pioneer, our Laurette Goldberg has died. Josh
Kosman of the Chron writes "Laurette Goldberg, the harpsichordist,
teacher and early music pioneer who founded Philharmonia Baroque
Orchestra and MusicSources, died Sunday of heart failure at Berkeley's
Alta Bates Hospital. She was 73. " Read more here.
Tupper & Reed music store is closing after
99 years of doing business here
reports Patrick Hoge of the Chron
"Pacific Steel Cited For Noxious Odor After Neighbors Complain"
writes Matthew Artz of the Berkeley Daily Planet.
"Developer Will Move Forward Despite Landmark Designation"
reports Richard Brenneman of the Planet. He writes further
that one of the buildings is "Celia's restaurant, a structure
recently declared a structure of merit by the city's Landmarks
Preservation Commission." Celia's is a lot of things, but
a "structure of merit" isn't one of them. Rick Auerbach,
now he's a structure of merit.
Did you know that an older
Afro-American man dutifully polices Potter Creek? He carefully
picks up our trash, places it in his cart and then puts it one
of our trash receptacles. This man's certainly a nominee for Scrambled
Eggs 2005 Hip-Citizen.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed .6 inch for Sunday and Monday's storm. We have a
couple of new neighbors in Potter Creek and there's another beautiful
waiter-person at Joe's.
And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY
to us! Berkeley's 127th Birthday was April 1st.
their Emergency Warning System today. So if you hear a "loud
warning noise," it doesn't mean they've accidentally released
bugs into our atmosphere, . . . this time.
Sunday April 10,
First Presbyterian will present
Joanna Blendulf, Julie Jeffrey and Elisabeth Reed-in
a concert of
luscious music for three bass viols by Hingeston,
Purcell, Nicolai, Marais and others.
We hope you
can join us. And please come
chat with us at the
reception following the concert.
Sunday, April 10, 5:00 pm, reception to follow
Suggested donation: Adults $15. Students & Seniors
$10. Children 13 & under free.
First Presbyterian Church of Alameda
2001 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda
For further details on this concert check
So, the story's about a Pulitzer
Prize winning photographer but the real first is the photo of
the elusive Ms May. For that, and for many other reasons, check
PERFECT: Chronicle photographer honored for sensitive work on
'Lion Heart' series. Maybe now camera-shy Ms. May will go
on the Belva Davis Show and "make it real."
Congratulations to Claudia
Potter Creek's Claudia, The
Bark Editor emails "What do sophisticated dogs read?
The Bark's book 'Dog Is My Co-Pilot' according to this
week's New Yorker cover. Look closely and you'll see a
chocolate Lab reading a copy of Bark's best-selling anthology
on the cover of this week's (April 11, 2005) New Yorker
magazine. The cover depicts a mix of urbane canines posed amid
an aerial view of Manhattan. The artist is Mark Ulriksen, a frequent
Bark contributor and creator of the book cover art depicted.
Mark's dog Ted is the model for the book reading canine. The New
Yorker has a circulation of 1.1 million. Another triumph for
Bark's leap into the public's consciousness and elevation
to pop icon!"
Walkathon to Benefit
Appropriate for all ages
The Center for the Education
of the Infant Deaf (CEID), an inclusive sign language preschool
and childcare in West Berkeley, is holding its 2nd Annual Walkathon
on Sunday, April 17, 2005 at Moraga Commons Park.
This years fun event kicks
off with our 9AM Registration, followed by the Walk, which begins
at 10 AM, and Music and Entertainment provided by dancers, cheerleaders,
music, clowns and sign language storytelling.
$100 registers an individual
or sponsors a child to walk (you can get just 4 sponsors to contribute
$25 each and walk on their behalf). $150 registers a family or
team to walk (get your friends together for a beautiful Sunday
walk for a good cause).
Remember, the steps you take
today bring a brighter tomorrow for the over 60 Bay Area children
with deafness and/or communicative disorders we serve every year.
Please visit http://www.ceid.org
or call Brandy McDougall at (510) 848-4800, ext. 318 for more
information. Thank you!
A tractor semi-trailer and
occurred this morning
about 11:00 AM at 7th and Heinz--details to follow.
Sadly, our Margaret Breland
has died. I can still clearly remember the community meetings
she chaired last Fall with her no-nonsense vigor. Henry K. Lee
Margaret Breland -- West Berkeley activist, 2-term councilwoman.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed .3 inch Wednesday night--Thursday morning.
The Chron's Meredith May
again informs and entertains with"In
Berkeley, fine dining starts early: Pilot program serves gourmet
breakfasts in elementary school."
the owner-operators at Inkworks have been working there for over
10 years. Finding new people is becoming more and more of a challenge,
due in part to the increasing technological sophistication of
the printing industry.
in 1981. "When I came in, he recalls, "I didn't have
any experience in pre-press. Somebody else came into bindery without
any skills at the same time, and we were able to contribute fairly
quickly to the shop. I think right now we would be very wary of
bringing in people without any experience.
other side," says Marszalek, "is that computers are
just second nature to everybody, so a lot of people have some
level of skill. But still, the software that you need to know
now is more demanding than simply hands-on."
Add to this
the recent closing of the last local resource for training on
large presses, the Graphic Arts Union's training center at the
Printers Institute of Northern California. That closure reflects
the outsourcing of printing and the consequent loss of local jobs
in the industry.
of all these changes is that those who are most likely to be taken
into the shop are older people who already have the experience
in the field. "It's a big issue with us, says Nishi, 54.
When I started, I was just over 30, and was probably the median
age of the group at the time. Now, I'm still the median age! "To
evening, April 8, Mills Concert Hall was filled with elderly couples,
Mills Students, and nostalgia. This was one of fifteen events
making up Brubeck Festival 2005. The first half of the concert
presented the new Quartet San Francisco, in residence at Mills
College, performing eight jazz-fusion compositions, four of them
by Dave Brubeck. The second half introduced the New Brubeck Octet,
comprising the six Brubeck Institute Fellowship recipients plus
two students from the University of the Pacific. For this occasion
the Octet was joined by a special guest on clarinet - Bill Smith,
a member of the original octet formed at Mills College in 1946
under the tutelage of Darius Milhaud. The New Octet performed
the original scores of Brubeck compositions or arrangements. Brubeck,
now in his eighties and looking a bit fragile, replaced the student
pianist for the last three numbers, one of them a duet with Smith.
They both played brilliantly and with youthful vigor, and received
several standing ovations."
concludes her Inkworks story
and technology aside, participating in the Inkworks collective
demands a set of faculties and inclinations that can be hard to
find. "Not everybody is cut out to be both into the craft
of printing and the responsibility of managing and being a participant,
observes Braun. "Sometimes you can do two of these things
and not the third."
also a privilege to do it," she goes on to note. "People
struggle everyday to keep body and soul together, to live out
their ideals. There's a message there. That people can do that."
they can do that right here in Berkeley, one would like to add.
Inkworks, longevity is a testimony to both the vision and commitment
of its participants, and the progressive character of the local
community that supports its work. To be sure, these days the shop
gets work from distant clients. So many thousands of people printed
out the post-9/11 window signs from its website that Inkworks,
Internet service provider warned that the shop would need to upgrade
is home. "We want to be here," says Marszalek, "because
people know where we are. We,re close to the freeway exit, which
is important in terms of moving paper around. We want to be here
also because we're close to another green printer, Consolidated,
down the street, that does a kind of work we can,t do, on a web
press... We complement each other. Being allied with the vendors
in the area is good... Also, we're a union shop, and we like to
promote union jobs, and we think it's important that Berkeley
have a diversity of resources in terms of its tax base and its
community... But mainly we want to be in Berkeley because we feel
part of this community, in terms of Berkeley being in the forefront
of promoting green businesses.
sentiment meshes nicely with Mayor Bates, green business initiative
and the forthcoming establishment of a Sustainability Office under
the Berkeley city manager.
But its greenness
is only of the many ways in which Inkworks embodies Berkeley at
its best: a community that is both humane and forward-looking,
committed to justice and to quality endeavor, intensely democratic
and imaginatively enterprising.
being a green-print-shop-collective like being the last buggy-whip
maker? Let's hope not! RP)
PD reports that the 18 wheeler /Saab collision on the morning
of the 7th was an injury accident with Berkeley FD responding
as well as Berkeley PD--injuries were treated on the scene.
during a break in the storms, Lipofsky and I were sitting out
solving Berkeley's problems as a shapely female appeared across
the street walking her dog. Without glasses I was unable to see
more but the "Hey, Penndorf! Get to work" made it clear
Anthy Victor was out with Nico. She came across, talked for a
while and left. Taking the female perspective seriously, Lipofsky
and I went back to work.
News reports a water geyser rising from the ground around 4th
Street this morning
in Potter Creek?
some entries from my log. Remember, I'm on a block that has from
three to five hazardous material users--depending on your source--and
about half-dozen manufacturers.
AM, strong mucous membrane irritant in "office" and
in warehouse-front results in dry lips, slight burning of eyes,
headache, slight nausea-some odor and irritant off-and-on all
day. I use filter-mask off and on.
very heavy smell in warehouse front, irritant, dry cough.
lips smart with headache.
the symptoms can vary from a slight dryness of the lips and eyes
to burning of the throat, nausea, dizziness and chills. An article
about the hazards of chemical use offers "Dizziness, hmmm.
Nausea -- well, these are only symptoms, nature's little way of
telling you that something is wrong. The danger we all face using
these materials is chemical toxicity -- poison."
quotes from the article to follow--and more of my log entries
emails about a new interest in classical music at Sony BMG. Read
about it in The
At our Caffe Trieste this
morning just after 8:30 AM, Channel 4 News Phil Matier interviewed
a structural engineer about the Bay Bridge Project.
Check out Zelda B's"Governing
Berkeley by Questionnaire and Fiat" in our Daily P. A
story that reflects her passion and knowledge, the conclusions
about west-Berkeley don't at all correspond to my 33 years experience
here. And my offer to share my decades-old knowledge and even
give a tour of Potter Creek was met with a polite "Maybe
sometime." Ms B also offered the view that problems of the
West-Berkeley Plan arise from the City's improper codification
of it and not the Plan itself. But, the Plan itself "placed"
the heavy industrial zone up-wind of our mixed-use zone and of
all of Berkeley. You can experience Flint Ink's west-Berkeley
emissions all the way up Marin, even into her million-dollar-a-home
(I thought Fiat was a car.
So, that would really be "Governing Berkeley by Questionnaire
IN A Fiat?")
A Potter Creek citizen forwards
"On Thursday, April
14, 7-8:30pm, Mayor Bates and Linda Maio are holding a
community discussion that will address:
* Re-Inventing Berkeley City
* Pacific Steel Casting, Public Nuisance Citation by the Bay Area
Quality Management District, (persistent bad odors)
* Community Concerns and Issues in the Neighborhood
This meeting was called for
by residents in the Oceanview neighborhood, but
some of you may be interested in showing up to ask questions about
Bates' West Berkeley development agenda, as well as to let the
Councilmember Maio hear your own concerns about development along
and to the
west of the San Pablo corridor.
Thursday, April 14, 7-8:30pm
James Kenney Park at the corner of Virginia and 8th Street."
Here's some common sense
about Our Town and our Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl, online in The
Eastbay Express. Chris Thompson reports"Why
Berkeley Can't Do the Right Thing : A real-life tale of two cities;
Albany can build a new Target faster than Berkeley can approve
a much-needed grocery store." Neighbors, Marvin and Ruth
dropped off a hard-copy of this thought provoking report.
Jill Ellis, CEID director
emails "Ron, As always, I appreciate your time and insights
- it's great to read about our neighbors and activities."
And, Patrick Kennedy, my
favorite Irish developer, emails "Mr. Penndorf: Many thanks
for your entertaining and informative efforts on your site. I
am amazed at the energy you devote to it. Keep it up.Yours, Patrick
Kennedy." On first meeting Mr. K, I remember blurting out
something like "So you're that SOB."
the article about the hazards of chemical use.
of these substances demand more respect than they receive. . .
it's hard to say which chemicals are dangerous New compounds are
being produced at a fantastic rate, and toxicology research cannot
keep up. Material not proven to be toxic may not be required to
carry warning labels, or may be required to carry limited cautionary
statements. Furthermore, any material not required to be labeled
as toxic can be labeled as nontoxic! Obviously, manufactures are
not always the definitive source for hazard information. What
makes a substance toxic? Obviously , its composition is the prime
factor, but the degree and the duration of the expossure to the
material work into the equation, too. [The table tells of the
dangers of the listed chemicals. Consider the table as illustrative
--it is by no means complete or definitive.] What may be hazardous
today could be determined harmless (or deadly) tomorrow."
To be continued
the article about the hazards of chemical use--the underlining
the table you'll see words that need explaining in layman's terms.
First, "carcinogen"--no doubt you've heard this one
on the news. It's a substance that causes cancer. There are no
dosage levels for carcinogens-a single molecule may cause cancer,
especially if it is a strong carcinogen. On the other hand, massive
exposure may not harm you. Why? It depends on the carcinogen involved,
your vulnerability, and a host of other factors. Any carcinogen
may cause cancer, but it's difficult to say who, how, and when.
We all know sunlight is necessary for good health, yet it is a
known carcinogen--too much and you could get skin cancer. Sensible
people avoid strong carcinogens, and limit their exposure to the
carcinogen" is a material thought to cause cancer, but I
couldn't find documented evidence for the claims.
carcinogen" describes a material that is believed to be carcinogenic,
and has documented evidence to support the claim.
labeled as "highly toxic" should be used with great
care, as they may easily cause death or permanent injury at relatively
low dosage levels.
as "moderately toxic" usually don't cause permanent
injury or death, although they may cause irreversible changes
to exposed tissues, and could cause severe discomfort.
toxicity" materials generally cause readily reversible tissue
changes and some discomfort.
describes the effect of a material on the body-these materials
are not narcotics or drugs in the usual sense. Their effects can
include symptoms resembling deep sleep and possible depression
of vital functions.
is a substance which triggers an allergic response. A "teratogen"
causes birth defects. The teratogenic properties of many chemicals
are not well known. Pregnant women should consult a physician
about exposure to any chemical. A "sensitizer" makes
you more sensitive to itself and to other chemicals.
All of the
information is for "acute" exposure unless other exposure
conditions are given. Acute exposure means of short duration-seconds,
minutes, or hours for skin absorption or inhalation, or a single
ingested dose. I could find no studies on the combined effects
of multiple exposures to many different toxins and carcinogens.
I didn't list polyester (casting) resins as there are so many
of them, and their toxicity varies. Since the uncured resins may
contain toxic additives, and many of the hardeners are potentially
should treat them as toxic substances. Always wear gloves and
a proper respirator, and provide adequate ventilation when
using polyester resins.' To be continued
Buy a field-ripened
whole-pineapple at Costco, let it ripen for another week and you'll
have the closest to the ones I had while living in Hawaii. Kimar
replacement along San Pablo is proceeding a pace with minimum
traffic disruption. Someone gets big points!
noticed our male Sikh citizens? They are noble and regal just
walking down San Pablo Ave or standing in front of their vehicles.
These are classy guys--warriors, I think.
update from Da' Boss!
Former Council Member Margaret
As many of you have probably heard, Berkeley lost a truly wonderful
person this month. On April 7th, former Council Member Margaret
Breland passed away. Her years of service to this community make
her a true Berkeley hero. Margaret will be greatly missed by all
of us who were lucky enough to know her - and by countless others
who have benefited from her leadership, her work, and her tremendous
kindness. Margaret's funeral service will take place on Friday
morning at 11 a.m. at the Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church,
997 University Avenue in Berkeley.
Bayer Health Care Moves Division
Headquarters to Berkeley
Last week, I joined the President of Bayer Biological Products,
Joseph Akers, in announcing that Bayer is moving its Biological
Products Global Headquarters from North Carolina to Berkeley.
The event also showcased plans to construct a new $50 million
Clinical Manufacturing Facility at Bayer's Berkeley campus. Over
the next few years, this move will bring as many as 150 new jobs
to Berkeley. Their move represents a major investment of resources
and people in our community and sends a strong signal that Bayer
recognizes Berkeley as one of the most creative and innovative
places in the world to do business.
Creeks Task Force Meets First
Thanks to the dedicated work of the Creeks Task Force and City
staff, the effort to revamp Berkeley's creeks ordinance is moving
forward on schedule. Earlier this month, the Creeks Task Force,
which I helped establish late last year, voted unanimously to
create a workplan and schedule for meeting its May 2006 deadline
for issuing final recommendations. I would like to give special
thanks to Task Force Chair Helen Burke for her leadership and
to my appointee Jon Streeter who led the work plan drafting effort.
Helen, Jon, and everyone on the Task Force have really done a
remarkable job finding common ground on a difficult issue. Keep
up the good work!
the article about the hazards of chemical use--the underlining
'I want to
clear the air about cyanoacrylate glues-super glues. They are
not typical of compounds containing the root word "cyan,"
which means a cyanide compound. Although these glues and their
fumes can be irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat, they do
not contain cyanide, nor do they decompose into poisonous cyanide
compounds when they set or are heated. Cyanoacrylates were first
developed for surgical applications-which explains why they are
so good at bonding skin!
prevention. You should consider the information in the table carefully.
I try to be conservative- take more precautions than the published
toxicity information calls for. Do not assume that a material
is harmless just because it is labeled nontoxic, and carries no
warning labels. Exercise reasonable care when handling materials
you know little or nothing about and great care with materials
you know are hazardous.
ventilation, a respirator, rubber gloves, and hygiene are good
ventilation is adequate Adequate ventilation is not two open windows,
an open window and an open door, or a fan in the corner. A
good rule of thumb is if you or someone else in the building can
smell the material you're working with, the ventilation is NOT
adequate. But, this rule doesn't work if the material is odorless.
A respirator with organic vapor cartridge . . . is a partial fix
for inadequate ventilation, since it protects only the wearer.
through the skin is just as dangerous as inhalation, you should
protect your hands from solvent chemicals. Wear nitrile rubber
glove found in hardware stores when you use these solvents. Disposable surgical gloves don't offer
enough protection-some of the chemicals easily pass through
latex and to your skin.' To be continued
by a Potter Creek neighbor, one of the more creative solutions
for satisfying the activists opposition to our West-Berkeley Bowl
is for the activists to buy the property and do whever-the-Hell
they want with it.
one of our activists expressed real concern over the way development
is going in Emeryville and a deep determination to keep it from
happening in west-Berkeley. The Chron's Chip Johnson has an opposing
view. Check out his
"Emeryville excels at the undoable."
And, . . . in these days
of Consumer Capitalism gone mad with piece-of-shit million dollar
houses, and with just a little too much Three Thives Italian White
Wine, Janis's "Freedom's just another word for nothin' left
to lose" seems the most honest thing I've heard.
"Change to the Clean Air Act Is Built Into
New Energy Bill" reports
Michael Janofsy of the New York Times.
It's said that one of Berkeley's
high-end developers is moving into one of his new Potter Creek
condos. Well ok then.
John and Suzanne stopped
by for a chat Saturday morning on their way to work. On seeing
my photo book about WWII airplanes,Suzanne commented knowledgeably
on the stability of early Kodachrome film and then offered an
informative Donald Douglas DC-3 story--of full interest only to
us airplane guys and dolls. "Penndorf, get to work"
said John before they left.
On Friday, hearing that Bayer
was bringing more workers to their Berkeley facility, Lyn exclaimed
"Hey, maybe they'll want to live here!"
Milo's lookin' good!
Want to read about a Berkeley
blogger? Check out .
makes the most of blogging, daily" by West County
Times, Ellen Lee.
After re-reading Zelda's
story about Potter Creek's Inkworks collective, I realized there
are some decades-old, old-fashioned, family-owned businesses in
Potter Creek that have had the same employees for years, pay them
well, and give good benefits--increasingly difficult in these
times. To quote
Ms Z, they are "Berkeley at its best: a community that is
both humane and forward-looking, committed to justice and to quality
endeavor, . . . and imaginatively enterprising."
waiting for a light on San Pablo and University, an Aryan young-man
came up to my truck showing me a Lyndon LaRouche news-sheet advocating
saving General Motors and their manufacturing jobs. He explained
more while I was stopped. That would put him in alliance with
John Curl and his group of west-Berkeley manufactures, wouldn't
it? Oh, the kid started his spiel with "Are you as bankrupt
as General Motors?" A question I am not qualified to answer
at 7:45 in the morning.
heavy-duty manufacturing was going on near-by in Potter Creek
all day Saturday.
From my log
10:00 AM--strong odorless irritant in front of my warehouse--headache,
slight dizziness, dry lips and eyes. Stronger in front of Adams
and Chittenden. Not noticeable in street or surrounding area,
only in immediate area in front of 2743 and 2741 8th.
11:00 AM--friend sitting in front of warehouse sliding-door complains
of slight headache and dizziness--this is goes on off-and-on all
day, sometimes entering warehouse even with doors closed.
From my log
Odor of "hot asbestos" heavy in the air between 8th
and 9th on Dwight Way--winds out of west.
"Sulpher-like" smell heavy in the air on 8th between
Pardee and Grayson--slight breeze from west. Paul-a visitor-smells
in the West County Times,"Price hits prime for plum
parcel" reports that a lot in downtown Walnut Creek sold
for $8.5 million. But the real story is that its assessed value
was $933, 000 which means the previous owner was paying taxes
on less than 1/10 of its market value. Which reminds me of a decades
old quote from comedian, Dick Gregory--I paraphrase "As a
business man I can do stuff that I would have been put in jail
for when I was on welfare." I wonder what would happen if
property owners actually paid taxes on current market value?
me to the thought. Is California real estate more and more a Pyramid
Scheme dependent for its survival on feeding the base in increasing
Q emails "Today is Free Scoop
Day at Ben & Jerry's from noon to 8pm: http://www.benjerry.com/
Not all locations are participating - check the site to see
if the one near you is."
Only in Berkeley?
A month or so ago, Lipofsky
bought an almost-fancy new bike. A couple of weeks ago, he left
it unlocked in front of his warehouse to go in back for a few
minutes. When he came out, his new bike was gone and in its place
stood a not-as-new, of-lesser-value machine.
"West Berkeley Meeting Addresses Pacific
Steel Odor" reports
Matthew Artz of the The Daily Planet. Reassigned their
Berkeley inspector to Martinez, Bay Area "Air Quality"
did. Is that like reassigning an FBI agent to North Dakota?
Notice communication's easier
lately--people a lot friendlier. Well, Mercury went Direct last
Wednesday which explains it all--or not.
"City Mandates EIR to Cover Proposed West
Berkeley Bowl" reports
Richard Brenneman of The Daily Planet. And the Enviromental
Impact Report won't be ready till Fall. I welcome John and Zelda's
newfound "enviromental zeal."
After being lectured to by
his young supporter at a Berkeley stoplight at 7:45 on Monday
morning, I began to wonder just who is Lydon La Rouche anyway?
Check out this
page on his Website for their view. Here's another
The West Berkeley Association
of Industrial Companies is John, Zelda, Rick, et al's voluntary
association. It is abbreviated as Webaic, ie WE BACK. I would
be more comfortable if it didn't speak of personal power, but
were something like WE LISTEN or WE'RE CONCERNED. And in my most
skeptical moments, I wonder if their issue isn't the Berkeley
Bowl but a personal resentment toward our Mayor. "Is it sour
grapes?" asked one Potter Creek citizen. If it is, justified
or not, I wish they'd take it ta' Hell out of Potter Creek. And,
if theirs is a genuine concern for our environment, they could
find an issue more relavent than our grocery store. (And, Kimar
wonders just what is it that Rick and Zelda manufacture?)
Speaking of manufacturing,
I leave my writing area at 8:00 PM as it fills with a membrane
irritant from somewhere. Rather than put on an organic-filter
mask, tonight I choose to leave early.
So Boss, wha'd we learn last
week about Bay Area Air Quality, the guardian of our environment?
a Environment laws are weak?
b Environment laws are hard
c The agency's on the take?
d The agency's incompetent?
e All of the above?
f None of the above?
Now, it's my understanding
that part of the Social Contract is the Rulers protect and the
Subjects obey. So if the Rulers don't protect, does that mean
the Contract's been broken? Just asking.
Richmond Rambler, Cliff Miller
A Cajun was stopped by a game warden in South Louisiana recently
two ice chests of fish, leaving a bayou well known for its fishing.
game warden asked the man, "Do you have a license to catch
"Naw, ma fren, I ain't got none of dem, no. Dese here are
my pet fish."
"Ya. Avery night I take dese here fish down to de bayou and
let dem swim
'round for a while. Den I whistle and dey jump rat back inta dis
ice chest and I take dem home."
"That's a bunch of hooey! Fish can't do that!"
The Cajun looked at the game warden for a moment and then said,
truth ma' fren. I show you. It reallyworks."
"Okay, I've GOT to see this!"
The Cajun poured the fish into the bayou and stood and waited.
After several minutes, the game warden turned to him and said,
"Well, what?" said the Cajun.
"When are you going to call them back?"
"Call who back?"
We ain't as smart as some
and we ain't as dumb as most.
So Boss, . . . ABC News did
a report a few nights ago on the nation's traffic lights and found
that generally they weren't properly timed--well syncronized.
They gave the nation's system a D+. But a Mayor of one Southern
town--Houston, I think--had all that city's lights retimed with
a resulting estimated 20 % reduction in commute time, along with
a probable saving in gasoline and reduction in pollution. Can't
speak to the rest of the city, but I know Potter Creeks's 7th
and Ashby intersection still isn't quite right.
"Chronicle staff writer
Meredith May has won a national Society of Professional Journalist/Sigma
Delta Chi award . . ." reports the Chronicle staff in "Chronicle
reporter wins national journalism award."
here's Chronicle photographer Russell Yip's
isn't practical? Check out "Strange
by Mike Taugher and Lisa Vorderbruggen in the West County Times.
emails "This evening, Thurs, I got a call from a man in Florida
who was trying to reach my sister - a mutual friend from many
years ago had passed away. He googled Jean's name, and of course
came up with March
5 Scrambled Eggs.
Since you mentioned my name and Berkeley, he easily found my phone
number, and called. We had a pleasant conversation, and I gave
him Jean's number so that he could pass on his news. What a small
world it has become!"
a Potter Creek resident said to me "It's bad enough when
elected officials tell you what to do in your own neighborhood
but when self-appointed ones do, #%@& it."
"Berkeley Warehouse landlord to pursue
Patrick Hoge of the San Francisco Chronicle.
It makes me feel dirty, like
seeing a junky steal books from Moe's.
I'm a big believer in change.
I even think it's one of the constants in life. I'll accept environmentally
sound growth and even look at just pure development. But recently
in Potter Creek and west-Berkeley, I feel the greed of a land
grab. And a month or so ago I heard Potter Creek's senior architect
say something like "Maybe it's gone far enough right now."
It's a small world all right--a
couple of other people have been found through Scrambled Eggs.
Most notably Mary Morris Lawrence. She was contacted by a TV producer
and asked if her photos could be used in their Gypsy Rose Lee
production. You can see her photos here.
According to my server, yesterday
people from these countries visited this site--(United States)
(Japan) (Germany) (Canada) (France) (Italy) (Netherlands) (Australia)
(Switzerland) (Spain) (United Kingdom) (Yugoslavia) (Finland)
(Czech Republic) (Argentina) (Brazil) (Israel) (Poland) (Chile)
(Austria) (Denmark) (Georgia) (Portugal) (Turkey) (Mexico).
"Berkeley finds itself in Vogue" is a story in the WCT Berkeley Voice,
so is "Berkeley
Boards Face Ax: City commissions that have not met in years will
Sunday May 1st is Caffé
Trieste Papa Gianni's 85th Birthday. So next week, Trieste's Music
Afternoon will be Saturday, at 2:00PM NOT Sunday--and with Birthday
Deborah Sontag of the New
York Times reports in the West County Times "End
of assault weapons ban has had little effect on sales, crime."
(Largely political was it Dapper Don?) Of course, it's easier
to ban guns that to deal with the social and economic causes of
our violence. Firearms control seems popular in our Liberal and
Leftist urban Bay Area. Yet, I've always wondered what kind of
Radical it is that supports disarming the populace--one that's
been co-opted? But, if I were in Law Enforcement I'd want to face
the absolute least firepower possible on my streets.
Want pizza like the Cheese
Board's but don't to to go all the way in town? Go get some at
Arizmendi's at 4303 San Pablo--similar, if not the same recipe
and it's also a collective. Food-lore has that it's a spin-off.
From my log
4/24/05, Sunday. About 12:00 Noon
front of warehouse fills with membrane irritant, results in coughing,
dry eyes, lips. At 1:00 PM irritant present in driveways of 2743
and 27411 8th but not sidewalk or street. Mild odor in warehouse
front. Irritant present off-and-on till about 3:00PM--sometimes
strong. I leave at about 3:30 PM. (Irritation strongest on first
sensing--lessens over time.)
10/21/96 About 7:00 PM "burning
rubber" smell on 8th between Grayson and Pardee--also "chlorine"
You can participate in the
west-Berkeley land grab just like the Big Guys. Watch for a Big
Guy development project. When it's approved and looks like it'll
be built, buy a piece of adjacent property. When the Big Guys'
gentrification project is finished, you should make out like a
bandit. Of course, you could always loose your . . . . Well, you
know what you could loose.
"Berkeley City Council
members will meet an hour before their regular Tuesday night meeting
to consider the new-and final-five-year-plan for the West Berkeley
Redevelopment Area" reports Richard Brenneman in the Berkeley
Berkeley Redevelopment Project Nearly Complete."
From my log
4/26/05, 8:45 AM Irritant in "office"
with burning lips and nose--light-headed, use filter-mask. About
10:00AM irritation increases, disoriented, have to leave at 10:30AM.
chemical-use postings--see 4/16/05 and above--sound as if they
were written for commercial hazardous material users, they in
fact were written about the use of thinners, paints and glues
for model airplane builders by Ross Martinek in FineScale Modeler.
If these precautions for the use of what are really household
items apply to the hobbyist, certainly even greater precautions
should be taken by Potter Creek's hazardous material users.
When he wrote this Ross Martinek was a geochemist and material
consultant for an engineering firm "His familiarity with
paints and toxic materials stems from his background in chemistry
and several years spent in quality control and research development
within the coatings industry."
all this 'If you get paint on your skin, don't remove it with
paint thinner-it takes the paint off, but the thinner may be even
more hazardous. Wipe away as much of the paint as you can with a rag, then use a commercially
available hand cleaner or an abrasive soap and a lot of
hands before and after working on a model. Don't eat or drink
while handling toxic material. Don't smoke or use open flames
around paint thinners, and other solvent chemicals. Many of these
materials are flammable and that cigarette could cause a flash
fire or explosion. When burned, many otherwise harmless materials
produce toxic fumes. Make sure that everything is capped tight.'
As I get
ready to leave Potter Creek at 7:30PM, a loud whining noise of
a table-saw assaults me as I get into my truck on 8th just south
of Pardee. I'm told that this saw is being used to make gourd-art
in the back-driveway of the work spaces on 7th, between Pardee
and Carleton. I'm one and one-half blocks away and it's annoying.
What must it be like in the living-units right next to the driveway?
"Don't harass my tenants" a resident was told on talking
to the work-unit manager. A Chronicle story on these work-rentals
some year or so ago reported a 50% vacancy. I wonder what it is
that last night our City Council removed Celia's structure of merit status. Wisely, they did
not mess with Rick's. Tonight the Planning Commission is considering
bringing Berkeley's Preservation Ordnance in line with the State's.
Their meeting will be held at the North Berkeley Senior Center
on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Hearst at 7:00
Sally emails about Arizmendi's
"I asked when they first opened 'Why is this so much like
the Cheese Board?' answer: they all trained there and are part
of a large co-op organization! I have given up bread products
for the month of April and can barely wait to go back. Also .
. . no trouble parking"
From my log
Around 2:00PM this afternoon
front room fills with irritant--put on filter-mask but eyes still
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed .45 inches for the last 24 hours.
Last night's Planning Commission
meeting was largely taken up by citizens expressing their opinions
on whether the Structure of Merit classification of our Preservation
Ordnance should be removed. About forty people spoke. No decision
was made by the Commission.
From my log
7:00AM, Front room fills
with odor and irritant, throat slightly sore, some difficulty
in breathing--use filter mask. Still present at 8:00AM--leave.
Odor similar to that that on weekends often surrounds 2741-2743
11/12/02 7:00PM, eyes, lips
burn. Adams and Chittenden exhaust system on--system vents below
roof-line into my north wall.
"Calling the Berkeley
Bowl a produce market is like saying Chez Panisse is a place where
you can grab something to eat" writes Harriet Chiang of the
San Francisco Chronicle in her appreciation"The Bowl
is a universe all its own." Check it out at sfgate.com
Then read "Berkeley:
Pastry chefs whip up new bakery that blends well in neighborhood"
by Carol Ness also at sfgate.com
One of Potter Creek's elder
statesmen changed email addresses and emails "I very much
miss the local goings on and have always enjoyed the commentaries
and your humor. Please put me back on your list."
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