Berkeley teen victim in Oakland shooting

A teenager killed in what police said could be a gang-related shootout in the Laurel district of East Oakland has been identified as Tyler Frank Jamison of Berkeley.

Jamison, 17, was shot to death about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 on the 4000 block of Quigley Street, police said.

Police said there was a shootout between two groups when Jamison was struck.

Police are not releasing whether Jamison had a gun but said they don't think Jamison knew anyone in the area.

They also said they were trying to determine a motive for the killing.

Jamison was enrolled as a junior last year in the Berkeley Unified School District, said schools spokesman Mark Coplan, but he was not currently enrolled in the district.

Authorities confirmed Jamison is the same person who was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder for a Dec. 23, 2011, afternoon shooting near Sacramento and Woosley streets in Berkeley. During the melee, five male juveniles, including Jamison, reportedly pulled out guns and fired at one another, injuring two of them.

Alameda County District Attorney Office spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said prosecutors dropped the charges against Jamison on June 13, 2012, because witnesses in the case refused to testify.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Anyone with information may call investigators at 510-238-3821, a tip line at 510-773-2805 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.


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Free workshop on home energy upgrades

Residents can find out about home energy upgrades, meet participating contractors and get details on rebates at the Berkeley Home Energy Workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Willard Middle School, 2425 Stuart St.

Upgrades can range from simple, do-it-yourself steps to more extensive measures to save energy and lower and lower utility bills.

The event is free, but those planning to attend should RSVP at http://eucworkshopberkeley.eventbrite.com.

There are also limited time rebates of $1,500 available on a first-come, first-served basis. Details on the Flex Package are available at AlamedaFlex.org.

Winter concerts at St. Mary's High School

A free pair of winter music concerts are being hosted at Saint Mary's College High School next week.

The school's chamber choir, chorus, jazz ensemble and jazz combo perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 21. The St. Mary's orchestra, intermediate band, and advanced symphonic band perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 22.

Both programs are in the auditorium at the school, 1294 Albina Ave.

Group will rally to save post office building

A hearing on the fate of the downtown Berkeley Post Office building has been announced by the United States Postal Service for 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the City Council chambers at old City Hall, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.

The group Save the Berkeley Post Office (www.savethebpo.com) is calling on those who support the ornate building's continued use by the USPS to attend the meeting and show their support.

"Berkeley's beautiful and historic main post office was built in 1914, and houses two New Deal artworks," the group writes. "Across the country, 3,700 post offices are at risk of being sold or closed -- many of them equally historic. Some also house irreplaceable WPA/New Deal art like ours that was meant to be permanently in the public domain."

The proposed sale of the building is part of cost-cutting measures by the postal service, which is also proposing an end to mail delivery on Saturdays.

BHS issues call to service organizations

Berkeley High School is seeking service organizations to be partners for its Month of Service in March and to attend its Service Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8 at the school.

Groups would be able to advertise service opportunities that would be included on a list being compiled for the estimated 2,000 students who will be participating.

For more details contact BHS Student Activity Director John Villavicencio at johnvillavicencio@berkeley.net.

Benefit dance for Gill Tract activists

The Albany Farm Alliance is holding "Valentine for the Gill Tract," a benefit dance party, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave.

The event is a fundraiser for efforts to keep the Gill Tract, a University of California-owned property in Albany, as agricultural space. The evening will feature a Native American blessing and music by Sauce Piquante, the Starlings and the Funky Nixons.

Details: albanyfarmalliance.com.

-- Chris Treadway, Natalie Neysa Alund and Harry Harris