Most Chavez Park Conservancy work is done in the everyday world, far from the spotlights. In the past couple of days, for a change, there’s been some publicity.
(1) Berkeleyside on Tuesday covered one of the four meetings of the citywide public restroom study being conducted by Hyphae consultants on contract with the city. I was there and spoke very briefly, making the point that Berkeley is the only city in the East Bay that shamelessly offers park visitors porta-potties, and that it’s embarrassing. Berkeley has the worst park facilities in the region. The reporter picked up part of that statement and transposed it to the downtown area, not what I intended, but it applies there as well. Here’s the link to the Berkeleyside story. Installing permanent flush-toilet restrooms in Cesar Chavez Park to replace porta-potties is one of the core aims of the Conservancy.
(2) A surprise overflow crowd of more than 200 people crammed into the Brower Center in downtown Berkeley Tuesday evening to see films and hear speakers on the topic of climate change and species extinction. One of the films was Max Brimelow’s video titled “Owl Good Things Must End,” featuring Burrowing Owls at Cesar Chavez Park. I’m interviewed on camera and the video uses my owl footage, with my permission. Max, a talented young Brit interning with Berkeleyside, finished his video the same week I posted my longer, 24-minute documentary, “The Owls Came Back.”