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April 4th, 2012 
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In This Issue
1) Reward For Information
2) Celebrate Financial Literacy Month
3) Berkeley Bay Festival
4) Berkeley Earth Day
5) Free Energy Retrofits
Dear Neighbor,

Our police department needs the community's assistance to apprehend and convict the responsible suspect(s) involved in Berkeley's most recent homicide of Devin Lee Whitmire on the evening of March 29th.


Also on a serious note, nearly 1.5 million people file bankruptcy every year.  If you want to make sure to avoid this fate, or just beef up your financial IQ, make sure to attend the workshop that I am sponsoring with the Society for Financial Awareness. 


On the lighter side, there are a couple fun family outings coming up in April: Berkeley Bay Festival and Berkeley Earthday.


Also, the City is offering an opportunity for households to get free energy retrofits.

Shooting Death of Devin Whitmire
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The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering an additional $2,000 reward, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of all responsible suspects for the City of Berkeley's third homicide of 2012.


On Thursday, March 29, 2012 at about 7:34 p.m., the City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) received calls from community members reporting gunshots in the area of Oregon and Sacramento Streets. Officers found Devin Lee Whitmire, a 24 year old Vallejo resident, had been shot. Whitmire was lying in the roadway on Oregon Street west of Sacramento Street. City of Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) paramedics transported Whitmire to a local hospital's trauma center where he was pronounced dead.


BPD Homicide detectives and other personnel began the investigation immediately and arrested one suspect, Randall Oscar Alston, a 19 year old Berkeley resident. The crime is being investigated as a homicide. Investigators believe there are additional suspects in this case.


BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this homicide to call the BPD Homicide detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD non emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime.


Celebrate Financial Literacy Month
"Know Your Numbers"
Financial Literacy and Health Fair
Saturday, April 14th, 2012
10:00AM to 2:00PM
Frances Albrier Community Center in San Pablo Park
2800 Park Street (between Russell and Ward), Berkeley

The Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, educational, speaker's bureau dedicated to eliminating financial illiteracy in America.  Ms. Yolanda Maker, SOFA's East Bay Chapter President and Councilmember Darryl Moore are teaming up to heal their community this April in celebration of Financial Literacy Month.

Don't miss out on this great event and be sure to take advantage of all the free financial literacy information, health screenings, information on the "Making Homes Affordable" program and much, much, moore.  This is one community event you won't want to miss!  Besides, if we don't know where we are, how can we ever get where we want to be?  It's time to "Know Your Numbers". 

Please RSVP to Yolanda Maker at (510) 653-3454 or

Berkeley Bay Festival
Saturday, April 14th, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley Marina and Shoreline
Join in the family fun at the Berkeley Bay Festival, a free outdoor event at the Berkeley Marina filled with entertainment, food, boating, educational activities, and information about other exciting family outings and summer programs. 

The first Bay Festival was held at the Berkeley Marina in 1937, and since then has provided a wonderful opportunity for a variety of organizations to inspire enjoyment and improvement of the Bay environment.

Entertainment includes Jazz Caliente with Lee Waterman, oldies rock and roll by the Backpages, Gary Lapow singing his wonderful children's songs, and the gravity-defying feats of Dana the Juggler. There will be food for sale. Throughout the afternoon, Bay Area outdoor education organizations, "green" product vendors, and other exhibitors will provide activities and information: Alameda County Mosquito Abatement, Aquatic Park Egret, Bay Nature Institute, Berkeley Partners for Parks, Dragon Boats, Cal Sailing Club, California Coastal Commission, Citizens for East Shore Parks, East Bay Regional Park District Mobile Fresh Water Fish Exhibit, as well as City of Berkeley Recreation Division, Animal Care Services, Fire Department, and Clean Storm Water Program and Energy and Sustainable Development. 

At the information table, pick up an information booklet (PASSPORT TO THE BAY) with all the exhibitors listed.  Get it stamped at each exhibit as you gather information or participate in an activity. 
Other activities include: Free sailing from the Cal Sailing Club; paddling a Dragon Boat; touring a tide pool; stopping by the Adventure Playground to build, paint, and play.
For more information:
Berkeley Earth Day
Saturday, April 21
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Civic Center Park, MLK and Allston, Berkeley
Berkeley Earth Day is an annual event held in April to celebrate the environmental movement and creatively challenge the destruction of our planet. The event will include cultural performers, speakers and resources to link individuals and groups with each other in community based ecological activities.
For more information:
Free Energy Retrofits

I wanted to pass along some information about the GETS/ Rising Sun Energy Services program offered by Rising Sun Energy Center ( that is available to moderate income Berkeley residents and all Berkeley residents (regardless of income) who live in south-west Berkeley (see map here).  


This is a limited-time program with only 38 spots left.  In addition, in order to meet the funding deadlines, all energy upgrade work with Rising Sun must be completed by August 15th.  


For more information, see below or visit: 


Berkeley residents can fill out the initial application form online at:



GETS/ Rising Sun Energy Services program:

Rising Sun Energy Services is a social enterprise run by Rising Sun Energy Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  The goal of Rising Sun Energy Services is to lower utility bills and make homes more comfortable, healthy, durable, and energy efficient while at the same time providing graduates from our GETS workforce training program with transitional employment.


Rising Sun Energy Services can provide highly subsidized retrofit services to home owners located in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin County. In addition if you are located in the City of Berkeley or the City of Richmond you may be eligible to receive further subsidies through a partnership between the City of Berkeley, the City of Richmond, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).


Berkeley Residents:
If you are a Berkeley resident, the amount of your subsidy and your "out of pocket" expense depends on the projected energy savings in your home, and the amount and type of work you receive.  If your projected energy savings are between 5%-19% you will receive approx. 50% in subsides, if your projected energy savings are above 19% you will receive up to 75% in subsides. The average out of pocket cost to you ranges from $500 - $4,500.
For more information, click here


Goals: The Rising Sun Energy Services social enterprise allows Rising Sun Energy Center to meet several goals simultaneously:

  1. Provide Energy Upgrades to home-owners across Alameda, Contra Costa  and Marin County.
  2. Assist local governments in reaching their Climate Action Plan (CAP) goals.
  3. Provide GETS graduates with valuable green job work experience.
  4. Increase the public's awareness of Building Performance and Energy Upgrading.

Measures:Rising Sun Energy Services will use building performance principles and techniques to provide its energy upgrades, including but not limited to:

  1. Test-In/Test-Out 'Energy Audit'
  2. Energy Education, baseload analysis, bill analysis and explanation
  3. Combustion Appliance Safety Check (NGAT) + CVA
  4. C-10 Certification for attic and wall insulation
  5. R30 - R38 attic insulation
  6. R13 wall insulation
  7. Crawlspace vapor barrier
  8. Air sealing throughout your home
  9. Furnace filter replacement
  10. Duct sealing and insulating, with performance test
  11. Pipe Wrap
  12. Programmable thermostat
  13. Retractable clothesline
  14. Water Heater Blanket

Our Social Enterprise Model Rising Sun Energy Services provides talented and qualified graduates of GETS (Green Jobs Training Services Program) with their first experience working in the green sector.  We are able to provide energy efficient upgrades at reduced rates because the Cities of Berkeley and Richmond and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) have provided funding to Rising Sun to help subsidize the cost of an energy efficient retrofit in order to achieve three goals: help green job graduates to begin their green careers, help homeowner's lower their utility bills, and reduce CO2 emissions from the residential building sector.


Interested in learning more? Contact Rising Sun Energy Services by phone at (510) 647-8182 or by email


Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions, concerns or comments.

Darryl Moore
Berkeley City Council, District 2 
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