The city of Berkeley’s project to convert thousands of old streetlights to LED bulbs is well underway, and the changes have not gone unnoticed by community members.
PG&E fixed a power outage that affected around 1,900 customers around 2 a.m. — only to find that the fix malfunctioned and caused “momentaries” in downtown Berkeley around 10:45 a.m.
More than 900 people on the eastern side of Berkeley into the Oakland hills are without power Wednesday night, according to PG&E’s outage map.
Strong winds throughout the North and East Bay are taking down trees, knocking out power and sending debris, branches and leaves swirling through Berkeley streets Thursday night.
Berkeley nights could have a slightly different hue next year if the city is successful in its plans to replace all 8,000 of its streetlights with LED fixtures.
Rosa Parks Elementary School became Berkeley’s fifth solar school on Monday when students flicked a switch to activate a new rooftop installation of solar cells.
UPDATE 10/2 7:45 am: About 111 residences remain without power Tuesday morning after an outage affected much of Berkeley overnight. PG&E does not yet know when those people will have their power restored.
The downtown BART station and numerous businesses in the downtown area were closed for about 90 minutes Tuesday evening after a power outage.
Lula Greene has lived in her house on 66th Street for 24 years, but she wasn’t aware until March that her home sits near a major gas pipeline.
Thousands of people in the Fourth Street shopping district are without power. The electricity failed around 11:30 am. and storekeepers have not gotten any indication when it will go back on. Berkeleyside has a call into PG&E to see when power will resume.
A series of electrical outages in North Berkeley at 12:56 12:25 p.m. today is affecting more than 5,000 houses and businesses. PG&E do not yet know the cause of the outage or the expected time to restore power.
Some of Berkeleyside took a quick vacation over the weekend. We returned home late Sunday night, but when I eagerly went downstairs to check the latest in yesterday’s Netherlands vs Slovakia World Cup match, I found a blank TV. No signal. We also had no phone and no Internet. “Damn that Comcast,” I thought.
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