Tag Archives: Drones
More than a year after the Berkeley City Council asked three city panels to take a look at the use of drones around town, two starkly different recommendations are slated to come before officials in a special work session later this month.
The city’s Disaster and Fire Safety Commission has made a recommendation to allow the police and fire departments to use drones “for specific enumerated purposes in emergency situations.” Usage would have to approved by the city manager, police chief or fire chief.
But two other city bodies, the Peace & Justice Commission and the Police Review Commission, have asked council to declare Berkeley a “no drone zone,” citing concerns related to safety and privacy, among other issues. … Continue reading »
The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From March April 3-9, there were 11 burglary reports, 21 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and eight stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. Three robbery and 11 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.
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Thursday, April 3
Five thefts or burglaries from vehicles were reported: at 12:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Stuart Street; at 8 a.m. in the 1200 block of Haskell Street; at 3:03 p.m. in the 2400 block of Durant Avenue; at 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Seawall Drive; and at 10:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of Parker Street.
A robbery was reported at 2:30 a.m. at Shattuck Avenue and Kittredge Street. … Continue reading »
At its meeting last night, the Berkeley City Council rejected a recommendation from the Peace and Justice Commission to establish a No Drone Zone in the city. Instead, the council referred the issue to three commissions — the Peace and Justice Commission, the Police Review Commission, and Disaster and Fire Safety Commssion — with guidelines for public safety agencies’ use of drones to be reviewed at a future council workshop.
During public comment more than a dozen people spoke in favor of the Peace and Justice Commission proposal, which would have banned all drones except for hobbyist use (and those would have been restricted to drones without cameras). … Continue reading »
Berkeley City Council will tonight consider a proposal from the Peace and Justice Commission to ban the use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles — in the city’s airspace. The recommended ordinance would also prohibit the city, or any agency of the city, from purchasing, borrowing, testing or using drones. Hobbyist use is exempted “as long as those devices are not equipped with any kind of camera or audio surveillance equipment.”
Alameda County Supervisors last week tabled a proposal from the county sheriff to use a $31,646 grant to buy a surveillance drone, following protests from the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation about the lack of privacy protections. … Continue reading »
Build your own biology lab, make foam swords, devise your ingenious escape the MacGyver way, learn about honey harvesting… these are just a handful of the experiences from Berkeley makers you could have at this Sunday’s East Bay Mini Maker Faire, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the campus of Park Day School in the Temescal district of Oakland.
Among the 125 makers, performers, crafters, presenters and vendors at the Faire, are a couple of dozen Berkeleyans: among them, Chris Anderson is showing unmanned aerial vehicles you can make in your own garage, Pioneers in Engineering are banging the drum for their new robotics competition (Berkeleyside covered the last one in April), the Fixit Clinic is leading “guided disassembly of your broken stuff”, and Adrian Freed will show you how to build interactive, touch-sensitive surfaces using conductive paper and origami. … Continue reading »