Carol emailed last night
Hi Ron,
Bob asked me to tell you that there's helicopter with a search light circling over what I think is Pardee to Dwight or maybe Channing or Bancroft.  Don't know what's up, but he's gone over at least 20 times now.
Carol Whitman


Tak emailed last night

Ron: for Scrambled Eggs
At about 8:30pm as I was walking my dog in front of the Humane Society
at 9th and Carlton, I heard 3 shots ring out. I couldn't tell what
direction the shots came from because the buildings tend to echo
sounds. As I was walking back to my house on 10th Street, Berkeley
Police converged on a van just outside the parking lot at the Bank of
America. As I walked by I saw that a man was down. The police blocked
off the streets in the area and are doing a guns drawn search. The
ambulance came.
The police suggest that we stay inside.
I'll post more info when I get it.
Needless to say, this isn't good news.
Tak Nakamoto


Bay City News reported this morning

"Man shot several times in Berkeley in critical condition. 

Officers in Berkeley are investigating a shooting that left a man in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds Sunday night.

Police responded to reports of an argument on the 1100 block of Parker Street at about 8:15 p.m. and heard a several gunshots they thought were fired near the 2500 block of 10th Street, according to the Berkeley Police Department.

Officers reported finding a man suffering multiple gunshot wounds lying on the sidewalk near a Bank of America Parking lot at 2546 San Pablo Ave.

The victim was transported to Alameda County Medical Center where he was in critical condition this morning, a police officer said.

A search of the area aided by a California Highway Patrol air unit and a Richmond police K-9 team yielded no arrests, according to police.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5741 or (510) 981-5900. Anonymous information can be given through the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 222-TIPS." 

And "Police conduct Sunday night helicopter search after Berkeley shooting" is a report by Doug Oakley of our Times.

"Berkeley police are investigating a shooting near a Bank of America branch that sent one man to the hospital Sunday night.

Police received calls of shots fired in the 2500 block of 10th street between Parker Street and Dwight Way at about 8:30 p.m., said Berkeley police spokesman Andrew Frankel.

A helicopter was called into search for the shooter, and police were conducting a search in the neighborhood late into the night, but no arrest was made.

Information on the victim's condition was not available Sunday night."




"The city and county of San Francisco released the findings and recommendations of a report Friday about the effectiveness of the city's Community Safety Cameras" is a story at cbs5.com.

The report, compiled by the University of California at Berkeley's Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, found a 24 percent decrease in thefts in areas within view of the safety cameras while making several recommendations to improve the program."


Kubik emails "How the city hurts your brain . . . And what you can do about it" by Jonah Lehrer at bostonglobe.com.

"The city has always been an engine of intellectual life, from the 18th-century coffeehouses of London, where citizens gathered to discuss chemistry and radical politics, to the Left Bank bars of modern Paris, where Pablo Picasso held forth on modern art. Without the metropolis, we might not have had the great art of Shakespeare or James Joyce; even Einstein was inspired by commuter trains.

And yet, city life isn't easy. The same London cafes that stimulated Ben Franklin also helped spread cholera; Picasso eventually bought an estate in quiet Provence. While the modern city might be a haven for playwrights, poets, and physicists, it's also a deeply unnatural and overwhelming place.

Now scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control. While it's long been recognized that city life is exhausting -- that's why Picasso left Paris -- this new research suggests that cities actually dull our thinking, sometimes dramatically so."


"Buying a Slice of Architectural Distinction" is a story by Tracey Taylor at sfgate.com.

"What do Dave Brubeck, Jane Fonda, Alice Waters and Dr Seuss [aka, Theodor Geisel] have in common?
It turns out that they were all inducted into the California Hall of Fame last month, a body set up in 2005 by

California's First Lady Maria Shriver to honor individuals who embody the state's innovative spirit.
Included in the 2008 list of 12 inductees is architect Julia Morgan, who crashed through the gender barrier at the turn of the 19th century and went on to design more than 700 buildings over a 47-year career, most of them in the Bay Area."


"Yoshi's S.F. changes its repertoire" writes Jesse Hamlin of the Chronicle.

"Like everybody else, Yoshi's has been roughed up by the recession and credit freeze.

The Bay Area's premier jazz club, which opened an elegant San Francisco venue in late 2007 to complement its longtime Oakland operation, has seen its music and restaurant business drop 20 percent over the past year. In addition to losing several hundred thousand dollars, it couldn't get private funding to pay off the huge cost
overruns on the construction of its Fillmore Street project."



"Give 'Em Hill: 97-year-old magician has many tricks up his sleeve" is a story by Angela Hill of the Oakland Tribune.

"I recently learned the secret of slicing a guy's head off with a rusty buzz saw and theatrical flair, tossing it in the audience like a beach ball at a Grateful Dead concert and - as if by magic - reattaching it and sending him on his way as though he'd merely had a close shave. I also found out how someone can 'sense' - despite his eyes being bandaged with gauze and several layers of duct tape - that you're holding a wallet or an iPod or even a pastrami sandwich. Plus, I learned how they do the ol' Haunted Hank gimmick, making a handkerchief dance in midair like it's possessed by a ghost."

As a youth, I was the practicing stage-magician, "Penndorf the Great." I kid you not. In my act, I did the Chinese rings, the vanishing dice-cube, the card in the balloon ("What was the card you chose?" BAM, it appeared in an exploding balloon) and half-dozen or so other tricks. I closed my act with the Chinese head chopper. Here, I locked an audience member in a stock-like device with a sharpened blade inside. This passed downward through the holes for one's head and hands--supposedly severing all in its path. It could, in fact, easily cut a cabbage in two. Which is exactly what I did before locking the audience volunteer's head in place. I then slammed the blade down. It could be seen flashing by the empty hand-holds, though not severing the audience member's head at the neck. Great finish.

Oh ya . . . with great flourish just for the number, I put on a bloodied apron from the meat-market at Al's IGA--my teenage place of employment.



"Get ready for more pain ahead" reports cnn.com.

"Forget about the credit crunch and falling house prices. The job market is the biggest economic problem -- and it's likely to get worse before it gets better."


"Avtar Singh Sandhu: First Indian Winegrower Of USA" is a story at indianwineacademy.com.

"It makes sense that a friendly person like Avtar Singh Sandhu would fit right in the wine community at Sonoma Valley where the people are known to be unpretentious and the passion for wine genuine.  Rishi Vohra met up with Sandhu and learned of his unprecedented wine journey over three decades and how one of his favourite sayings 'farming is in my blood' effectively translates into the superior wine grapes produced by Sandhu Vineyards.

Avtar Singh Sandhu's first tryst with wine happened in 1962 in Berkeley, California where he had arrived for higher studies to pursue a Masters degree in Structural Engineering at the prestigious UC Berkeley.  Little did this freshly graduated civil engineer from Punjab University know that the first sip would change his life forever and start him off on an enjoyable journey which continues till the present day."  


"UC, Cal State to freeze top salaries, construction projects" reports Matt Krupnick of our Times.

"With the economy in crisis and the state's budget in tatters, California's public universities announced Friday that they will freeze salaries for hundreds of top administrators and halt construction projects.

The University of California and California State University systems said they would not give raises to executives on campuses or at university headquarters this year, and the UC system - pending approval by the Board of Regents next week - will cancel some bonuses for the highest-paid administrators.

The move affects hundreds of officials in the two systems: about 285 at UC and 150 at Cal State. Most of them have six-figure salaries.

The Cal State system also announced that it had suspended bond- financed construction on all 23 campuses after a state board said it would withhold payments."



"Corning hopes mercury-filter gamble pays off" writes Ben Dobbin, Associated Press.

"By day, Kishor Gadkaree puts samples of a honeycomb-shaped filter into a miniature gas chamber that simulates the insides of a coal-burning smokestack.

These rigorous tests will take years. But by night, Gadkaree dreams that this filter - which is designed to neutralize the poisonous mercury spewed by the world's coal-fired power plants - will be the next big hit for a nearly 160-year-old company that recently survived a brush with extinction."



"Chimney sweeps, investing in prevention" reports Eve Mitchell at contracostatimes.com.

"A roaring fire can make a home more inviting, what with the flickering flames, those crackling sounds and the magnetic warmth it gives off. But before you think about throwing a log into the fireplace when another cold spell rolls around, make sure your chimney is up to the task. Calling in a chimney sweep to do an annual inspection, along with having a cleaning and any necessary repairs done when needed, will help keep your home safe from a devastating chimney fire. Such maintenance applies not only to traditional fireplaces, but also to wood stoves, pellet stoves and gas-burning fireplaces or any wood-burning appliance that sends smoke up a chimney."



"Water crisis has parallels with financial meltdown" is a report by Mike Taugher at mercurynews.com.

"To understand how California reached its current water crisis, one could look for an analogy in the financial meltdown.

In both cases, credit or water once flowed easily: Four of the five years of highest water deliveries from the Delta's two massive pumping plants were 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006." 

Regan has talked of something like this since early Fall.













Koz who lives north of Dwight emailed yesterday

last night a [gang] just came through smashing windshields and slashing tires. my truck got it's windshield smashed up... while I was giving a report, the cop told me the shooting suspects from last night (2) are in custody

 "Police Arrest Two Suspects in West Berkeley Shooting" is a report by Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.

"Berkeley police have arrested Berkeley residents Rhonda Reid, 47, and Lee Freddy Green, 50, for the attempted murder of William Payton on Sunday night. They are being held without bail, authorities said Monday.

Payton, 37, also a Berkeley resident, was taken to Highland Hospital for treatment after he was discovered suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He is listed in critical condition." 

BPD arrested these two suspects about 24 hours after the shooting here in our Potter Creek. Immediately after the shooting, BPD called for the CHP surveillance helicopter and the Richmond PD K-9 Unit. They supplemented BPD officers in the ground search.





"In Richmond, a city that has traditionally struggled with poverty and high crime rates, a community policing plan implemented 2 1/2 years ago is beginning to take hold in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods" writes the Chronicle's Chip Johnson.

"It has come down to a two front war: a high-tech battle to quickly target and address crime problems in a specific area, and a more important tug-of-war for the hearts and minds of the residents who live there.

In 2007, Richmond reported a 14 percent reduction in violent crime, a 40 percent decline in homicides and a 21 percent drop in aggravated assaults. At the same time, the department's homicide clearance rate climbed above 50 percent, nearly three times the rate of the city's successful homicide investigations just a few years ago. Residents formed 21 neighborhood watch groups." 


"Bills seek stronger liability shield for good Samaritans in California" writes Jim Sanders at sacbee.com.

"Being a good Samaritan can land Californians in court ­ and cost them plenty, perhaps.

Lisa Torti found that out the hard way.

The Los Angeles woman pulled a friend from the wreckage of a car crash only to be sued for allegedly exacerbating the victim's injuries.

Legislators have proposed three bills to alter state law after the California Supreme Court ruled last month that Torti is not shielded from liability as a good Samaritan.

Sen. John Benoit, R-Palm Desert, said the case sends the wrong message."


Merryll's son Matt was up here from LA two weeks ago. He stayed the weekend and while taking Merryll's dog, Max for a walk noticed that there was really no public greenspace in Potter Creek. Matt, a planner for the Port of Long Beach, suggests pocket parks.

"A pocket park or mini-park is a small park accessible to the general public. In some areas they are called miniparks or vestpocket parks." Read more here.

"How To" Guide for Creating Pocket Park and Greenspace Projects.
"Are YOU interested in creating a pocket park, community garden or greenspace in your neighborhood?  The following steps can help your neighborhood get started in creating a beautiful oasis of green for all to enjoy!" 



"Boxer basks in Obama limelight: California back from the wilderness" is a story at sacbee.com.

"Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer kept getting interrupted Monday morning. While chatting in her Capitol Hill office with nine California reporters about her plans for the new Congress, Boxer got two phone calls during the 90-minute meeting, both from the same man.

It was Barack Obama. She wasn't complaining." 



For some insight into our nation's security and more, check out "Charlie Rose - A conversation with Mike McConnell, Director of Intelligence."

and also check out "Charlie Rose - A conversation with David Sanger Part I"



"Iranians 'worried about economy'" is a BBC NEWS story.

"Iranians are more concerned about their country's finances than tension with the West or political reform, according to a BBC poll.

The survey suggests residents think unemployment, poverty and high inflation are Iran's biggest issues.

It also found there is strong support inside Iran for the country having its own nuclear industry.

The findings come as the BBC launches its Persian television channel for Iran and the wider region."


"Dollar goes long way on winter trip to Iceland" is a story by David Bauder, Associated Press.

"We figured the driver taking us to a New York airport didn't know much about our destination when we said we were going to Iceland and he asked us to spell it.

'Oh,' he said. 'The bankrupt country.'

Yes, the bankrupt country. Not the volcanic island south of the Arctic Circle with the near-lunar terrain that astronauts once practiced on. Not the home of a swinging Reykjavik nightlife, and other-worldly native musicians like Bjork and Sigur Ros. Not the land with spectacular scenery and bubbling geothermal pools."











though not Martin Luther King Day, today is Dr. King's actual birth date



my ole college roomate emails

Watch this Japanese illusionist/street magician at work. Apparently he's a young guy who disguises himself as an elderly man. But he is incredible - I don't know how he does the lean and wait until the end.


our Angela emails a response to Tak's inquire

Hello Tak,
I wanted to follow-up with you on your question regarding whether the West Berkeley residents should be concerned about any further escalation of violence in the area given last week's shooting incident.  I have been informed that the shooting was not a random incident, the incident ocurred between known individudals and that all the individuals involved are in custody.  At this point, there are no outstanding suspects and there is no indication that this is an on-going feud.   Please feel free to share with your neighbors..
I hope this allays your concerns regarding the incident. Let us know if you have any other questions.


"Community Organizations and Publishers Sue FBI and Other Agencies Over Illegal Computer Searches"
is a report at kansascityinfoznoe.

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU of Northern California filed suit in federal court today to protect the privacy and free speech rights of two San Francisco Bay Area community organizations after the groups' computers were seized and the data copied by federal and local law enforcement. Both organizations, Long Haul and the East Bay Prisoner Support Group (EBPS), are publishers of information for social and political activists."




"Special Olympics games move to UC Davis" is a report by Niesha Lofing at sacbee.com.

"More than 900 athletes will converge on the UC Davis campus to compete in the 2009 Special Olympics Summer Games in June.
Organizers announced the change in venue from UC Berkeley to UC Davis this week. The switch was necessitated by planned renovations of track and field and aquatics venues at the Bay Area campus.".



"Berkeley debuts science Web site for kids, teachers" is a story by our Matt Krupnick at southbendtribune.com.

"Science doesn't have to be the boring stuff of textbooks, University of California, Berkeley, professors are telling children and their teachers.

A new Web site, 'Understanding Science,' (undsci.berkeley.edu) dispels myths about science and scientists, explaining that everything from the automobile to the family cat can be better understood through science. Built by two UC Berkeley biology professors and a team of advisers, the site debuted last week.

'The Web site presents not the rigid scientific method,' said biology professor Roy Caldwell in a written statement, 'but how science really works, including its creative and often unpredictable nature, which is more engaging to students and far less intimidating to those teachers who are less secure in their science.' "




Eternally useful links


Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com


Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com

Our City Council update is here.


Our Planning Commision update is here



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

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


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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.


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

useful link

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



Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.


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



Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.


Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.

Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!


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

The contacts are below:

Our new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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


More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here


Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11



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