Archive for February, 2016

Rule changes proposed at BTH

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

The Board of Directors of Berkeley Town House (BTH) met on 27 January and heard the President advocate some changes in the operating rules. I don’t recall any discussion or a vote by the Board on the changes. In any case, on 16 February a notice of proposed rule changes appeared on a bulletin board, and on 19 February BTH’s manager sent the notice to some BTH members. The notice invites members to submit comments by 21 March.

For the convenience of other members and for the many friends and prospective members of BTH who may wish to keep up with developments at this historic senior housing cooperative, I make available here a copy of the proposal.

[This entry was originally posted on 19 February and edited on 20 February in light of new information.]

PG&E: Two pieces of incompetence

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

It has been widely reported that PG&E is evil, incompetent, or both.

Here are two simple examples of incompetence:

  1. Every emailed electricity billing notice that I get from PG&E contains the sentence, “Since you are enrolled in our automatic payment service, the APS amount to
    be applied on is $. ”
  2. PG&E sent energy-conservation experts to my home to install energy-conservation measures. They removed a 1.5-gallon-per-minute aerator from the kitchen faucet and replaced it with a 2-gallon-per-minute aerator. They removed a 1-gallon-per-minute aerator from the bathroom faucet and replaced it with a 2-gallon-per-minute aerator. Months after I complained about this, they sent another expert to my home to investigate. He said the replacements had been wrong and would be corrected. Months later I complained that the correction had not taken place. Months after that PG&E sent experts to my home to make the correction. They replaced the kitchen aerator with a new one having the same flow rate as the original one. They replaced the bathroom aerator with a 1.5-gallon-per-minute aerator. Thus, they made no improvement in the kitchen faucet’s energy use, and they left the bathroom faucet using more energy than it originally had used.