April 29 2019

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful spring weather!

Council has been busy and we have many important issues coming before us. I’ve highlighted a few of them below. You can find the full City Council agenda for Tuesday’s meeting here.  

1,000 Person Plan

Tomorrow, April 30th at 4:30pm, Council will review and discuss the City’s Thousand Person Plan to End Homelessness. I shared this with you several weeks ago, but Council discussion on this item was postponed. If you haven’t looked at this already, I would encourage you to read it to learn more about homelessness in our community and the steps we are taking to help house vulnerable populations.

Special Council Meeting to Discuss the Development of North Berkeley Bart Station

At the special meeting on May 9th at 6pm, Council will consider:

  • Goals and objectives for development of the N. Berkeley BART station.
  • Three specific zoning scenarios that will help us to better understand development tradeoffs between, for example, the number of housing units (including affordable units) that we can create versus the number of parking spaces we can accommodate.

The special meeting is the next step in our efforts to comply with the state law, AB 2923, which requires local jurisdictions like Berkeley to zone BART parking lots in accordance with BART transit-oriented development standards. This is an opportunity for us to address our City’s shortage of affordable homes and meet our climate change goals by locating homes close to public transit. Please join us to give public comment and learn about next steps in the process. If you’re unable to attend, please feel free to contact Council with your input:[email protected].

Details: Thurs., May 9th, 6 p.m., Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby St.

New Office Hours: I’ll be holding office hours on the second Monday of every month from 8 - 10am at Cafe Espresso Roma, 2960 College Ave. Come say hello on May 13th!  As always, if you can’t make that time, please reach out to my office and we can set up another time to chat.

Additional upcoming events and announcements are listed below.

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

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May 4th & 5th: Bay Area Book Festival

Tens of thousands of book lovers meet hundreds of acclaimed authors over an exciting weekend in downtown Berkeley, California. One of the premier literary events in the nation!


Cal Commencement Day is May 18th


Cal Move Out is May 19th

Learn more about Cal Move Out! to avoid fines for illegal dumping and learn how to dispose of unneeded belongings sustainably.

Provide Input on the San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project

The San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project seeks to develop a long-term vision and near-term improvements for San Pablo Avenue that will allow it to function better and more safely. The Alameda County Transportation Commission and the Mayor are hosting a public workshop to review three proposed concepts for the future of San Pablo Avenue:

Thurs., May 23rd, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park St.

Take the public survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPACorridor

Evening Fundraiser for Women’s Daytime Drop In Center

Come support the Women's Daytime Drop-in Center, a non-profit organization that empowers women and children to move from the streets to a home. The Center provides a daytime refuge where they receive support, nourishing meals, and access to community resources to overcome homelessness and regain self-sufficiency.

Bring your friends for an evening of...wine, dinner, and live and silent auctions.Items for bid include:

  • A breathtaking farmhouse in Tuscany
  • A wine country home in Sonoma
  • A peaceful Sea Ranch getaway
  • Food, wine, and other adventures

Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA. 94703

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 6:00 - 9:30PM

Buy tickets here

For more information: Call 510-548-2884 [email protected]

May 22 Workshop to Reduce Waste, Help Design Berkeley’s Transfer Station

Come out to the last of our public sessions on reconfiguring our transfer station, a critical piece in our efforts to reduce what Berkeley sends to the landfill. At this May 22 session, you'll see the most developed layouts to date for the future transfer station, which accepts and then transfers recyclables, compost and garbage. The input from this meeting will further refine the designs that will be presented to the Zero Waste Commission in June and, ultimately, to the City Council in November.

These preliminary plans were created through a series of community meetingsand workshops about the station, which transfers garbage, recycling, compost and other materials. Both plans:

  • make it easier to drop off materials that aren't collected curbside
  • propose an environmental center, allowing greater capacity for school tours or other education
  • catwalks, to help the public view and learn more about the work of reducing waste
  • design the facility to be able to take in other materials

If you come, you'll get an overview, and you'll be able to review these conceptual plans. You'll also be able to give input on how you want to experience this facility, a critical nexus in the City's efforts to reduce waste

May 22nd (Wednesday), City of Berkeley - West Branch, Community Meeting Room, 5-7pm, 1125 University Ave.  

Safe Skateboarding Event

5/4/2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Skate Park at 5th and Harrison St

Happy Good Time: A  Fun and Safe Skateboarding Event| ALL AGES

A free introduction for skaters and parents. Parents are encouraged to participate (ages 7 and under must be accompanied by a guardian). Food, music and  prizes!

*Participants must wear a helmet. (Knee pads and elbow pads recommended.)

Mother's Day @ the Rose Garden/Roses in Bloom Acoustical Series featuring Bay Area Jazz Society

In honor of Mothers Day, we invite you to “Hats & High Tea” for our first event in the Music in the Park, Roses in Bloom Acoustical Series at the Berkeley Rose Garden.  Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11 am to 2 pm. Ladies and Gents, sport your spring hat and enjoy the ambience of the gardens spectacular rose bushes along with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge while sipping tea and listening to live jazz. Flowers will be handed out to the mothers.

The Roses in Bloom Acoustical Music Series will be performed by musicians from the Bay Area Jazz Society for three additional weekends following the Mothers Day event.

Series dates are:

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019, 11am - 2pm ~  Park Place
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019, 3 - 5 pm ~ JazSynergy
  • Sunday, May 26, 2019, 3 - 5 pm ~ The Miichael Cheadle Group
  • Sunday, June 2, 2019, 3 - 5 pm ~ The Steve Carter Quintet

Community Yard Sale and Craft Fair | ALL AGES

5/11/2019, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Cost $15/$18 (res/non)

Contact: Akil Danjuma, 981-6651, City of Berkeley

James Kenney Recreation Center, 1720 8th Street

It's time for spring cleaning! Get ready for summer by cleaning out your closets and garages and join with neighbors for our largest community yard sale ever!

One table, two chairs and space will be provided for all participants registered to sell your previously used items. Pre-registration is required.  Registration deadline: May 9, 2019. Setup begins at 9:30am.