Neighborhood Night Out Party Aug. 7th, 2012

Panoramic Hill residents are invited to a neighborhood “night out” block party at Ellen Gunther’s house, 3555 Dwight Way, on Tuesday, Aug. 7th from 6 to 9 PM. Connect with neighbors and enjoy an evening together on the Hill. Feel free to bring light fare or drinks to share. The gathering is sponsored by the Neighborhood Watch committees on both Oakland and Berkeley sides of the hill. In coordination with the North Hills Community Association ( we are working to address public safety issues on the hill. Contact for info: Dale Gieringer, 510-849-0931.

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CRIME ALERT -Silver Lexus License Plate 6V

Beware of a silver Lexus 300 MDX with license plates starting 6V. It was used by 4 suspected burglars (3 white males and 1 black) in the Oakland Hills on Jul 4th. If you spot them, report to the Oakland PD 911.

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Crime Alert — Bill Bailey is Back!

This morning, Wednesday April 11, 2012, we discovered Bill Bailey wrapped in plastic and fast asleep on the deck in the middle of our yard at 23 Panoramic Way. Officer Curtin of BPD came, talked to Bailey for about 15 minutes and escorted him back to the street. Curtin said Bailey is on probation but he needs to check what else may be going on with him (eg, if the stay-away order is still in effect). For now, Curtin said he will report Bailey for “criminal trespassing with no prosecution”. If he is caught again, they may prosecute.

Bailey is amiable and looks like a normal person, not a street person. He’s about 50, white, short blond hair, medium height, medium build. He has a several-year history of burglary and trespassing on Panoramic Hill. We need to make sure he doesn’t get started again. So if you see him, call the Berkeley Police and ask that it be reported to Officer Curtin (Badge # S-34).

Lock your doors, lock your windows and be vigilant! Below are past photos of Bailey. Also see previous post on him for more details of past offenses.

(Photo taken 10/16/2010) (Photo taken 01/22/2011)
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Lost black and tan Tabby

Female Tabby Kitty, blue collar, does have micro chip. Very sweet meow, plump, full grown. Please call Debbie at 925 303-6456 cell. Lives at 365 Panoramic Way.

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Renew Your Membership 0r Join PHA Today!

Membership in the Panoramic Hill Association is open to all residents as well as non-resident homeowners; dues are a modest $15 per household per year.  (Members over 75 and those who host meetings are excused from paying dues.)  Homeowners who have paid their dues for the current year are eligible to vote on PHA business; renters who have paid dues for three years are also eligible to vote.  General meetings, held three times per year, are open to all.  A membership base representing the majority of the Hill allows us to be effective in dealing with various jurisdictions on matters concerning our neighborhood.

Thank you for your support – and special thanks to those who have already paid their dues for 2012.

Dues may be mailed to:

PHA Treasurer

PO Box 5428

Berkeley, CA  94705

….or dropped off at 23 Panoramic Way.  Please include the following information:





Owner_____      Renter_____     75 & over_________

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  • Report from the Nominating Committee
  • Current Board Members Nominated: Mike Kelly, Jerry Wachtel, Dick White, Cathyn Orozco, Janice Thomas, Bryan Walker and Lorna Byrne, *
  • Election of Board Members*
  • President’s Report and Discussion of Neighborhood Issues
  • Update on Efforts Regarding Parked Car Partiers
  • Emergency Preparedness and Cluster Organization
    Current members may renew and new members may join. Dues remain only $15.

    * Only PHA members may vote for, or serve as, officers.

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Panoramic Hill Emergency Preparedness Event Oct. 16th 2011 FLYER

Emergency Preparedness Event Oct.16, 10am-12pm 2011

Welcome! Today we will tour the Panoramic Hill Emergency Cache and talk about ongoing emergency preparedness classes offered by the cities of Berkeley and Oakland. (See course descriptions on back.)

Take emergency courses and be prepared! Basic skills are easy to master and the classes are fun. Take the classes with neighbors and friends! Important URLs:
City of Berkeley — Emergency Preparedness

City of Berkeley — CERT Training Description/Schedule

City of Oakland — CORE Emergency Preparedness

Panoramic Hill Association

The Panoramic Hill Emergency Cache is part of an extensive network of cache boxes throughout Berkeley neighborhoods. The contents have been donated by the City of Berkeley and by Panoramic Hill residents to be used for the common good. In the event of a major earthquake or other crisis, neighborhoods may be without basic services for weeks. Access to Panoramic Hill may be impossible due to fallen trees, downed power lines and other destruction.

The cache provides tools to fight fires, mount search and rescue operations, and treat basic medical emergencies when professional services are not available. NOTE: The cache does not provide food or water. Every household should have its own supply of these items in an emergency kit.

THERE ARE 5 CACHE BOXES CONTAINING: Fire Fighting Equipment, Search and Rescue Equipment, General Equipment (radios, tarps, ropes), First Aid, and Emergency Generator.

A group of neighbors on Panoramic Hill have keys to the cache boxes. These neighbors have completed a series of emergency preparedness courses (CERT) offered by the city of Berkeley. The courses are mandatory in order to become a cache key holder.

In the event of a major crisis, cache key holders have agreed to meet at the cache boxes and coordinate group efforts in search and rescue, structure damage assessment, fire suppression and more. In the event of a major emergency, (after you have checked the safety of family, immediate neighbors and structures), come to the cache boxes and organize into groups to assist other neighbors.

Over the next year there will be a series of short 1/2 hour drills on Panoramic Hill. These drills will introduce preparedness topics and allow neighbors to practice emergency skills. Sign up for email alerts on the Panoramic Hill website, .

The first drill will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10th at 10am. It is titled “What Now?” Please contact Jordan Hayes for more information at Meet at the cache.

City of Berkeley Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Class Descriptions/See city website for ongoing schedules
Disaster Preparedness This class covers how to take care of yourself, your family and your home. It discusses impact on infrastructure, structural and nonstructural hazards, home and workplace preparedness, and community preparedness.
Disaster Medical Operations Learn how to apply basic first aid techniques, give initial care to the seriously injured, and stabilize victims until emergency medical services are available. Participants practice opening airways, head to toe exams, making splints, and how to treat for shock. Although this is not a CPR class, it will help to prepare the participants in the use of first aid in a multi-casualty situation in which the usual emergency medical responders are overwhelmed during the first hours or days following a disaster and are unable to attend to everyone needing help.
Light Search and Rescue Operations Learn how to identify signs of structural damage, search for people, apply basic rescue techniques, and remove heavy objects from trapped victims. Participants learn cribbing and perform a search exercise in the fire tower.
Fire Safety Learn how to put out small fires, what to do during a fire, and how to prevent injuries and protect your home. Participants receive hands-on practice on the use of fire extinguishers and of a fire hose.
CERT Organization Learn about the objectives of CERT, decision making, and documentation. CERT Organization is based on the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a flexible and scalable response organizational framework designed to improve emergency response operations. This class is an introduction to the system and to how it can be utilized in your neighborhood to improve and organize teamwork in a disaster situation.
CERT Radio Communications Learn about Family Radio Service (FRS) radios, sometimes referred to as walkie-talkies, and how they can be utilized in an emergency response in your neighborhood or community group. This class will cover an introduction to FRS radio operation and good radio communication practices. If you have an FRS radio, please bring it to the class to get some hands-on practice.
Disaster Psychology David Wee, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and City of Berkeley employee, teaches participants about disaster-related emotional reactions. The class includes role-playing and a four-step guide to a healing conversation.
Red Cross Shelter Operations American Red Cross volunteers teach participants how to open, operate and close a shelter, and how to organize the facility and its resources to meet the needs of the people in the shelter.
Sarah Bade,
8 Panoramic Place

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Emergency Preparedness Event October 16th 2011

Panoramic Hill Emergency Preparedness Event

Sunday, October 16 at the Cache next to 303 Panoramic Way

(rain or shine or earthquake!)

All Panoramic Hill residents are urged to attend this important event.

coffee and refreshments served

-Increase your readiness for dealing with earthquake, fire and other disasters in our very vulnerable neighborhood

-Learn about the contents of the cache and use of emergency tools

URLs of Note:

City of Berkeley — Emergency Preparedness

City of Berkeley — CERT Training Description/Schedule

City of Oakland — CORE Emergency Preparedness

Panoramic Hill Association

Contact: jordan Hayes <>

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Ralph Nader on Intercollegiate Athletics, Oct. 4 2011

October 4, 2011, 1-2 pm, 306 Soda Hall Auditorium: Ralph Nader will be speaking on “What’s the Matter with Big Time College Sports”

Open to the public, this talk is part of a Freshman Seminar “Priorities Under Pressure: A Critical Assessment of How the University’s Core Mission is Affected by Intercollegiate Athletics. Visitors welcome,

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Documents Associated with Construction at 161 Panoramic

Here are three documents associated with the construction project at 161 Panoramic:

1.  Berkeley City Council Packet regarding 161 Panoramic,  March 25, 2008: download pdf

  1. Letter to PHA President Michael Kelly, August 11, 2011 from Wendy Cosin, Interim Planning Director, City of Berkeley: download pdf.
  2. Letter to Doug Donaldson of Donaldson & Associates from PHA President Michael Kelly, August 15, 2011: download pdf. Also see previous blog with text version of the letter.
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