Disagreements on camera and drone usage and how long to keep recordings are holding up the vote on surveillance policies.
Berkeley surveillance: Police refine camera, drone policies
A little over a year since Berkeley approved a $1.2 million surveillance program, police are working out the kinks on how to use cameras in the city.
Drones and falcons don’t mix, recent incident at UC Berkeley proves￼
A drone flown irresponsibly on the Cal campus recently agitated Annie, one of the campus’ longtime peregrine falcons.
Drone startup abuzz at Berkeley coworking space WeWork
Left to right: Queen B Robotics’ Akshay Jain, Chris Blower and Sahil Juneja at their WeWork office in downtown Berkeley. Photo: Sarah Gerber This post is the first in a series of business stories brought to you by WeWork Berkeley. At WeWork Berkeley, there’s an office decorated with empty beer steins, and another occupied by a massive beanbag […]
Drones, and racing them, a big attraction in Berkeley park
A drone is flown in César Chávez Park this month, with the Berkeley Hills as the backdrop. Photo: Seung Y. Lee While kites floated silently on the seaside breeze at Berkeley’s César Chávez Park last Saturday, a lone black drone buzzed and somersaulted 30 feet in the air, until it came crashing down back to earth. Several yards […]
Council: No drones for Berkeley police for 1 year
A drone spotted in Berkeley last October. Photo: William Newton The Berkeley City Council voted last week to enact a one-year moratorium on the use or acquisition of drones by the Berkeley Police Department. The Feb. 24 vote came despite the fact that the department had no plans to get or use a drone. “We don’t own […]
Drone technology in Berkeley may see further study
Advocates calling to make Berkeley a “no drone zone” set up in front of Tuesday night’s council meeting to spread the word. Photo: mary mad Tuesday evening, the Berkeley City Council delved into the sticky issue of drone regulation, and plans to take an even deeper look at the related ramifications at some point in the future. […]
Drone battle to come before Berkeley City Council
Two quadricopter drones, typical of the designs popular with hobbyists. Photo: Gregor Hartl/Ars Electronica More than a year after the Berkeley City Council asked three city panels to take a look at the use of drones around town, two starkly different recommendations are slated to come before officials in a special work session later this […]
Berkeleyside Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, April 3-9
Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Click the map for the full list. See the map key here. This is a partial list of recent crime in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. […]
Berkeley rejects idea of making city a No Drone Zone
A quadricopter drone, one of the many models popular with hobbyists. Photo: jalexartis At its meeting last night, the Berkeley City Council rejected a recommendation from the Peace and Justice Commission to establish a No Drone Zone in the city. Instead, the council referred the issue to three commissions — the Peace and Justice Commission, […]
Berkeley considers becoming a No Drone Zone
Two quadricopter drones, typical of the designs popular with hobbyists. Photo: Gregor Hartl/Ars Electronica Berkeley City Council will tonight consider a proposal from the Peace & Justice Commission to ban the use of drones — unmanned aerial vehicles — in the city’s airspace. The recommended ordinance would also prohibit the city, or any agency of the city, […]
Of course you want to build your own aerial drone
An intent young maker at last year’s East Bay Mini Maker Faire. Photo: Sabrina Merlo An intent young maker at last year’s East Bay Mini Maker Faire. Photo: Sabrina Merlo Build your own biology lab, make foam swords, devise your ingenious escape the MacGyver way, learn about honey harvesting… these are just a handful of […]