Abi is a 7 year old girl living in the Village and she wants to take us on a wild adventure this weekend, so get ready to follow the whims of a child as she leads us on an adventure starting in Albany.
Bring bikes, bells, helmets (required for kids, recommended for adults) and your favorite kid or kid-at-heart.
We will start at the playground in the center of University Village (Gooding Way between Red Oak Ave and Ohlone Ave).
We may not end at our starting point, but we will bike back with you in case you need directions back!
Meet at 10 to play. Rolling at 11 sharp. Pack snacks and water for the ride, and a picnic lunch for the end.
In the event of rain, this bike ride will be cancelled.
Click here for the flyer.
It is almost time for the next VRA meeting. You are invited to join us on Wednesday , March 12 at 7:00 PM for a meeting topic "Safety Tips".
During this meeting, the UCPD (University of California Police Department) will give a presentation to residents about how to keep safe in the Village and answer all questions about recent incidents that some of the residents experienced.
The location of the meeting is the Four Corners Room in the University Village Community Center at 1123 Jackson Street, Albany, 94706
There will be free pizza. Childcare for your young children is available in the room next to the meeting venue.
Please come to the meeting and please bring your neighbors!
An American Red Cross course led by an authorized American Red Cross Babysitter's Training instructor:
To provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic child care and basic first aid.
The Village sometimes has a smell described as "burning pot handles". This odor is from Pacific Steel Casting, a foundry located on 2nd and 3rd Streets just below Gilman Street by highway 580.
UCB's Housing Dept, Environment, Health & Safety and the student run "Science Shop" on campus are collaborating on a project to start random air testing in March 2014 for 12 months.
(see web links below)
This plan came as a result of Village residents actively pushing for air testing here to determine if the odors are hazardous to health or only annoying.
REPORTING ODOR COMPLAINTS Information provided by City of Berkeley
Whenever possible, unless you request not to be, you will be contacted in person by an inspector, usually within an hour. Nights and weekends vary on response times, but make the call anytime you smell the odors.
Your name and address are treated as confidential and will be given to no one but Air District staff, except where required in matters before the court. You are strongly urged not to call others during the time you are reporting the incident. It is imperative that reports be independent. Inspectors will attempt to confirm your odor complaint, determine its cause, and prepare a written report for each complaint investigation.
The Ecology Center Farmers' Markets that runs the Albany Market has decided to move the location this year. We have been in conversation with the City of Albany and UC to find out where the new location might be and have identified 10th Street, South of Monroe, just East of the Village's Community Center as our top priority. Our markets accept EBT usage as well as WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks and we think that the diverse vendor mix that we could attract would serve the needs of the Village Residents well. Please fill out the attached survey as soon as possible as your input is valuable in determining the time and availability of the market to serve your needs.
I know that we all share serious concerns about the current lack of rainfall this year and want to do our part to ensure everyone on our campus is helping to reduce our water consumption and conserving resources.
Even though Berkeley has been reducing water consumption for years, the campus research on the severity of the drought overwhelmingly sends a clear call to action.
As early as 2011 – before the current drought – our campus set a goal to reduce potable water use to 10 percent below 2008 levels by 2020. Through efforts to date, we are already past the halfway mark toward that goal, and campus use is down a total of 17 percent since 1990, even given the growth in campus facilities in that same timeframe.
However, given the severity of the current situation, we must do more.
To address the short-term urgency of the problem I am asking everyone to use less water in your daily routines. A coordinated public awareness campaign will launch soon with information about simple actions that can make a difference. We are already hearing many of these suggestions such as turning off the faucet when washing hands or reporting leaks (through the campus water conservation hotline, 643-0890). We will strive to turn reminders into commitments, and commitments into habits, so that we can all contribute to lessening the impact of this and future droughts.
Can these individual actions add up to enough savings? At least half of the water consumed on campus and in our homes is domestic (toilets, showers, etc.), so changes in our daily routine are an essential part of a response to a drought emergency. Shortening showers by 5 minutes can save 12 gallons or more, and turning off the faucet while washing your hands can save 1/2 gallon. If everyone saved a gallon of water a day, weekly campus use could be reduced by 250,000.
Looking to the future, I have asked the campus Office of Sustainability to work with campus departments to intensify efforts and identify additional water efficiency opportunities. This analysis will build on and enhance existing work (especially at Physical Plant-Campus Services) but will also look more broadly, focusing on equipment and procedures with the greatest potential for water reduction. The information that is gathered will be used to prepare our campus for the possibility of an extended drought and can also contribute to renewed efforts.
Current campus reduction projects (both completed and currently planned) include reducing the water used by toilets and condensate leak repairs. There have also been reductions due to fixture upgrades in renovations and new buildings, and the creation of new habits affecting water use. For example, almost 98% of irrigation systems are automated and connected to a weather station. In addition, water use in residence halls, adjusted for the number of residents, has declined by over 35 percent in the last 10 years.
As the work to identify new opportunities proceeds, we will continue to monitor drought assessments and the impact of any late season rains. Additional steps may be announced in coming months, especially if the campus water provider, East Bay Municipal Water District, enacts any water restrictions.
Effective January 1, 2014, smoking is prohibited everywhere in University Village Apartments, including inside all East and West Village apartments. Residents will be responsible for ensuring that their family, other occupants, and guests comply with the smoke-free policy. Failure to comply with this smoking prohibition will result in forfeiture of right to occupancy of these premises.
The University Health Services offers smoking cessation resources for students, faculty, staff and family members including:
?FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) two-week starter pack. Call the NRT message line at 642-8410.
?One-on-one cessation assistance to develop a quit plan; free quit kits.
?Resources to evidence-based quit resources, including free apps, text messaging, online programs, and the California Smokers' Helpline (1-800-NO-BUTTS).
Are you moving out soon and have questions about how to dispose your items? Nature Village has organized Moving Out Guide to help you!
A couple of other important reminders:
Mail and Forwarding Address
Before you move, please provide the Village Office (and Bear Facts) with a forwarding address (your new address, even if it is in another country), to ensure proper receipt of your security deposit.
Also, submit a change of address form to the US Postal Service (Post Office or www.usps.com) to let them know the date they should discontinue your mail delivery. Note that once you move out we are not allowed to let you back into your old mailbox to check mail.
After-Hours Key Return
The Village Office must receive your keys on your move-out date or no later than 6:00am the following day, or you will be charged an additional day of rent.
If you cannot return your keys before closing at 5:00pm on weekdays, or by 1:00pm on Saturdays, you may drop them through the front door slot of the Village Office in order for us to receive them by the next morning. Please put them in a sealed envelope marked with your building and apartment number, the student's name and phone number, and the number of keys your are returning.
A $50 lock change fee will be charged, if we do not receive all keys in your possession (including spare keys you have purchased) by 6:00am on the day after your move-out date.
If you are counting on a friend to return your keys for you, please inform them of the above policies to avoid these additional charges against your security deposit.