executive director.
The equipment was partly funded by the city, which this year gave
$25,000 to the facility to help purchase the $31,000 device, Ellis
The new device allows the center to perform an automated brain
test via three electrodes placed on the head, measuring how quickly
brain registers sound, Ellis said.
'We've gone beyond the mark to make sure the equipment is adequate
custom-made for children,' she said.
In addition to audiology tests, the center also started a hearing
loaner bank in recent months to provide hearing aids to patients
are on waiting lists to receive permanent devices, Ellis said.
The center has also long provided speech therapy and sign language
lessons to about 40 children to prepare them for school, Ellis
Tammy Fong, a San Francisco resident, is the mother of a four-year-old
girl with profound hearing loss who is a new student at the school.
'At the beginning, (her hearing problem) was like entering a dead-end
world,' Fong said. 'But now, coming to this school is like seeing
Because the program exposes students to the English language and
language early on, students are able to assimilate into a mainstream
environment, Ellis said.
'It's a huge joy to me to see that their wings have spread and
they are flying in whatever direction they want,' Ellis said.
person first and deaf second.'"
"Midsummer Mozart stars play mutts, meows
reports Martin Snapp of the West County Times. "The
Berkeley City Club will echo with the sublime sounds of Mozart
on May 6 at the second annual 'Mozart for Mutts and Meows' concert,
a benefit for the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society. The performers
are stars of the annual Midsummer Mozart Festival -- oboist Laura
Griffiths, flutist Maria Tamburrino, violinist Robin Hanson, violist
Elizabeth Prior Runnicles and cellist Dawn Foster-Dodson. Maestro
George Cleve, founder and artistic director of the Midsummer Mozart
Festival, will be the master of ceremonies. The program includes
Mozart's Oboe Quartet in D Major, Flute Quartet in D Major, and
two Duos in G Major."
my new page, Buildings of Potter Creek. It should be up in the
first part of May.
Thanks for the tip. I had lunch at 900 Grayson yesterday and can't
wait to go back. I had a BBQ'ed pulled pork sandwich with fries.
lunch mate had a cuban with garden salad. The food was fantastic,
presentation awesome, service wonderful, environment comfortable,
just an all around great experience.
Creek Fantasy property is now NOT on the market and, . . . the
building is 80% tenent occupied.
now at over $3.00 a gallon and moving up toward $4.00, check out
west-Berkeley's own http://www.biofueloasis.com/
It's a worker owned co-op.
there's our west-Berkeley http://plantdrive.com/
There are plans afoot for
a bio-diesel fill-up facility, possibly here in west-Berkeley.
How 'bout dat--a New Age gas station next to a 750K condo.
A Potter Creek recycler reports
a $1.50 per pound price for aluminum cans--about 12 cans per pound.
"That's the highest price ever" he said.
There'll be a International
Food Festival in west-Berkeley this Sunday in the blocks around
the intersection of University and San Pablo. From Noon til 5:00
PM you can sample food, see cooking demonstrations, and do lots
of other festive stuff. Read Riya Bhattacharjee's Planet
story about it here
and then check it out!
And next Saturday, we're
having a food event here in Potter Creek as 900 GRAYSON opens
for breakfast and lunch--9 AM till 3 PM. Check IT out!
Born April 29,
From the consumer guide for
the alternative life style--once actually an alternative newspaper--the
East Bay Express comes a refreshing review of baseball
of Left Field--As another baseball season begins, you could fill
the bleachers with books on blunders, batting averages, and Barry
Bonds" by Richie Unterberger.
Adjusting for inflation,
the 35 cents a gallon my Dad for gas in 1955 is $2.64 in today's
dollars. So this morning, when I paid $3.16 a gallon at the "Cheap
Gas Store" I paid 52 cents more than the adjusted 1955 price--about
In 1965 at Campus Records,
a classical import LP sold for $4.76. Adjusted for inflation,
today that is $30.60. So when I buy a classical import CD at $18.98
I'm paying $11.62 less than the adjusted 1965 price--about 30%
Make some more of your own
Writing of percentages, President
Bush's approval rating is in the 30s. Congress is in the 20s.
So let's hear more about why we disapprove of Congress.
"GREEN GIANTS--Mega-producers tip scales
as organic goes mainstream"
reports Carol Ness reports of the San Francisco Chronicle.
"Thirteen-and-a-half million servings of organic romaine,
radicchio and baby greens. That's how much Earthbound Farm, the
biggest organic produce company in the country, sends across America
from its gigantic San Juan Bautista processing plant every single
"Housing is king in East Bay employment
market. Residential boom fuels local job surge with finance, construction
and education leading the way"
reports George Avalos of the West County Times. "Housing
has become a crucial pillar of an increasingly robust and strongly
expanding East Bay economy. Whether that's good or bad is another
"2-wheel crazy" writes Michael Taylor of the San Francisco
Chronicle."There are collectors and there are collectors
and there is Stewart Ingram. He is a San Francisco Realtor, and
he collects classic motorcycles."
My understanding is that
Ms Sarah, The Auerbach, et al are out again getting signatures
for their west-Berkeley Bowl traffic mitigation plan. Mozel Tov!
Not to confuse signatures on a petition with votes for office.
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