From Seattle based Energysavvy. How it worked in Utah. The key is the "home audit to retrofit conversion rate" that is how many people who have had an audit do decide to retrofit their home. The present stats for Bainbridge are not great. Time is running out as the grant program obtained by the City is supposed to end by next July. I wonder if such online audits would not help a bit. Energysavvy offers an online survey but I could not test it as it does not apply (yet) to condos :( At least one Old Goat, Bob Burkholder, is all for energy saving. Maybe he should be in a PSA and put to use his new star status to promote more conservation efforts? I am sure he would be great at it.
Of course I went to see Old Goats because it was shot on Bainbridge by Taylor Guterson, the son of local Robin and David Guterson with a complete bunch of local amateur/first time/first class actors. I did recognize a few of them and many places but this has almost nothing to do for me to exhort you to go and see the film as soon as you can.
At least 10 trees gone and everywhere private property and no trespassing signs with a clearcut permit from the city :(
Does anybody have pictures of the magnificent trees that used to live there? The "permit" says BLD 13025 CLR. For information firstname.lastname@example.org Maybe they can tell us who is the owner of this parcel so we can congratulate him or her?
I discovered Pam Dzama, "Community opinion columnist" for the Kitsap Sun when I read her guest opinion piece in this week's Bainbridge Islander where she blasts the democrats for being in favor of alternative energies. She thinks funding "anything green is non sense" and apparently she also believes there is no such thing as climate change. By googling her I discovered several previous pieces she wrote for the Kitsap Sun. There is an interesting one in June, where she explains her family had invested in improving their home to save energy but their bill has kept rising anyway: she blames all the subsidies to "alternative energies", useless and costly windmills. She says her next monthly electrical bill is $226 compared to $90. $226 seems pretty high indeed. What does PSE have to say? What would a an energy audit say about Pam's house? That would be more relevant than the Adele Ferguson's like rant the Islander judged worthy of half a page. What about some real investigative work checking the facts and coming up with some more satisfying explanation, including a comment by PSE.
It was also instructive to look at her take on the ferry system crisis, here in 2009 and here in 2011. It looks like since she cannot blame the windmills or solar panels, she has to face the reality of reduced public funding after the tim Eyman's initiative that slashed the car tax. Of course she thinks the previous car tax was outrageous but at the end she is even willing to consider a new -small- one to fund the ferries. Common sense is part of her title for the 2011 article.
As I was frustrated not to have systematically access to this opinion published in the WSJ I have copied it here. Ms. Henry is president of the Service Employees International Union. In the original version there are a few "related Links" like one to Sarah Palin. I did not reproduce those.
I had planned to attend Kimberly Harris presentation on sunday September 18 but unfortunately I was unable to make it. I have since tried to find reports about this largely advertised and sponsored event but 10 days after it took place, I cannot find any. How come?
This morning (8 to 9.30) about 200 people met at the Flipino Hall to stuff 12.000 red envelopes that will be mailed for the One Call For All. Cookies were provided by T&C, Safeway, Bainbridge Bakers and Blackbird. Thanks to everybody: many hands made the work light and quick. Reading one of the pages I stuffed I see that "only 1 in 6 households on the island participates in One Call For All" so let us see how we can improve that ratio.
Local property owner Linda Brandt wishes the community to weigh in on the Madrona Lane Piazza - should it be a public gathering place or open for cars and parking? Go to Winslow Street Smarts website and on the right side of the page, vote your preference. To read the story about the history of the Madrone Lane Piazza, clickhere for the Bainbridge Review article.
Copied from today's email from Debbie Lester. Thank you Debbie. I prefer the piazza but i agree that during the winter, cold, rainy, months it would be much less used, if at all, as a meeting place. Did you know this was a private road? I had no clue.