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Archive for March 10th, 2011

Local Resources to Improve Your Home Energy Efficiency

Posted by movenden on March 10, 2011

Could you use help acting on your intention to improve your household’s energy efficiency? Come find out about three local resources that offer concrete ways to accomplish this goal:

Now’s the Time! Local Resources to Improve Your Home Energy Efficiency

Tuesday March 29 at 7 p.m.
Piedmont Veterans Hall – 401 Highland Avenue
Co-sponsored by City of Piedmont , Piedmont CONNECT, and League of Women Voters of Piedmont

Featuring …

  • Energy Upgrade California in Alameda County (EnergyUpgradeCA.org): This new program, dedicated to helping homeowners save energy, is a “one stop shop” for making home improvements included in either a “basic” or “advanced” upgrade package designed to increase your home’s energy and water efficiency. Homeowners participating in the program are eligible to take advantage of rebates and incentives worth up to $4,000 being offered by PG&E and the City of Piedmont on a first-come-first-served basis (until December 2011). Presented by Judi Ettlinger of StopWaste and Kevin Jackson of the City of Piedmont ’s Planning Dept.

Plus short presentations from …

  • Piedmont CONNECT’s Electricity Monitoring Project: A group of Piedmont volunteers is helping other Piedmonters install TED (The Energy Detective) meters, giving them access on their home computer networks to real-time data on their electricity usage. Participants are anonymously sharing their data for a study of how information gained from monitoring electrical usage leads to usage reductions. Since January, 14 homes have had meters installed. Hear about how you can join this project aimed not only at helping households save electricity and money, but also at collectively making a difference in lowering our community’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • California Youth Energy Services: If you are interested in a simple energy audit and help switching out incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescents (CFLs), or installing water-saving faucets or retractable clotheslines, CYES is the group for you. Funded by local utilities, CYES hires teenagers from urban neighborhoods, trains them in people skills and energy efficiency practices, and sends them out in pairs to homes which have requested a visit. The goal is to reduce household gas, electricity and water use while training the next generation of environmental leaders.

For more information about the event, contact Kevin Jackson at kjackson@ci.piedmont.ca.us (City of Piedmont ) or Margaret Ovenden movenden@sbcglobal.net (Piedmont CONNECT, a community group that supports local efforts toward environmental sustainability in Piedmont )

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Cal Baseball – Keep it alive in Berkeley

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 10, 2011

Save Cal  Baseball

Hi Bay Area baseball families,

I am writing to you on behalf of the UC Berkeley baseball program — we need your help.  As many of you may have heard the University has decided to terminate the baseball program at the conclusion of this season. The program has been in existence since 1892 and we must keep the tradition alive. For the past several months a huge effort has been made to save the program, but it was not enough. In short, the Chancellor has informed us that we have until March 31, 2011 to raise close to $10 million in pledges to stabilize the program. Right now we are close to 6 million and growing! Please visit our fundraising website for more specific details.


This year’s team is ranked #14 in the country. The Bears will be playing in the Cal Baseball Classic at AT&T park this weekend (Mar 11-13).  This would be a great way to show your support for the program and watch some great baseball at a great stadium!  Cal will be playing on Friday at 7pm against Louisville – Lafayette, Saturday at 7pm against Rice, and Sunday at 4pm against Long Beach State. For more information about the Cal Baseball Classic go to:


Cal has produced many major league players, but more importantly offers a training field for the game of life.  If you feel strongly about keeping this opportunity in our backyard alive for future generations of baseball players, please fight for them by taking action.

Make a Pledge

You can make a pledge by going to www.savecalbaseball.com.   It is only collected if Cal reinstates baseball.  All donations are tax deductible.  Even a small pledge could go a long way; as it not only adds to the total pledged amount but also to the number of visible supporters.

Write a Letter

Write a letter to the Chancellor. 

Go to the Games

Come show your support throughout this season.  No place in the Bay Area puts you closer to the action of College Baseball than Evans Diamond, located on the west side of the beautiful Berkeley campus, just a 5 minute walk from the downtown Berkeley BART Station.

Please help spread this message by forwarding to friends and teams or posting on league websites.  It would be great to get the message across that local baseball communities greatly value the opportunities that Cal baseball provides, and that cutting the baseball program would be a huge mistake.

Save Cal Baseball!!


Clint Hoover
Cal Baseball Alumni

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