that imacs have a design flaw. Not always well cooled, they sometimes
over heat, in time the circut board fails, and then it takes a
week to get them properly repaired.
with the outcome of the presidential election? Get involved in
local Berkeley politics. Happy with the outcome? Still get involved--here
you can see, feel, and even taste the difference you make.
I read that
my old cello student, Republican Jerry Udinsky, was badly beaten
for an assembly seat this year. Last election he was badly beaten
by Barbara Lee. Well, he was a pretty good cello student.
to a Channel 2 reporter why Measure Q was defeated, a barely verbal
young Berkeley male got out "Voters are more conservative
I know that
many citizens were responsible for this victory-defeat but Potter
Creek owes special thanks to Bob, Steve, Cameron, Sarah, and even
in Potter Creek, but this time without Barry and his Chevy/Jag
and "Ole Man." Bill is the founder and owner of Mobility
Systems, a company that for decades has given disabled men and
women greater mobility through auto, van, and home modification.
He's now at 2700 10th Street and his phone is 1-800-94-FREEDOM.
Also check out his website mobilitysystems.com Bill's also a sometimes race-car
driver and . . . someone there now has a sweet, deep-red MG TD.
"major art exhibit" right now in Potter Creek. Featured
in the front page of the West County Times' "Time
Out" section is Laura Gest Winder's "The Sacred Side
of Cheap and Tacky." It's at the Arts and Concsiouness Gallery,
2956 San Pablo Avenue now through November 16th. Times'
reporter, Robert Taylor writes that this an " artist who
crafts with marshmallow puffs [and] hopes to cast them in an entirely
different light in your consciousness." Check 510-649-0499
for times and days. "Ronnie, it's an art-joke" smart-cracked
Kimar, University of Wisconsin art major.
fixer-upper in Potter Creek for 499K. Check out the house at 2817
8th. It's FOR SALE. So is the house and lot at 1014 Pardee.
candy for the Holidays!
candy for the holidays--the kind you wished your mom had made?
some hand-made candy from Kimar!
Vanilla Cream Caramels, Chocolate Caramels, Butter Pecan Toffee,
Peanut Brittle, Pecan Brittle, Pistachio Brittle, Cashew Brittle,
Macadamia Brittle, and Chocolate Peppermint Bark and White Chocolate
Bark. 1 lb bags are $13.00 and 1/2 lb bags are $7.00. She hand
wraps and beautifully packages the candy herself. (Personally,
I love the Vanilla Cream Caramels--they're REALLY good!)
like some of her Biscotti? Kimar makes White Chocolate Macadamia,
Chocolate Pecan, and Triple Ginger Biscotti. They are $8.00 a
bag. And her Sweet-Hot Cocktail Pecans are $10.00 a bag.
she already has orders for seventy-five pounds worth!
3T olive oil
2 1/2 lb boneless chuck roast, cut in 3/4"
2c chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1T garam masala
1t ground cumin
1/2 cayenne pepper
1c dry red wine
1/2 c sherry
2c beef broth
1 14oz can diced tomatoes in juice
1 1/2 c golden raisins
Heat 2 T
olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Sprinkle meat with salt
and pepper. Add meat to pot and sauté until no longer pink,
About 5 minutes. Transfer meat to bowl.
Heat 1 T
olive oil into same pot. Add onions and sauté until brown,
about 8 minutes. Add garlic and next 5 ingredients, stir 1 minute.
Add both wines and let boil until reduced to glaze, stirring occasionally.
Add broth, tomatoes with juice and raisins, stir to blend.
and any accumulated juices to the pot, bring to a simmer, cover
and simmer about 2 hours. Meat should be fork tender, if not cook
a little longer and check again. Check seasonings if needed. Serve
over couscous with yogurt and mango chutney. Kimar.
Liberal or Conservative?
Who said "We should trade one street-person for two village-idiots
from the mid-West. We'd be better off." It was Berkeley's
unofficial Mayor-for-decades-of-Telegraph-Avenue while drinking
sake at his favorite restaurant in Japan town. My memory is that
was offered the week a junky locked herself in, threw up, and
then passed out in his always-open-to-the-public restroom.
The garages at Emeryville's
Bay Street are charging for parking again! Right now it's US$1.00
for four hours--tsk, tsk. Another reason to shop on the Internet
or to buy books at Border's rather than Barnes & Noble--or
Cody's for that matter. (Hell, Andy doesn't really carry airplane
or car books.)
1970's, KSAN Noon-News-Chip
"If you don't like the news, go out and make some yourself"
was at Caffé Trieste on Monday. "I used to live at
the one in North Beach" he said.
When you pay 500k for a Potter
Creek fixer-upper or three quarters of a mil for your condo, you
expect the City of Berkeley to provide adequate street lighting
and not the long-ago-useless, half-light designed for a manufacturing
area with little or no night street-activity.
Oh ya, about that survey
paid for by the City to find how many artists and crafts people
there are in Potter Creek and west-Berkeley--I could'a saved you
the money, there are a lot!
over, relax with lunch at Café Cacao.
the victory or drown your sorrows in chocolate.
CENTER at 2530 San Pablo Avenue, 510 548-3402, has been in Potter
Creek a long time. Go to their website, www.ecologycenter.org to find out more about them
and go to their store on San Pablo and buy a book or magazine.
out scorecard.org, punch in our Zip
Code 94710 and read among other facts that
"ALAMEDA county ranked among the dirtiest/worst 10% of all
counties in the US in terms of the number of people living in
areas where cancer risk from hazardous air pollutants exceeds
1 in 10,000" or "1,441,385 people in ALAMEDA County
face a cancer risk more than 100 times the goal set by the Clean
the Ecology Center, stop in at The Sierra Club right next store.
At the meeting
at Kava's some weeks ago about the Berkeley Bowl, the small community
group in attendance only wanted traffic into and out of the Bowl
from Ashby or Potter. And, Kava's plans show an underground parking
one of the reporters on Belva Davis' "This Week in Northern
California" said that fifteen percent of the gay community
voted for Bush. As I remember this was followed by screams of
made" I thought. "It's real good, . . . chewy"
quipped Kimar on tasting her Café Trieste latté.
Veterans' Day--originally Armistice Day commemorating the end
of World War I, it was established in 1920.
of exposure to Potter Creek's many hazardous material users and
to our diesel and other carcinogenic emissions, a young friend
has developed cancer--hey, it could be just genetic. Tired of
reading this? Then check out "Byrd's Word."
Bop LP features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Frank Foster on tenor,
Hank Jones on piano, "Dave" Chambers on bass and Kenny
Clarke on drums. They play Winterset, Gotcha Goin' and Comin',
Long Green, Stareyes and Someone to Watch Over Me. It is Savoy
release MG-12032 and is a Hi-Fi record. It's also one fine blowin'
George Chittenden does it again. While coming to Potter Creek
down San Pablo this morning, I marveled at how the bicyclist in
front of me blew right through the already red light at Allston
and San Pablo without missing a pump. I stopped for the light
and when it changed started up again, as I passed "speedy"
some blocks later there was "Gorgeous G." Damn, I hope
he's more careful with all those hazardous materials he uses.
Well, he does use the "bubbly-water" test to check for
leaks in those extensive gas-lines at Adams and Chittenden Scientific
One of Potter
Creek's sweetest moments--Friday night, just after work and before
their night-out, couples of all kinds come out of Good Vibrations
with their brown paper bag of love-stuff. Though they might have
an embarrassed look on their face, they are always arm-in-arm,
hugging, or holding hands--and they park around the corner. Get
your love-stuff at Good Vibrations, 2504 San Pablo Avenue, 841-8987
and/or check out their web
every Sunday at Caffé Trieste.
family and friends hold forth Sundays from 2:00 to 5:00 at his
Sunday Concerts at Caffé Trieste.
for the Education of the Infant Deaf--CEID--celebrates it's 24th
anniversary this year. New to Potter Creek, this kids' school
is 24 years old. Unique to CEID is a new preschool that blends
deaf and hearing children. The school is at 1035 Grayson, 848-4800.
Find out more about them at www.ceid.org.
s MAC Store meets all your Apple computer needs. With competitive
prices on new Mac equipment, great repair service at reasonable
prices, and a friendly, informed staff it's the place for Apple
users. Over twenty years old, this Berkeley family owned business
is at 2010 Shattuck Avenue, 644-0500. They also offer tutoring
so you can learn more than you want to about your Mac computer
stuff. Check them out!
Food Store now has a wide selection of Johnsonville Brats on sale
at about 20-40% off
about it first in Scrambled Eggs, now read the detailed report,
Street Parking Fee Irks Shoppers," a West County Times report by Jessica
out of their office on our Fourth Street, Gregg Perloff and Sherry
Wasserman hope to continue the Bill Graham concert tradition.
For more read, "Perloff:
Man Behind the Music"
by West County Times music critic, Tony Hicks. (Early in
The Day, Graham himself delivered his tickets and posters in a
VW bug. I remember him as a skinny kid coming to Campus Records
and asking Al, the owner, if he'd put up a poster and carry tickets
for a rock concert series he was starting. Al did it without taking
a percentage. Read more about Al Braver and his Campus Records
"On smoggy days, deaths from heart and respiratory
ailments and other diseases rise, causing several thousand more
people throughout the United States to die each year, . . ."
writes Marla Cone of the Los Angeles Times in "Ozone,
Death Rates Connected in Study" in the morning's West
Some facts about ozone levels
from the Canadian site
OZONE IN THE AIR
The ozone level at which some species
of plant life began to show signs of ozone effects. Foliage injury
appears as dark stipples, light flecks, dead patches and general
discoloration. The stomata (pores) of adult leaves are the first
areas to show signs of damage. [In the past five years some of
my plants have shown these symptoms before dying.]
0.500 ppm The ozone level
at which Los Angeles, California, declares its Smog Alert No.
1. Can cause nausea and headaches in some individuals. Extended
exposure could cause lung edema (an abnormal accumulation of serous
fluid in connective tissue or serous cavity). Enhances the susceptibility
to respiratory infections.
Experimentation showed that
a 3 hour exposure at 12 ppm was lethal for Guinea pigs. Welders
who were exposed to 9 ppm concentration plus other air pollutants
developed pulmonary edema. Chest X-rays were normal in 2 to 3
weeks, but 9 months later they still complained of fatigue and
exertional dyspnea (labored respiration)." [This a very high
A close-by Potter Creek business
routinely manufactures ozone as part of its production process.
Understand that though ozone is a bi-product of the welding process,
it is an integral part of some other manufacturing--scientific
glass making, for instance.
And ozone test strips are
available, they are chemically treated to react with ozone. Easy-to-use,
you place a test strip in the area to be tested. After 10 minutes,
compare the test strip with the color scale on the test strip
package. Results display in four distinct colors from light yellow
to dark yellow. Each represents a certain level of ozone concentration.
Ranging from 0.045 ppm to over 0.105 ppm.
DW-TV reports that Bayer's
world-wide reorganization is well under way with emphasis on the
development of their pharmaceutical division.
At 5:30 this morning the
air in Potter Creek was full of a plastic smell similar to the
one that hits you when opening a fresh Band-aid--but bigger.
"Problems at Chiron's
flu vaccine manufacturing plant are deep-rooted, extremely serious
and will be hard to fix before production starts for the 2005
influenza season" reports Judy Silber in
a really distressing report in the West County Times.
The sight of lines of my fellow oldies in America waiting for
hours for their flu shot is disturbing. This is a f#*king disgrace.
Cacao is having an open house on Monday, November 22 between 5:00
PM and 7: 00 PM. Café Cacao is at the corner of 7th and
The San Pablo
Park Neighborhood Association held a meeting on Thursday, November
18 at the Francis Albrier Community Center in San Pablo Park,
2800 Park Street. Between thirty and forty peple were present
to discuss the 2700 San Pablo and 2600 San Pablo housing developments.
Our Bob Kubik and Lipofsky were there. The 2700 San Pablo development
is thirty-some units to be made for sale, the usual portion below
market. The 2600 San Pablo development is a proposed 110 unit
low income rental property--many units to be rented to the needy.
Both developers made presentations and neither were able to fully
answer the neighborhood's concerns. David Baker is the architect
for both projects. (For background, see my 9/11/04 and 10/25/04 posts.)
impressed by the number of bright, young people in attendance.
Oh ya, Marvin is buying the house and lot next to him.
believed that the house at 2817 8th has been bought by a developer.
(See my 11/4/04 post for background.)
Restoration, the group interested in 2600 San Pablo, has some
HUD problems. HUD is withholding funds until it has satisfactory
answers to their report that "cited Jubilee for nepotism
and misallocating federal funds that should have gone to its homeless
youth program." The Berkeley City Council, however, just
voted to give Jubilee 13K in emergency funding to sustain Jubilee
while fighting its federal investigation. Matthew Artz writes
a detailed report about all this in the Daily Planet,"City
Council Gives Half Grant to Troubled Developer As Federal Investigation
The 13k was
given to Jubilee Restoration while, as result of budget cutbacks,
BFD Station 2 is still without the truck formerly used at night
And, it seems
like State Senator "Dapper Don P" just might get busted.
Cacao open house here
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