Carol emailed last night
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.
Tak emailed last night
Ron: for Scrambled Eggs
At about 8:30pm as I was walking my dog in front of the Humane
at 9th and Carlton, I heard 3 shots ring out. I couldn't tell
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
America. As I walked by I saw that a man was down. The police
off the streets in the area and are doing a guns drawn search.
The police suggest that we stay inside.
I'll post more info when I get it.
Needless to say, this isn't good news.
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
Singh Sandhu: First Indian Winegrower Of USA" is a story
"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
"UC, Cal State to freeze top salaries,
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
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
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
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.
GREAT POLICE WORK, I'd say
"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
"How To" Guide for Creating Pocket
Park and Greenspace Projects.
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
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
The survey suggests residents
think unemployment, poverty and high inflation are Iran's biggest
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
"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
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
our Angela emails a response
to Tak's inquire
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.' "
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
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
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
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or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
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